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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Mapletown's Dereck Riggleman, Moon's Amirah Moore

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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Mapletown's Dereck Riggleman
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Moon's Amirah Moore drives past Ambridge's Katie Fischer during their game Thursday Jan. 17, 2013 at Moon High School. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

Dereck Riggleman

School: Mapletown

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Riggleman drained five 3-pointers, finished with a school-record 51 points, and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career in a 66-60 win over Geibel on Jan. 9. Riggleman also chipped in with 15 points in the Maples' 52-50 nail-biter against Geibel in their host tournament on Dec. 29. Through his first eight games, Riggleman is averaging 23.5 points per game.

Talk about how special it was to go over the 1,000-point plateau in that fashion.

I never thought that scoring that many points would be possible. Especially since we're from a small school with not a lot of people. It's a great achievement and a special moment.

What is the most points you ever scored in a game previously?

I scored 37 once. That came in our first game this season and our last section game last season.

What was going through your mind that game?

I knew I needed 33 to get to 1,000. I didn't plan on doing anything differently or shooting anything like that. I just started early, got to the free throw line, made some layups and made some 3s. Everything was falling for me.

Have you decided where you want to go college?

Not yet. I'm not sure if I want to go to a big university to focus on academics or go to a small school and play basketball a little bit longer.

Do you have a major in mind?

Physical therapy. I don't really ever want to give up sports. I always want to be around it. I'd like to work with football and basketball injuries.

Amirah Moore

School: Moon

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Moore scored a game-high 30 points — with 24 coming in the second half — to lift the Tigers to a 53-50 victory over Keystone Oaks in Section 5-AAA play Jan. 9. Moore ended the 2013 calendar year on a hot streak, scoring 19 in a win over Mars in the Mars Tournament on Dec. 26 and going for 18 in a Dec. 23 win over North Hills. Through her first 10 games, Moore was averaging 17.5 points per game.

Are you happy with your play to this point?

I'm happy with how I've played most of the games. A couple of them I think I could have played a little bit better.

What do you wish you would have done better?

In the South Park game, I feel like I could have done a better job of not getting into foul trouble. I think I made up for it by getting the ball to my teammates and letting them score because there was a lot of double-teaming going on.

Have you decided where you want to attend college?

Not yet. The most important part for me is a school that offers a good engineering program. I want to study petroleum engineering so that is important to me.

Can you tell me what schools you've been in contact with?

So far, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State-Beaver, Wheeling Jesuit and Washington & Jefferson.

What are your hopes and expectations for this team as the season continues?

I believe 100 percent that we'll make the playoffs. We plan on working hard and trying to become section champs this year. It's been seven years since Moon has won a section title, so we're all striving to get that for the school.

— Brian Graham

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