High school roundup for Jan. 28, 2019: Laurel girls take down No. 2 OLSH
Thanks to some late-game heroics by Caroline Gibson, Laurel girls basketball left OLSH with a satisfying win and with a first-place tie in the Section 1-2A standings.
Gibson made a layup with four seconds remaining to propel No. 5 Laurel to a 43-42 victory over No. 2 OLSH Monday night.
Laurel (13-4, 10-1) outscored OLSH (13-4, 10-1), 15-9, in the fourth to avenge a 49-39 home loss on Jan 3. Gibson scored 13 points and Mikayla Slater added 11.
Ashley Norling led OLSH with 20 points and Maddie Hoff scored 12.
Serra Catholic 71, Ellis School 62 — Gigi Mele-Madigan turned in a triple-double performance scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as No. 4 ranked Serra Catholic picked up the Section 2-2A win over Ellis. Rayna Andrews put up a game-high 26 points and Nicole Pawlowski tacked on 15 for Serra Catholic (13-4, 8-1). Catherine Ferrance led Ellis (13-5, 4-5) with 20 points, Natalie Jasper added 19, and Natalie Graf 18.
Blackhawk 81, Keystone Oaks 57 — Mackenzie Amalia scored 22 points and canned four 3-pointers to lead Class 4A No. 2 Blackhawk (14-2, 9-0) to a Section 2 victory over Keystone Oaks (10-8, 5-5). Mady Aulbach added 14 points for the Cougars and Ava Haddox scored 11. Jaylen Hoffmann led Keystone Oaks with 34 points.
Bishop Canevin 78, Carmichaels 18 — Class 2A No. 1 Bishop Canevin (16-2, 10-0) led 33-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-1 at halftime en route to a Section 3 win at Carmichaels (5-14, 1-8). Shamijha Price (22 points), Diajha Allen (16), Rutanya Taylor (15) and Alyssa Police (12) all finished in double figures for Bishop Canevin. Gina Ranieri led Carmichaels with 10 points.
Greensburg Central Catholic, 73, Leechburg 30 — No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic jumped out to a 46-16 halftime lead and cruised to a Section 3-A win over Leechburg. Melina Maietta scored a game-high 28 points. Bella Skatell scored 13 points and Gia Scala scored 12 points for Greensburg Central Catholic (16-2, 8-0). Aubry Skeel scored 12 points and Kat Yurjevich scored 10 points for Leechburg (5-11, 2-6).
Hempfield 57, Upper St. Clair 52 — The Spartans trailed by eight at the half before putting together a second-half rally to pick up the Section 2-6A win over Upper St. Clair. Sarah Liberatore led Hempfield (7-10, 2-9) with 20 points. Sarah Price scored a game-high 25 points to lead Upper St. Clair (8-10, 5-6).
Latrobe 91, Laurel Highlands 56 — Anna Rafferty scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Rachel Ridilla tacked on a team-high 21 as Latrobe rolled past Laurel Highlands in a Section 3-5A matchup. Bethany Havrilla and Carly Augustine both scored 12 points for Latrobe (11-4, 7-4). Taylor Smith put up a game-high 22 points to lead Laure Highlands (4-13, 1-10).
Greensburg Salem 73, Highlands 19 — Megan Kallock scored a game-high 21 points to help lead the Golden Lions to their third straight Section 1-4A win. Nikki Mellinger scored 15 points and Abby Mankins chipped with 14 for Greensburg Salem (10-8, 6-5).
Oakland Catholic 71, Penn-Trafford 39 — Sierra Angelo scored a game-high 18 points to pace Oakland Catholic (16-2, 10-1) in a Section 3-5A win.
McKeesport 68, Mt. Pleasant 37 — McKeesport blew the game open with a 23-point fourth quarter in a Section 3-4A matchup. Chloe Jaworski led Mt. Pleasant (5-13, 3-8) with 16 points. Jhayla Bray put up a game-high 29 points to pace McKeesport (9-7, 7-4).
Belle Vernon 59, Yough 17 — Mara Shrader led three players in double figures as the Leopards beat Yough (3-15, 0-11) in Section 3-4A. Rachel Wobrak added 14 points and Taylor Rodriguez 11 for Belle Vernon (12-6, 8-3).
Shady Side Academy 55, Derry 34 — Arianna Goitz scored a game-high 25 for No. 2 Shady Side Academy (15-1, 11-0) in a Section 3-3A win. Destiny Roberts led Derry (7-0, 5-6) with 12 points and Tiana Morocco chipped in with 10.
Southmoreland 47, Ringgold 35 — Maggie Moore put up a game-high 15 points and Erika Sherbondy chipped in with 11 as No. 5 Southmoreland (16-2, 10-1) rolled past Section 3-4A rival Ringgold. Kyela Dungee led Ringgold (3-14, 1-10) with 14 points.
Fox Chapel 41, Shaler 29 — Meg Friday scored a game-high 13 points, and Fox Chapel clinched its first WPIAL playoff berth since 2016 with a win over Section 1-6A opponent Shaler. Domenica Delaney added 11 points for the Foxes (12-5, 7-4), who held an opponent below 30 points for the seventh time this season. Meghan Lacey led Shaler (6-11, 4-6) with 12 points.
Deer Lakes 50, Steel Valley 29 — The Lancers jumped out to a 27-17 halftime lead and kept rolling, clinching a WPIAL playoff berth with a Section 3-3A win over Steel Valley. Anna Solomon put up a game-high 16 points for Deer Lakes (13-4, 8-4), Reese Hasley chipped in with 12 and Julia Hollibaugh added 10.
Riverview 41, Winchester Thurston 35 — A 28-point second half helped propel Riverview to a Section 2-2A win over Winchester Thurston. Francesca Lio scored 13 points to lead Riverview (7-9, 5-4), which moved within one win of clinching a WPIAL playoff berth. Nya Nicholson scored 16 points and Emma Small scored 11 points for Winchester Thurston (6-8, 4-6).
Indiana 51, Burrell 38 — Hope Cook scored 20 points as Indiana (6-13, 4-7) defeated Burrell in Section 1-4A play. Allison Fisher scored 18 points and Kaylen Sharrow scored 12 points for Burrell (4-12, 2-9).
Aquinas Academy 33, St. Joseph 12 — Anni Truschel scored 19 points as Aquinas Academy (7-7, 5-3) defeated St. Joseph in Section 3-A play. Alyssa Swierczewski scored seven points for St. Joseph (1-17, 1-7).
Franklin Regional 54, Peters Township 30 — Finn Solomon, Garrett Thompson, Colton Camacho, Zach McCann, Mason Spears, Colin Brady and Dylan Singleton had pins for Franklin Regional in a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round match, advancing the Panthers to a first-round match Wednesday at Canon-McMillan. Donovan McMillon, Coltin Jezioro, Brandon Matthews and Jeff Markert got pins for Peters.
South Fayette 44, Indiana 27 — R.J. Dewey, Eli Brinsky and Quentin Franklin had pins for the Lions in a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round victory. Colin Wilhelm and John Mikesell added major decisions as South Fayette advanced to the first round, where it will face Kiski Area on Wednesday. Indiana got pins from Brook Petras and Bradley Petras, a technical fall by A.J. Ryan and a major decision by Dylan McAnulty.
Chartiers Valley 60, Hampton 17 — Pins by Ashton Sadowski, Chris Beatty, Zachary Macy and Donovan O’Malley propelled the Colts to victory in a Class AAA preliminary-round match. Chartiers Valley will face Hempfield in the first round Wednesday. Zach Wright had a pin and Tyler Kocak added a technical fall for Hampton.
Trinity 60, West Mifflin 12 — Micah Finley, James Porter, Nikko Martini, Cole Whitmer, Tyson Brophy and Chet Locy all had pins as Trinity rolled to a Class AAA preliminary-round win, advancing the Hillers to a WPIAL first-round match Wednesday at Seneca Valley. Jesse Galioto, Frank Guzzi and Cole McCorkendale won bouts for West Mifflin.