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Sewickley Academy breaks section tie

| Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:00 a.m

Tom Droney scored 26 points — including a crucial free throw after an intentional foul late in the fourth quarter — to lead Class A No. 4 Sewickley Academy into undisputed possession of first place in Section 4 with a 61-55 victory Monday night over No. 1 Our Lady of Sacred Heart.

With Sewickley Academy (9-4, 4-0) ahead, 53-52, with 1:54 left in the game, Droney hit one of two free-throw attempts. Because OLSH (11-4, 3-1) committed an intentional foul, Sewickley Academy kept the basketball, and Carrington Motley hit a jumper to increase the lead to 56-52. After that, Sewickley Academy nailed down the victory with free throws.

OLSH’s Jim Orie led all scorers with 31 points.

Hempfield 72, Norwin 60 — Hempfield rallied in the second half of its road game against Norwin to post a Section 1-AAAA boys basketball victory.

“We played a great second half of basketball,” Hempfield coach Bill Swan said. “We attacked the basket. Norwin (5-11, 1-6) may be 1-6 in our section, but they are a much better team than that record, especially when they’re at home.”

Hempfield (8-8, 6-3) was down, 30-27, at the half before battling back in the third quarter.

Nate Perry scored a game-high 24 points for Hempfield, with teammate R.J. Thomas adding 16.

Fox Chapel 51, Woodland Hills 39 — Harrison Smith (18), Alex Vargo (15), and Sam Bass (12) led Fox Chapel (10-6, 4-4) to a Section 2-AAAA victory over Woodland Hills (4-11, 1-6). Ron Flowers paced Woodland Hills with 19 points.

Mt. Lebanon 54, Canon-McMillan 49 — Paul Lang and Brian Lackner hit important free throws in the final 1:30 of the game to lead Class AAAA No. 4 Mt. Lebanlon (12-4, 6-1) to a Section 4 victory over Canon-McMillan. Mt. Lebanon’s Evan Pierce led all scorers with 22 points.

Thomas Jefferson 57, Trinity 39 — Class AAA No. 4 Thomas Jefferson, which had a seven-game winning streak stopped Saturday night in a nonsection game at Greensburg Salem, started a new one against the second-place team in Section 5. Brock DeCicco scored 18 points for first-place Thomas Jefferson (12-2, 8-0), which has a two-game lead over Trinity (7-9, 5-2).

South Park 74, Keystone Oaks 68 — Tom Bigley scored 29 points — 19 in the second half — to help South Park (6-10, 2-5) break a four-game losing streak. Corey Bellovich had 36 for Keystone Oaks (7-9, 3-4).

North Catholic 69, Bishop Canevin 55 — Matt Long (17 points), Joe Long (17) and Martin Long (11) led Class AA No. 2 North Catholic (13-0, 8-0) to the victory in Section 3.

South Fayette 54, Seton-La Salle 31 — Pat Zedrek scored 15 points to lead South Fayette (14-3, 8-1) to a victory over Seton-La Salle (8-8, 5-4) in Section 3-AA.

Quaker Valley 66, Sto-Rox 49 — Casey Courneed scored 16 points and Paul Coury added 13 to lead Class AA No. 4 Quaker Valley (12-2, 6-1) to the Section 6 victory.

Penn-Trafford 68, Albert Gallatin 66 — Ryan Hyland scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, as Penn-Trafford (7-10, 4-4) edged Albert Gallatin (2-14, 0-8) for a Section 1 victory.

McKeesport 90, Franklin Regional 63 — Zeke Marshall led Class AAAA No. 3 McKeesport (11-4, 7-1) with 22 points, as it defeated Franklin Regional (10-6, 4-4) for a Section 2 victory. Nick Novak led Franklin Regional with 22 points.

Southmoreland 57, Derry 52 — Josh Millslagle scored a team-high 16 points to lead Southmoreland (7-10, 2-6) to a Section 3-AAA victory over Derry (1-14, 0-8). Derry’s Jake West led all scorers with 18 points.

Uniontown 78, Indiana 58 — Shawn Cicconi scored a team-high 21 points to lead Uniontown (13-3, 6-2) to a Section 3 victory over Indiana (9-5, 5-2). Indiana’s Kevin Stapleton led all scorers with 23.

Elizabeth Forward 60, McGuffey 32 — Andrew Wilson (12) and Deren Breitinger (12) helped Elizabeth Forward (5-10, 4-4) beat Section 5-AAA foe McGuffey (0-14, 0-7).

Greensburg Central Catholic 71, Wilkinsburg 45 — Adam Palcic scored a game-high 23 points for GCC (10-6, 5-2), as it rolled to a Section 4-AA victory over Wilkinsburg (3-9, 2-5). Chris Tamasy added 19 for GCC.

Carmichaels 63, Mapletown 45 — Bill Musgrove scored a team-high 14 points, as Class A No. 5 Carmichaels (13-3, 7-1) defeated Mapletown (2-11, 1-6) in Section 2. Mapletown’s Jarrett Poterfield led all scorers with 18 points.

Girls basketball

Jeannette 49, Wilkinsburg 36 — Jeannette (9-6, 7-2) remained in second place in Section 4-AA after Kayla Cook scored 15 points to help break a two-game losing streak.

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