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Ringgold's Josie Schmidt attempts a lay-up shot over Thomas Jefferson's Jesse Hinkle in the first period of game action on Monday, January 28, 2013 at Thomas Jefferson High School Ronald Vezzani Jr./Daily News
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By The Valley Independent
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

There is no doubt that even with 1,000-point scorer Mariah Ward, Monessen was going to have its hands full with first-place Serra in a Section 4 A contest Monday night.

Without Ward, who missed the game because of illness, Monessen had no chance.

And the Lady Eagles took advantage, rolling out to a 30-4 halftime lead en route to a 48-13 win.

Serra (15-2, 7-0) got 15 points from Megan Seig and 10 from Nicole Pero. Seig had 11 points in the first half.

Monessen (4-11, 2-4) was led by Chelsea Szakal's eight points.

Monessen hosts Winchester Thurston Thursday.

McGuffey 71, Charleroi 36

The Lady Cougars went to McGuffey in hopes of forcing a tie for first place in Section 5 AA. Instead, they got pounded by the first-place Lady Highlanders (16-1, 9-0) as Sammi Weiss scored 33 points.

Weiss had 20 in the first half as McGuffey took a 40-22 lead.

Rachel Czulewicz added 19 for the winners.

Charleroi (13-6, 8-2) got 12 points from Mia Woytovich.

Charleroi hosts Burgettstown Friday at 6 p.m. as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.

Ringgold 43, T. Jefferson 32

The Lady Rams (8-9, 5-5) got 15 points from Josie Schmidt as they beat the host Lady Jaguars (7-11, 4-5).

Ringgold took a 13-7 first quarter lead and then outscored the hosts 13-8 in the fourth quarter to seal the Section 4 AAA win.

The win keeps Ringgold in the playoff hunt in the section.

Carmichaels 55,

California 45

The Lady Trojans (13-5, 4-3) had a chance to move into a tie for second in Section 3 A, but couldn't beat the visiting Lady Mikes (16-2, 6-1).

Amanda Brown scored 23 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Morgan Berardi added 12, including hitting seven of eight free throws in the final period.

California was led by Courtnee McMasters with 23 points, 16 coming in the second half.

Natalie Baron added 11 points for Cal.

California goes to West Greene Thursday.

Elizabeth Forward 59,

Brownsville 27

The high-flying Lady Warriors (17-1, 9-0) had little problem beating host Brownsville (5-12, 1-8) in Section 4 AAA.

After an 8-8 first quarter, EF outscored the hosts 51-19 the rest of the way,

Natalie Fekula had 10 points and 10 rebounds for EF while Olivia Barkley led the balanced offense with 11 points.

EF's Macey Pekala had 10 assists.

EF has a huge section contest Wednesday at home against West Mifflin.

Bentworth 65,

Burgettstown 36

Bentworth won as Taylor Pompei scored a career-high 39 points.

The Lady Bearcats (6-12, 3-7) took a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the Section 5 AA game.

Burgettstown (1-16, 1-8) got 12 points from Kristen Roy.

Bentworth hosts Jefferson-Morgan Friday.

Mt. Pleasant 48, Yough 20

The Lady Cougars (7-12, 2-8) fell behind 28-8 in the first half and never recovered against Mt. Pleasant (9-9, 5-4) in Section 3 AAA.

Casey Zelenak led the winners with 12 points.

Yough didn't have any players in double figures as Natalie Peebles and JoJo Steiner each scored five points.

Yough hosts Frazier in a non-section game Wednesday.


W. Mifflin 53,

Ringgold 30

The Rams' tough season continued as they lost the Section 4 AAA contest to the visiting Titans (13-3, 8-1).

After scoring 12 points in the first quarter, Ringgold (2-15, 1-8) managed just 18 points the rest of the game.

John Maldonado had a game-high 13 points for Ringgold while Derrick Fullmore and Cleve Randolph had 10 points each for West Mifflin.

Ringgold goes to Thomas Jefferson tonight.

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