NA Climbs Into First-Place Tie Atop Section, Defeats Top-Ranked Norwin

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The North Allegheny girls’ basketball team climbed into a first-place tie atop Section 1-6A with a 60-42 win over the top-ranked Norwin Knights. NA snapped Norwin’s 12-game winning streak and dealt the Knights their first section loss of the season. Both teams sit at 10-1 in section with three section games remaining.

In the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 2, Norwin hit 11 3-pointers on its way to a 63-55 win. In Tuesday night’s rematch, the Tigers limited the Knights to 2 of 13 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half and allowed only five treys for the entire game.

North Allegheny junior Lizzy Groetsch opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and the Tigers jumped to a 17-11 lead after one quarter.  Groetsch netted a game-high 21 points and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

The Tigers built a 37-16 lead early in the third quarter before Norwin seemed to gain some momentum with a 7-0 run to cut the score to 37-23. North Allegheny answered back with a 10-0 run for a 47-23 lead and the outcome was never in doubt.

Joining Groetsch in double figures was freshman Jasmine Timmerson with 14 points and three 3-pointers. Junior Paige Morningstar chipped in with nine points.

For Norwin, senior Jayla Wehner tallied a team-high 14 points and three 3-pointers. Sophomore Brianna Zajicek added 10 points but scored only three in the second half.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 15-3 overall and 10-1 in Section 1. Norwin dips to 14-3 overall and 10-1 in the section. The Tigers will visit Pine-Richland on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Norwin, 1-28-20

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