Franklin Regional boys get section win; girls suffer upset
TribLIVE Sports Videos
One Franklin Regional basketball team kept its slim playoff hopes mathematically alive, while another saw its hopes fall into dicier territory Monday.
Franklin Regional's boys closed out a Section 2-AAAA doubleheader at Penn Hills with a 59-56 win after the Panthers girls team slipped back into a tie for fourth place in the section with a 55-49 loss to the Indians.
Both of Monday's games were originally scheduled for Friday night, but heavy snowfall led to the doubleheader being postponed.
The FR boys (8-9, 3-7) completed a season sweep of the Indians (4-13, 1-9) behind 12 points from Charan Singh and 10 points each from George Brown and Nate Hlozek. Penn Hills was led by a game-high 15 points from Deandre Schifino-Winbush.
Though the win helped pull Franklin Regional closer to .500 overall, it probably will do little toward getting the team into the playoffs. With four games remaining in section play, the Panthers would need to win all of their remaining games and have fourth-place McKeesport, which entered the week at 7-3 in section play, lose the rest of its games.
FR was scheduled to play at first-place Gateway, and McKeesport was scheduled to host last-place Woodland Hills on Tuesday, after this edition's deadline.
The Franklin Regional girls (8-8, 3-5) still control their own playoff fate, but the margin for error was severely lessened by allowing Penn Hills (6-11, 3-5) to pull level in the standings.
The Indians pulled away early in the game with a long run that gave them a 20-3 advantage after one quarter. Maggie Kimmich led the Panthers with 22 points, and FR cut into the lead through the second and third quarters, but it wasn't enough to overcome 20 points from Gloria Schifino and 16 points from Jade Ely for Penn Hills.
With a split of their season series, both Penn Hills and Franklin Regional would qualify for the playoffs if they have matching results over the final four section games. Otherwise, the team with the most wins over the last four section games will claim the final playoff spot for itself.
Both Franklin Regional teams had nonsection games scheduled for Wednesday, after this edition's deadline. The Panthers host a section doubleheader against McKeesport on Friday; the girls game will start at 6 p.m., and the boys game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.