Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colts Hand Tigers 1st Loss of Season Free Throws Are Pivotal in Deciding the Outcome

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Colts Hand Tigers 1st Loss of Season Free Throws Are Pivotal in Deciding the Outcome

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Chartiers Valley coach Brandon Sensor felt one of the keys to having success against Moon was not letting the Tigers have any runs of points. A mini-run of 8 or 10 consecutive points was something that Moon had thrived on this season.

In the end, keeping Moon from the mini-runs ended the longest run of perfection in the WPIAL this season.

WPIAL basketball no longer has any perfect teams after Chartiers Valley went to Moon Friday night and knocked off the undefeated Tigers, 69-66, in a Class 5A contest that went to two overtimes.

The contest was tied at 53-53 after regulation and 55-55 after the first overtime. Moon missed 3-pointers at the buzzer at the end of the fourth quarter and first overtime. In the second overtime, free-throw shooting was key as Chartiers Valley made 10 of 12 from the line while Moon missed all four of its attempts.

It was a gigantic win for Chartiers Valley. The Colts missed the playoffs a year ago and Sensor took over this season when former coach Tim McConnell became the school's girls coach. Chartiers Valley, the Post-Gazette's No. 5 Class 5A team, now is 15-3 overall and 10-2 in Section 2. Moon still can win the section outright with an 11-1 record. But Moon (18-1), the No. 2-ranked team, possibly was heading to the first undefeated regular season at the school in 69 years. The previous was 1950.

"It hurts," Moon coach Adam Kaufmann said. "But I think you always grow more and become a better person when you're down. We'll see how we'll react."

Chartiers Valley lost to Moon, 69-64, earlier this season. But the Colts were plenty confident about the rematch.

"We wanted to get rid of their runs and their transition baskets. We wanted to make them earn everything," Sensor said.

Junior guard Jared Goldstrom and senior guard-forward Joe Pipilo led Chartiers Valley with 19 points apiece. Sophomore point guard Brayden Reynolds added 15. …

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