High school roundup: Kittanning girls stay in playoff hunt
Even with several starters out with injuries, Kittanning's girls basketball team has stayed on the heels of the teams just above it in the Section 1-AAA standings.
The Wildcats overcame a slow start to top Knoch, 46-32, at home Monday night. Kittanning (8-8, 6-2) trailed, 8-7, after the first quarter and outscored the Lady Knights (3-12, 2-6) by 11 in the second.
Emily Knepshield scored 12 points to lead Kittanning, and Alaina Thomas finished with 10.
Sam Logan and Allie Megahan each scored 8 points for Knoch.
Kittanning remains one game behind Mars and two behind Hampton in the standings.
West Shamokin 48, Leechburg 12 — Jill Glover finished with 20 points, and Kelly Clowser added nine for West Shamokin (9-9, 3-4) in the Section 1-AA win. Tessa Verner led Leechburg (0-15, 0-7) with 5 points.
Deer Lakes 44, Ford City 27 — Becca Babincak surpassed 1,000 career points with a 21-point effort for Deer Lakes (12-2, 5-1) in the Section 1-AA contest.
Allyson Cujas scored nine points to lead Ford City (8-7, 4-4).
Freeport 53, Valley 51 — Zoe Sollis scored 20 points, and Kayla Bowser added 10 for Freeport (6-9, 4-4), which led by five at halftime of the Section 1-AAA game.
Kaylyn Iacopino led Valley (2-9, 2-6) with 20 points, and Lashay Madison contributed 19.
Leechburg 60, United 52 — Jacob Iellimo and Chris Swank each finished with double-doubles, while Randy Smail scored a team-high 15 points for Leechburg (7-8) in the nonsection win.
Iellimo had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Swank had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Sipolino added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who trailed, 25-22, at halftime but outscored United (0-15) by 13 points in the third quarter.