Team of the Week – South Fayette
With a pair of wins by a combined three points, South Fayette helped create a four-way tie atop Section 5-AAA.
The Lions edged Chartiers Valley, 36-34, Monday and followed with a one-point win (32-31) over Montour Thursday. South Fayette capped a 3-0 week with a win over McGuffey.
The balanced Lions did not have a player score in double figures in more than two of the three games, but Erika Ford led the offense with 12 points and 14 points in the first two wins.
The four-way tie was broken over the weekend when West Allegheny lost. Heading into the final week of section play, South Fayette, Montour and Chartiers Valley are all 6-2 in Section 5.
Runner-up – Charleroi
Barring a loss to a non-playoff qualifier this week, Charleroi likely clinched at least a share of the Section 4-AA championship with a 47-40 win over Washington, which was previously unbeaten in section play. The Cougars also beat McGuffey in a non-section game.
Beka Bellhy, Fort Cherry
Morgan Iacovino, Charleroi
Anna Lombardo, Canon-McMillan
Chianti Sivek, Ringgold
Amanda Temple, Avella
Geena Shrader, Monessen
999 and counting – Canon-McMillan senior Emily Hansen enters tonight's game home game against Bethel Park in need of one point to reach 1,000 for her varsity career. Hansen averages 16.4 points per game so chances are the 5-7 forward (as she is listed on the C-M roster) will get there sometime in the first quarter. What makes Hansen's scoring so impressive is that, until the emergence of Anna Lombardo, Hansen provided the majority of C-M's offense for a couple seasons in what may be the toughest girls section in Pennsylvania.
Style points don't matter – That's a favorite saying of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. California could have adopted it last week. The Trojans clinched a playoff berth in Section 4-A with close wins over Winchester Thurston and Geibel Catholic without sophomore guard Courtnee McMasters, a two-year starter. McMasters left the team but plans to return next year.