Highlands girls slip past Burrell
A crucial swing at the end of the first period gave the Highlands girls basketball team the lead for good, as the Golden Rams held off visiting Burrell, 35-30, on Saturday in a non-section game.
With Burrell leading, 10-8, and holding for the last shot, the Bucs were called for an illegal screen. Highlands' Sidney Grabigel sank a 3-pointer before the buzzer to give the Golden Rams an 11-10 edge.
"That was definitely a spark," Highlands coach Meghan Ziemianski said.
"It was a momentum-changer, a five-point swing," Burrell coach Brian Sharick said. "We told our girls that Grabigel can hit from anywhere."
Class AAA Highlands improved to 7-4 overall, while Class AA Burrell slipped to 5-4.
Grabigel and Brittany Cook led Highlands with 12 points apiece. For Burrell, Morgan Sharick scored a game-high 14 points, and Shea Liput added 12 points, including eight in the first period.
Baldwin 58, Fox Chapel 44 — Fox Chapel (8-1) suffered its first loss of the season at Baldwin (8-2) in nonsection play.
Baldwin's Belma Nurkic, a Duquesne recruit, scored a game-high 22 points. On her birthday, Eve Kedzierski made three 3-pointers and led Fox Chapel with 15 points.
Senior forward Jenny Papich, Fox Chapel's leading scorer and rebounder, didn't play because she suffered a mild concussion in a game last Monday, according to coach Meaghan Meabon. Papich might return either Tuesday for a nonsection game against Highlands or Thursday for a section game against Oakland Catholic, Meabon said.
St. Joseph 39, Ellis School 33 — Jacqi Diez scored a game-high 28 points to lead St. Joseph (3-7, 1-2) to its first Section 4-A victory of the season. Ellis School fell to 1-5, 0-3.
St. Joseph 77, Aquinas Academy 29 — Eleven players scored for St. Joseph (9-2, 1-0), as the Spartans won their Section 3-A opener against Aquinas Academy (1-4, 0-1). For St. Joseph, Dave Marsili scored a game-high 20 points, and Brian Heinle added 13 points and seven assists.
Fort Cherry Duals — Highlands junior 140-pounder Richie Bass was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, as the Rams went 4-0 and won the Fort Cherry Duals. Bass also went 4-0, with three pins. Highlands squeaked by Fort Cherry, 40-39, but crushed its other three opponents. The Rams had four other wrestlers go 4-0: Cole Scisciani (119 pounds), Dan O'Neil (130), Marcus Bachman (145) and Ryan Scisciani (152).