Local roundup: Kittanning remains unbeaten with last-second win over Knoch
Senior guard Sterling Henry went end to end with less than seven seconds left in Tuesday's Section 1-AAA game at Knoch and banked in a jumper from the foul line to deliver Kittanning a heart-pounding win.
Henry scored 20 of his season-high 30 points in the second half as Kittanning won, 68-67, in Jefferson Township.
The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0) trailed, 54-51, after three quarters.
Henry sank two 3-pointers and made all eight of his free throws.
After he made the game-winner, Kittanning students stormed the floor.
“It was crazy,” Henry said. “I wasn't ready for it at all. ... We were at half-court and ended up all the way back by the hoop because they kept pushing us back.”
Kevin Barnes followed in scoring for Kittanning with 11 points.
Mark Vaughn scored a team-high 21 points, including the put-back that gave the Knights (2-3, 1-1) a one-point lead with 6.6 seconds left. David Gallagher and Austin Miller added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Fox Chapel 66, Franklin Regional 54 — Billy Urso connected on all six of his 3-point attempts on his way to scoring 20 points, and Fox Chapel moved to 6-0 (2-0 Section 2-AAAA).
Brian Papich led the Foxes with 24 points, and Matt D'Amico scored 17 and pulled down 17 rebounds.
Norwin 37, Kiski Area 28 — Curtis Perz and Matt Stewart each scored 14 points to lead Norwin (4-2, 2-0) past Kiski Area in Section 1-AAAA action.
Adam Robison, Nick Stone, Mike Simmons and Joe Brungo all recorded six points for Kiski Area (3-3, 0-2).
Deer Lakes 53, Ford City 43 — Tim Jaczesko's game-high 21 points helped lead Deer Lakes (3-2, 1-0) past Ford City (2-4, 0-1) in Section 1-AA play.
J.J. Kovalkowski added 13 points for the Lancers. Jesse Sequeira scored a team-high 12 points for Ford City.
Leechburg 60, United 49 — Chris Swank's team-high 16 points helped lead Leechburg (3-2) past United (0-3) in nonsection play.
Jason Iellimo had 16 rebounds and scored seven points in the win.
St. Joseph 71, Geibel 49 — John Arcuri scored a game-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as St. Joseph cruised by Geibel in nonsection play.
Nick Chepkevich added 10 points for St. Joseph (3-2).
Aaron Agostoni scored 15 points for Geibel (0-3).
Apollo-Ridge 58, Highlands 27 — Apollo-Ridge moved up a class to defeat visiting Highlands. Ashley Emminger scored 15 points for Class-AA Apollo-Ridge.
Sarah Bonelli and Briana Fairman each scored 12, and Julie DeMeno added 11 for Apollo-Ridge (5-1).
For Class AAA Highlands (1-4), Carly Hines scored 13 points and Nikki Misejka had 10.
Fox Chapel 60, Franklin Regional 43 — Alexa Yaksich and Erin Mathias each scored 16 points to help Fox Chapel (6-0, 2-0 Section 2-AAAA) stay undefeated.
Mathias also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Kayla Slovenec scored 14 points for the Foxes.
Plum 64, McKeesport 35 — Four Plum players scored in double figures in a Section 2-AAAA win over McKeesport.
Krista Pietrapola led the Mustangs with 16 points, Courtney Zezza scored 14, Jordan Seneca 12 and Ange Borriello 10 for (5-1, 2-0).
Kittanning 33, Shady Side Academy 32 — Cassie Merryman finished with a team-high 12 points for Kittanning (4-2), which led, 22-14, at halftime of the nonsection game.
Gabby Harchelroad scored 14 for Shady Side Academy (2-4).
Riverview 53, East Allegheny 16 — Leah Sero's game-high 10 points helped Riverview (4-2, 1-1) defeat East Allegheny (0-2, 1-4).
Rachel Condron scored nine points for the Raiders in the win.