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Plum grabs fourth place in Section 2-AAAA

| Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

Don't count the Plum girls' basketball team out of the WPIAL playoff chase just yet.

The Mustangs jumped back into the race in Section 2-AAAA with a 48-30 road victory over Woodland Hills on Saturday.

Plum (7-10, 3-5) took a 23-11 lead into halftime and cruised to break a two-game losing streak. It now has a half-game lead over Woodland Hills (5-11, 3-6) for fourth place. The top four teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

Karleigh Weichler had 17 points, and Taylor Adams added 13 for Plum.

Fox Chapel 64, West Mifflin 31 — Three Fox Chapel players scored in double figures as the Foxes (15-2), ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA by Tribune-Review News Service, earned a nonsection win over West Mifflin (8-8).

Sara D'Amico, Lindsey McKamish and Jenny Papich all scored 14 points for the Foxes.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fox Chapel 48, Valley 43 — Jake Wilfong and Brendan Duquette each scored 12 points to lead Fox Chapel (8-8) to a nonsection victory at Valley (7-11).

Andrew Kanaan scored 12 to pace Valley, which led, 21-18, at the half.

Tom Weremeychik added 10 points for the Vikings.

Plum 67, Woodland Hills 52 — Plum (14-4, 6-2) had five players score double digits and used a big third quarter to pull away from host Woodland Hills (3-13, 2-7) in a Section 2-AAAA game.

Neal McKown had a team-high 19 points, Adam Flood scored 12 and Nolan Cressler, Ryan Duke and Bobby Theiss had 10 apiece for the Mustangs, who bounced back after two straight losses.

Plum outscored the Wolverines, 22-6, in the third quarter.

Imani Christian 84, Chewick Christian Academy 33 — At Penn State New Kensington, Kevin Bair and Jake Furman both scored 12 points for Cheswick Christian Academy (7-12, 3-5), but Imani Christian was too much for the Chargers in a Southwest Christian Athletic Conference game.

Imani jumped out to a 31-3 first-quarter lead.

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