California clinches 5 AA tie with 78-27 rout
California coach Phil Pergola understands how his reserves feel.
They come to practice every day and work as hard as the starters, yet many times they don't get a chance to play.
So when the Section 5 AA front-running Trojans visited last-place West Greene, Pergola decided to give some new kids a start.
Leading scorers Tanner Huffman and Brian Fisher were not in the starting lineup and the Trojans still rolled to a 78-27 win.
The victory clinched at least a tie for the section title for the Trojans (17-2, 12-0).
“We decided that some kids deserve a chance to not only play, but start and this was West Greene and so we did it,” said Pergola.
Even though Huffman and Fisher did not start, they still led the way with 21 and 18 points, respectively.
After taking a 15-11 lead in the first quarter, Cal exploded for 31 points in the second quarter as Huffman had 11 points and Fisher 10.
“I thought we played pretty well, especially in the second quarter,” Pergola said.
Demetri Clements added 14 points for the Trojans.
West Greene (2-17, 0-9) got 11 points from Broy Jackson.
Thomas Jefferson 68, BV Area 38
The Leps' long season continued with the home court beating against the Section 4 AAA leading Jaguars (14-6, 10-0).
The Leps (2-16, 1-9) trailed just 13-10 after one quarter but were outscored 20-7 in the second and never recovered. Joe Carroll scored five of his game-high 16 points in the second quarter for TJ.
BVA, which has lost 10 straight, was led by sophomore Devin Hannan with 12 points and 10 rebounds as he made his first start
Chaise Winovich added 10 for TJ.
East Allegheny 73, Ringgold 58
The Rams (2-17, 1-10) bowed to the Wildcats (10-9, 5-5) in Section 4 AAA.
Ringgold had tied the game at halftime, 34-34, but was outrscored 20-9 in the third quarter.
EA was led by the duo of Jordan Williams and Joel Randolph with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Also, Shawn Adair had 13 and Malik Pope 11.
Ringgold was paced by John Maldonado with 21 points while Donnie Henderson scored 13 and Brandon Gilliam chipped in with 11.
Laurel Highlands 54, Yough 40
The Cougars (7-13, 4-7) dropped the Section 3 AAA game to the first place Mustangs despite having three players in double figures - Josh Sterner (13 points), Ben D'Amico (11) and Kirk Brown 10.
Laurel Highlands (14-5, 9-1) got 15 points each from Joe Pegg and Jake Mansberry and 14 from Nick Lancaster.
Bentworth 78, Jeff-Morgan 75, OT
The Bearcats (7-11, 4-7) won the Section 5 AA game as Cody Levine and Chris Blackburn each scored 27 points.
J-M (9-10, 4-7) got a game-high 28 points from Travis Taylor and 26 from Reece Henneman.
Charleroi 40, Burgettstown 18
The Lady Cougars (14-6, 9-2) breezed in the Section 5 AA game against Burgettstown (2-17, 1-9).
Charleroi grabbed a 27-6 lead in the first half as Mia Woytovich scored 110 of her game-high 15 points.
The Lady Cougars, who honored their lone senior Briya Smith, close the regular season Monday at Bentworth before getting ready for the WPIAL playoffs.
Kristen Roy scored nine points for Burgettstown.
Bentworth 54, Jeff-Morgan 37
Taylor Pompei erupted for 35 points as Bentworth (7-12) rolled in the non-section game. Pompei hit three three-pointers.
J-M(7-12) got 10 points from Kayla Yorko.