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Roundup: California girls clinch share of rare section title

| Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Elizabeth Forward's Andrew Jacobs is surrounded by Ringgold's George Martin, Patrick Fowler (14) and Dayshore Majors.
Elizabeth Forward's Andrew Jacobs is surrounded by Ringgold's George Martin, Patrick Fowler (14) and Dayshore Majors.

It has been a long time since California won a section title in girls' basketball.

The last time was when the 81-82 Lady Trojans accomplished the feat.

Tuesday night, with several members of the 81-82 team in attendance, California clinched at least a share of the Section 3 A title by lambasting visiting Mapletown, 58-16.

The Lady Trojans (16-3, 9-0) seized control early, taking a commanding 29-4 lead in the first quarter as Kylie Huffman and Tristen Conaway each scored eight points.

On the night, Huffman led the way with 20 points and Conaway added 16.

“It was a nice night for the girls,” said California coach Chris Minerd. “We clinched a share of the section and had some of the 81-82 team there to be a part of it. We cut down the nets afterward. It was a nice night.”

California can wrap up the title Friday against Avella.BV Area 60, Brownsville 41

The Lady Leps (16-4, 9-2) sprinted to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter in the Section 4 AAA game and rolled to an easy win.

Kaitlyn Slagus scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Teammate Courtney Askew added 10 points and five assists.

Brownsville (6-11, 1-10) got 10 points from Marris Seto.

Charleroi 64, Bentworth 33

The Lady Cougars (17-5, 8-4) had no problem in the Section 5 AA game as they took a commanding 29-4 lead at halftime.

Mia Woytovich had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals for Charleroi, while Lynsey Wright had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Anjie Tilghman chipped in with 10 points.

Bentworth (2-15, 0-11) got 10 points from Kendra Campbell.

Frazier 40, Winchester Thurston 37, OT

Frazier (13-4, 6-1) moved a game closer to wrapping up second place in Section 4 A with the overtime win.

Jamie Muccioli led Frazier with 10 points and hit four free throws in the extra period to seal the win.

WT (8-9, 5-3) got 17 points from Shala Barney.

The teams meet again tonight in Pittsburgh.

Derry 53, Yough 24

Morgan Roble scored 13 points and Madison Deluca added 11 as Derry (4-12, 2-9) won in Section 3 AAA.

Natalie Peebles led Yough (2-18, 0-10) with 12 points. Teammate Samantha Miller added 10.

BoysElizabeth Forward 46, Ringgold 35

In Section 4 AAA, the Warriors (16-3, 9-2) got past the stubborn Rams as George Prota scored 12 points and Jalen French added 10.

Ringgold (3-15, 2-9) got 16 points from Dakota Browning and 13 from Dayshore Majors.

EF took a 22-11 lead in the first half, but the Rams wouldn't go away in the second half and kept the game close as Browning scored 10 of his 16 points and Majors added seven.

BV Area 67, E. Allegheny 58

The Leps (9-9, 4-7) won the Section 4 AAA game as Jason Capco scored 23 points, Phil Baldini had 13, Devin Hannan had 12 and Jimmy Yantko added 10.

BVA outscored the losers 19-10 in the second quarter to open a 31-20 halftime lead and never trailed in the second half.

Isaiah Hampton had 18 points for the Wildcats.

California 64, Beth-Center 33

The Trojans (8-11, 6-5) kept their playoff hopes alive in Section 5 AA with the easy win as Austin Wingo scored 13 points and Josh Luko and Demetri Clements each added 11.

Adam Walters scored 16 points for BC (5-12, 4-8).

Frazier 59, West Greene 44

The Commodores (13-5, 9-2) got 24 points from Roger Cline and 10 from Alvin Ross in the Section 5 AA win.

WG (4-15, 1-11) got a game-high 30 points from Ben Carlisle.

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