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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Tigers finish regular season with 64-40 victory over Thomas Jefferson

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In a playoff tune-up for both teams, North Allegheny got out of the gates quickly and coasted to a 64-40 victory on Monday afternoon at North Allegheny High School.

The Tigers had a big first quarter outscoring Thomas Jefferson 22-6. The lead continued to expand as they led by 29 at halftime. The Jaguars did not lay down though as they were able to get the lead all the way back down to 12 in the fourth quarter before North Allegheny was able to find that extra gear and finish with a 64-40 victory.

Lizzy Groetsch led the way for the Tigers with 11 points. Emma Fischer added 10 points.

North Allegheny finishes the regular season a 21-1 and will be the top seed in the WPIAL 6A girls playoffs. Thomas Jefferson finishes the regular season at 11-10 and will be the number four seed in the WPIAL 5A girls playoffs. The Tigers will be back in action Saturday at North Allegheny High School at noon where they will play the winner of Penn-Trafford and Baldwin in the quarterfinals. That game will be live-streamed on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Thomas Jefferson, 3-1-21

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Tigers rout Peters Twp, 74-42 in non-section matchup

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by Jonathan Spina

In a battle of two teams that will be hosting first round playoff game, North Allegheny being the number one seed and the Peters Township the number seven seed, it was the Tigers who lived up to their ranking. Using a huge third quarter, NA claimed a 74-42 win on Friday night in a non-section matchup at AHN Arena at Peters Township High School.

The Tiger offense started slow but 3-point shooting kept them in the game as they would hit three in the first quarter and lead 15-12 after the opening frame. The offense really got cooking in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers would stretch their lead to double figures heading into the locker rooms at 37-25. The third quarter was the difference maker as North Allegheny would go on a 22-6 run that stretched the entire quarter and lead 61-31 going into the final frame. With the running clock, the Tigers were still able to extend the lead a little more and coasted to a 74-42 victory.

Lizzy Groetsch led the way with 19 points. Paige Morningstar and Jasmine Timmerson both had 11 points while Mia Tuman added 10 points off the bench.

North Allegheny improves to 20-1 overall. Peters Township falls to 6-8 overall. Up next for North Allegheny will be one final playoff tune-up against Thomas Jefferson on Monday at 4 p.m. Thomas Jefferson will be the number four seed in the WPIAL 5A playoffs.

Girls Basketball vs. Peters Twp., 2-26-21

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Tigers Trounce Titans To Cap Perfect Trip Through Section

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team completed a perfect trip through the Section 1-6A slate with a 52-21 win at Shaler on Wednesday night.

The Tigers used a 29-point outburst in the second quarter to gain a stranglehold of the contest and a 38-9 halftime lead. Senior Lizzy Groetsch spearheaded the effort with 11 of her 13 points in the second period. Fellow senior Paige Morningstar tallied a team-high 17 points as NA coasted to the win in the second half.

For Shaler, no player reached double figures. Hilary Quinn and Makenzie Barr paced the Titans with seven points each.

North Allegheny improves to 19-1 overall and 14-0 in Section 1-6A. Shaler falls to 4-10 overall and 4-7 in the section. The Tigers visit Peters Township on Friday night for a non-section tune-up before the playoffs.

Girls Basketball vs. Shaler, 2-24-21

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NA Secures 9th Straight Section Title, Outlasts No. 5 Norwin, 42-36

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team rebounded from its first loss in over year with a hard-fought 42-36 victory at Norwin on Monday night. The win secured an outright Section 1-6A title. It’s the ninth straight year the Tigers have earned a section crown.

The Tigers built a 25-13 advantage by halftime and led by as much as 12 points in the third quarter, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers in the period by junior Emma Fischer.

Norwin staged a furious rally in the fourth quarter and cut the NA lead to 36-31 midway through the final stanza. The Tigers responded with a timely 3-pointer from sophomore Jasmine Timmerson and followed soon after with a bucket by senior Lizzy Groetsch to stretch the lead to 41-33 and finally put away the Knights.

Groetsch paced the Tigers with 12 points and senior Danielle Rosso led the Knights with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

North Allegheny improves to 18-1 overall and 13-0 in Section 1-6A. Norwin falls to 11-4 overall and 9-3 in the section. The Tigers will wrap up section play with a visit to Shaler on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball vs. Norwin, 2-22-21

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NA’s Winning Streak Snapped at 30 by Trinity, 59-56

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North Allegheny’s 30-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday afternoon with a narrow 59-56 loss at Trinity in non-section play. The Hillers, winners of 10 in a row themselves, have snapped the two longest winning streaks in the WPIAL this season. On Jan. 23, Trinity also ended Chartiers Valley’s state record 64-game consecutive win streak.

In a battle between the top-ranked teams in Class 6A and Class 5A, respectively, the Hillers got off to a fast start on their home floor and built a 33-23 lead by halftime thanks to the hot shooting of Alyssa Clutter. Clutter poured in three 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a game-high 21 points.

North Allegheny answered back in the third quarter and took a 42-41 lead. The Tigers were sparked by senior forward Paige Morningstar, who scored 12 of her team-best 17 points in the third period, including two treys. Senior guard Lizzy Groetsch joined Morningstar in double figures with 13 points.

In the final stanza, Clutter regained her shooting touch from the perimeter with a pair of 3-pointers and Courtney Dahlquist, who netted 17 points, went a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line to help Trinity prevail, 59-56.

The loss drops North Allegheny’s overall record to 17-1 overall. Trinity improves to 14-1 on the season with its only loss coming to Norwin on Jan. 16. The Tigers next opponent will be Knights of Norwin on Monday at 7:30 p.m. on the road.

Girls Basketball vs. Trinity, 2-20-21

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