High school highlights: Thomas Jefferson escapes with win


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When the Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Forward boys basketball teams met Dec. 30, the Warriors used a basket in the closing seconds to pull out a narrow victory.

Friday, Thomas Jefferson returned the favor.

Eric Fairman's basket with 5.7 seconds left gave Class AAA No. 4 Thomas Jefferson a 65-63 home win against No. 5 Elizabeth Forward.

With the win, the Jaguars (15-2, 7-1) took the Section 4 lead and delivered some payback to the Warriors (14-3, 7-2), who earned a 57-56 triumph in the earlier meeting.

Charlie Scharbo paced the Jaguars with 20 points and Zach Talley added 17.

JaQuan Davidson led the Warriors with 18 points.

Other top boys games

■ James Edwards scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to lift Plum (14-2, 8-2) to a 44-35 win at Class AAAA No. 5 Gateway (12-6, 8-2) in Section 4. Plum outscored Gateway, 14-6, in the final quarter.

■ Trailing by 10 after three quarters, Bethel Park (12-4, 7-3) outscored host Moon (6-11, 4-6), 22-9, in the fourth quarter en route to a 54-51 win in Class AAAA Section 4. Anthony Bomar and R.J. Pfeuffer scored 15 points apiece for Bethel Park.

■ Indiana (16-1, 7-1) avenged its only loss by gaining a 46-43 win against visiting Knoch (13-3, 7-2) in Class AAA Section 1. Kevin Jack led the Little Indians with 17 points.

■ Brian Kolar (15 points) made five of West Mifflin's 15 3-pointers as the host Titans (8-5, 4-4) routed Ringgold (2-13, 1-7), 86-32, in Class AAA Section 4.

■ Zach Shasteen's 15 points helped host Mohawk (7-10, 3-7) upset Class AA No. 3 Neshannock (13-4, 7-3), 61-58, in Section 2.

■ Zane Clowser made a 3-pointer with a second left to help host West Shamokin (13-2, 5-2) to a 39-36 win against Summit Academy (11-4, 6-1) in Class AA Section 1. Jake Hough led West Shamokin with 17 points.

Milestones

■ Matt D'Amico (1,324 career points) became the all-time leading scorer at Fox Chapel after scoring 15 in helping the Foxes (13-4, 6-4) win at Woodland Hills (0-17, 0-10), 78-50, in Class AAAA Section 2.

■ Lincoln Park sophomore Maverick Rowan scored 28 points to surpass 1,000 for his career as the Class A No. 1 Leopards (14-1, 6-0) rolled to an 87-56 win against visiting Cornell (10-7, 1-5) in Section 1. Rowan, a Pitt recruit, has 1,024 career points.

■ Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's Cameron Johnson scored his 1,000th career point while leading the Class A No. 4 Chargers (13-4, 5-1) to an 87-52 win against visiting Rochester (3-13, 0-6) in Section 1. Johnson scored 34 points in the game and has 1,028 for his career.

Marathon game

■ Freshman Max Garda scored a game-high 20 points for Burrell (5-12, 3-5), which outlasted visiting Ford City (5-12, 2-6), 66-62, in four overtimes in Class AA Section 1.

Stars of the night

■ Donovan Jeter, a freshman at Beaver Falls, scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Tigers (14-3, 9-1) to a 74-56 win at Riverside (7-10, 4-6) in Class AA Section 2. Jeter is the brother of Pitt recruit Sheldon Jeter.

■ Eric Gallupe finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds for Avonworth (13-3, 9-0) in a 63-44 win at Sto-Rox (6-10, 3-5) in Class AA Section 6. Gallupe was 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.

■ Brandon Lawless scored 40 points, including 27 in the first half, for host Carmichaels (12-2, 4-1) in a 89-41 win against visiting Avella (3-12, 1-4) in Class A Section 3.

Boys hot shots

■ Players with five or more 3-pointers: Matt Indorante, Charleroi, 6; R.J. Pfeuffer, Bethel Park, 5; Brandon Lawless, Carmichaels, 5; Jim Kenna, Vincentian, 5; Brian Kolar, West Mifflin, 5.

Top girls games

■ Jada Epps scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half to lead host Gateway (9-5, 5-4) to a 50-49 win against Plum (11-5, 7-2) in Class AAAA Section 2. Gateway outscored Plum, 22-11, in the third quarter. Epps also had five assists and seven steals.

■ Jamie Halloran had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and scored the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left to give host North Hills (8-10) a 49-46 non-section victory against South Fayette (7-9).

Girls hot shots

■ Players with four or more 3-pointers: Bria Rathway, Belle Vernon, 4; Alanna Palumbo, Fox Chapel, 4; Jamie Halloran, North Hills, 4.


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