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Greensburg high school roundup: Norwin beats buzzer, earns playoff berth

Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Norwin's Gage McCracken (center) is swarmed by teammates after he scored the game-winning points at the buzzer against Connellsville on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Norwin. Norwin won 57-56.

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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 10:15 p.m.

Gage McCracken's basket off an inbounds pass at the final buzzer lifted Norwin over visiting Connellsville, 57-56, in a Section 1-AAAA game Tuesday, clinching a WPIAL playoff spot for the Knights.

Curtis Perz led Norwin (12-8, 6-5) with 16 points. Jimmy Leichliter, whose free throw gave Connellsville (10-10, 4-7) a late one-point lead, led the Falcons with 20 points.

Latrobe 72, Penn-Trafford 56 — Sean Graytok scored 18 points and Chad Kissell added 13, as Latrobe (10-8, 5-5) won a Section 1-AAAA game. Dom Coconcelli led Penn-Trafford (5-15, 2-9) with 12 points, and Sam Kavel and Timmy Vecchio each had 10.

Laurel Highlands 47, Greensburg Salem 44 — Jake Mansberry scored 14 points to lead Laurel Highlands (10-9, 7-4) in Section 3-AAA. Max Ponzurick led Greensburg Salem (9-11, 5-6) with 13 points.

Belle Vernon 67, East Allegheny58 — Jason Capco scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Leopards (9-9, 4-7) to a Section 4-AAA win. Isaiah Hampton led East Allegheny (0-18, 0-11) with 18 points.

Greensburg C.C. 79, Serra Catholic 23 — Brian Graytok led all scorers with 14 points as Class AA No. 2 Greensburg C.C. earned the Section 3 crown. Romano Sebastiani added 10 points for GCC (16-2, 10-0).

Frazier 59, West Greene 44 — Roger Cline led Frazier (13-5, 9-2) with 24 points in Section 5-AA.

Monessen 94, Carmichaels 55 — Clintell Gillaspie scored 24 points as Monessen clinched the Section 3-A title. Javon Brown added 15 points for the Greyhounds (15-5, 9-0), while Lavelle Rush scored 13 points. Brandon Lawless scored 21 points for Carmichaels (14-3, 6-2).

Girls basketball

Norwin 79, Kiski Area 19 — Alayna Gribble scored 23 points to lead four players in double figures as the Knights cruised in Section 1-AAAA. Angela Tyke, Natalie Dittig and Julia Carter all scored 12 points for Norwin (15-5, 12-1).

Derry 53, Yough 24 — Morgan Roble scored 13 points, Madison Deluca added 11 and Derry (4-12, 2-9) won in Section 3-AAA. Natalie Peebles led Yough (2-18, 0-10) with 12.

Indiana 42, Greensburg Salem 31 — Kaitlyn Hoff scored 17 points to lead Class AAA No. 5 Indiana (17-3, 10-1) to a Section 3 win. Claire Oberdorf led the Lions (8-12, 6-5) with 17.

Belle Vernon 60, Brownsville 41 — Kaitlyn Slagus scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Leopards (16-4, 9-2) to a Section 4-AAA win.

Shady Side Academy 54, Jeannette 42 — Natalie Palmer scored 21 points and led Shady Side Academy (9-10, 8-5) to a Section 3-AA win. Monique Redman led Jeannette (9-9, 7-4) with 14 points.

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