Share This Page

Ladies night in the Grebb League

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Tommy Thomas State Farm's Mia Woytovich of Charleroi Area drives around Bitonti Barristers' Meaghan Murphy, who plays for Belle Vernon Area, during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Mia Woytovich of Charleroi Area puts up a shot for Tommy Thomas State Farm during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Tommy Thomas' State Farm's Mia Woytovich gets fouled on her way to the rim by Bitonti's Barristers' Cara Grogan during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Tommy Thomas State Farm coach Charel Allen talks to her team during a timeout in the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
A group shot of all the girls that made the debut of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division a successful one on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Mia Woytovich of Charleroi Area goes up for a shot for Tommy Thomas' State Farm as Bitonti's Barristers' Meaghan Murphy of Belle Vernon Area defends during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division top overall draft pick, Kylie Huffman, dribbles up the court for Bitonti's Barristers during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Jeremy Sellew / The Valley Independent
Bitonti's Barristers' Cara Grogan puts up two for her team during the inaugural game of the Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League Girls' Division on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Mechanic Street Playground in California.

Monday was a memorable night at the Mechanic Street Playground in California as the girls made their debut in the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League with a doubleheader.

The Grebb League has been around for five years, but this was the first time the girls cut the sleeves off their shirts and laced up the sneakers, just like their male counterparts.

While it was a big debut for the league, it was also a big debut for the biggest girl on the court, Belle Vernon Area's Kaitlyn Slagus.

Slagus dominated in every aspect of the game, leading Fredericktown Butcher Shop to a 53-36 win over Lagerheads.

Slagus, who will be entering her junior year for the Lady Leps, scored 16 points in the first half en route to a game-high 28. She had an unofficial tally of 15 rebounds and at least seven blocks. Her BVA teammate, Bria Rathway, added seven points for the Butcher Shop, which led 30-21 at the half.

The California Area duo of Ashley Holt and Bailey Vig combined for 30 of their team's 36 points. Holt nailed two 3-pointers on her way to a 17-point night, while Vig finished with 13 points. Lagerheads played without its first-round pick, Brownsville's Maris Seto.

Bitonti's Barristers 49,Tommy Thomas State Farm 32

In the inaugural game of the night, a short-handed Bitonti's team outlasted Tommy Thomas' State Farm 49-32.

It was BVA's Meaghan Murphy who dominated for Bitonti's, scoring 17 points. Nine of those came in the first half, with seven during a 17-2 run that vaulted her team to the lead it never relinquished.

Teammate Caitlyn Trombley, also a BVA product, scored 13 for Bitonti's, including eight points in the first half.

Thanks to the long run in the first half, Bitonti's, which played with just six players, jumped to a 29-15 halftime lead.

Leading the way for State Farm was Charleroi Area's Mia Woytovich with 19 points, including the first ever, girls' division basket, a 3-pointer from the wing early in the first half.

The league's top overall pick, Kylie Huffman, a freshman at California Area, finished with just two points, but assisted on a number of her team's baskets after being forced to play out of position for most of the game.

Girls' Division Director Melanie Greco was highly impressed with what she saw on the league's first night of action.

“I'm very pleased,” Greco said. “There were a lot of good things. In the first game, you can see the senior leadership of Mia (Woytovich) helping guide and lead her team.

“There was a lot of power out there tonight too ... I was real impressed with the play of the big girls. Meaghan (Murphy) in that first game and Kaitlyn (Slagus) in that second game. They were just awesome out there.”

Greco was also impressed with the play of the girls who are only entering eighth grade next year.

“Those younger girls showed they weren't afraid of getting out there with the big and older girls,” she said. “They held their own. I'm very proud of the way all the girls played tonight.”

Former Monessen and Notre Dame star Charel Allen, coach of Tommy Thomas' State Farm, summed up the evening.

“This is a really great thing that's going on here tonight,” Allen said. “I wish they had this when I was in school. It's great that it's here in this area. It's only going to help the girls develop their games.”

The league continues Wednesday with another doubleheader. Lagerheads (0-1) will take on Tommy Thomas' State Farm (0-1) at 7 p.m., with Bitonti's (1-0) and Fredericktown Butcher Shop (1-0) meeting at 8 p.m.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.