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High school roundup: Kittanning girls stay in playoff hunt

| Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

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.

Boys basketball

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.

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