High school roundup: USC edges Canon-Mac for 1st place in section
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The Upper St. Clair boys basketball team took control of first place in Section 4-AAAA on Friday night with a 56-47 victory over Canon-McMillan, which had won three straight.
Thomas Steve had 12 points, and Conor Gallagher and J.J. Conn added 11 and 10, respectively, for the Panthers (11-5, 7-2), who were coming off a 72-48 loss to Bethel Park.
Sam Bohn had 20 points for the Big Macs (10-6, 6-3). The teams will meet again Monday night at Canon-McMillan.
Central Catholic 63, McKeesport 58 — Sean Whalen, Kevin Price-Wharton and Paris Ford scored 12, 10 and 10 points, respectively, for Central Catholic (10-7, 7-3) in a Section 2-AAAA win.
Jordan Payne scored 18 points for McKeesport (8-9, 4-6).
Fox Chapel 78, Woodland Hills 50 — Matt D'Amico scored 15 points and became Fox Chapel's all-time leading scorer (1,324) in a Section 2-AAAA win. Brian Papich had 33 points for the Foxes (13-4, 6-4).
Plum 44, Gateway 35 — Sophomore James Edwards scored a game-high 19 points, 14 in the second half, and Plum (14-2, 8-2) won despite making only four 2-point baskets against Section 2-AAAA rival Gateway (12-6, 8-2). The teams are tied atop the section. Plum made six 3-pointers, four by Edwards, and made 17 of 33 free throws.
Hampton 85, Shaler 41 — David Ruber led all scorers with 18 points as Class AAAA No. 2 Hampton (16-1, 9-1) earned a victory in Section 3. Zach Weaver led Shaler (2-15, 0-10) with 14 points.
New Castle 62, North Hills 44 — Malik Hooker led all scorers with 23 points as Class AAAA No. 1 New Castle (16-0, 10-0) remained unbeaten with a Section 3 win. Shawndale Jones scored 17 points for North Hills (9-9, 3-7).
Peters Township 59, Trinity 46 — J.C. Brush scored a game-high 18 points as Peters Township (9-8, 6-4) earned a victory in Section 4-AAAA. The win was coach Gary Goga's 100th career victory.
Chartiers Valley 88, McGuffey 36 — Jerrad Tuite scored 18 points as Class AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (15-1, 9-0) won in Section 5-AAA.
South Fayette 68, Keystone Oaks 53 — Justin Watson scored 20 points as South Fayette (9-5, 6-2) won in Section 5-AAA. Taylor Lehman scored a game-high 23 points for Keystone Oaks (3-12, 3-6).
Seton-La Salle 83, Fort Cherry 24 — Malik White scored 14 points as Class AA No. 1 Seton-La Salle (17-0, 9-0) remained undefeated with a Section 4 victory. Dale Clancy added 13 points for the Rebels.
Avonworth 63, Sto-Rox 44 — Eric Gallupe recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds as Class AA No. 5 Avonworth (13-3, 9-0) earned a victory in Section 6.
Lincoln Park 87, Cornell 56 — Maverick Rowan become the second-fastest player in WPIAL history to record 1,000 points, doing so in 44 games, as he scored a game-high 28 points Friday night to lead Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park (14-1, 6-0) in Section 1. Teammate Elijah Minnie added 12 points and is 10 points away from 1,000 career points.
OLSH 87, Rochester 52 — Cameron Johnson led all scorers with 34 points, including his 1,000th career point, as Class A No. 3 OLSH (13-4, 5-1) won in Section 1. Nick Metz added 19 points for the Chargers.
Vincentian 96, Eden Christian 72 — Jim Kenna scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, as Class A No. 2 Vincentian (16-0, 6-0) earned a victory in Section 2. Ryan Wolf added 21 points for the Royals.
Gateway 50, Plum 49 — Jada Epps scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead Gateway (9-5, 5-4) to a Section 2-AAAA win.
St. Joseph 57, Imani Christian 24 — This Section 2-A game was called with only three quarters in the books after Imani Christian's Chelsey Ware collapsed on the sideline due to dehydration, according to Imani Christian coach Tru Dixon. Dixon said Ware received medical treatment and would be is OK. Mallory Heinle paced the Spartans (11-4, 5-3) with 24
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