Central Valley knocks Blackhawk off perch


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Central Valley has two of the top scorers in the WPIAL, and that was enough Thursday night to help the Warriors knock off Class AAA's top-ranked team.

Kiana Law and Seairra Barrett combined for 56 points in a 71-61 home win for No. 5 Central Valley (8-3, 4-0) against Blackhawk (11-1, 4-1) in Section 2.

Law had 26 of her game-high 31 points in the first three quarters, while Barrett scored 23 of her 25 points after the first quarter.

Greensburg Central Catholic 77, East Allegheny 22

Greensburg Central Catholic takes on East Allegheny in high school basketball action. (Video by Matt Freed; 1/9/2014)

Only two other Warriors scored in the game.

Blackhawk, which led by two points after the first quarter, got 23 points from Bridgette Shaffer and 15 from Chassidy Omogrosso.

Other top girls games

n Abby Gonzales scored the tying basket with 1.7 seconds left in regulation, and Class AAAA No. 2 North Allegheny (10-1, 4-1) won on the road, 66-57 in overtime, against previously unbeaten Shaler (9-1, 3-1) in Section 2. Meg Morningstar led North Allegheny with 24 points.

n Mia Mattes scored Bethel Park's last seven points as the Class AAAA No. 3 Black Hawks (9-0, 4-0) rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat visiting Chartiers Valley (3-8, 1-4), 57-53.

n Class AAAA No. 1 Mt. Lebanon (8-2, 4-0) got 15 points apiece from Margie McCaffrey and Christine Ehland in a 67-54 victory against visiting Baldwin (6-5, 2-4) in Section 4.

n Olivia Barkley had 12 points, including the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds remaining to lift Class AAA No. 2 Elizabeth Forward (9-1, 4-0) to a 41-39 victory against Ringgold (6-6, 1-4) in Section 4.

n Allison McGrath, Halie Torris and Amanda Quinn combined for 12 3-pointers as visiting South Park (8-4, 5-1) blew out Class AAA No. 4 Trinity (8-2, 3-1), 74-35. McGrath had a game-high 25 points.

n Class A No. 4 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (8-3, 4-0) rallied from 10 points down in the final four minutes to notch a road win against No. 3 St. Joseph (7-3, 2-2), 52-50. Freshman Sam Breen led the Trojans with 27 points, 13 rebounds.

Stars of the night

n Amirah Moore scored 24 of her game-high 30 points in the second half to propel Moon (8-3, 3-1) to a 53-50 victory against visiting Keystone Oaks (4-8, 0-4) in Class AAA Section 5.

n Sammie Weiss scored 26 points and added 10 steals as host McGuffey (8-3, 3-0) grabbed a lopsided win against Washington (7-3, 4-1), 71-37, in Class AA Section 5.

Girls hot shots

n Players with five or more 3-pointers: Bridgette Shaffer, Blackhawk, 5; Devin LaBarge, North Allegheny, 5; Allison McGrath, South Park, 5.

Top boys games

n Christian DelGreco had 15points to lead Class AA No. 1 Seton-LaSalle (10-0, 4-0) to a 66-32 win against visiting Washington (9-3, 4-1) in Section 4.

n Zach Gould scored his team's last seven points and finished with 24 as host Riverside (5-7, 2-3) handed Aliquippa (6-4, 4-1) its first Class AA Section 2 loss, 54-51.

Riggleman has career night

n Dereck Riggleman set a school-record with 51 points to lead host Mapletown (4-5, 1-1) to a 66-60 win against Geibel Catholic (1-8, 0-2) in Class A Section 2. With those points, his career total surpassed the 1,000-point mark to 1,018.

Boys hot shots

n Players with five or more 3-pointers: Matt Renzi, Franklin Regional, 6; Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland, 5.

Sweeney takes over at Derry

n Derry High School named Tim Sweeney as its head football coach. Sweeney played at Derry and also at Penn State. He recently served as the president of Penn State's Letterman's Club.

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