Journey Thompson

Peters Township's Journey Thompson is defended by Mt. Lebanon's Reagan Murdoch during a recent section game.

The Chartiers Valley girls basketball team rebounded one game after its state-record winning streak ended with a 78-52 victory over Oakland Catholic to improve to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in Class 5A, Section 1.

Perri Page led the Colts with 20 points while, Hallie Cowan contributed 18, Aislin Malcolm scored 14 and Helene Cowan added 13.

The victory came on the heels of a 49-42 loss to Trinity. The non-section defeat snapped CV’s 64-game winning streak

The Hillers were no strangers to the Colts. They were section opponents in 2020 and the teams met in last year’s WPIAL championship game. CV defeated Trinity 58-40 in that contest.

The teams are also coached by siblings. This time younger sister, Kathy McConnell-Miller, bested her older brother, Tim.

“The last person I ever want to go up against is my brother,” said Hiller coach McConnell-Miller. “I have so much respect for him and his team, what they’ve accomplished. We feel good about the win, and we know we beat a really quality team today.”

The Colts are three-time WPIAL champions. They won a PIAA title in 2019 with a 30-0 record. CV last lost March 10, 2018, which came in the form of a 57-52 setback to Harbor Creek in the state playoffs.

Chartiers Valley broke the WPIAL winning streak with their 57th win against Hollidaysburg on March 11, 2020, but were denied a chance to capture a second straight state title when the PIAA playoffs were canceled because of the coronavirus crisis.

North Catholic set the previous district mark from 1987-89.

The Colts shattered the state record for consecutive victories Jan. 18 when they defeated Gateway, 91-39. The previous state mark was 62 wins in a row set by Lancaster Catholic from 2017-19.

CV expanded its state record to 64 with a 52-33 win against Penn Hills.

Malcolm scored a game-high 19 points against the Indians, while Helene Cowan scored 12 and Hallie Cowan added 11.

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Peters Township won three games in a row after starting the season with four losses.

During the streak, the Indians defeated Oakland Catholic 49-45, Moon 67-57 and Baldwin, 65-46.

Journey Thompson was the top scorer during the winning streak. She scored 17 points against Oakland Catholic, 29 against Moon and 35 against Baldwin.

Alana Sayles followed with 12 points against Oakland Catholic, 19 against Moon and 17 against Baldwin.

Upper St. Clair defeated Moon, 55-41. Kate Robbins pumped in 17 points while Paige Dellicarri followed with 17.

Previously the Panthers beat Latrobe 50-36 and Plum 58-47 in non-section games.

Robbins scored 18 points and Dellicarri poured in 14 against the Wildcats. Against the Mustangs, Robbins scored 15 and Dellicarri added 11. Abby John also finished in double figures with 10 points.

South Fayette defeated Seton LaSalle 69-18 before falling to Bethel Park, 43-32.

Against the Rebels, Jess Stabile and Rachel Black tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Against the Hawks, South Fayette’s Ava Leroux tossed in seven points. Olivia Westphal paced BP with 12 points and Emma Dziezgowski scored 11.

Mt. Lebanon (2-0, 8-1) beat Baldwin, 50-41. Ashleigh Connor led Lebo with 15 points.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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