McMasters’ 56 sets California record
By The Valley Independent
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013
It's no secret Courtnee McMasters has been the big gun for the California girls' basketball team all season.
On Wednesday night against Mapletown, she was more like an entire army.
McMasters exploded for a school-record 56 points as the Lady Trojans drilled the host Lady Maples, 81-31, in Section 3 A.
McMasters hit five 3-pointers as she had 15 field goals and made 11 of 16 free throws in her record-breaking effort.
McMasters had 21 points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, nine in the third and closed the game with 16 in the fourth quarter.
California (14-6, 5-4) jumped to a 31-7 lead after one quarter and upped the advantage to 49-15 at halftime.
“She is getting close to 1,000 points and I decided to let her have a chance to get it,” California coach Chris Minerd said of his 5-7 senior. “There has only been one 1,000-point girls scorer in California history (Traci Marcolini) and we want her to be the second.
“I told the Mapletown coaches before the game I was gonna leave her in because she was going for 1,000.”
McMasters has 966 points and California has two more games remaining before the playoffs.
Also hitting double figures for Cal was Danielle Koehler with 12 points.
Mapletown (0-17, 0-9) was led by Renee Dingle and Madison Bogden with eight points each.
California hosts Avella tonight at 7 p.m.
BoysBV Area 70, Albert Gallatin 57
The Leps (3-17) snapped an 11-game losing streak with the non-section win as Ryan Thomas scored a career-high 27 points with six rebounds and six assists.
BVA pulled away in the fourth quarter by outscoring AG (1-20) 27-15 as Thomas scored 12 points.
BVA closes the season Friday at home against Elizabeth Forward.
Monessen 78, Geibel 48
The Greyhounds (8-11, 6-2) remained in second place in Section 3 A after the easy road win.
Clintell Gillaspie had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Monessen, while 6-5 freshman Nicodemus Payne had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Luke Doptis added 10 points, while Justice Rawlins had nine points and 11 rebounds, Lavelle Rush had seven steals and Moudy Shenouda had six assists.
Geibel got a game-high 20 points from Aaron Agostoni.
Monessen hosts Mapletown tonight in a 7 p.m. start.
Frazier 82, Bentworth 70
The Commodores (6-13, 4-9) picked up their second straight Section 5 AA win as Roger Cline scored 22 points, Jared Rebovich had 15, Vincent Bucci 13 and Charles Manack and Paul Pellick had 11 each.
Bentworth (7-13, 4-9) got 26 points from Cody Levine, 23 from Chris Blackburn and 10 from Zach Robker.
GirlsRinggold 52, Canon-McMillan 45
The Lady Rams (10-10) closed the regular season with the non-section win over Canon-Mac (8-12).
The Lady Rams got 16 points from Bailey Cooper, 13 from Josie Schmidt and 11 from Marlena Schmidt.
Canon-Mac was led by Danielle Parker with 14 pointsd and Brittany Hutchinson with 12.
Carmichaels 64, Bentworth 26
The Lady Bearcats (7-14) got outscored 48-10 in the second and third quarters of the non-section game.
Taylor Pompei had 13 points for Bentworth while Carmichaels (18-3) got 21 points from Caroline Cree and Morgan Berardi had 18.
Bentworth closes the season tonight at Beth-Center.
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