Eli Teslovich is a four-year starter at Shady Side Academy with a WPIAL championship to his credit and more than 1,500 points for his career — so why isn’t his name consistently mentioned among the top guards in the WPIAL?

Count Bulldogs coach David Vadnais as stumped.

“I’m biased, but in my opinion, he has not received the attention he deserves,” Vadnais said. “He’s a game-changer.”

Teslovich might be flying under the radar compared to some of the area’s most acclaimed stars, but that won’t be the case much longer if he keeps up his stellar play for Shady Side. The senior guard registered a game-high 30 points Tuesday night in a 73-56 home win against Derry (12-6, 6-5), propelling the red-hot Bulldogs (13-6, 9-2) to their seventh consecutive victory.

Seamus Riordan chipped in 22 points for Shady Side, while Nate Papuga led a trio of players in double figures for the Trojans with 20.

“If we’re struggling, just get [Teslovich] a ball screen or just get him the ball and get out of the way,” Vadnais said. “He’s excellent. He’s a winner. He’s a joy to coach. I love going into the gym and interacting with him on a daily basis.”

The Bulldogs schedule will be ramping up from here, with a trip Friday to Deer Lakes next up to take on the defending WPIAL Class 3A champions in the Section 3 finale. That game will be followed by two non-section showdowns against South Allegheny and Knoch to close out the regular season.

After a slow start to the year, Shady Side is surging into championship contention while seeking its second WPIAL title in the past three seasons. And with the postseason just around the corner, there’s no better time than now for the Bulldogs to hit their stride.

“I think we’re playing our best basketball of the year. Last year, I think we played our best basketball in December or early January,” Vadnais said. “We’re rounding into form as a team. Guys are really buying in to what we’re doing. … We’ve got to keep our heads down and keep grinding.”

Montour’s Ama Sow makes a move to the basket as Avonworth’s Zac Goldfain, left, and William Onyshko defend Tuesday night at Montour High School. Montour won, 65-38. (Emily Matthews/Pittsburgh Union Progress)

Other boys games

• In a battle for the top spot in Class 3A Section 2, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart moved into a tie for first place with Seton LaSalle after rallying for a 53-50 comeback win against the visiting Rebels (15-5, 10-1). Jake Johnson, Tiernan McCollough and Owen Minzers each scored 12 points for the Chargers (16-4, 10-1), who trailed by eight entering the fourth quarter. Hayden Merchant led all players with 17 points for Seton LaSalle.

Rochester put itself in position to secure the Class 1A Section 1 crown with a 53-47 win at Union, extending its winning streak to seven games in a row in the process. Four players reached double figures for the Rams (14-5, 8-1), led by 17 from Jaydin Norman and 16 from Xavier Rigby. Braylon Thomas scored a game-high 21 points for the Scotties (11-10, 7-2). Rochester now has won 12 of its past 13 games after a 2-4 start.

• Playing without five-star junior Meleek Thomas, defending WPIAL and PIAA Class 4A champion Lincoln Park breezed past Central Valley for an 83-64 home win in Class 4A Section 2. Mikey Crawford scored a team-leading 24 points for the Leopards (16-3, 10-0) and Brandin “Beebah” Cummings tacked on 21. Isaiah Jeter led all scorers with 26 points for the Warriors (12-7, 5-5).

• Peyton Wehner posted a game-high 17 points for defending WPIAL Class 6A champion Central Catholic (12-8, 7-2), helping the Vikings defeat Butler at home, 57-48. Donovan Carney finished with 13 points to pace a trio of players in double figures for the Golden Tornado (15-4, 5-3).

Towering 6-9 forward Tyler Robbins led all scorers with 19 points for Upper St. Clair in a 67-44 home win against Canon-McMillan in Class 6A Section 2. Brett Meinert added 15 and Christian Ito chipped in 14 for the Panthers (14-5, 7-2). Evan Morris finished with 13 points for the Big Macs (9-11, 4-5).

Hampton remained unbeaten in Class 4A Section 1, picking up a 56-48 win at Knoch (13-7, 6-3) to clinch the section title outright. Peter Kramer led three double-digit scorers for the Talbots (16-3, 8-0) with 16 points, followed by 14 from Alex Nyilas and 12 from Robert Coll. Jackson Bauman scored a game-high 18 points for the Knights along with 16 from Teegan Finucan.

• Penn recruit Bradyn Foster combined with senior guard Cam Reigard to power Highlands to an 84-57 win at Indiana in Class 5A Section 2. The 6-8 Foster finished with 33 points, including a trio of 3s, and Reigard added 29 while making five 3-pointers for the Golden Rams (14-6, 6-3). Tristan Redinger tallied 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Little Indians (8-12, 2-7).

Thomas Jefferson toppled visiting Bethel Park, 60-36, to remain perfect in Class 5A Section 1 play. Evan Berger led three players in double figures for the Jaguars (17-3, 9-0) with 16 points, while Noah Prosser added 14 and Kane Eggerton contributed 13. Nick Brown led all scorers with 18 points for the Black Hawks (11-9, 6-3).

• Notorious Grooms and Calvin Winfrey scored 14 points apiece for Uniontown (17-3, 8-1), and Jeremiah Hager and K’Adrian McLee each finished with 11 for the Red Raiders in a 69-29 home win against Elizabeth Forward (13-7, 5-4) in Class 4A Section 3. Isaiah Turner led the Warriors with 11 points.

• Four players reached double figures for defending WPIAL Class 5A champion Penn Hills (12-7, 5-4) in an 83-69 win at Plum in Class 5A Section 2, led by 19 points from Robert Thomas and 17 from Amon Hawthorne. Max Grice led all scorers with 22 points for the Mustangs (6-14, 0-9).

• Senior point guard Logan Golle continued his terrific season with a game-high 28 points for Allderdice (17-3, 9-0), aided by 13 from Azerick Jetter in an 87-33 rout at Perry. Javon Diamond finished with a team-leading 12 points for the Commodores (2-14, 1-6).

• Brody Barber was razor-sharp from long rage for Mt. Lebanon in a 57-22 home win against Norwin (7-12, 1-8) in Class 6A Section 2. He knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 26 points for the Blue Devils (17-3, 8-1).

• Ty Iwanonkiw led all scorers with 24 points and Joey Dopirak chipped in 19 for North Allegheny (10-11, 7-2) in a 73-52 win at Seneca Valley in Class 6A Section 1. Tyler Pepin scored a team-high 14 points for the Raiders (6-15, 2-7).

• Joseph Roth put up another double-double for Ellwood City, scoring a game-high 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a 65-47 triumph at Beaver Falls (7-12, 6-6) in Class 3A Section 1. Nate Williams added 13 points for the Wolverines (13-7, 8-3), while Da’Talian Beauford led the Tigers with 18 points.

• Ty Daniels scored 16 points to lead four double-digit scorers for Northgate in a 69-56 win at South Side in Class 2A Section 1. Josh Williams added 14 for the Flames (15-4, 7-2), while Andrew Corfield finished with a game-high 21 points for the Rams (7-12, 2-7).

• Emerging as one of the top dual-sport sophomores in the area, Bobby Fadden scored a game-high 25 points for Mohawk as the Warriors (14-6, 10-0) remained undefeated in Class 3A Section 1 competition with a 68-26 blowout win at New Brighton (2-17, 0-11).

Mount Pleasant scored 32 points in the fourth quarter, rallying for a 63-54 win at Waynesburg in Class 3A Section 4. Connor Pavlochak led the Vikings (8-10, 7-3) with 19 points to go with 18 from Chase McCloy. Cole Headlee finished with 15 for the Raiders (7-14, 2-9).

• Isiah Petty poured in a game-high 31 points for Serra Catholic (14-6), and Owen Dumbroski chipped in 19 along with 11 from Chris Warren to help the Eagles soar to a 65-53 non-section win at Chartiers-Houston (15-6). Nate Gregory scored a team-leading 15 points for the Buccaneers.

Avonworth’s Matthew Farrah tries to get the ball away from Montour’s Kaleb Platz Tuesday night at Montour High School. Montour won, 65-38. (Emily Matthews/Pittsburgh Union Progress)

Girls games

• One of two undefeated teams remaining in the WPIAL, Peters Township kept its perfect record intact with a 52-33 win against visiting Chartiers Valley in Class 6A Section 2. Natalie Wetzel led the way with 17 points for the Indians (20-0, 11-0), and Gemma Walker followed closely with 16 along with 11 from Daniela Radulovich. Ava Shazer tied for the game high with 17 points for the Colts (14-5, 7-4).

• Rachael Manfredo tallied a game-high 22 points, leading three players in double figures for McKeesport in a 72-22 home win against Connellsville (4-15, 0-11) in Class 5A Section 3. The Tigers (18-2, 10-1) will play host to unbeaten Oakland Catholic Thursday for a chance to split the section crown in the regular-season finale.

Greensburg Central Catholic kept Clairton star Iyanna Wade well below her WPIAL-leading average of 41.8 points per game, limiting Wade to 22 points while remaining unbeaten in Class 2A Section 3 action with a 77-36 road win against the Bears (15-4, 7-4). Erica Gribble led all scorers with 25 points for the Centurions (15-5, 11-0), and Mya Morgan was right behind her with 24.

• Bayleigh Perez scored a game-high 17 points for Shaler (7-14, 4-7), and Jorja Bernesser tacked on 11 for the Titans in a 44-40 home win against Hampton (11-9, 6-5) in Class 5A Section 2. Meghan Murray finished with 16 points for the Talbots.

Montour’s Jake Wolfe tries to get around Avonworth’s Rowan Carmichael Tuesday night at Montour High School. Wolfe scored his 1,000th career point as Montour won, 65-38. (Emily Matthews/Pittsburgh Union Progress)

Three stars

*** — Elijah Guillory, Moon. One of the area’s brightest stars, Guillory buried five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 30 points for the Tigers in a 74-42 win at West Allegheny in Class 5A Section 4.

** — Shaye Bailey, Freedom. It wasn’t anywhere close to her career-high 51-point outburst from last season, but Bailey put on a show on her home court with a game-high 40 points in a 66-26 non-section win over Riverside.

* — Mike Plasko, South Fayette. The No. 7 scorer in the WPIAL, Plasko more than doubled his season average of 24.1 ppg, dropping a career-high 50 points for the Lions in a 69-64 win at North Hills in Class 5A Section 4.

Hot from deep

Players with 3 or more 3-pointers: Michael Wisniewski, Ligonier Valley, 6; Elijah Guillory, Moon, 5; Vinny Manzella, California, 5; Tristan Redinger, Indiana, 5; Brody Barber, Mt. Lebanon, 4; Cameron Reigard, Highlands, 4; Syzair Dungee, Ringgold, 4; Logan Golle, Allderdice, 4; Gary Tarbuk, Geibel Catholic, 4; Bradyn Foster, Highlands, 3; T.J. Kubicsek, Chartiers Valley, 3; Alex Nyilas, Hampton, 3; Julian Semplice, Chartiers Valley, 3; Zach Washington, Quaker Valley, 3.

South Fayette’s Mike Plasko is a multi-sport star who enjoyed a career-best outing with 50 points Tuesday night in a 69-64 win at North Hills. (Alexandra Wimley/Union Progress)

Boys scores

Aliquippa 72, Laurel 31

Allderdice 87, Perry 33

Aquinas Academy 41, Hillel Academy 24

Baldwin 63, Hempfield 50

Beaver 78, Ambridge 65

Belle Vernon 72, Albert Gallatin 61

Beth-Center 66, Bentworth 57

Bishop Canevin 68, Eden Christian 55

Brentwood 71, Keystone Oaks 27

Burgettstown 72, Frazier 44

Burrell 65, Apollo-Ridge 31

California 72, Geibel Catholic 46

Carlynton 55, Avella 35

Carrick 83, Westinghouse 49

Central Catholic 57, Butler 48

Charleroi 62, Brownsville 46

Chartiers Valley 65, Mars 50

Deer Lakes 81, Valley 62

Ellwood City 65, Beaver Falls 47

Fort Cherry 72, Carmichaels 35

Fox Chapel 60, Woodland Hills 41

Franklin Regional 49, Gateway 41

Greensburg Salem 48, Freeport 46

Hampton 56, Knoch 48

Highlands 84, Indiana 57

Imani Christian 77, Summit Academy 34

Jeannette 63, Springdale 50

Kiski Area 62, McKeesport 41

Lincoln Park 83, Central Valley 64

Mohawk 68, New Brighton 26

Monessen 59, Mapletown 48

Montour 65, Avonworth 38

Moon 74, West Allegheny 42

Mount Pleasant 63, Waynesburg 54

Mt. Lebanon 57, Norwin 22

Nazareth Prep 70, Propel Braddock Hills 28

Neighborhood Academy 70, St. Joseph 23

New Castle 65, Pine-Richland 62

North Allegheny 73, Seneca Valley 52

North Catholic 103, Blackhawk 62

Northgate 69, South Side 56

Obama Academy 61, Brashear 38

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 53, Seton LaSalle 50

Penn Hills 83, Plum 69

Penn-Trafford 71, Latrobe 61

Peters Township 76, Trinity 39

Ringgold 55, Connellsville 47

Riverside 42, Freedom 39

Riverview 64, Leechburg 27

Rochester 53, Union 47

Serra Catholic 65, Chartiers-Houston 53

Shady Side Academy 73, Derry 56

Shaler 61, Armstrong 35

Shenango 57, Sewickley Academy 49

South Allegheny 61, Quaker Valley 39

South Fayette 69, North Hills 64

South Park 49, Sto-Rox 42

Southmoreland 55, Laurel Highlands 52

Thomas Jefferson 60, Bethel Park 36

Uniontown 69, Elizabeth Forward 29

Upper St. Clair 67, Canon-McMillan 44

West Greene 38, Jefferson-Morgan 30

West Mifflin 81, East Allegheny 55

Winchester Thurston 68, Ligonier Valley 59

Yough 40, McGuffey 38

Girls scores

Allderdice 63, Perry 9

Freedom 66, Riverside 26

Greensburg Central Catholic 77, Clairton 36

Lincoln Park 43, Montour 41

McKeesport 72, Connellsville 22

Obama Academy 44, Brashear 36

Peters Township 52, Chartiers Valley 33

Propel Braddock Hills 31, Hillel Academy 26

Shaler 44, Hampton 40

West Greene 45, Jefferson-Morgan 32

Steve is a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at srotstein@unionprogress.com.

Steve Rotstein

Steve is a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at srotstein@unionprogress.com.