Girls Basketball: Chartiers Valley's 5A title earned on the wings of solid defense, gritty offense

Written by Joe Koch on .

Back in January, Chartiers Valley met Oakland Catholic in what some might have considered just another game between two non-section opponents.

That's not how Colts' coach Dan Slain regarded it.

"[Oakland Catholic] went up 14-1 on us, and we lost 41-33," he said. "I don't know if we were returning favors, but that's the last time we've been beaten this season. There's no quit in this team."

That was most evident as the Colts rallied from a 26-19 halftime deficit and earned a 52-36 victory over the Eagles to improve to 19-7 overall. The Colts meet Hickory, the fourth-place team from District 10.


Alumni Update - Matty McConnell (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Kavon Stewart's jumper with 3.0 seconds to play helped lift the Robert Morris University men's basketball team to a 69-McConnell RMU68 win over LIU Brooklyn Wednesday at the Steinberg Wellness Center in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Northeast Conference Tournament.

The Colonials became the first No. 7 seed to knock off a No. 2 in the NEC Tournament since 2004 as well as the sixth overall in tournament history.

Matty McConnell, a Chartiers Valley graduate, paced Robert Morris with a career-high 20 points, shooting 7-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc. He also notched four rebounds, an assist, block and steal.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Alumni Update - Spencer Casson (Seton Hill)

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The Griffins faced a tough battle on the road on Saturday evening as they battled the third rankedCasson SHU Indiana (PA) Crimson Hawks.  

SHU was able to get to within six points late in the second half but it was not enough as IUP walked away with a 67-59 win.  

SHU falls to 11-14 overall and 8-13 in PSAC play. IUP improves to 24-2 overall and 19-1 in PSAC action.

Spencer Casson, a Chartiers Valley graduate, led the Griffins with 24 points and nine rebounds. 


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Chartiers Valley's Megan McConnell

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Megan McConnell
School: Chartiers Valley
Grade: 9
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: McConnell has been a starter all season for Chartiers Valley. She is averaging double figures in scoring thus far, but coach Dan Slain is even more impressed that McConnell scored 86 points and averaged 17.2 PPG during a five-game Colts winning streak which includes a signature win over South Fayette last Monday. In this five-game stretch, Megan was the leading scorer in three of the games, scoring 21 points twice and then 14 in another, and she was tied for the game high in points with Lauren Wagner at 16 points each in the big win over South Fayette. McConnell also participates in dance and is a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) .