Monday, December 20, 2010

Week in review, girls basketball (through Dec. 19)

Team of the Week – Charleroi
Charleroi rattled off five wins in eight days, and the Cougars won two games – against Career Connections and Carmichaels – on the same day.

Defensively, Charleroi got it done. Two opponents were held under 20 points and two more scored fewer than 30. In six games, all wins, Charleroi has not allowed more than 35 points.

Runner-up – Monessen
Monessen won its own tournament, including a win over Canon-McMillan in the final, and also beat Avella.

Starting five
Beka Bellhy, Fort Cherry (pictured, No. 5)
Morgan Berardi, Carmichaels
Emily Hansen, Canon-McMillan
Morgan Iacovino, Charleroi
Geena Shrader, Monessen
Off the bench
Amanda Temple, Avella

Dynamic duo – Section 3-A boasts a number of standout underclassmen and returning lettermen, which should make for some intriguing games. Two of the top young players in Section 3 are Carmichaels sophomores Anna Cree and Berardi.

The pair have helped the Mikes to a 4-2 start. The losses came against Charleroi and Fort Cherry, a pair of unbeaten teams.

"With Morgan and Anna, in some ways it's like having two point guards on the floor," Carmichaels coach Jim Lane said. "They've both picked up their scoring."

Don't call it the charity stripe – With its dribble-drive offense, Bentworth is benefiting from a renewed emphasis to call games "black and white", meaning if it's a foul call a foul. The Bearcats are getting to the line with frequency but are struggling shooting from the free-throw line. In Monday's win over Burgettstown, Bentworth made 17 of 36. In a three-point loss to Washington, Bentworth made just 12 of 32 attempts.

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