Lady Cougars fall to Carlynton, 33-31
The playoff drought for Charleroi's girls basketball team continued with a 33-31 loss to Carlynton in a WPIAL Class AA play-in game at Chartiers Valley.
The Lady Cougars (15-7) trailed 33-31 with seconds to go when Carina Gottheld missed a 3-point attempt and Lynsy Wright was unable to score on a put-back just before time expired.
“That was the shot we set up,” Charleroi coach Joe Grodz said of Gottheld's missed shot. “She's one of our best perimeter shooters. Usually she knocks that down. This time it didn't go in.”
Charleroi led most of the first half before a 6-0 run gave Carlynton (13-10) its first lead n the second quarter, 18-16.
Carlynton led by as many as five points (23-18) before taking a 23-20 lead into halftime.
Mia Woytovich, who scored 12 points, scored two quick baskets to start the second half to give Charleroi its last lead of the night, 24-23. However, Charleroi did not score the rest of the quarter and trailed 27-24 going into the fourth period.
Gottheld hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter to tie the score, 27-27, but Carlynton regained the lead on a shot jumper by Hannah Murray and the winners never trailed after that.
“Carlynton played great defense all night,” Grodz said. “When you hold a team to 31 points, it is tough to win. But our girls played hard all night and I'm proud of them.”
Joining Woytovich in double figures for Charleroi was Wright with 12 points.
“I thougt Lynsy just played a great game for us all night,” Grodz noted.
Carlynton, which will meet third-seeded Burrell (20-2) on Tuesday, was led by Jordan Melko with 13 points.
Charleroi never went to the foul line while Carlynton made four of 10 free throws.
Kittanning 77, Yough 56
In a Class AAA boys preliminary contest at Gateway, Yough's season ended with a 77-56 drubbing at the hands of Kittanning.
The Cougars (8-15) trailed 20-12 after one quarter and 38-19 at halftime.
Kittanning (19-4) got a game-high 23 points from Sterling Henry while Noah Kunst added 18 points. Teammate Alek Schaffer chipped in with 10 points.
Yough also had three players in double figures with Josh Sterner leading the way with 16 points.
Also hitting for double figures for the Cougars were Dom Miele with 13 points and Ben D'Amico with 11.
Kittanning will meet fifth-seeded Central Valley (16-6) in a first round game Tuesday.