Local roundup: Freeport boys top Karns City to reach .500
In a showdown between two teams fighting to stay near or at .500 for the season, Freeport's boys basketball team held on in the second half to edge host Karns City.
The Yellowjackets won the nonsection game, 69-64, after leading by six at halftime.
Brendan Lynch scored 25 points to lead Freeport (7-7), while Robbie Miller and Josh Beale each added 13 points. Beale also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Tyler Kepple sank four 3-pointers during a 22-point night for District 9's Karns City (6-11). Andrew Johnston and David Olszak each contributed 12 points.
Ford City 56, Neighborhood Academy 15 — A variety of scorers stepped up for Ford City (9-7, 4-4), which led, 14-2, after the first quarter in the non-section victory. Allyson Cujas, Christina Davis, Bethany Meyer, Krista Klukan each scored 8 points, while Mya Gladysiewski and Catelyn Cujas each added 6.
Mars 60, Kittanning 32 — Emily Knepshield and Sydney Cloak each scored 8 points to lead Kittanning (8-11, 6-4), which trailed by two after the first quarter but fell behind, 31-13, by halftime.
Sara Getsy scored 25 points to pace Mars (13-6, 8-1).
Deer Lakes 63, Apollo-Ridge 31 — Outscored, 29-2, in the first quarter, Apollo-Ridge (9-8, 2-6) managed to slow the Section 1-AA onslaught by Deer Lakes (14-2, 7-1) in the final three quarters. Ashley Emminger finished with 14 points for the Lady Vikings.
Burrell 63, Leechburg 16 — Burrell (13-2, 7-0) led, 31-0, after the first quarter of the Section 1-AA game. Tessa Verner scored a team-high 8 points for Leechburg (0-17, 0-9).
Kittanning 10, South Fayette 1 — Christian Miller had a hat trick in the first period and tied a season-high with seven points (four goals, three assists) during the Class A road win for Kittanning (10-4-1). Hunter Grafton added six points (two goals, four assists), Cody Toy accumulated five (one goal, four assists), and Hunter Anthony received three, all from assists.
Taylor Smouse made nine saves to earn the win in net for Kittanning, and Nicolas Blocher had 31 stops for South Fayette (3-13-1).