High School Highlights: Gateway rallies to win Fox Chapel showdown
West Mifflin's Michael Peterson fights for a rebound against Steel Valley Tuesday night in a WPIAL Class AAA Section 4 game.
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Gateway lost possession of the ball 23 times Tuesday night but in the end the Gators gained sole possession of first place in Class AAAA Section 2 with a 40-38 win against Fox Chapel in a section showdown.
No. 4 Gateway overcame 23 turnovers, a fourth-quarter deficit and an 18-point performance from visiting Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico to break a tie atop the section.
Gateway (8-1, 5-0) moves into first ahead of Fox Chapel (9-2, 4-1), which had a 3-point shot at the buzzer fall short.
Other top boys games
• Class AAA No. 3 Beaver Area outscored No. 1 Chartiers Valley, 21-11, in the fourth quarter to spring an upset against the visiting Colts (8-1), 59-55, in a non-section battle of unbeaten teams. Aaron Barlow led the Bobcats (11-0) with 16 points.
• Joe Salmen scored 19 points to lead Class A No. 2 Union (10-1, 2-0) past No. 5 OLSH, 67-50, in Section 1. The visiting Chargers (9-2, 1-1) were paced by Cameron Johnson's game-high 20 points.
• Ryan Wolf scored 29 points to lift Class A No. 3 Vincentian (10-0, 2-0) past No. 1 North Catholic, 80-68, in Section 2. Dan Savulchak led the host Trojans (7-3, 1-1) with 30 points.
• Class AAA No. 2 Mars won a crucial Section 3 contest on the road with a 58-47 win against Indiana. The Planets (10-2, 4-0) were led by Owen Nearhoof's 16 points. Riley Stapleton paced Indiana (9-2, 3-1)with 15 points.
Star of the night
• Tyler Engle scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead Blackhawk (5-6, 3-1) to a come-from-behind 55-53 win at Ambridge (5-5, 1-3) in Class AAA Section 2.
• Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer won his 300th career game in memorable fashion as the Panthers (7-3, 4-1) won, 67-62, at Peters Township (4-7, 1-4) in double overtime. Holzer is 300-148 in 18 seasons at Upper St. Clair.
Boys hot shots
• Players who made six or more 3-pointers: Tyler Engle, Blackhawk, 9; Josh Jenkins, East Allegheny, 6; Evan Bonnaure, South Fayette, 6; David Urso, Central Catholic, 6; Sean Hennigan, North Allegheny, 6.
Top girls game
• The Gateway defense stifled Class AAAA No. 4 Fox Chapel (9-3, 4-1) on its way to a 47-26 win in Section 2. Katey Wilson led the host Gators (8-2, 5-0) with 12 points.
Girls hot shots
• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Maggie Kimmich, Franklin Regional, 4; Sydnee Abernathy, Allderdice, 4; Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk, 4.
First Published January 9, 2013 12:00 am