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Lady Hounds' offense offensive

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

You couldn't blame Monessen girls' basketball coach Gina Naccarato of longing for the days of not so long ago.

It was only a couple years back when the Lady Greyhounds were known to score 26 points - or more - in a quarter.

Not this year.

Monessen is averaging just 26.4 points per game and has only one victory in seven games after bowing to Winchester Thurston, 44-28, in a Section 4 A opener at Monessen.

The Lady Greyhounds (1-6, 0-1) got 17 points from Mariha Johnson, but the rest of the team managed just 11 points.

“We have to score more points. It's as simple as that,” said Naccarato. “We only gave up 44 points and that's about our norm this season, so our defense isn't too bad. The girls work really hard. We just can't score.

“So, guess what we will be working on in practice.”

Winchester Thurston (3-4, 1-0) got 10 points from Ally Siegel.

The Bears outscored Monessen 13-1 over a nearly eight-minute stretch of the first half to take a 19-8 lead.

The Lady Greyhounds never got closer than four points after that.

Johnson scored the last five points of the half to pull Monessen within 21-17, but Winchester Thurston quickly built the lead back up in the third quarter.

Monessen hosts Charleroi in a non-section game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Charleroi 80, Bentworth 18

The Lady Cougars throttled the Lady Bearcats (2-8, 0-4) in their Section 5 AA mismatch.

Charleroi (10-3, 3-2) raced out to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and upped the lead to 41-11 at halftime.

“We started fast and it was just one of those things,” said Charleroi coach Joe Grodz. “We tried to pull back after that.”

Charleroi's Lynsey Wright scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half for the winners.

Charleroi was led by Mia Woytovich with 24 points. Teammate Anjie Tilghman added 13 and Jordan Swarmer had 10.

Nobody hit double figures for Bentworth, which was led by Heather Chester's five points.

California 59, West Greene 32

The Lady Trojans (7-3, 1-0) opened play in Section 3 A with the easy win as Kylie Huffman scored 18 points, Tristen Conaway had 16 and Dominique Gaston added 10.

California jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the first quarter as Huffman scored eight points and coasted its seventh win in the last eight games.

West Greene (6-3, 1-1) got 13 points from Madison Raber.

Frazier 40, Geibel 18

The Lady Commodores (8-3, 1-0) opened play in Section 4 A with an easy win as Cassidy Guiser scored 12 points and Lauren Timko added 11.

Frazier took a 9-3 lead in the first quarter and never trailed as it continued its low-scoring, winning ways.

The Lady Commodores average just 39.9 points per game, but give up just 34.4.

Derry 51, Yough 34

The visiting Lady Cougars (2-10, 0-5) remained winless in Section 3 AAA.

Natalie Peebles scored 10 points for Yough while Morgan Roble and Rachel Garris each scored 12 points for Derry (3-7, 1-4).


Elizabeth Forward 69, Southmoreland 45

The Warriors (10-1) blew open the non-section game in the second half by outscoring the Scotties 34-16.

George Prota had 14 points and Matt Bernadowski 12 for EF.

Southmoreland (1-10) got 13 points each from Tommy Pisula and Mike Mucha.

EF hosts Ringgold in a section game tonight.

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

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