Chartiers Valley looked poised to become the first team since December to knock off Upper St. Clair, jumping out to a 13-2 lead Monday on its home floor.
But Jordan Grabowski and the Panthers had other ideas.
Grabowski hit four 3-pointers in a big second quarter for Upper St. Clair and finished with 29 points as the Class AAAA No. 2 Panthers (19-3) beat Class AAA No. 2 Chartiers Valley (19-3), 77-68.
After trailing, 22-8, at the end of the first quarter, Upper St. Clair cut the deficit to five by halftime.
With the Colts lead at three midway through the third quarter, Grabowski scored seven points in an 18-3 Panthers run that gave the visitors a 55-43 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
J.J. Conn added 23 points for Upper St. Clair, which will enter the WPIAL playoffs on a 16-game winning streak.
Michael Boulos led the Colts with 20 points, and Spencer Casson finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
Other top boys games
• Damonje Walker scored 14 points to help visiting Mc-Keesport (14-7) take down Bethel Park (17-5), 58-51, in non-section play.
• Brian Graytok scored 33 points to lead Class AA No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (21-1) to an 81-72 victory against visiting Bishop McCort in non-section play.
• Gig Jewell tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give Riverside (14-8) a 54-53 victory against visiting Union (16-5) in non-section play. Tyler Falk led Riverside with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
• City League No. 1 Obama Academy (16-2, 9-1) outscored No. 2 Westinghouse (12-8, 6-4) by 13 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 74-70 victory. D.J. Porter led Obama with 25 points.
Boys hot shots
• Players with five or more 3-pointers: Zach Neudorfer, Butler, 6; Kevin Ridgley, Mapletown, 6; Mike Tappe, Aquinas Academy, 6; Jordan Grabowski, Upper St. Clair, 5.
Top girls games
• Class AAAA No. 5 Chartiers Valley (16-6) outlasted No. 3 North Allegheny (19-3), 47-42, in double overtime in non-section play. Mariah Wells had a game-high 19 points for the visiting Colts, which gave her 1,015 for her career.
• Chassidy Omogrosso scored 24 points to help Class AAA No. 1 Blackhawk (22-0) hold off host Penn-Trafford (18-4), 57-53, in non-section play.
• In a battle of Class AAA top-five teams, No. 4 South Park (19-2) went on the road and crushed No. 5 Elizabeth Forward (20-2), 60-35, in non-section play. Allison McGrath led the Eagles with 24 points.
• Maria Taylor had 17 points and 12 points to help Gateway (18-4) hand Class A No. 1 Vincentian (21-1) its first loss, 70-48. Brenna Wise had a game-high 31 points in a losing effort.
Girls hot shots
• Players with five or more 3-pointers: Asia Sims, Perry, 6; Katie Fischer, Ambridge, 5; Lexi LoNero, Winchester Thurston, 5.
• Senior Sterling Henry of Kittanning (18-4) scored 17 points to give him 1,012 for his career in a 66-41 win against visiting West Shamokin (11-10) in non-section play.
• Junior Megan Marecic of Class AAAA No. 2 Bethel Park (19-3) scored eight points to give her 1,001 for her career in a 43-28 victory against host Seneca Valley (8-14) in non-section play.
Wildcats hire football coach
• The East Allegheny school board hired Dominic Pecora to be the high school's next varsity football coach. Before getting the Wildcats' job, Pecora was the football coach at Southmoreland. He has also had coaching stints at Baldwin, Yough and Norwin.mobilehome - hsfootball - hsbasketball