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Monessen boys win by forfeit; Lady Leps cruise

| Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 12:26 a.m.

The good news is Monessen boys' basketball team got its first win of the season.

The bad news is it came via forfeit.

Greyhounds coach Joe Salvino received a phone call early Friday that his team's would-be opponent, Imani Christian, had forfeited because it didn't have enough players for the Gateway Tournament match up, Salvino said.

Imani Christian, which was also scheduled to play Penn Hills on Friday, forfeited that game as well.

Monessen upped its record to 1-7 and will finish out play at the Gateway Hoops Classic at noon today versus Clairton.

“Because we didn't actually win by competing, to me, and I'm sure to the kids, it's not a win,” Salvino said. “One of the things I've noticed, and it's not like I just started coaching, is it isn't until after the holidays in when real basketball starts, you get into the routine of things and get into your section schedule. All this stuff that leads up to that point is trial-and-error.”

The Greyhounds will open Section 3 A play 7:30 p.m. Friday when they host Geibel.

Additional boys' games Friday:

Washington 78, Elizabeth Forward 70

One quarter was the difference for the Warriors as the Prexies outscored them 25-10 in the second quarter en route to the consolation victory at the West Allegheny tournament.

Wash High's Josh Wise netted a game-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jordan Drew (15) and Dupree Jenkins (10) combined for 25 points for the Prexies.

Jalen French led the way for the Warriors (3-6) scoring 28 points, while teammate JaQuan Davidson added 19.

EF resumes Section 4 AAA play Wednesday hosting East Allegheny.

Brashear 75,Ringgold 61

Ringgold (1-7) fell to City League opponent Brashear (5-3) in the consolation game of the Seton-LaSalle tournament. No other information was available.

The Rams resume play Wednesday when they host Uniontown.

Girls BV Area 65,L. Highlands 21

The Lady Leps (6-2) had no trouble winning their final game of the Laurel Highlands Tournament.

BVA raced out to a 37-11 halftime lead as Jessica Slagus scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in that span.

Thaedra DeWitt added 10 points for Lady Leps.

BVA is off until Thursday when they travel to West Mifflin for a Section 4 AAA game.

Morgantown, W.Va. 66, Monessen 11

The Lady Greyhounds were overpowered by Morgantown in the first round of the Cal U Classic.

The Lady Mohigans, who were voted as the No. 1 Class AAA team in West Virginia in preseason polls held the Lady Greyhounds (0-5) scoreless in the second and fourth quarters. Chelsea Szakal (5) and Mariah Ward (4) combined for nine of Monessen's 11 points.

Morgantown (6-1) was led by Caroline Columbo (13) and Leah Taylor (11), who combined for 24 points.

Monessen continues play at Cal U today against Ringgold in the consolation game at 5 p.m.

Bishop Canevin 74, Charleroi 27

The Lady Cougars were no match for the Lady Crusaders at the California tournament Friday.

Mia Woytovich scored 14 points to lead Charleroi and teammate Anjie Tilghman added 10, but Canevin had four girls in double figures. Erin Waskowiak and Celina Dipietro each scored 20 points and Carly Forse (12) and Johnie Olkosky (10) combined more 22 more as the Lady Crusaders (7-0) remained unbeaten.

Charleroi resumes play at the California tournament today when they take on Brentwood at 2:30 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon 62,Ringgold 23

Mt. Lebanon dominated the Lady Rams in the nightcap of the Cal U Classic.

The Lady Blue Devils led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead to 28-12 at the half as the Lady Rams managed a total of eight points in the second and third quarters combined.

Josie Schmidt scored nine points to lead the Lady Rams (3-3). Jordan Holmes and Madeleine Colins each scored 11 and Christine Ehland added 10 points for Mt. Lebanon.

Ringgold will play Monessen in the consolation game of the tournament 5 p.m. today.

Yough 37, Clairton 34

The Lady Cougars are champions of the East Allegheny tournament after knocking off the Lady Bears.

Natalie Peebles scored 13 points and Natalie Beers scored 10 to lead the way for Yough (5-4).

Taleese Ogletree scored a game-high 16 points to lead Clairton (2-2).

Beers was named as the tournament MVP.

The Cougars resume play Thursday when they host Mt. Pleasant.

Connellsville 42,Frazier 25

The Lady Commodores ended play at the Laurel Highlands tournament with a loss to Connellsville.

Hannah Kline scored a team-high 11 points to lead Frazier (3-3) in the scoring column. Maria Merendino led the Lady Falcons with 15 points.

The Lady Commodores begin Section 4 A play Thursday when they travel to Monessen.

California 60,South Allegheny 51

Host California used a balanced offensive attack to knock off the Lady Gladiators in tournament action.

Tristen Conaway scored a game-high 20 points for the Lady Trojans and Courtnee McMasters added 16 points for the winners. Not to be outdone, their teammate Natalie Baron chipped in 10 points for the Lady Trojans (7-1).

Jaylee Patterson scored a team-high 19 points and Abby Dranko added 16 for the Lady Gladiators (3-5).

The Lady Trojans will close out their round-robin tournament today when they take on Trinity Christian (1-5), who they beat by 30 points in their season opener.

Elizabeth Forward 56, Norwin 41

The host Lady Warriors won the Betsy Invitational Friday by knocking off the visiting Lady Knights (4-5). No other game information was available.

EF (8-1) will host Brownsville in a Section 4 AAA game Wednesday.

OLSH 63, Bentworth 24

Our Lady of Sacred Heart knocked off the host Lady Bearcats in their own holiday tournament.

OLSH led 17-1 at the end of the first quarter and only allowed the Lady Bearcats 10 second half points.

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