High school highlights: New Castle tops Lincoln Park, 71-63

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The top-ranked boys basketball team in the WPIAL’s biggest class outclassed the top team from the smallest class Saturday.

New Castle, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, defeated Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park, 71-63, in the C.J. Betters tournament Grey Division championship at Community College of Beaver County’s Golden Dome.

Tournament MVP Malik Hooker scored 26 points for New Castle (8-0), which extended its regular-season win streak to 54 games. Teammate Anthony Richards added 18 points.

Maverick Rowan and Nelly Cummings scored 16 points apiece for Lincoln Park (6-1).

Other top boys games

■ In a matchup of top Class AAAA teams, No. 3 North Allegheny used a 35-17 edge in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 4 Gateway, 82-68, in the Gateway tournament championship. Joe Mancini led North Allegheny with 18 points.

■ DeQuay Isbell’s layup with four seconds remaining allowed Washington (8-1) to deal Class AAA No. 3 Elizabeth Forward (8-1) its first loss, 61-59, in the West Allegheny tournament championship. Isbell and Nate Swart scored 21 points apiece for Washington.

■ Brian Graytok scored 22 points and Billy Hipp chipped in 17 to help Class AA No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic (7-1) defeat Class A No. 3 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (3-4), 74-52, in the Gateway tournament.

■ Freshman Romnn Shell scored his only basket with 1.7 seconds left to propel Ambridge (6-3) to win against Class AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (7-1), 57-56, in the Ambridge tournament championship. Ambridge’s Stephon McGinnis scored 26 points.

■ Class AAA No. 2 Central Valley (8-1) outscored Class AA No. 2 Beaver Falls (7-2), 12-2, in the fourth quarter to claim a 51-38 win in the C.J. Betters tournament Blue Division final. Tony Gates led Central Valley with 13 points.

Boys star of the night

■ Nick Miller (33 points) scored at least 30 points for the seventh time this season to help Class A No. 5 Western Beaver (7-1) beat Beaver (4-3), 70-61, in the Mohawk tournament. Miller is averaging a WPIAL-best 31.5 points per game.

Boys hot shots

■ Players who made five or more 3-pointers: Ryan Burek, North Hills, 7; Cass Wisniewski, Bethel Park, 6; Christian Goletz, Albert Gallatin, 5; Ross Wilkerson, Chartiers Valley, 5; Mitch Matlas, Mount Pleasant, 5; Matt McKinney, Neshannock, 5; Sean Stinelli, Penn-Trafford, 5.

Top girls games

■ Taylor Brennan scored 18 points and Devvin LaBarge had 16 to lead Class AAAA No. 2 North Allegheny (8-1) to a 64-48 win against Class AAA No. 3 South Park (6-2) in the North Allegheny tournament championship.

■ Chassidy Omogrosso (34) and Bridgette Shaffer (26) combined for 60 points as Class AAA No. 1 Blackhawk (9-0) rolled to a win against Hempfield (6-4), 83-55, in the championship of the Hempfield tournament.

■ Amanda Larkin’s 22 points helped Baldwin (6-2) hand Class AAA No. 2 Elizabeth Forward (8-1) its first loss, 55-45, in the Betsy Invitational championship.

■ Kelsey Oddis’ layup with 14 seconds left gave Class AA No. 2 Burrell (8-0) a 36-35 win against North Schuylkill (4-4) in the State College tournament championship.

■ Dani Hensel’s 3-pointer with four seconds left lifted Butler (5-2) to a 49-48 upset win against Class A No. 1 Vincentian (7-1) in the Butler tournament championship. Julia Baxter scored 21 points for Butler.

■ Class A No. 2 Serra Catholic (7-1) raced to a 21-7 first-quarter lead and beat Trinity (8-1), 66-51, for the Serra tournament championship.

Girls star of the night

■ Kaitlyn Slagus had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead Class AAA No. 4 Belle Vernon (7-1) to a 66-54 win against Laurel Highlands (2-7) in the Laurel Highlands tournament.

Girls hot shots

■ Players who made five or more 3-pointers: Sierra Fordham, Allderdice, 6; Bridgette Shaffer, Blackhawk, 6; Jenna Devinney, Chartiers Valley, 5; Kristen McMillen, Delaware Christian, Ohio, 5; Monique Redman, Jeannette, 5; Krista Pietropola, Plum, 5.


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