Roundup: Washington edges Charleroi, 41-39
By Jeff Oliver
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
It's no secret that Charleroi and Washington have two of the better girls' basketball teams in Section 5-AA.
The two teams didn't disappoint Monday when they met at Washington with the hosts coming from behind for a 41-39 win.
The Lady Prexies (4-1, 2-0) outscored Charleroi 22-14 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 25-19 deficit.
“They went on a little run and we just couldn't score in the fourth quarter,” said Charleroi coach Joe Grodz. “And they hit a ton of foul shots.”
Charleroi held the lead until the three-minute mark of the final quarter.
Charleroi outscored the hosts 12-3 in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead at halftime and held the lead until the fourth quarter.
“I give them a lot of credit because they had a good game plan,” Grodz said of the Lady Prexies. “They slowed us down and did the things they needed to do. We did what we needed to do, we just went cold in the fourth quarter.
“It was a back-and-forth game, a good game.”
The Lady Cougars (4-1, 1-1) were led by Mia Woytovich with a game-high 16 points. Teammate Rachel Ritzer added 10 points.
Washington got 13 points from Alexis Ashley.
Belle Vernon Area 76,Greensburg Salem 49
BVA's Kaitlyn Slagus broke the school's single-game scoring record with 38 points in the non-section win.
The 6-2 junior broke the mark of 37 that was previously shared by Kim Stringhill and Megan Backstrom.
Slagus scored 20 points in the first half as BVA (4-1) raced out to a 42-24 lead.
Slagus also had 20 rebounds as she notched a double-double.
Bria Rathway had 16 points for the Lady Leps, including 9-for-10 from the foul line.
Greensburg Salem (2-2) got 18 points from Karly Mellinger and 12 from Sydney Ross.
Elizabeth Forward 69, West Mifflin 64, 2OT
The Lady Warriors (5-0, 2-0) won a wild one at West Mifflin as Abigail Sporio scored six points in the second overtime.
Natalie Fekula land Kylie Owoc led EF with 17 points each, but it was Owoc who drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the first overtime to tie the score at 60-60 and force a second extra period.
Sporio finished with 12 points and Olivia Barkley added 10.
West Mifflin (3-2, 1-1) was led by Ciera Patterson with 18 points and Page Fiore with 13.
Ringgold 61,Waynesburg 27
The Lady Rams seized control of the Sec. 4-AAA game in the first quarter, jumping out to a 16-3 lead.
Marlena Schmidt scored seven of her game-high 16 points in the opening quarter.
Schmidt also had 22 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Ringgold (4-1, 1-1) led 34-13 going into the third quarter when the Lady Rams outscored Waynesburg 19-7.
“Our 3-point shooting finally joined the game in the third quarter,” said Ringgold coach Laura Grimm.
Ringgold made three treys in the quarter with Charise Barner hitting two of them.
Joining Schmidt in double figures for Ringgold was Barner with 13.
“I thought we played more cohesive tonight,” said Grimm. “We played much better, but we get West Mifflin Thursday and that will be a best for us.”
Waynesburg (1-4, 0-2) was led by Kerilyn Wilkins with 12 points.
Frazier 39,Jeff-Morgan 29
The Lady Commodores (3-1) outscored J-M 26-13 in the second half to earn the non-section win.Lauren Timko scored nine of her 11 points in the second half.
Hannah Kline also had 11 points for Frazier.
Frazier hosts Yough Wednesday.
Uniontown 53,Yough 28
Yough (1-4, 0-2) lost the Section 3-AAA contest as Uniontown (3-2, 2-0) got a game-high 24 points from Khai Harris.
Yough was led by Natalie Peebles with 15 points.
The Lady Cougars will travel to Frazier Wednesday for a non-section contest.
Carmichaels 80, Bentworth 43
The Bearcats (0-3) were outscored by Carmichaels' Brandon Lawless, who tossed in a game-high 48 points, including eight 3-pointers.
Damon Petroca-Bakos led Bentworth with 19 points.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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