Local Roundup: Kittanning girls down Freeport with balanced offense
A balanced scoring effort and stingy second-half defense allowed Kittanning's girls basketball team to pull away from Freeport Monday night in Section 1-AAA play.
Cassie Merryman and Alaina Thomas each scored 11 points during the Lady Wildcats' 55-39 home win. Kittanning (6-6, 4-1), which led, 27-25, at halftime, held Freeport (4-7, 2-2) to just four points in the third quarter.
Emily Klingensmith and Kirsten Wolfe each had nine points for Kittanning, and Emily Knepshield added eight.
Macy Smolic scored a team-high 10 points, and Zoe Solis contributed nine for the Lady Yellowjackets.
Jeannette 47, Ford City 40 — Allyson Cujas scored a team-high 22 points to lead Ford City (4-5) in the nonsection game. But Jeannette's Ciara Gregory stole the show for Jeannette with a 33-point performance that included five 3-pointers. The Lady Jayhawks (7-3) led, 27-23, at halftime.
Deer Lakes 57, West Shamokin 31 — Deer Lakes (11-0, 4-0) held West Shamokin (6-6, 2-2) to two points during the first quarter of the Section 1-AA game.
Jill Glover scored 17 points, and Tristan Cribbs added eight for the Lady Wolves.
Becca Babincak led a trio of double-digit scorers for Deer Lakes with 20 points.
Springdale 66, Ford City 50 — Jesse Sequeira sank four 3-pointers during a 20-point performance for Ford City (2-9), which led, 15-13, after the first quarter but was outscored, 15-4, in the second. Andrew Labutka added nine points, all of which came from 3-pointers.
Brandon Stiehler made five 3-pointers in a 21-point effort for Springdale (2-8), and Matt Matisko went 12 for 13 at the foul line during an 18-point night.
Kittanning 10, Deer Lakes 5 — Kittanning (7-3-1) scored eight goals in the final two periods to bury host Deer Lakes (4-7-1) in Class A action. Christian Miller led the onslaught with five goals, while Hunter Grafton added two goals and four assists, and Cody Toy contributed two goals and two assists.
Mitch Rupprecht scored Deer Lakes' first goal and finished with a tally and four assists. Tom Lisowski delivered the second and third goals later in the first period.
Cameron Langham made 27 saves for Kittanning, and Lucas Gapsky had 21 for the Lancers.