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2017-2018 Game Summaries

Big 4th Quarter Propels NA To Win Over Parkersburg South, 57-43

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A fourth-quarter outburst kept North Allegheny unbeaten and propelled the Tigers to a 57-43 victory over Parkersburg South on Saturday afternoon at NASH. The No. 1-ranked Tigers outscored the Patriots, 20-6, in the fourth quarter to seize the non-section victory.

Senior Madelyn Fischer and junior Rachel Martindale each posted a double-double in the win. Fischer netted 16 points with 12 rebounds, while Martindale tallied 12 points and 10 boards. Freshman Lizzy Groetsch came narrowly close to a double-double as well, contributing nine points and eight rebounds.

For Parkersburg, McKenna Winans paced the Patriots with 13 points. Devin Hefner chipped in with 10 points.

North Allegheny leaps to 4-0 overall following the victory. Parkersburg South dips to 5-2 on the season. The Lady Tigers play in their first section game of the year on Thursday night with a home date with the Shaler Titans at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Parkersburg South, 12-16-17

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Parkersburg South14149643
North Allegheny1310142057

Morningstar’s Clutch Free Throws Vault NA To 45-44 Win Over Altoona

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Senior Piper Morningstar poured in the game-tying and go-ahead free throws with 44 seconds remaining and North Allegheny’s defense fended off Altoona in the waning seconds for a thrilling 45-44 win at the Wright Automotive Tip-Off Tournament. Morningstar totaled a game-high 20 points and poured in 4 of 6 from beyond the arc to lead the way for the Tigers. For her efforts, Morningstar was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Both teams entered the game with a pair victories in the tournament and Altoona got a jump start toward a third by building a 26-13 lead midway through the second quarter. Sophomore Caranda Perea dropped in three 3-pointers in the first half on her way to an 11-point performance for the reigning District 6 champions. Junior Olivia Hudson and senior Shaina Lear combined for 11 first-half points to help spot Altoona the 13-point edge.

After shooting 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Tigers caught fire in the second quarter and knocked down 5 of 5 from the perimeter to spark a half-ending 14-0 run. Morningstar buried three treys and Rachel Martindale tacked on two more to propel NA into the lead at intermission, 27-26.

The Tigers extended their lead to nine points in the third quarter before Altoona finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to knot the score at 38-38. In the midst of a 14-point outing, junior Brigid Fox totaled eight points in the second half and senior Jessica Steven scored all eight of her points in the second half to help give the Mountain Lions a 44-41 lead late in the fourth quarter.

North Allegheny trimmed the score to 44-43 on a lay-up by Maddie Fischer with less than two minutes remaining and Morningstar sunk two key free throws with 44 seconds remaining to vault NA into the lead at 45-44. Altoona had a chance to win the game with 12 seconds to play but two missed shots before the buzzer preserved a one-point win for the top-ranked Tigers.

Morningstar, Fischer and Martindale were all named to the all-tournament team with Martindale receiving the tournament MVP award. For Altoona, Perea and Hudson received all-tournament honors.

North Allegheny improves to 3-0 on the season, while Altoona dips to 2-1. The Tigers return to action on Saturday for a non-section home game against Parkersburg South at 2:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Altoona, 12-10-17

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Altoona161012644
North Allegheny81911745

Fischer, Martindale lead comeback for NA against Norwin

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On Friday, the North Allegheny girls’ basketball team showed they can play with a lead the entire game in their season-opening win. On Saturday, they proved they can overcome adversity, and a double-digit deficit, to come away with the same result.

The Tigers erased an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter for a 61-52 home win against Norwin in the Wright Automotive Tip-Off Tournament.

NA’s comeback came from an unlikely source from beyond the arc, with two critical 3-pointers by senior Maddie Fischer. Fischer finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds, earning her the Wright Automotive Player of the Game nod.

For the second straight day, junior Rachel Martindale scored at least 20 points. Her 20-point effort led the Tigers and her third 3-pointer of the game gave NA a 48-46 lead with 6:13 left in the game. It was the Tigers first lead of the second half and one they would not relinquish.

North Allegheny entered the fourth quarter down 46-45, but outscored the Knights 16-6 in the final eight minutes.

Norwin led most of the first half, led by Magen Polczynski. Polczynski finished with a game-high 22 points, with half of those coming in the first quarter. She had 17 points at the half, but NA’s defense was able to shut her down in the second half. Also scoring in double figures for Norwin was Olivia Grimble with 10 points.

Senior Piper Morningstar joined Martindale and Fischer in double figures for the Tigers with 10.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-0 and will conclude its portion of the tip-off tournament on Sunday against Altoona at 1:30 p.m. Altoona has matched NA by winning their first two games of the season. That game will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Norwin, 12-9-17

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Norwin161218652
North Allegheny1413181661

Rachel Martindale Drops 24 Points In NA’s Season Opening Win

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by Dave Floyd

It may have been opening night, but Rachel Martindale’s three-point shot appeared to be in midseason form on Friday.

The North Allegheny junior scored 24 points on 6-of-10 shooting from distance, and the top-ranked Tigers defeated No. 2 Penn Hills 57-41 in the Wright Automotive Tip-Off Tournament.

Martindale added five assists and for her efforts, collected the first Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors of 2017-18.

Penn Hills proved a game squad in the opening quarter and led 8-6 near the halfway mark. From there, however, the Tigers embarked on an 8-0 spurt that gave them a 14-8 lead, and they never trailed the rest of the way.

In the second quarter, NA outscored the Indians 15-3 to take command of the contest.

Along with Martindale, senior Madelyn Fischer reached double figures in scoring with 12. Freshman Lizzy Groetsch logged 13 minutes in her first Varsity action and led the Tigers on the glass by grabbing seven rebounds.

Senior Courtney Roman spearheaded NA’s defensive efforts, tallying a team-high six steals to go along with her eight points. Classmate Piper Morningstar added seven points.

Both teams continue tournament play tomorrow. Penn Hills and Chartiers Valley kick things off at 11 a.m. The Tigers are back in action at 2:30 p.m. against Norwin. That game will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Penn Hills, 12-8-17

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Penn Hills133121341
North Allegheny161517957