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High school roundup: Penn Hills puts scare into McKeesport

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 11:34 p.m.

Penn Hills may not have won a Section 3-AAAA game this season, but the Indians gave McKeesport all it could handle when the teams met on Friday.

Sophomore Jordon Payne scored a game-high 20 points as the Tigers held off a late charge for a 61-57 victory. With the win, McKeesport (9-3, 5-1) set up a first-place showdown at home against Gateway (9-1, 6-0) on Tuesday.

Senior guard Carlitto Acie chipped in 10 and was the only other Tigers player in double figures.

Norwin 56, Connellsville 36 — Down four at halftime, the Knights came roaring back by outscoring the Falcons, 44-18, in the second half to remain undefeated in Section 1 play.

Norwin (8-4, 5-0) was led by Curtis Perz, who scored a game-high 25 points.

Yough 51, Derry Area 50 (OT)— Cougars junior guard Josh Sterner hit a 5-foot jumper at the horn for the game-winner in overtime.

Yough (5-9, 2-4) trailed by six at halftime but came back to tie it and send it to overtime thanks to a game-high 17 points from Sterner.

Dom Miele added 16 and Ben D'Amico 13 in the come-from-behind effort.

South Allegheny 37, Springdale 28 — South Allegheny came back from a two-point first quarter to defeat upset-minded Springdale (2-10, 0-5) in Section 3-AA.

Kordell Thompson notched 13 points and Derek Vargo 10 in the victory for South Allegheny (5-8, 2-3). Charlie Guy registered 15 points for the Dynamos.

Girls basketball

Penn Hills 36, McKeesport 31 — Despite staying in the game throughout, the Tigers (6-7, 0-5) remained winless in Section 2 play.

Franklin Regional 58, Woodland Hills 46 — Desiree Garland had 14 points and surpassed the 1,000-career point plateau, but Woodland Hills (4-8, 1-4) fell short in Section 2-AAAA. Maggie Kimmich and Hanna Wagner each had 11 for Franklin Regional (7-4, 3-2).

West Mifflin 58, Ringgold 46 — Taylor Thomas and Alyssa Cairns each scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Titans to a Section 3 win.

West Mifflin (5-6, 5-0) moves into a first-place tie with Elizabeth Forward, but will not play the Lady Warriors until Jan. 21.

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