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Fox Chapel girls short against Gateway; bounce back to knock off Plum

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Fox Chapel's Taylor Cohen (23) attempts a lay-up against Plum's Krista Pietropola during their game on Friday night at Plum High School. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch

The Fox Chapel girls varsity basketball team suffered its first Section 2-AAAA loss of the season on Jan. 8 as they traveled to Monroeville to take on section co-leader Gateway.

The game was close at the half with Gateway holding a 22-18 lead but the Foxes could only muster eight second-half points as they fell, 47-26.

Kayla Slovenec led coach Meghan Meabon's squad with nine points while Erin Mathias scored eight.

The Foxes fell to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the section. Gateway took over sole possession of first place as they improved to 8-2, 5-0.

The Foxes then played Plum on Friday and rebounded for a 50-38 win.

Taylor Cohen scored 18 points to lead FC and Kayla Slovenec added 10.

Cohen scored 12 of her points in the fourth quarter. Alexa Yaksich also scored 10.

The play of the freshman guards — Taylor and Cohen — made Plum pay the price for double-teaming Erin Mathias.

Mathias was held to nine points but snared 22 rebounds.

“We feel that we can step up when teams try to shut down Erin,” Cohen said.

Mathias agreed.

“Taylor and Kayla more or less took over the game,” she said.

“They just keep getting better.”

Meabon was pleased with her team's play, especially her young guards.

“The girls are believing in themselves more each time out,” she said.

We needed to bounce back after the loss to Gateway and we did against a good Plum team.

“The girls are gaining a lot of confidence.”

Shady Side

In Section 3-AA action on Jan. 7, Shady Side Academy rolled to a 55-24 win over East Allegheny.

The Indians had the game in hand at the half as they led 27-14.

Audrey Koi scored 17 points and Gabby Harchelroad added 14.

Coach Audrey Scott's Indians had to travel to Jeannette to take on the Jayhawks on Thursday.

The Indians held a 41-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter but couldn't contain Jeannette's Ciara Gregory, who ended up with 37 points.

Jeannette outscored SSA by a 16-6 count to claim a 54-47 victory.

Gabby Harchelroad led SSA with 19 points while Koi scored 11 and Stephanie Pish added 10.

“We had them until the last two-and-half minutes,” Scott said. “We literally froze up.”

Scott said the Indians took some bad shots and the team's inexperience showed.

She also said Gregory managed to lead Jeannette even though she thought her team played good defense on her.

“She wasn't getting many off of her jumper,” Scott said of Gregory. “She had a lot of steals and layups. I had three people on her.

“She's a great player.

Overall, Scott said, she was pleased with how the team played.

“We're in third place and that's about where I thought we'd be. We're in the playoff mix. We have a tough game this week against Greensburg Central Catholic and we'll go out and compete.

“We need to win the games I think we can win.”

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