Thursday, February 02, 2023 | 12:05 AM
Whether the groundhog sees its shadow on Thursday, early spring or a longer winter won’t affect the five-team chase in the crowded top of Section 2-5A of WPIAL Women’s Basketball.
The top five teams are only two games apart with two or three games to go.
Hampton (13-5) visits Armstrong (16-3) on Thursday.
The Talbots are tied for first place with Mars (13-4), both of whom have 7-2 section records. They are half a game ahead of the 7-3 Riverhawks.
Two other teams in the crowded pack are Fox Chapel (6-4, 12-7) and Shaler (5-4, 14-5).
On Friday, frontline Fightin’ Planet will take on the host Titan.
Hampton are trying to equalize after losing 52-32 to Armstrong on Jan. 9.
Junior Kyla Fitzgerald scored 18 points to lead the River Hawks, while junior Megan Murray scored a game-high 19 points over the Talbots.
Class 3A battles for the lead
Class 3A has two district women’s basketball sections, leading the three-team chase for first place.
Avonworth (6-1, 12-5) leads Keystone Oaks (5-2, 13-6) and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-2, 12-6) by one game.
On Thursday, Antelope hosts the Golden Eagles.
The only section loss Avonworth has suffered this season was 55–48 at Keystone Oaks on 9 January.
Senior Eliona Neal led the KO with 19 points, while sophomore Greta O’Brien scored a game-high 20 points on ‘Lopes.
Also on Thursday, the OLSH moves to East Allegheny (0-7, 3-12).
In Section 4-3A, Waynesburg (6-1, 16-2) had one game against both Young (5-2, 10-8) and South Park (5-2, 9-10). have an advantage.
The Raiders can take a big step towards a section crown when they host the Cougars on Thursday. Young handed Waynesburg his only section loss at Cougar Mountain on January 9, 44-38.
Seniors Mikala Tuning and Rainie Geldick each scored 14 points for the Cougars, while junior Josie Horn scored 12 points for the Raiders.
South Park visit Charleroi on Thursday (3-4, 8-8). The Cougars have a one-game lead over McGuffey in his fourth place in the section.
Class A deadlock
After Thursday’s action, the WPIAL has just one week left in the regular season.
Therefore, the winner of the Section 2-A showdown at Monvalley will take a big step towards the Section Championship.
West Green (10-7) visited Monessen (12-4) as both teams finished first with a 6-1 section record.
The Greyhounds’ only section loss was a 45–42 loss to the Pioneers in December.
It is also the last time Monessen lost. Currently on a 10 win streak.
West Green’s only section loss was last week’s 64-49 loss to Abella. Pioneers have lost 2 of their last 3 matches overall.