Local roundup: McKeesport's late surge proves decisive
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McKeesport began gearing up for the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs by showcasing its ability to break open a close game in the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Carlitto Acie scored 15 to lead four Tigers players in double figures as they all but locked up a fourth-place finish in Section 2-AAAA on Tuesday by beating Penn Hills, 68-54.
McKeesport (13-6, 10-3) could move up to third place if it beat Gateway on Friday in its final section game.
Norwin 64, Connellsville 46 — Curtis Perz scored 19 points and Matthew Stewart added 18 for Norwin (10-9, 7-4) in its Section 1-AAAA win. Trent Bauer led Connellsville (6-15, 2-9) with 23 points.
Franklin Regional 66, Woodland Hills 61 — Franklin Regional (11-10, 5-8) held off Woodland Hills' comeback attempt in the fourth quarter for the Section 2-AAAA win. Tom Green scored a game-high 22 in the loss for the Wolverines (4-16, 0-13).
Yough 49, Derry 37 — Ben D'Amico scored a game-high 13 points to lead three Cougars (8-13, 5-7) in double figures and kept the team's WPIAL playoff hopes alive. Yough qualifies for the postseason if Derry (9-10, 5-6) loses to Greensburg Salem on Friday.
Greensburg Central Catholic 86, Serra Catholic 60 — For the second time this season, a Centurions (19-1, 11-0) player went for a career high against the Eagles. Zach Herman lit up Serra Catholic for a game-high 35 points. Brian Graytok, who chipped in 21, tied the school record with 44 in the first meeting. Max Kaminsky scored 20 in the loss for Serra Catholic (13-6, 6-3).
Springdale 40, South Allegheny 39 —With 6.9 seconds left in the game and Springdale trailing by two, the Dynamos' Matt Matisko made a 3-pointer as time expired in a Section 3-AA clash. Charlie Guy had 18 points for the Dynamos (3-15, 1-10).
Kordell Thompson led South Allegheny (7-14, 3-8) with 22 points.
Elizabeth Forward 48, Ringgold 47 (OT) — Kylie Owoc hit the game-winning 3-pointer with seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Class AAA No. 2-ranked Warriors to a Section 4-AAA win. Allison Pastore led Elizabeth Forward (19-1, 11-0) with 16 points.
Franklin Regional 34, Woodland Hills 28 — Delrika Jones-Carey scored 19 points for the Wolverines (6-14, 3-8), who were eliminated from the WPIAL playoffs.
Norwin 44, Kiski Area 41 — Kiski Area's fourth-quarter comeback fell just short as the Cavaliers lost a Section 1-AAAA contest to Norwin (12-9, 10-3).
Penn Hills 53, McKeesport 42 — Maniah Robinson scored a game-high 17 points, but it wasn't enough to get the Tigers (6-14, 0-11) their first Section 2-AAAA victory.
Springdale 69, South Allegheny 55 — Amanda Koprivnikar recorded 27 points for Springdale, as the Dynamos (7-13, 2-9) defeated South Allegheny (11-10, 6-5) in Section 3-AA. Abby Dranko and Jaylee Patterson scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, for South Allegheny.
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