Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Evaluating area girls hoops teams

Hope you enjoyed yesterday's look at the area's boys basketball teams and whether they met, exceeded or didn't reach expectations ... at least one third of the way through the season.

Here's a second post on where I see our girls basketball teams.

Section 4-AAAA
Peters Township: EVEN. All starters gone, winless in section, 3-6 overall. Not a shock. Indians are very young. So. G Bridget Loether has been a pleasant surprise.
Canon-McMillan: EVEN. Similar story here. And no seniors for Canon-Mac (0-3, 3-4). Danielle Parker has come out of nowhere. She are Olivia Lorusso are 5-10 forces inside.

Section 4-AAA
Ringgold: ABOVE. Rams were 7-13 last year ... already 4-4 this season, with wins over Peters Township and Monessen.
Waynesburg: BELOW. Raiders returned No. 1 in points, rebounds, steals and assists, yet went from 4-18 (.182) to 2-7 (.222). Also seven consecutive losses after 2-0 start.

Section 5-AAA
South Fayette: EVEN. Kristen Hardt has been a pleasant surprise. Lions are 4-3, but the losses have been to South Park and Bishop Canevin, a pair of WPIAL runners-up, and Central Valley, which is 7-0.
Trinity: BELOW. The Bob Miles Project has been working, but the wins haven't been coming. Hillers are still 1-6. Relax, though. Watch this team blossom in the second and third portions of the season. 

Section 4-AA
Fort Cherry: ABOVE. Bellhy (Beka), Merckle and Gasbarro gone ... Rangers still with a winning record. Go figure. Be wary, though, this is an incredibly difficult section. 
Chartiers-Houston: EVEN. The Balzer sisters, Amanda and Ashley have been great. But the Bucs have also lost four of five since a 3-0 start.

Section 5-AA
Charleroi: ABOVE/BELOW. This team has been all over the map. Four straight wins. Lost three of four. Win over Wash High, make eight field goals and lose to Brentwood.
McGuffey: ABOVE. Sammie Weiss ia at the top of the girls hoops POY discussion. At 2-0, 7-1, the Highlanders should be considered the favorites for the section title.
Washington: ABOVE/BELOW. Prexies' chart: LWLWLWLW. Hey, haven't lost two straight, right?
Bentworth: EVEN. Bearcats lost Jessica Dorazio and Darcy Bostich, a pair of all-section players, and are struggling to find their way. Bearcats have allowed 64 ppg in three section games.
Beth-Center: BELOW. 9-3, 16-7 last year, down to 0-2, 2-5. Also 61 points scored in two section games.
Burgettstown: BELOW. Like West Greene on the boys side, the Blue Devils are young and rebuilding, but nobody "expects" to go 0-8.

Section 3-A
California: ABOVE. Trojans are challenging for their first section title since 1982. Courtnee McMasters (18.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 5.9 spg, 3.9 apg) has been outstanding.
Carmichaels: ABOVE. It's Morgan Berardi's show with Anna Cree out for the year. Not a bad thing considering Berardi is contributing more than 20 ppg.
West Greene: ABOVE. The Raber sisters, Madison and Alyssa, have the Pioneers are 6-2. Could they be a dark horse here? Maybe.
Avella: EVEN. Eagles were two games under .500 last year and are 4-3 so far, with several routine, non-section wins. Check out this stretch from Jan. 10-21: vs. Carmichaels, at West Greene, vs. California, at McGuffey. Geesh.
Jefferson-Morgan: ABOVE. With half the team as freshman, anything would suffice. 4-4? Not bad at all.
Mapletown: BELOW. See Burgettstown above.

Section 4-A
Monessen: BELOW. Greyhounds were 20-4 last year and reached the WPIAL quarters. Four senior starters are gone, and the result has been an 0-6 start.

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