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SSA tourney to raise cancer awareness

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Shady Side Academy's Jane Sheerer fights for a rebound against Jeannette's Kay Kay Crosby on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at Jeannette High School. Jeannette won 49-34.

High school basketball fans will have the opportunity to get a full dose of the sport on Feb. 8 at Shady Side Academy.

The school will host the Shady Side Academy Breast Cancer Awareness Classic, which begins at noon with a full slate of action.

“We're excited about it,” SSA coach Audrey Scott said. “It will be a fun day with proceeds going to a worthy cause.

“The parents and the girls have been working hard to make it a success. We'll have a lot of activities going on along with the basketball.”

Scott said the team has received donations from various people and businesses. As a result, there will be drawings and raffles all day.

“There are some nice prizes that people will have a chance to win,” Scott said. “We'll also be selling Classic T-shirts.”

Scott also is excited about the lineup of teams.

“We have 12 teams that will be playing, and there are some good matchups,” Scott said. “Our team will kick things off at noon, and we'll be playing Propel Academy.”

Shady Side Athletic Director Gene Deal is looking forward to the event.

“It's going to be a special day here, and we're expecting some good crowds for the games,” Deal said. “We're hoping to have a full gym for every game. It will be a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

The SSA vs. Propel Academy game will be followed by Butler vs. Westinghouse at 1:30, Beaver vs. Springdale at 3, Bethel Park vs. South Park at 4:30, Winchester-Thurston vs. St. Joseph's at 6 and Shaler vs. Obama Academy at 7:30.

“We're looking forward to giving high school basketball fans a whole day's worth of exciting basketball,” Scott said.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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