Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Class, Same Results for 3-0 Chartiers Valley

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Class, Same Results for 3-0 Chartiers Valley

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After moving up in classification this season, the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team is adjusting to life in Class AAAA, at least in the first half.

Through their first three section contests, the Colts have trailed either at the end of the first quarter or at halftime, but the endings have remained the same.

Just like last season when Chartiers Valley went 10-0 in Section 5-AAA, all the games have ended in favor of the Colts.

Chartiers Valley is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in Section 4-AAAA.

The Colts wasted no time getting introduced to their new section rivals. After a 71-43 non-section win at Pine-Richland to start the season, the team played three section games in the span of seven days.

They rallied from first-half deficits in all three games to win at Canon-McMillan, 51-44, at Baldwin, 52-21, and at home against Upper St. Clair, 67-31.

"It honestly hasn't been much of a difference," Chartiers Valley coach Spencer Stefko said of the jump to Class AAAA. "Every game is a challenge that is going to make you better. The big difference is that in Triple-A you have that gap that separates the top teams from the bottom teams. That doesn't exist in Quad-A, at least not in the South Hills."

Playing three section contests in December before playing in a Christmas tournament is unusual but the Colts welcomed the challenge. Three games in seven days presented unique challenges to the team and forced Stefko to go deeper to his bench.

The early section wins certainly helped the team build confidence but Stefko knows his team's biggest section challenges are ahead with two meetings each against Bethel Park (7-1, 3-0) and Mt. Lebanon (5-1, 2-0) still to be played.

The ability of Chartiers Valley to rally against its new section foes has been the most significant aspect of its early season play.

"We have been able to wear teams down," Stefko said. "I am sure the second time through it will be a lot more difficult."

Section success is nothing new to Stefko's bunch. …

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