High school highlights: Aliquippa unseats Beaver Falls in Section 2


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Aliquippa had gone seven years without winning a section title.

Waiting another four minutes Friday must have seemed liked nothing at all.

Charles Humphries scored the winning basket with 29 seconds left in overtime and Aliquippa unseated visiting Beaver Falls as Class AA Section 2 champion after a 59-57 win.

Darien Fields led No. 5 Aliquippa (16-5, 12-2) with 16 points and Humphries had 15.

Dan Stratton paced No. 4 Beaver Falls (16-6, 11-3) with 19 points and Javon Turner chipped in 15.

Beaver Falls had won the past six section titles. Prior to that, Aliquippa had won 11 in a row from 1997-2007.

Aliquippa finished under .500 the past three seasons.

Beaver Falls is the two-time defending WPIAL champion.

Other top boys games

■ Malik Hooker's 27 points and 11 rebounds propelled Class AAAA No. 1 New Castle (21-0, 14-0) to a 66-55 home win against No. 3 Hampton (19-3, 11-3) in Section 3. The Red Hurricanes finished section play undefeated for the third season in a row. Ryan Luther scored 28 points for Hampton.

■ Franklin Regional (15-6, 9-5) used a big second half to pull off a 57-43 upset at Class AAAA No. 4 Plum (17-3, 11-3) in Section 2. George Brown and Matt Renzi scored 12 points apiece for the Panthers, who outscored Plum, 40-23, in the second half.

■ Conor Gallagher's 16 points helped Upper St. Clair (16-5, 12-2) claim the outright Class AAAA Section 4 title after a 52-46 win at Mt. Lebanon (11-11, 9-5).

■ Calique Jones and Alan Hord scored 14 points each for City League No. 1 Obama Academy (18-0, 8-0), which remained undefeated after a 61-49 home win against No. 2 Allderdice (14-5, 5-3).

■ Matty McConnell's 27 points helped Class AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (20-1, 12-0) finish Section 5 play unbeaten after a 62-55 win against visiting South Fayette (11-8, 8-4). The Colts have won 13 games in a row.

■ Taymon Russell scored 23 points and Darrell Barron added 18 to lead Northgate (8-14, 6-6) to a 62-48 win at Class AA No. 3 Avonworth (16-4, 11-1) in Section 6.

Playoff bound

■ Peters Township (11-10, 8-6) earned a playoff berth courtesy of a 44-41 win against visiting Canon-McMillan (11-10, 7-7) in Class AAAA, Section 4. Conor Freely led the Indians with 14 points.

■ Delaine Hughes scored 18 points to help Greensburg Salem (10-11, 6-6) advance after a 47-27 victory at Derry (6-12, 5-7) in Class AAA Section 3.

Graham Court grand finale

■ In the final game at Graham Court, Dom Robb scored 18 points to lead host Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (11-9, 7-3) to a 48-35 win against Class A No. 5 Sewickley Academy (12-7, 7-3) in Section 2.

Milestone

■ Avella's Brandon Miller scored his 1,000th career point, but the Eagles (3-17, 1-9) were edged by visiting Geibel Catholic (3-15, 2-8), 73-69, in Class A, Section 3. Miller scored 17 points in the game and has 1,004 for his career.

Stars of the night

■ Elijah Minnie's 29 points and 17 rebounds helped Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park (20-1, 10-0) roll to a 92-57 win against visiting Western Beaver (13-6, 5-5) in Section 1.

■ Willie James had 32 points and 27 rebounds to carry host Westinghouse (2-16, 1-7) to its first City League win, 66-45, against Brashear (2-17, 1-7).

Boys hot shots

■ Players who made five or more 3-pointers: A.J. Myers, Chartiers-Houston, 5; Taylor Lehman, Keystone Oaks, 5; Matt McKinney, Neshannock, 5; Zeph Rombold, New Brighton, 5; Steve Socrates, Norwin, 5; Devin Lyles, Perry, 5.

Top girls games

■ Norwin (16-5, 13-1) earned a share of the Class AAAA, Section 1 title, as the visiting Knights knocked off No. 2 Penn-Trafford (16-5, 13-1), 65-61. Laura Buchanan led the Knights with 19 points.

■ Sierra Fordham scored 37 points to help No. 2 Allderdice (10-10, 7-1) deal visiting No. 1 Obama Academy (11-4, 7-1) its first City League loss, 64-52. Fordham scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Girls hot shots

■ Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Sarah Fischer, Ambridge, 5; Kayla Foster, Quaker Valley, 5; Erin Joyce, Bishop Canevin, 4; Carolyn Peterson, Shenango, 4.


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