Penn Hills has found wins difficult to come by outside of Section 2-AAAA. The Indians are, in fact, 2-7 in games outside of the section, including losses in all three games in the Battle of the Counties, a tournament they hosted.
Yet put them on the floor against a team in their section, and they look like a WPIAL playoff squad.
Penn Hills (6-9, 4-2) has overcome a slow start and won its last four section games to move from the basement and into fourth place, which would be good enough to qualify for the postseason. Part of the reason for that improvement has been the play of junior Jade Ely, who is averaging 15 points per game.
That streak, however, will be put to the test Tuesday at 6 p.m. when Penn Hills travels to first place Gateway (9-5, 6-1). The Gators already defeated Penn Hills, 44-35, in their first meeting on Dec. 16.