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Shady Side Academy hoop event raises money for cancer research

| Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Shady Side Academy hosted its first Breast Cancer Classic basketball tournament Saturday and, from all accounts, it was a success.

The Shady Side Academy girls won the opener 53-16 over Propel Academy.

Natalie Palmer scored 11 points to lead the Indians.

“It was a good game for us,” SSA coach Audrey Scott said. “A lot of girls got to play, and it was a relaxing atmosphere for us, sort of a break before the playoffs start.”

In the other games, Beaver beat Springdale, Butler beat Westinghouse, South Park defeated Bethel Park, St. Joseph's beat Winchester-Thurston and Shaler won over Obama Academy.

“We had some close games and some games that weren't so close,” Scott said. “Next year, we'll try to match up the teams more evenly.”

The turnout was good as was the money raised for breast cancer research.

“Some of the games drew more fans when there was less travel involved,” Scott said. “The South Park-Bethel Park game had a lot of people from the South Hills come to the game.

“We haven't gotten a final total on the proceeds yet, but we think it will be around $4,000 to $5,000.”

Scott said there were a lot of people who pitched in to help make the event a success.

“The team, parents and fans did a lot of volunteer work for us,” she said. “We even had breast cancer survivors serve as honorary coaches, and we presented them with flowers at halfcourt.

“A lot of people told us afterward that the event was very well run, and we're looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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