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High school roundup: McKeesport upsets Greensburg Central Catholic

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Greensburg Salem's Max Ponzanick (back) hauls in a rebound against Penn-Trafford's Mike Barnes during the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Seton Hill University's Salvitti Gymnasium. Greensburg Salem won 47-42.
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By Staff Reports
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 10:03 p.m.

Khalil Purdue scored 27 points, and Jordan Payne scored seven of his 13 points in overtime as McKeesport upset Greensburg Central Catholic (ranked No. 2 in Class AA), 66-63, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Seton Hill.

Greensburg Central Catholic raced to a 16-0 lead, but McKeesport rallied in the second half. Brian Graytok led GCC with 21.

New Castle 62, Lower Merion 59 — A go-ahead, four-point play by New Castle's Drew Allen with 23 seconds left in double overtime allowed the Red Hurricanes to beat Philadelphia's Lower Merion in a rematch of last season's PIAA Class AAAA semifinal at Kobe Bryant Gymnasium. Allen was fouled while making a 3-pointer with New Castle (14-0) trailing by three.

Greensburg Salem 47, Penn-Trafford 42 — Max Ponzurick scored 19 points as Greensburg Salem (8-8) defeated Penn-Trafford (5-11) at Seton Hill. Dom Coconcelli paced Penn-Trafford with 13 points.

West Allegheny 59, Carrick 47 ­— In nonsection play, Andrew Koester scored 17 points to lead West Allegheny (7-8) over Carrick (7-6). Mike Miara and J.T. Bayly added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for West Allegheny. Carrick was paced by 11 points from Marcus Jones and 10 from Keenan Lowe.

Serra Catholic 52, Trinity Christian 48 — Tyler Grebur scored 18 points, and Joe Satira added 17 as Serra Catholic (5-9) beat Trinity Christian (6-8) in nonsection play. Wes Lavrinc paced Trinity Christian with 16 points.

Mt. Lebanon 34, Bethel Park 32 — Eddie Jenkins scored 10 points as Mt. Lebanon (6-9, 5-3) edged Bethel Park (10-4, 5-3) in Section 4-AAAA. Jenkins 3-pointer with just over one minute to go in the fourth quarter put the Blue Devils up for good.

Eden Christian Academy 65, Northgate 47 — Drew Helon scored 25 points to lead Eden Christian Academy (6-8) to a nonsection win against Northgate (5-10). Jeff Schmidt added 15 points for Eden Christian. Darrell Barron and Shane Adams scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to pace Northgate.

North Catholic 40, Jeanette 38 — Dom Robb scored a game-high 16 points for North Catholic (7-7).

Beaver Falls 72, Hopewell 48 — Javon Turner had 15 points, and Donovan Jeter added 13 to help Beaver Falls (12-3) to a nonsection victory at Hopewell (4-8). Cole Meeker had a game-high 17 points for Hopewell.


West Mifflin 63, Waynesburg 33 — Paige Flore led all scorers with 13 points as West Mifflin (11-2, 6-1) won in Section 4-AAA. Taylor Thomas and Alyssa Cairns scored 12 points each for the Titans.

Ringgold 52, Brownsville 37 — Eleni Radic and Bailey Cooper scored 14 points as Ringgold (7-8, 2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Brownsville (6-6, 1-5) in Section 4-AAA. Brownsville was paced by Marris Setoís game-high 17 points.

Mt. Lebanon 50, Altoona 32 — Christine Ehland scored 16 points, and Margie McCaffrey added 15 to lead Mt. Lebanon (11-3) to a nonsection victory over Altoona (5-6).

Penn-Trafford 57, Greensburg Salem 29 — Maria Palarino scored 22 points as Penn-Trafford (10-4) won its sixth-straight game by beating Greensburg Salem (7-8). Maggie Kallock and Karly Mellinger scored 10 points for Greensburg Salem.

Mt. Pleasant 56, Laurel Highlands 34 — Alexa Szelong scored 17 points, and Morgan Barlock added 16 to lead Mt. Pleasant (9-5) to the nonsection victory at Laurel Highlands (4-11). Haley Moreland scored 13 points in the loss.

Seton-La Salle 49, Wilkinsburg 17 — Bailey Canavan scored 11 points, and Bridget Sigg and Morgan Henderson added 10 each as Seton-La Salle (12-3, 7-0) won its 10th-straight with a Section 4-AA victory against Wilkinsburg (0-14, 0-7).

Hopewell 52, North Catholic 37 — Kari Steuer scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Hopewell (12-2) over North Catholic (9-5) in the Pittsburgh Classic at Ambridge. Sam Breen led North Catholic with 11 points.

Southmoreland 52, Geibel 26 — Mariah Bentz scored 14 points, and Julea Claycomb added 10 points to lead Southmoreland (4-9) in nonsection play. Riley Bocan scored 14 points to pace Geibel (4-9).

Butler 51, Shaler 50, 2OT — Julia Baxter scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Butler (8-5, 3-4) to a double-overtime win against Shaler (11-3, 4-2) in Section 3-AAAA. Andy Lydon led Shaler with 14 points.

Vincentian Academy 45, Chartiers Valley 34 — Brenna Wise scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Vincentian Academy (12-2) beat Chartiers Valley (4-11) at the Pittsburgh Classic.

Moon 74, Quigley Catholic 70 — Amirah Moore scored 21 points as Moon (10-4) edged Quigley Catholic (9-5) in nonsection play. Kaitlyn Smith scored 22 points for Quigley, which led at halftime, 35-28. Kristin Jackson and Liz Duer scored 19 and 16 points, respectively.

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