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The Burrell boys basketball team beefed up its nonsection schedule so it could face playoff-caliber competition.
Winning those games is an added bonus.
The Bucs, who dropped to Class AA, opened their season with a 54-40 victory over Central Valley of Class AAA on Friday night in the Quaker Valley Tip-off Tournament.
Matt Hess scored a game-high 14 points, Cole Bush added 11, and Jake Prefling chipped in 10 for the Bucs, who advanced to the championship game to face the host team, a 54-47 winner over Cornell.
Burrell opened the game with an 18-5 run.
Valley 69, Yough 46 — At the Springdale Tournament, Valley didn't let Yough coach and former Valley assistant Wayne Greiser get a victory, as three players scored in double figures for the Vikings.
Chaz Cheatham and Tyler Gardlock scored 12 points apiece, and Caleb Davis added 11.
Freeport 46, Trinity Christian 40 — Brendan Lynch scored 23 points, and Robbie Miller chipped in 12 as Freeport won its opener in the St. Joseph Tournament.
The Yellowjackets outscored Trinity Christian, 13-4, in the third quarter.
John Wallace scored 22 for Trinity Christian, hitting 12 of 15 free throws.
Fox Chapel 62, Baldwin 57 — Matt D'Amico scored a game-high 28 points and Brian Papich had 18 as the Foxes won their opener in the North Hills Tournament.
Apollo-Ridge 83, Winchester Thurston 21 — Apollo-Ridge raced out to a 54-13 halftime lead and didn't look back in the Leechburg Tournament. Apollo-Ridge had five players in double figures, including Tre Tipton (12), Evan Davis (12), Lucas Burrell (11), Josh Reynolds (11) and Alex Smith (10).
Apollo-Ridge will play Leechburg in the championship game.
Leechburg 53, St. Gertrude 51 — Randy Smail sank four 3-pointers during a 17-point night, and Chris Swank scored 14 for the Blue Devils in their home tournament. Ben Richie added 10.
J.J. Cosentino scored 11 points for St. Gertrude, a Catholic Youth Organization team that led by six points after three quarters.
Kittanning 85, Purchase Line 18 — Noah Kunst led three players in double figures with 21 points, and Sterling Henry added 18 to lead Kittanning to victory in its season-opening tournament.
Kittanning led, 56-12, at halftime. The Wildcats will play Cambria Heights for the title.
Fox Chapel 49, Riverside 41 — Fox Chapel junior forward Erin Mathias, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, made an impressive return. The Duke recruit had 18 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, as the Class AAAA Foxes rolled to a season-opening win over Class AA Riverside at the Seneca Valley Tournament. Nicole Mansfield led Riverside with 14 points.
Burrell 60, Leechburg 16 — Jessica Cercone and Sydney Bordonaro each scored 14 points and Jaila Manga added 11 as Burrell won in the Leechburg Tournament.
The Bucs will face Shady Side Academy in the final.
Burrell led, 26-0, after the first quarter.
Springdale 43, Knoch 29 — Springdale held Knoch to two points in the first quarter and rolled to a win in the Springdale Tournament.
Amanda Koprivnikar scored a game-high 14 points, and teammates Maddy Glamp and Diana Killian had 10 apiece. Allie Megahan led Knoch with 11.
The host Dynamos will play Deer Lakes for the championship.
Deer Lakes 62, Apollo-Ridge 38 — Becca Babincak scored a game-high 21 points to lead Deer Lakes past Apollo-Ridge in the first round of the Springdale Tournament. Sisters Nichole and Danielle Kearns added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Ashley Emminger scored 12 points for Apollo-Ridge.
St. Joseph 46, Our Lady of Sacred Heart 44 — Mallory Heinle had 23 points, six rebounds and four assists for St. Joseph, which led, 17-6, after the first quarter.
The Spartans benefited from a strong showing by Nikki Mielecki, who had seven points, six rebounds, seven assists, in their own tournament.
St. Joseph will meet Quigley in the final.
Freeport 67, East Allegheny 16 — In the Freeport Tournament, Jessica Aulicino scored a career-high 34 points as Freeport cruised past East Allegheny and its freshmen starting lineup.
It was the first win for new coach Paul Sylba.
Freeport plays Karns City in the final.
Riverview 42, West Shamokin 18 — Only five matches were contested, with Riverview (1-0) winning five by forfeit.
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