NA Falls To Top-Ranked Team In WV, 65-59
Facing the top-ranked team in West Virginia, the North Allegheny Tigers dropped a 65-59 decision to St. Joseph’s Central Catholic High School on Monday night in Huntington, WV.
NA got off to a strong start, leading 12-11 through one quarter of play. St. Joe’s pulled ahead with a big second and third quarter to build a 44-34 lead. Despite the deficit, the Tigers put together a furious rally in the fourth quarter led by sophomore Taylor Rawls who buried three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the period. However, the Irish staved off the NA rally for their 22nd win in a row dating back to last season.
Along with Rawls, North Allegheny had two other players finish in double figures. Junior Paige Morningstar led with 18 points, including two treys, and junior Lizzy Groetsch scored 14 points.
Huntington St. Joseph, who won the West Virginia Class A state championship last season by 25 points, was paced by Grace Hutson with 16 points and Bailee Adkins with 15 points. Dionna Gray and Hannah Roberts added 10 points each.
A powerhouse in West Virginia, St. Joe’s has won nine state titles in the last 11 seasons and improves to 13-0 with the win. The non-section contest was a great test for North Allegheny, who now sits at 9-2 on the season.
The Tigers return to section play on Tuesday night with a home matchup with the North Hills Indians. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Girls Basketball vs. St. Joseph's Central Catholic, 1-13-20
|SCORE BY QUARTERS||1||2||3||4||FINAL|
|St. Joseph's Central||11||16||17||21||65|