By: Don Insurgent
Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 12:05 AM
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Assessment
Plum’s Dannika Susko battles Fox Chapel’s Elsie Smith for a free ball throughout their recreation Dec. 12, 2022.
Whether or not or not the groundhog sees its shadow Thursday, an early spring or an extended winter is not going to have an effect on the five-team chase within the crowded high of Part 2-5A in WPIAL women basketball.
The highest 5 groups are separated by solely two video games with both two or three part video games remaining.
On Thursday, Hampton (13-5) visits Armstrong (16-3).
The Talbots are tied for first place with Mars (13-4), each with 7-2 part data. They’re a half-game forward of the River Hawks, who’re 7-3.
The opposite two groups within the crowded pack are Fox Chapel (6-4, 12-7) and Shaler (5-4, 14-5).
On Friday, the front-running Fightin’ Planets face the host Titans.
Hampton is attempting to even the rating after shedding 52-32 at Armstrong on Jan. 9.
Junior Kyla Fitzgerald had 18 factors to guide the River Hawks whereas junior Meghan Murray had a game-high 19 factors for the Talbots.
Class 3A fights for first
There are two district women basketball sections in Class 3A which can be crowded on the high with three-team chases for first place.
Avonworth (6-1, 12-5) has a one-game lead over Keystone Oaks (5-2, 13-6) and Our Woman of the Sacred Coronary heart (5-2, 12-6).
On Thursday, the Antelopes host the Golden Eagles.
The one part loss suffered by Avonworth this season was on Jan. 9 at Keystone Oaks, 55-48.
Senior Eriona Neal led KO with 19 factors whereas sophomore Greta O’Brien had a game-high 20 factors for the ‘Lopes.
Additionally on Thursday, OLSH travels to East Allegheny (0-7, 3-12).
In Part 4-3A, Waynesburg (6-1, 16-2) has a one-game benefit over each Yough (5-2, 10-8) and South Park (5-2, 9-10).
The Raiders can take an enormous step towards a bit crown once they host the Cougars on Thursday. Yough handed Waynesburg its solely part loss Jan. 9 up on Cougar Mountain, 44-38.
Seniors Mikalah Chewning and Laney Gerdich every had 14 factors for the Cougars whereas junior Josie Horne had 12 to tempo the Raiders.
On Thursday, South Park visits Charleroi (3-4, 8-8). The Cougars have a one-game lead over McGuffey for fourth place within the part.
Class A impasse
After Thursday’s motion, there is just one week left within the WPIAL common season.
Thus the winner of the Part 2-A showdown within the Mon Valley will take an enormous step towards a bit championship.
West Greene (10-7) visits Monessen (12-4) with each groups tied for first place with 6-1 part data.
The Greyhounds’ lone part loss was to the Pioneers again in December, 45-42.
That additionally occurs to be the final time Monessen misplaced. They presently have a 10-game successful streak.
West Greene’s solely part loss was to Avella final week, 64-49. The Pioneers have misplaced two of their final three video games general.