WPIAL Class AAA girls basketball: South Park tandem takes over in OT

Lindsay, Torris score all but 2 points in extra period, hold off Blackhawk
March 1, 2012 12:00 am

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Just when it looked as if the area's top freshman was going to will her team to the WPIAL final, South Park's standout junior/sophomore tandem had other plans.

Shelby Lindsay and Halie Torris combined for 44 points and scored all but two of South Park's points in overtime to lead the Eagles to a 66-59 win against defending champion Blackhawk in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal Wednesday at North Allegheny.

The No. 2 seed Eagles (22-2), who won the Class AA championship in 2008, will meet No. 1 Hopewell in Saturday's championship at the Palumbo Center. Hopewell handed the Eagles a 58-55 loss Feb. 11.

Blackhawk (21-4) had the prized freshman in point guard Chassidy Omogrosso, but South Park topped that with Lindsay, a junior guard, and Torris, a sophomore forward.

The duo's effectiveness was evident in overtime, when the Eagles outscored the Cougars, 10-3. Lindsay and Torris got into the lane to draw fouls and helped the Eagles hold the Cougars without a field goal. Lindsay scored five points in overtime and 24 in the game; while Torris scored three of her 20 points in the extra period.

"We had trouble guarding Lindsay tonight," Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico said. "Torris did a nice job on the pick and roll and showed a nice touch from 10 to 15 feet."

Omogrosso scored 22 points for Blackhawk, but was just 7 of 21 from the field.

"She's big time," said South Park coach Reggie Wells. "We knew she was going to get her shots. To be honest with you, she brought them back, but we had her on the run real well."

South Park's Ashley Mikelonis made back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter, the second of which put the Eagles in front, 55-49, with 3:48 left. Alexis Graham's basket brought the Cougars within four and Omogrosso made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make the score 55-54 with 2:25 remaining.

After Lindsay made one of two free throws, Omogrosso sliced through the lane and split three defenders to force a 56-56 tie with 1:33 left. Graham misfired on a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Other semifinal

• Hopewell 40, Chartiers Valley 33: No. 4 seed Chartiers Valley (22-3) nearly overcame a disastrous start, but No. 1 seed Hopewell (23-2) held on for a semifinal win.

The Vikings opened with a 17-0 run, and Chartiers Valley didn't score its first basket until 38 seconds into the second quarter. The Colts slowly chipped away and closed the gap to 34-28 midway through the fourth quarter.

"I think the beginning of the year, we would've crumbled," Hopewell coach Jeff Homziak said.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Vikings.

The Vikings built their lead, which grew to as much as 21 in the second quarter, with strong defense, forcing the Colts into difficult shots and never let them get comfortable on offense.

"It was preparation by my kids," Homziak said. "We had two solid days of preparation running our sets and that first quarter really showed it."

The Colts had a 9-0 run to start the second half and outscored Hopewell, 22-14, in the final 16 minutes. Kristin McGeough led Chartiers Valley with eight points and 10 rebounds.


First Published 2012-02-29 23:55:46

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