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Brad Everett's South High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 29, 2015)

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

"West Mifflin is off to one of the best starts in school history, beginning the week 14-2 and tied for the Class AAA Section 4 lead.

Karlyn Garner is a big reason why.

"He's as good a guard as there is in our league and just as good as any in Triple-A," West Mifflin coach Lance Maha said.

Garner, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard, has been outstanding, leading the Titans in scoring at 18 points per game. The Titans have several talented guards and are generally balanced offensively, but Garner is the team's undisputed "go-to" player."

 

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Boys Basketball: South Weekly Watch (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)

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Here are a few South games to keep an eye on this week:

Tuesday – Chartiers Valley at Upper St. Clair, 7:30 p.m. – Class AAAA No. 2 Chartiers Valley (14-2, 8-1) fell to Section 4 rival Upper St. Clair (14-4, 7-3), 68-64, on Dec. 23. The Colts haven't lost since. Winners of seven straight, the Colts hope to ride WPIAL scoring leader Matty McConnell on their way to extracting revenge. Upper St. Clair has won four straight after losing two in a row. The Panthers have been excellent defensively, but must try to slow down a Chartiers Valley team that leads Class AAAA in scoring with 81.1 points per game.

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Boys Basketball: South Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27, 2015)

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Here are the boys basketball scoring leaders from the South area through Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Name, School G Pts Avg
Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley 13 413 31.8
Alec Ferrari, Chartiers-Houston 16 360 22.5
Joe Satira, Serra Catholic 15 332 22.1
Dom Keyes, Steel Valley 14 282 20.1
Justin Gorny, South Park 16 314 19.6
Jonny David, Mt. Lebanon 16 303 18.9
Karlyn Garner, West Mifflin 14 257 18.4
George Prota, Elizabeth Forward 16 287 17.9
Dan Wanker, South Park 15 264 17.6
Khalil Perdue, McKeesport 12 211 17.6

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Girls Basketball: Elizabeth Forward, Chartiers Valley dominate Class AAA sections

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With the regular season segment of the high school basketball schedule winding down, both Elizabeth Forward and Chartiers Valley continue to dominate their respective sections.

The 7-1 Warriors are two games ahead of Belle Vernon and South Park, both of which are 5-3 in section play. The Warriors are idle tonight, but they visit Ringgold on Thursday. This is a crucial game for the Warriors as the Rams -- who are in fourth place at 5-4 -- handed Elizabeth Forward its only section loss of the season, a 56-44 setback on Jan. 5.

Belle Vernon visits Thomas Jefferson today, while South Park is on the road at Brownsville, a team which is winless in section play but has won six games against non-section opponents. Four of its losses have been by 10 or fewer points.

Despite loss, Colts lead section: Chartiers Valley, meanwhile, is a full two games ahead of second place McGuffey in Section 5-AAA. With an 8-1 section record and an overall mark of 11-4, the Colts are well on their way to returning to the WPIAL tournament. McGuffey is 6-2 in the section and 13-3 overall.

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Girls Basketball: Six teams fight for playoff berths in Section 4-AAAA

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When Pete Rozelle was commissioner of the National Football League, he was credited as saying he'd be most happy if teams finished the regular season with an equal number of wins and losses.

While that certainly isn't the case in Section 4-AAAA of the WPIAL's girls basketball grouping, it's not a stretch to say these teams are in a balanced alignment.

Bethel Park leads the section with an 8-2 record with Mt. Lebanon a half-game behind at 7-2. Baldwin is third at 7-3, and Upper St. Clair -- which has lost successive games to Moon and Bethel Park -- is fourth at 6-4. Canon-McMillan has plenty to play for at 5-5 as does Peters Township at 4-5.

No one can take any game for granted. Just ask Upper St. Clair which last week dropped a 48-45 decision to Moon. Had the Panthers won that game, they'd have forged a three-way tie for first place with the Black Hawks and the Blue Devils. Coach Pete Serio hopes his team remembers that painful setback as the Panthers host the other team with a 1-8 section record -- West Allegheny -- at 7:30 p.m. today.