Mohawk girls hand Beaver Falls first section loss
Mohawk (46) Vs. Beaver Falls (36)
Mohawk High didn’t just make a lot of free throws last night — it made them when they counted.

The Lady Warriors sank 15 of 16 from the free-throw line, and Katie Hoover hit four straight in the final minute to seal a huge 46-36 WPIAL Section 2-AA girls basketball home win over Beaver Falls.

Mohawk (5-3 section, 12-4 overall) has won 10 of its last 11 games. Very few have come easy, and last night, against the section-leading Lady Tigers (5-1, 9-6), was no different.

The Lady Warriors led 42-36 in the final minute when Hoover was fouled. A technical foul was then given when a Beaver Falls player became upset over the call. Hoover made sure the Lady Tigers paid for the mistake.

Mohawk coach Mike O’Lare said the string of wins has created an attitude that’s starting to encompass the team.

“We’re always talking about how winning is as contagious as losing,” he said. “If you become a winner, it can become contagious in the locker room. We’re a grind-it-out team defensively. We don’t give up a lot of points, which always gives us a chance to win. Of the 10 or 11 games we’ve won during this run, they’ve all been close. We know that’s our identity and that’s how we play.”

Beaver Falls is ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and No. 7 in the state poll in Class AA by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

Twelve of Mohawk’s 16 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Shelby Brown helped make sure the Lady Warriors were on the right side of this one. The junior point guard scored a game-high 16 points, including going 6 of 6 from the line.

O’Lare said she was a big reason Mohawk shot over 50 percent (13 of 25) from the field for the game.

“She got a lot of looks tonight out of our offense,” he said. “We ran our offensive sets pretty well, and she got some rhythm looks. We had to be efficient. If you only take 25 shots, it’s hard to score 36. We really made the most out of the ones we did take. We got clean looks out of our offense.”

Beaver Falls used a triangle-and-two defense to hold the Lady Warriors to four first-quarter points, but Mohawk started rolling in the second period and went on a 17-6 run. They held a five-point advantage entering the fourth quarter and sealed the upset win with free throws.

Devon Giancola added 13 points for Mohawk, including eight in the fourth quarter, when the Lady Warriors outscored Beaver Falls, 19-14. Hoover netted six points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
Game Scoreboard
Mohawk 4 17 6 19 0 46
Beaver Falls 8 6 8 14 0 36
Box Scores
Kiana Law 5 3-7 13
Alexas Lake 3 1-3 7
Tiffany Vaughn 1 0-0 2
Tejauna Slappy 0 0-0 0
Talauna Slappy 0 1-2 1
Kaitlynn Smith 1 0-2 2
Mykal Colbert 0 0-0 0
Ayana Vaughn 5 1-3 11
Latia Carpenter 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 15 6-17 36.

Katie Hoover 1 4-4 6
Holly Duncan 0 0-0 0
Taylor Yarletts 1 3-4 5
Ciara Sackin 0 0-0 0
Shelby Brown 4 6-6 16
Lucia Fee 1 0-0 2
Devon Giancola 4 2-2 13
Hannah Morrow 0 0-0 0
Paige Ruby 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 13 15-16 46.

BEAVER FALLS 8 6 8 14 — 36
MOHAWK 4 17 6 19 — 46

3-point goals — Mohawk 5 (Brown 2, Giancola 3).
JV score: Mohawk 36, Beaver Falls 22. High scorer: M — Carr 12.

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