Stawovy, Short stand tall for BV Dairy Queen
Belle Vernon Dairy Queen overcame an early deficit to knock off previously unbeaten Dax Thomas State Farm, 49-44, in girls' division play in Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League play Monday at the Mon Valley YMCA in Carroll.
Dairy Queen's Brittany Stawovy arrived a little late after participating in another league in Plum. But her arrival was just the jolt her team needed.
Stawovy scored 15 points, nine in the second half, as Dairy Queen (2-1) held off a late push by State Farm (2-1) and Charleroi Area's Maria Claybaugh.
Claybaugh, who scored 14 points, scored six straight points within a minute to cut the Dairy Queen lead to 43-42 with 1:47 to go.
Dairy Queen hit 6 of 8 free throws and used persistent rebounding by Stawovy and Charleroi Area's Sierra Short late to secure the win.
Early on, Belle Vernon Area point guard Taylor Kovatch nailed a 3-pointer for State Farm to give her team a 12-10 lead. That was followed by five straight points from Short to put DQ up 15-12.
After a pair of baskets by Short and Stawovy, Claybaugh hit a jumper and scored off a turnover to push State Farm to a 25-24 lead.
Beth-Center eighth-grader Olivia Greco nailed a 3 to start off the second half. That was followed by two free throws by Short and a jumper by Latrobe's Bella Skatell.
The teams exchanged baskets with State Farm, tying it at 34-34 after two baskets by BVA's Kelsey Green.
Stawovy nailed another 3-pointer to kick off a 9-2 run that gave DQ a 43-36 lead with 3:19 to go. The run was aided by a technical foul assessed to State Farm coach Ed Miller. It led to a Stawovy free throw and jump shot off the ensuing DQ possession.
Turnovers were the Achille's heel for State Farm. They committed 18 in the second half alone and finished with 26 for the game.
They also had two players foul out in the second half, Ashley Russell (BVA) at the 13:47 mark and Kovatch with 8:40 remaining.
Kaitlyn Riley joined her Charleroi teammate with 14 points. Green added nine.
Short (11) and Jefferson-Morgan's Celine Monica (9) combined for 20 points for DQ.
Grebb League action resumes Tuesday with a boys' division tripleheader beginning with Farmers Insurance against Bee Graphix at 7 p.m. followed by Northwood Realty and Campy's Pizza at 8. Dairy Queen takes on Union Cleaners in the nightcap at 9.
AMD Industries 48,Cedarbrook 41
Maris Seto continued on an MVP pace for AMD Industries as the Brownsville senior notched a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Seto scored 10 points, nearly half of her team's total as AMD led 22-15 at the break.
Bethel Park's Juliana Carbone scored a team-high 11 points to lead coach Javon Brown's Cedarbrook team. Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Stawovy nailed two 3-pointers en route to a 10-point game for Cedarbrook (0-3).
California Area's Bailey Vig added seven points for first-place AMD (3-0).
Lee Supply 47, CCBC 30
Lee Supply held CCBC to 12 first half points en route to a 47-30 win.
Brownsville's Allie Seto scored a game-high 19 points with 10 in the second half as the league's defending champions picked up their second win of the season. BVA's Keira Boff scored all of her 16 points in the first half for Lee Supply (2-1).
California Area's Charlee Petrucci scored eight points to lead CCBC (0-3).
Girls' division play continues Wednesday with CCBC versus Cedarbrook at 7 p.m., AMD Industries vs. BV Dairy Queen at 8 and Lee Supply against State Farm at 9.
In the case of inclement weather, the games will be held inside at the YMCA.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.