High school highlights: Upper St. Clair lifted by fast start

Panthers head out on Vegas trip with section win in tow

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The Upper St. Clair boys basketball team will board a plane today to compete in a tournament more than 2,000 miles from home.

Tuesday night, the Panthers didn't need to leave their own gym to pick up their biggest win this season.

J.J. Conn scored 14 points to lead Upper St. Clair to a 58-51 win against Bethel Park in Class AAAA Section 4.

Andrew Wheeler added 13 points and Conor Gallagher 12 for Upper St. Clair (4-1, 2-0), which led, 25-14, at halftime.

Joe Mascaro led Bethel Park (4-1, 1-1) with 25 points, including four 3-pointers.

Upper St. Clair will play in the Jerry Tarkanian Classic Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas.

Other top boys games

■ Devin Arrigo (15 points) was one of three players to score in double figures for host Franklin Regional (4-2, 1-1), which handed Class AAAA No. 3 Fox Chapel (4-1, 1-1) its first loss, 66-63, in Section 2. Brian Papich and Billy Urso scored 19 points apiece for Fox Chapel.

■ Malik Hooker scored 23 points and Anthony Richards had five 3-pointers among his 19 points to lead Class AAAA No. 1 New Castle (5-0, 2-0) to a 93-57 win at Pine-Richland (2-3, 0-2) in Section 3.

■ Seneca Valley (5-1, 2-0) overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win at North Hills (3-3, 0-2), 83-69, in Section 3. Seneca Valley's Dakota Topf scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half.

■ Javon Turner scored 23 points and Elijah Cottrill added 20 to propel Class AA No. 1 Beaver Falls (4-0, 2-0) to a 75-59 victory at Laurel (2-3, 0-2) in Section 2. Beaver Falls trailed by two points before outscoring Laurel, 30-12, in the fourth quarter

■ Winter Fondi's 25 points vaulted Class AA No. 4 Quaker Valley (5-0, 2-0) to a 58-42 win at Sto-Rox (2-2, 0-1) in Section 6.

■ Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park (4-0) avenged a loss last season in the PIAA semifinals by winning at District 9 Johnsonburg (6-1), 77-59. Elijah Minnie led Lincoln Park with 19 points.


■ Greensburg Central Catholic's Billy Hipp and Brian Graytok both surpassed 1,000 points for their careers in helping the Class AA No. 3 Centurions (4-0) top visiting Blackhawk (1-4), 69-51, in a non-section game. Hipp, a transfer from Bishop McCort in Johnstown, scored 17 points and has 1,015 in his career. Graytok scored 15 to increase his career total to 1,004.

Vincentian scores 108

■ Class A No. 2 Vincentian (6-0) set a school record for points in routing visiting Brashear (1-5), 108-81, in a non-section game. Ryan Wolf paced Vincentian with 27 points.

Stars of the night

■ Alex Hammers (22 points) made four of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help host Canon-McMillan (2-2, 1-1) rally for a 70-60 win against Baldwin (1-5, 1-1) in Class AAAA Section 4. Canon-McMillan outscored Baldwin, 31-14, in the fourth quarter.

■ Dane Jackson scored 39 points in leading Cornell (4-1) to a 75-71 non-section win against visiting Sewickley Academy (3-1). Jackson was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Boys hot shots

■ Players with five or more 3-pointers: Sean Stinelli, Penn-Trafford, 7; Alex Hammers, Canon-McMillan, 6; Kaison Branch, Highlands, 5; Anthony Richards, New Castle, 5; Max Kaminsky, Serra Catholic, 5.

Top girls game

■ Mallory Heinle scored 16 of her 38 points in the first quarter to help Class A No. 3 St. Joseph (4-1, 1-1) roll to a 78-41 win at Ellis School (1-4, 0-2) in Section 2.

Girls hot shots

■ Players with four or more 3-pointers: Anna Bartman, Geibel Catholic, 4; Lauren Ranone, Western Beaver, 4.

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