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Belle Vernon's defense stymies Ringgold, 47-31

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BV Area's Phaedra DeWitt tries to get off a shot against the defensive efforts of Ringgold's Sam Byczynski.
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Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Belle Vernon Area showed in its first three wins of the season that the Lady Leps have a pretty good offense.

In a Section 4 AAA opener at Ringgold Friday night, the Lady Leps showed they can play defense, too.

BVA hounded the Lady Rams all night en route to a 47-31 win.

The Lady Leps (3-1, 1-0) held the Lady Rams (2-1, 0-1) under 10 points in every quarter.

“Our defense really carried us through tonight,” said BVA coach Lisa Fairman. “We really played tough defense. We had a couple of offensive spurts that helped us, but our defense was strong throughout the game.”

BVA broke open a 20-17 game in the third quarter by outscoring Ringgold 19-6 for a commanding 39-23 lead.

Kaitlyn Slagus scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the big quarter.

“We really had a dynamic third quarter and Kaitlyn just came out strong,” said Fairman. “We were on fire. We made some adjustments at halftime that really helped us.”

Slagus also had 16 rebounds as she finished with a double-double.

BVA's Phaedra DeWitt added six assists and six steals.

For Ringgold, Bailey Cooper had 13 points.

Charleroi 68, Beth-Center 31

The Lady Cougars (4-0, 1-0) opened play in Section 5 AA with a romp as Mia Woytovich scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists.

Rachel Ritzer had 11 points and five rebounds and Anjie Tilghman added 10 points for Charleroi.

Charleroi raced out to a 21-8 first quarter lead as Woytovich (eight) and Ritzer (seven) combined for 15 points.

“Mia hit two threes and Rachel scored most of her points off steals,” Charleroi coach Joe Grodz said of the big first quarter.

The winners widened the lead to 41-20 at halftime and coasted the rest of the way.

No players hit for double figures for B-C (1-3, 0-1).

Charleroi travels to Washington Monday for a 6:30 p.m. varsity tip-off.

Elizabeth Forward 77, Waynesburg 15

EF (4-0, 1-1) opened play in Section 4 AAA in a big way, outscoring Waynesburg 32-4 in the first quarter.

Natalie Fekula led the onslaught with 17 points and 12 rebounds for EF. Also hitting for double figures for the winners were Jessica Palady (15), Abigail Sporio (11), Kylie Owoc (10) and Olivia Barkley (10).

Nobody hit double figures for Waynesburg (0-3, 0-1).

Greensburg Salem 59, Yough 26

The Lady Cougars (1-3, 0-1) fell behind 11-1 in the first quarter and never recovered against the Lady Lions (2-1, 1-0).

Natalie Peebles had 11 points for Yough while the winners had four players in double figures, led by Karly Mellinger with 20 points. Sydney Ross added 15 points.


California 71, Mapletown 44

The Trojans (1-1) won on the road for new coach Steve Luko as huge second and third quarters sparked the victory.

After a 10-10 tie through one quarter, Cal outscored the Maples 17-7 in the second quarter for a 27-17 halftime lead and the Trojans upped the advantage to 46-25 going into the fourth quarter.

Demetri Clements scored 15 points, Austin Wingo 14 and Trey Matthews 13 for the Trojans.

Mapletown (1-3) got a game-high 25 points from Derek Riggleman.

California hosts Jefferson-Morgan in a Section 5 AA opener tonight.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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