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2022-2023 Game Summaries

Tigers avenge early season loss, outduel top-ranked Knights 52-45

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by Jonathan Spina

On January 3, the Norwin Knights put together a dominant performance and defeated the North Allegheny Tigers 53-32 on their home floor. On Thursday night at UPMC Court, things were much different as North Allegheny shot the ball much better than the first matchup and played smothering defense en route to a 52-45 win in section play against the top-ranked team in 6A.

The first quarter started very tight with both defenses coming to play. The Tigers went on a mini 6-0 run getting back-to-back three pointers from Lydia Betz and Caroline Henderson to jump out to a 13-9 lead. Norwin would settle the water but after a quarter of play North Allegheny led 15-13. The second frame is where NA started to gain some separation as they started the quarter on a 10-0 run and outscored the Knights in the quarter 15-5 and took a 30-18 lead and the momentum into the locker room.

The third quarter saw more dominance from the Tigers as they extended to their biggest lead of the game at 17 points, leading 43-26 going into the fourth quarter. In the final frame, as expected, Norwin made their push. The Knights comeback effort was spearheaded by sophomore Kendall Berger who really came alive scoring 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Norwin started the quarter on a 12-2 run to cut the Tigers lead to 45-38 but with about 90 seconds remaining, Jasmine Timmerson got a steal and was able to go coast to coast and finish an-and-one in traffic to give the North Allegheny the momentum back. The Tigers were able to fend off the pesky Knights escaping with a 52-45 win.

Betz led all scorers with 20 points. For her efforts, she was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Timmerson added 17 points.

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, North Allegheny and Norwin have split the season series with both teams winning on their home floor. The win improves North Allegheny to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in Section 1-6A. With the loss, Norwin falls to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in section play. The win also kept the Tigers 61-game home win streak against WPIAL opponents alive.

North Allegheny will be back in action on Saturday, at Bethel Park where they will participate in the Joey Fabus Memorial Classic with an opponent and time to be determined.

Girls Basketball vs. Norwin, 1-26-23

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Tigers Tame Trojans In Non-Conference Tilt

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By: Jared Barton 

North Allegheny earned a 62-44 non-conference win over McDowell at UPMC Court on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers offensive playmakers picked up right where they left off after the win over Hempfield earlier in the week. NA sprinted to a 10-point lead after one quarter, led by senior Jasmine Timmerson and junior Caroline Henderson. The Tigers dropped 6-three pointers in the first two quarters and shot 3-for-4 from the foul line to extend the lead to 12 at the half 50-38.

North Allegheny’s lead bubbled to as much as 20 points early in the third quarter, but McDowell stepped up their play, outscoring NA 16-13 in the frame. Senior Jessica Hetz and junior Amaiya Nelson led the charge for the Trojans.

A fast-paced 2nd half from juniors Kellie McConnell and Lydia Betz kept the Tigers in the lead. McConnell finished the game with 11 points, while Betz earned double figures with 11.

Timmerson was a force throughout the contest, earning Wright Automotive laurels for the second consecutive game with a 23-point performance.

The Tigers improve to 10-4 this season with the win. NA next prepares for a section battle at home against Norwin on Thursday, January 26th. You can listen to that game live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. McDowell, 1-21-23

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Jasmine Timmerson notches 1,000th point in 59-44 win over Hempfield

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by Jonathan Spina

Senior Jasmine Timmerson scored 14 points to give herself 1,000 career points on the dot as the North Allegheny Tigers coasted to a 59-44 win over the Hempfield Spartans on Thursday night at UPMC Health Plan Court.

North Allegheny blitzed the Spartans at the start scoring the first six points of the game. Following a timeout, Hempfield settled in and start to hit some shots and eventually tied the game at 12-12. Cam Phillips hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tiger a 15-12 lead and momentum heading into the second quarter. NA would start to pull away in the second frame outscoring the Spartans 17-7 in the period. The Tigers got a huge lift from Caroline Henderson who had all 15 of her points in the first half hitting five threes, and North Allegheny took a double digit lead of 32-19 into the second half. Henderson would lead the Tigers in scoring on the night.

The defense kept the intensity up in the third quarter as they held Hempfield to single digits once again and Phillips hit another buzzer beater to end the third and the Tigers had a 20 point advantage, 46-26, heading into the fourth quarter. As NA was coasting along in the fourth quarter, with four minutes remaining, Timmerson hit a corner three to give the Tigers a 56-36 lead. The three pointer gave Timmerson 14 points in the game and 1,000 points in her career as North Allegheny finished off a 59-44 victory. For her efforts, Timmerson was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Kellie McConnell added 11 points for the Tigers and Phillips and Eva Prenatt each had eight points. Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul led all scorers with 17 points.

North Allegheny improves to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in section play. Hempfield falls to 7-9 overall and 1-4 in the section. The Tigers will return to UPMC Health Plan Court on Saturday afternoon as they will take on District 10 foe McDowell, that game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. and will be carried live on the NA Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. Hempfield, 1-19-23

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Tigers Edged By St. Frances Academy, 58-54

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team wrapped up its trip to Chambersburg with a hard-fought effort in a 58-54 defeat to St. Frances Academy (MD) on Sunday.

The Tigers trailed 33-24 at the half and did their best to rally in the second half thanks in part to an 18-point effort from senior guard Jasmine Timmerson. Junior forward Lydia Betz netted 12 points and senior guard Cam Phillips tallied 11 points in NA’s comeback bid.

Despite NA’s best efforts, St. Frances was able to stave off the Tigers for a 58-54 win, led by senior guard Kimmya Hicks with a team-high 14-point performance. Sophomore Sydney Sutton added 12 points and senior forward Ande’a Cherisier chipped in with 10 points.

North Allegheny now sits at 8-4 overall, while St. Frances Academy improves to 13-2 on the season. The Tigers will return to section play on Thursday with a home game against Hempfield. The contest will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Girls Basketball vs. St. Frances Academy, 1-15-23

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NA Tops Imhotep Charter, 45-35

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball opened day one of the Chambersburg Invitational with 45-35 triumph over Imhotep Charter on Saturday afternoon.

As they did in their last game against Seneca Valley, the Tigers used a suffocating defense to disrupt their opponent. NA once again didn’t yield a double-digit scorer, while the offense was paced by Pitt recruit Jasmine Timmerson with 16 points. The Tigers built a 14-11 lead in the early going and held a 24-17 advantage by intermission. Timmerson converted on 5-of-7 from the free-throw line to help put the Panthers away in the second half. Aiding the NA attack was junior forward Lydia Betz and junior guard Grace Heliger with nine points each.

Imhotep Charter was led by Jamee Johnson, Samya Stevens and Anise Geiger, who all scored nine points apiece.

North Allegheny leaps to 8-3 overall, while Imhotep Charter dips to 7-6 on the season. The Tigers look to continue their winning ways on Sunday against St. Frances (MD) in day two of the Chambersburg Invitational.

Girls Basketball vs. Imhotep Charter, 1-14-23

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