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Brad Everett's South High School Basketball Notebook (Feb. 5, 2016)

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Brad Everett has this week's South High School Basketball Notebook.

"By definition, the word "trinity" means three.

The Trinity girls basketball team will certainly settle for two, though.

Coming into this week, the Hillers boasted two players – Sierra Kotchman and Mary Dunn – averaging better than 17 points per game. No other WPIAL or City League team could lay claim to that, as Trinity's terrific tandem could be the best in Class AAA.

"Without question. I would think so because of the numbers they're putting up," Trinty coach Bob Miles said."

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Boys Basketball: South Weekly Watch (Feb. 2-8)

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

Tuesday - Mt. Lebanon (10-10, 7-5) at Chartiers Valley (15-3, 11-1), 7:30 p.m. - Chartiers Valley has already clinched the Class AAAA Section 3 title, but this is an important game for Mt. Lebanon, which is fighting for a playoff berth. Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park are tied for third place and hold the final two postseason spots, but Peters Township (6-6) and Upper St. Clair (5-7) are still in contention. Mt. Lebanon has won six of its last seven games and closes section play Friday at home against Upper St. Clair. Chartiers Valley has won eight straight. The Colts began that streak with a 63-53 win at Mt. Lebanon on Jan. 8. Eddie Flohr led the Colts with 23 points.

Tuesday - Clairton (13-2, 8-1) at Jeannette (14-4, 8-0), 7:30 p.m. - A win here would earn Clairton at least a split of the Class A Section 4 title, while a Jeannette victory would give the Jayhawks the title outright. This is a rematch of a game played Jan. 13 that saw Jeannette edge Clairton, 59-57. Jeannette trailed by nine after three quarters before rallying for the win. Swade Redman knocked down four 3-pointers in the quarter and finished with 16 points, while teammate Mike Pompei led the way with 23. Jeannette is looking to win a section title for the second year in a row. Clairton hasn't won one since 2013. Clairton enters the game riding a six-game winning streak.

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Boys Basketball: South Scoring Leaders (Feb. 2)

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Here are the top scorers in the South area. The averages are through games played Monday, Jan. 25.

24.3 -- Sam Miceli, Charleroi
23.3 -- Karlyn Garner, West Mifflin
21.5 -- Dwight Moore, Monessen
21.1 -- A.J. Myers, Chartiers-Houston
20.2 -- Nick Valentic, Peters Township
19.9 -- Nate Andrews, Serra Catholic
19.5 -- Eddie Flohr, Chartiers Valley
18.3 -- Jaden Altomore, Monessen
17.7 -- Lavalle Rush, Monessen
17.7 -- Mitchell King, Bishop Canevin

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Girls Basketball: Five teams in play to qualify from Section 4-AAAA

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When Peters Township rolled to a 70-43 victory over visiting Canon-McMillan this past Saturday, it put the Indians into a first-place tie heading into the final regular-season game for both teams.

The Indians and Big Macs both have section records of 10-3. Peters Township visits Upper St. Clair at 7:30 p.m. today. Canon-McMillan hosts Bethel Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

While technically in third place at 9-3, the Black Hawks enjoy a game-in-hand against both the Indians and the Big Macs as they have two games this week. Following Tuesday's game at Canon-McMillan, Bethel Park hosts Baldwin in the section finale for both teams at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The game-in-hand scenario also exists for fourth-place Mt. Lebanon and fifth-place Baldwin. Mt. Lebanon is in fourth place with a record of 8-4, and the Blue Devils this week visit West Allegheny at 7:30 p.m. today and host border rival Upper St. Clair at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Fifth-place Baldwin is 7-5, and the Highlanders host Moon at 7:30 p.m. today and visit Bethel Park on Thursday.

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Girls Basketball: Close race for fourth place in Section 4-AAA

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One thing is certain as the girls basketball regular season heads into its final week in Section 4-AAA: South Park, Brownsville and Ringgold are assured of berths when the postseason tournament begins next week. The order of these teams is yet to be determined as South Park entered the week in first place with a record of 9-1. Brownsville is second at 9-2, and Ringgold is third at 8-3.

Where things are less certain is in the race for fourth place as Elizabeth Forward is fourth at 4-6, and West Mifflin is fifth at of 3-7.

Both teams are coming off challenging games this past Thursday. Elizabeth Forward lost to visiting Ringgold, 56-44, and host West Mifflin lost to section leader South Park, 67-41.

At 7:30 p.m. today, West Mifflin can end Belle Vernon's flickering hopes on the Leopards' floor. Elizabeth Forward's task is considerably tougher with a game at South Park, which also starts at 7:30 p.m.