Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Soph Lighting It Up

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Peters Soph Lighting It Up

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As far as scoring points goes, there may be no harder place to go about compiling them than in Class AAAA Section 4.

The section is home to some of the best girls programs in the WPIAL as well as some of the most stout defenses, including Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan and Baldwin.

That has not stopped Peters Township sophomore guard Madison Kerr from becoming one of the WPIAL's top scorers.

Through 12 games Kerr was averaging 21 points per game, ninth in the WPIAL and tops in Class AAAA.

Kerr has been the centerpiece of a rebuilding Peters Township team that features no juniors or seniors. The young Indians are 4-9 overall and 1-5 in Class AAAA Section 4, but the record does not tell the whole story about this team.

Seven of the team's nine losses have come by single digits. They stayed within nine of Mt. Lebanon and Chartiers Valley and fell to Upper St. Clair, 77-73, last Thursday.

The Indians own non-section wins against Central Valley and Ringgold and in the section they went on the road and defeated Baldwin.

"I am really proud of them," Peters Township coach Bert Kendall said. "We started the season with a goal to be competitive in the section, which would be an improvement and from that perspective, we have been in every game.

"We are so young, we just have to keep working and learn how to finish games. We have had some leads in games that we let get away, but overall the attitudes are great, they are positive. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Kendall, in his first year coaching the Indians, is familiar with the Peters Township program as well as Section 4. He is a Peters Township resident and served as an assistant for nine seasons under Jonna Burke at Bethel Park.

He coached against the Indians and Kerr last season when she was enjoying a breakout freshman year.

"I remembered Madison and what she could do," Kendall said. "Our goal coming in was to put her in a position where she could be more effectively. We put a system in place where you have more players involved. …

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