High school highlights: Elizabeth Forward dealt first section loss

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For the first time in almost two years, Elizabeth Forward dropped a section game.

Alexis Yanief scored 25 points to help host Thomas Jefferson (10-6, 5-3) upset the Class AAA No. 2 Warriors (13-2, 7-1), 49-30, in Section 4.

The loss broke a 22-game section winning streak for Elizabeth Forward. Its previous section loss was Jan. 30, 2012, against South Park.

The Jaguars, who led, 26-13, at halftime, avenged a 22-point road loss to Elizabeth Forward Dec. 19.

Alison Pastore had 10 points to lead the Warriors, who had their lowest scoring output of the season. Their previous low was 41 in a win against Ringgold Jan. 9.

"Our defense was outstanding," Thomas Jefferson coach Phil Shar said.

Other top games

■ Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso scored 23 points to break the school's career scoring record in a 64-46 road win for the Class AAA No. 1 Cougars (14-1, 7-1) against No. 4 Hopewell (13-3, 7-2) in Section 2. Omogrosso, a junior Duquesne recruit, has 1,555 points in her career.

■ Upper St. Clair's Diandra Conwell scored 25 points, including a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, as the Panthers (11-4, 6-3) eked out a 63-58 overtime win against visiting Baldwin (9-7, 3-6) in Class AAAA Section 4. Mandi Johnston had a game-high 28 points for the Highlanders.

■ Abbie Trzeciak scored 20 points to lead Seneca Valley (7-9, 5-4) past host Shaler (12-4, 5-3), 57-51, in Class AAAA Section 3. The Titans have lost four of their past seven games after starting the season 9-0.

■ Behind Katie Stang's 27 points, Riverside (6-9, 3-5) dropped Class AA No. 4 Neshannock (17-1, 8-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 41-38 victory in Section 2. Erin Warvell had 17 points to lead the Lancers.

■ Class AA No. 2 Burrell (16-0, 8-0), the last remaining undefeated girls basketball team in the WPIAL, defeated Ford City (11-5, 6-2), 62-34, in Section 1. Sydney Bordonaro had 24 points to lead the Bucs.

■ Carlynton's Conor Richardson outscored Beaver herself, scoring 18 points in a 38-16 win for the host Cougars (13-3, 8-1) against the Bobcats (12-3, 7-2) in Class AA Section 6.


■ Junior Sammie Weiss of McGuffey (14-3, 8-0) scored 21 points in an 81-14 Class AA Section 2 win against Bentworth (2-13, 0-9) to become the school's all-time leading scorer in girls or boys basketball. She has 1,446 points in her career.

Stars of the night

■ Nicolete Newman of Seton-LaSalle was 10 of 10 from the field -- including 6 of 6 from 3-point range -- in a 26-point effort to lead the Class AA No. 1 Rebels (14-3, 9-0) to a 70-28 win against visiting Fort Cherry (8-5, 4-4) in Section 4.

■ Addy Knetzer had 31 points and 17 rebounds to help visiting Chartiers-Houston (11-5, 5-4) to a 60-38 victory against Steel Valley (1-14, 1-7) in Class AA Section 4.

Girls hot shots

■ Players with five or more 3-pointers: Nicolete Newman, Seton-LaSalle, 6; Monique Redman, Jeannette, 5; Taylor Ellis, Washington, 5; Cassidy Guiser, Frazier, 5; Erin Warvell, Neshannock, 5; Madi Daubenspeck, Freedom, 5.

Valley hires Colosimo

■ Valley hired Muzzy Colosimo as its new football coach. Colosimo coached Greensburg Central Catholic from 1995-2011 and had a 143-45 record. He also coached Renaissance Christian Academy this past season.

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