Local roundup: West Mifflin rides Maha to section win
Ryan Maha continues to showcase his ability to carry the West Mifflin boys basketball team.
Maha, the junior guard who came into the week sixth in WPIAL Class AAA in scoring (19.8 points per game) padded his stats with a game-high 28 as the Titans (14-3, 9-1) remained a half-game behind Thomas Jefferson in Section 4 with a 61-36 win over Belle Vernon. The Jaguars hold the head-to-head advantage; they won the first matchup between the teams Jan. 15.
West Mifflin only has two section games remaining: at Steel Valley on Friday then at home against Thomas Jefferson on Feb. 8.
East Allegheny 70, Elizabeth Forward 64 — A few days ago, EF looked like a team that could pull off a surprise win or two in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. It appears EA has taken that mantle.
Jordan Williams scored a game-high 22 points, and Shawn Adair added 21 as East Allegheny (9-9, 4-5) moved into the fourth and final Section 4 playoff spot with a win over Elizabeth Forward (10-9, 4-6).
JaQuan Davidson led the Warriors with 21.
Mt. Pleasant 62, Yough 47 — Dom Miele scored a game-high 17 points, and Ben D'Amico had 12, but it wasn't enough as Yough (6-12, 3-6) slipped 2 1⁄2 games behind Derry for the fourth and final Section 3-AAA playoff spot.
Thomas Jefferson 76, Ringgold 52 — Chase Winovich led three Jaguars (13-6, 9-0) in double figures with 21 points as they stayed a half-game ahead of West Mifflin in Section 4-AAA.
McKeesport 73, Woodland Hills 70 (OT) — Carlitto Acie has come up with his share of clutch shots, but he was about as good as he could be against the Wolverines.
Acie hit the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired in overtime for McKeesport.
Acie scored 15 points for the Tigers (12-5, 8-3), who have lost two of their last three Section 2-AAAA games since they rolled through the middle of the season on a seven-game win streak.
Charles Tarrant led Woodland Hills (4-14, 0-11) with 26 points.
Steel Valley 53, South Allegheny 50 — Jeiron Lewis made six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, but the Gladiators (6-13) fell in a nonsection game.
Ajan Smith led Steel Valley (10-6) with 16 points.
Woodland Hills 63, McKeesport 33 — Rachelle Price-Wheeler scored a game-high 16 points as the Wolverines (6-12, 3-7) remained in WPIAL Class AAAA playoff contention.
Steel Valley 76, South Allegheny 35 — CeCe Dixon scored 24 points as the Ironmen (12-6, 6-3) rolled to a running-clock nonsection victory.