McCon­nell de­buts at Chartiers Val­ley

For­mer boys coach wins his first with Colts girls by beat­ing Mt. Le­banon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - High School Basketball -

Tim McCon­nell cer­tainly isn’t new to the high school coach­ing ranks.

Fri­day night, how­ever, was an en­tirely fresh ex­pe­ri­ence for McCon­nell, who spent the past 25 years serv­ing as Chartiers Val­ley’s boys bas­ket­ball coach, when he made his de­but as the Colts girls bas­ket­ball coach.

“It re­ally felt like I was coach­ing my first game, ever,” McCon­nell said. “I was ner­vous. I was ex­cited. It was much dif­fer­ent from any boys game I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. I didn’t know what to ex­pect or what was go­ing to hap­pen.”

The re­sult, though, ended in fa­vor of McCon­nell’s Colts.

Chartiers Val­ley out­lasted Mt. Le­banon, 64-40, at the North Al­legheny Tour­na­ment. The Colts built a 15-5 ad­van­tage af­ter the first quar­ter en route to lead­ing the Blue Devils, 35-15, at the half.

“De­fen­sively, we played very well in the first half and I’m re­ally pleased with our play on de­fense,” McCon­nell said. “We also shot the ball very well.

“The girls are work­ing hard and I liked the way we’ve been prac­tic­ing. I can’t ask for any­thing more.”

Ais­lin Mal­colm, a fresh­man, drained six 3-point­ers and scored 18 points to guide Chartiers Val­ley. Macken­zie Wag­ner also scored 18, while Gabby Legis­ter added 16.

Ashleigh Con­ner and Mor­gan Palmer each scored nine points for Mt. Le­banon.

Other top games

La­trobe’s Carly Augis­tine scored 19 points to help the Wild­cats earn a 64-57 de­ci­sion against Bishop Canevin at the In­di­ana Tipoff Tour­na­ment. Anna Raf­ferty fol­lowed with 16, Kayla White had 13 and Rachel Ridilla chipped in with 12 for the Wild­cats, who led 33-25 at the half. Shamyjha Ab­bott paced the Cru­saders with 21 points. Alyssa Pol­lice hit four 3-point­ers for 17 points and Diatha Allen added 10.

Jes­sica Persin drained five 3-point­ers and scored a game-high 18 points to help guide Hemp­field to a 52-36 vic­tory against Mount Pleas­ant in the Greens­burg Salem Tour­na­ment. Sarah Lib­er­a­tore fol­lowed with 16 for the Spar­tans, who led 32-16 at the half. Chloe Ja­worski led the Vik­ings with 11, while Ju­liann Kalp had 10.

Reilly Sun­day led Moon with a gamebest 17 points and Sofia Mancini fol­lowed with 10 as the Tigers beat Moniteau, 5924, in the Moon Tour­na­ment. Moon held the War­riors to just one point in the sec­ond quar­ter and led 24-13 at the half.

Macken­zie Amalia scored a game-high 25 points, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers, to guide Black­hawk to a 70-48 win against Canon-McMil­lan at the Trin­ity Tour­na­ment. Mady Aul­bach fol­lowed with 19 for the Cougars, who owned a 35-23 ad­van­tage at half­time. Lacey Rus­sell scored a team-best 10 points for the Big Macs.

Bald­win’s nine-point lead at half­time helped the High­landers take a 51-43 de­ci­sion against Elizabeth For­ward at the Bald­win/Peters Tour­na­ment. Haley Radom­sky led Bald­win with 14 points, while Me­gan Dry­burgh fol­lowed with 13 and Anna Lu­carelli had 12. Dry­burgh scored seven of Bald­win’s 17 points in the first quar­ter en route to the High­landers tak­ing a 31-22 lead at the half. Bri­anna Spir­nak led Elizabeth For­ward with 15 and Ju­lia Flournoy scored 13.

Jonna Clark was 8 of 10 from the freethrow line and scored a game-high 25 points as Thomas Jef­fer­son cruised to a 7440 de­ci­sion against Wood­land Hills at the Bald­win/Peters Tour­na­ment. De­laney Ranallo fol­lowed with 12 and Shay­lor Wil­liams scored 10 for the Jaguars, who took a com­mand­ing 33-15 ad­van­tage at the half. Nya Morris led the Wolver­ines with 11.

Ne­shan­nock re­ceived a 21-point ef­fort from Bella Bur­relli to help guide the Lancers to a 58-35 win against Shaler at the Ambridge Tour­na­ment. Kaylee Ge­orge and Bri Dean each added 11 for Ne­shan­nock, which took a 35-22 lead at the half against the Ti­tans. Emily Cavacini scored a teamhigh 21 for Shaler.

Greens­burg Cen­tral Catholic’s Bella Satkell sank seven 3-point­ers and scored a game-high 27 points as the Cen­turi­ans earned a 62-47 win at the Fayette County Coaches Tour­na­ment against Union­town. Greens­burg Cen­tral Catholic led 34-24 at the half against the Raiders, who were led by Mya Mur­ray’s 22-point ef­fort.

Up­per St. Clair’s 19 points in the fourth quar­ter helped the Pan­thers se­cure a 49-38 vic­tory against Key­stone Oaks at the South Fayette Tour­na­ment. Up­per St. Clair led 2120 at half­time and was led by Sarah Price’s team-best 16 points. Cassie Kart­sonas and Alex Prun­zik each fol­lowed with 12. Jaylen Hoffman scored 16 for the Golden Ea­gles and Gil­lian Pic­col­ino added 11.

Tia Johnson and Bella Pe­laia each came through with big-game ef­forts to help Mars cruise past Kennedy Catholic, 74-52, at the Slip­pery Rock Tour­na­ment. Johnson hit five 3-point­ers and fin­ished with 28 points, while Pe­laia net­ted four 3s and scored 22 for the Plan­ets, who led 43-23 at the half. Malia Mage­stro scored 39 for Kennedy Catholic. She hit seven 3-point­ers.

Aniya Walker scored 13 of her game­high 27 points in the third quar­ter to help Ambridge top North Hills at the Ambridge Tour­na­ment, 57-49. Walker, a se­nior, also grabbed 14 re­bounds for the Bridgers, who trailed 24-20 at the half. Dasha Jack­son fol­lowed Walker with 18. Lexi Kotwica scored 17 and Syd­ney Ryan added 10 for the In­di­ans.

Mad­die Dziez­gowski scored 16 points to lead Bethel Park to a 61-22 rout against Pine-Richland at the Bethel Park Tour­na­ment. Olivia West­phal fol­lowed with 16 for the Blackhawks, who took a 29-14 ad­van­tage at the half. Me­gan Lueller scored 10 for the Rams.

Lizzy Groet­son scored 12 points and Brooke Bar­cia added 11 as North Al­legheny beat Penn Hills, 60-47 at the North Al­legheny Tour­na­ment. Amoni Black­well scored 16 for the In­di­ans.

Stars of the night

Jada Lee recorded a triple-dou­ble as Car­lyn­ton routed New Brighton, 57-11, at the Car­lyn­ton Tour­na­ment. Lee, a junior guard, threw down 20 points to go along with her 10 as­sists and 10 re­bounds. An­gel­ica Diallo fol­lowed with 15 and Ken­dal Kline had 11 for the Cougars, who ran out to a 44-7 lead at the half.

Amaia Johnson’s 31-point per­for­mance proved cru­cial for East Al­legheny as the Wild­cats earned a 63-59 vic­tory at the Serra Catholic Tor­na­ment against Alderdice. Johnson, a junior, hit three 3s for East Al­legheny, which led 29-23 points at half­time. C’Keiyah Mar­shall chipped in with 13 and Abby Hen­der­son added 11 for the Wild­cats. Nau­tica Bur­well led the Dragons with 24 points.

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Wood­land Hills’ Tre’mon Josey de­fends Ambridge’s An­thony Cvitkovic on a fast break at the Mid­land Tour­na­ment at Geneva Col­lege Fri­day.

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