Girls Basketball: Hampton, Mars tied for first in Section 1-AAA

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It's early in the season, but a familiar scenario is being played out in Section 1-AAA with Hampton and Mars sharing the section lead with records of 3-0 and identical overall records of 5-1.

Hampton hosted Highlands on Thursday and earned a 53-27 victory. The Talbots visit Ford City tonight. Mars defeated Valley 91-4 on Thursday and visits Highlands tonight.

A year ago, the two teams split their regular-season meetings and ended up as section co-champions. The first meeting between the two teams takes place on Jan. 12 at Mars. The rematch occurs on Feb. 5 at Hampton. Both teams likely will make the WPIAL Class AAA tournament.


Girls Basketball: Section 3-AAAA has four teams with one loss

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Seneca Valley is the only team in Section 3-AAAA that has one team with a perfect section record. That would be Seneca Valley, which is 4-1 overall and 2-0 against section rivals.

Butler and Shaler share second place with 2-1 section records. North Allegheny and Pine-Richland share fourth placed at 1-1. Oakland Catholic, 1-2, and North Hills, 0-2, round out the section.

The only team without a section victory is North Hills at 0-3. But the Indians have shown some fight as they are 3-4 overall with non-section victories over Hopewell, Allderdice and Shady Side Academy.

Following Friday night's 58-33 loss at Seneca Valley, the Indians meet Fox Chapel in the Moon Tournament at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29.


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Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 18, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook.

"The North Allegheny boys basketball team has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, as the Tigers once again have a multitude of gifted players.

When the Tigers open their Christmas presents and sort through their stockings, they'll come to a quick realization: Having a lump of "Cole" is actually a pretty good thing.

Cole Constantino is a senior guard for North Allegheny and one of the top players in Class AAAA. This Cole is a cool customer, with his all-around play vaulting North Allegheny to a 4-0 start for the fourth season in a row. The Tigers (1-0 in Section 3) hoped to extend the win streak to five Tuesday when they played at section rival Pine-Richland.

"I think he's a tough matchup because he can really drive it to the basket and get to rim, and he can shoot," North Allegheny coach Dave DeGregorio said. "Physically, he's a very strong kid. It's just a tough matchup because he can take you inside or outside.""



Boys Basketball: North Allegheny's rally downs Pine-Richland

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Mike White covered Tuesday's game between North Allegheny and Pine-Richland.

2014 1217 NorthAllegheny BBasketball(Photo: Pine-Richland's Paul Nussbaum shot is swatted away by North Allegheny's Keegan Phillips as the Tigers' Ethan Maenza looks on. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"It was a near-perfect run.

Pine-Richland trailed North Allegheny by 17 points at halftime, but Pine-Richland shot an incredible 94 percent (17 of 18) from the field to start the second half and grabbed a four-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Then North Allegheny put the game on the line, er, behind the 3-point line.

Bang, bang, bang. Three 3-pointers in 70 seconds turned the game back around, and North Allegheny went on to edge host Pine-Richland, 76-74, in a terrific early season WPIAL Class AAAA Section 3 game."