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2019-2020 Game Summaries

Tigers Handle Highlanders In WPIAL Quarterfinals, 65-46

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team advanced to the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals on Friday night with a convincing 65-46 victory over Baldwin at Chartiers Valley High School. The win was NA’s 20th of the campaign and marked the eighth consecutive year the Tigers have won 20 games or more in a season.

Facing a Baldwin team that was making its first WPIAL playoff appearance since 2015, North Allegheny stormed out of the gates and took a 16-2 lead in the first quarter. The Tigers were hot from beyond the arc and continued to scorch the Highlanders for a 40-20 halftime lead. NA knocked down 12 3-pointers on the night with eight coming in the first half. Sophomore Taylor Rawls poured in three treys to pace the Tigers at intermission.

Along with strong perimeter shooting, North Allegheny excelled on the offensive glass and was helped by the rebounding efforts of junior Paige Morningstar and senior Kat Balouris. The two forwards also defended the paint well by blocking numerous Baldwin shot attempts.

In a well-balanced performance, North Allegheny led by as much as 31 points and coasted to the victory in the second half, 65-46.

Leading on the scoresheet was junior Lizzy Groetsch and freshman Jasmine Timmerson with 16 points each. Morningstar also touched double figures with 14 points. Baldwin was paced by junior Lexi Bernotas, who scored all nine her points coming in the first half.

Timmerson, who contributed three 3-pointers and helped facilitate the Tigers attack, was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 20-3 on the season, while Baldwin falls to 12-10 on the year. The Tigers advance to the WPIAL semifinals to face Upper St. Clair on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Baldwin, 2-21-20

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Baldwin71362046
North Allegheny1624141165

Strong 4th Quarter Propels NA To Win At Oakland Catholic, 43-27

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In their final tune-up before the WPIAL playoffs, the North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Oakland Catholic Eagles on Monday night, 43-27. NA’s staunch defense allowed its second-lowest point total of the season to the host Eagles, a playoff qualifier out of Class 5A. Its the second straight game the Tigers have permitted a paltry 27 points.

North Allegheny led 24-22 after three quarters of play, but the Tigers took control in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Eagles 19-5 over the final eight minutes. Juniors Paige Morningstar and Lizzy Groetsch paced the Tigers with 11 points each.

Alexa Washington was the leading scorer for Oakland Catholic with eight points, six of which coming at the free-throw line.

North Allegheny improves to 19-3 overall with the non-section win. Oakland Catholic dips to 16-6 on the season. Both teams will await the release of the WPIAL playoff brackets on Tuesday night.

Girls Basketball vs. Oakland Catholic, 2-10-20

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North Allegheny11941943
Oakland Catholic4117527

Tigers Secure 8th Straight Section Title

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team defeated the North Hills Indians on Friday night, 44-27, to become co-section champions with Norwin in Section 1-6A. It’s the eighth straight season the Tigers have earned a section crown.

The night started slow for North Allegheny as North Hills utilized a deliberate pace for a 19-16 lead at intermission. Junior Abigail McElhaney spearheaded the Indians attack with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Of her 14 points, 11 came in the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer just before halftime.

In the second half, the game belonged to North Allegheny. The Tigers used an 10-0 run to take a 26-19 lead and never looked back. The NA defense increased the intensity in the second half and limited the Indians to just eight points over the final 16 minutes.

Junior Lizzy Groetsch netted a game-high 19 points on her way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Junior Paige Morningstar touched double figures as well with 10 points, eight coming in the second half.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 18-3 overall and 13-1 in Section 1-6A. North Hills drops to 6-15 overall and 2-12 in the section. The Tigers will visit Oakland Catholic on Monday at 6:00 p.m. in a non-section tune-up for the postseason.

Girls Basketball vs. North Hills, 2-7-20

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North Allegheny79141444
North Hills6133527

NA Dominates Butler On Senior Night, 62-39

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In their final section home game of the 2019-2020 season, the North Allegheny Tigers claimed a 62-39 win over the Butler Golden Tornado on senior night. All three seniors, Kat Balouris, Maddie Chevalier and Abby Glass, scored points in a convincing win in Section 1-6A action.

Glass led the senior triumvirate with nine points and three 3-pointers as the Tigers raced to a 31-10 lead by halftime. The game was never in doubt and NA cruised to the victory in the second half. Junior Lizzy Groetsch led all scorers with 18 points. Butler was paced by Mackenna Maier with nine points.

North Allegheny remains atop the Section 1-6A standings with a 17-3 overall record and 12-1 section mark. Butler falls to 7-13 overall and 4-9 in the section. The Tigers hope to capture a share of the section title on Friday night with a visit to North Hills at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Butler, 2-3-20

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Butler28151439
North Allegheny1417181362

NA Punishes Pine-Richland, 60-30

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team won its fifth in a row and rolled to a 60-30 win over the Pine-Richland Rams on Thursday night. The Tigers jumped to a 36-21 lead by halftime and cruised in the second half.

NA had three players reach double figures in the win. Junior Lizzy Groetsch led the scoresheet with 16 points, followed by sophomore Taylor Rawls and junior Paige Morningstar with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Pine-Richland was paced by Meghan Luellen with 10 points.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 16-3 overall and 11-1 in Section 1-6A. Pine-Richland dips to 3-14 overall and 1-11 in the section. The Tigers host Butler on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Pine-Richland, 1-30-20

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North Allegheny1919101260
Pine-Richland6157230