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EF girls edge West Mifflin in OT, 46-42

| Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Elizabeth Forward's Olivia Barkley tries to block West Mifflin's Marla Small from passing the ball during the third period on Monday, January 21, 2013 at West Mifflin High School. Ronald Vezzani Jr/Daily News
Elizabeth Forward's Natalie Fekula attempts a layup over West Mifflin's Marla Small during the third quarter Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News)

There wasn't much Elizabeth Forward coach Sam Kosanovich could do except shake his head after the Warriors played Monday at West Mifflin.

His team's shooting percentage was abysmal, they committed more turnovers than he could have imagined and capped it off by blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

About the only thing that went right for Kosanovich was that EF found a way to escape with a 46-42 overtime win against its Section 4 AAA rival in the first of their two meetings.

“By no means was it a well-played game on both sides, but you have those through the season and, if you work your way through it, that's okay,” Kosanovich said. “We're fortunate to come out of here with a win.”

That might be an understatement. Elizabeth Forward (15-1, 7-0) committed an uncharacteristic 23 turnovers and made only 12 of 44 (27.3 percent) from the floor in regulation. The Warriors were especially bad with the ball trying to protect the lead in the fourth quarter as they gave it away eight times to aid the West Mifflin comeback.

West Mifflin (6-8, 5-2) was able to chip away at the lead. The Titans finally finished their comeback when guard Paige Flore, who led the team with 15 points, drilled a three-pointer to tie the game, 36-36, with 27.8 seconds to play in regulation.

That was when West Mifflin made, perhaps, its biggest gaffe.

Senior Marla Small made an incredible play when she blocked a potential game-winning Elizabeth Forward shot and, after Flore rebounded, West Mifflin forced the ball over midcourt and called time out with 12.1 seconds remaining. With one possession and an opportunity to perhaps pull off a huge upset, the Titans went into overtime with a whimper after never even getting a good look at the basket, much less a final shot, before time expired in the fourth quarter.

West Mifflin threw away any upset chance it had with seven turnovers in the overtime. Despite the mistakes, the Titans were only down, 44-41, with 1.6 seconds left, but Flore was fouled just inside the arc and given a two-shot foul instead of three.

Though she made the first shot, she purposely missed the second hoping for a putback. But Dana Buck, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds, grabbed the loose ball and, after she was fouled, closed it out at the line for Elizabeth Forward.

Charleroi 45, Washington 30

The Lady Cougars (12-5, 7-1) seized control of the Section 5 AA game early, going on an 18-4 run in the first quarter against Washington (8-7, 5-3).

Junior Lynsey Wright scored a career-high 15 points for Charleroi while junior teammate Carina Gottheld added 13. Both had five points in the first quarter.

Washington was led by Mya Gordon with 15 points.

“It was a great win for us, especially on the road at Washington,” said Charleroi coach Joe Grodz. “My girls just put it all out there in this game. They really played hard and I'm so proud of them.”

Charleroi hosts South Side Beaver in section action Thursday.

Monessen 52, Avella 49

Two days after getting beaten by 31 points at home by Chartiers-Houston, the Lady Greyhounds had an impressive non-section road win over Avella.

Monessen (4-10) outscored the Lady Eagles (9-6) 17-4 in the second quarter to take a 29-19 halftime lead and then held on.

Mariah Ward scored a game-high 19 points while sophomore Mariha Johnson added 16 points.

Avella was led by Kenna Drazich with 15 points and Olivia English with 12 points.

The Lady Greyhounds travel to Frazier Thursday.

Ringgold 64, Waynesburg 19

The Lady Rams (7-8, 4-4) used the early hot hand of Eleni Radic to roll over Waynesburg in Section 4 AAA.

Radic scored 13 points, including hitting three three-pointers, as Ringgold raced out to a 23-5 lead and never looked back.

“We played really relaxed and that's what I've been trying to get them to do,” said Ringgold coach Nick Mandich. “It was ice to see us play that way.”

Radic finished with 15 points and Bailey Cooper added 13.

Ringgold hosts West Mifflin Thursday.

Uniontown 75, Yough 17

The Lady Cougars (6-11, 1-7) were never in the game against Uniontown (12-2, 7-1) as Danasha Harris scored 16 points.

Natalie Peebles had five points for Yough, which hosts Southmoreland Thursday.

S.S. Beaver 58, Bentworth 36

Bentworth fell to 2-6 in Section 5 AA (4-11 overall) with the loss at South Side Beaver (6-10, 4-4).

No other information was available on the game.

Trib Total Media staff writer Keith Barnes contributed to this story. Reach him at

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