VND roundup: Kittanning girls advance, will face Blackhawk in 1st round
Balanced scoring and rebounding can take a team far in the WPIAL basketball playoffs, and the Kittanning girls used that mix to advance in the Class AAA bracket.
Emily Klingensmith, Tiffany Montgomery and Emily Knepshield scored 11 points apiece for the Wildcats (15-7) in a 54-38 preliminary-round win over Greensburg Salem on Saturday at Plum.
Klingensmith also had a game-high 14 rebounds for Kittanning, which advances to face No. 1 Blackhawk in the first round Wednesday at a time and site to be determined.
Karly Mellinger scored a game-high 20 points, and Claire Oberdorf had 14 for Greensburg Salem (9-14), which had just three players score in the game.
Cheswick Christian Academy 57, First Baptist Christian 43 — Ian Swartz scored 16 points, Andy Skledar added 14 and JuJuan Malloy had 10 to lead Cheswick Christian Academy.
The Chargers outscored First Baptist 20-2 in the opening quarter and 20-1 in the third. First Baptist outscored Cheswick 28-2 in the fourth.
The Penn State New Kensington men's basketball team was scheduled to play its final two conference games Friday and Saturday, but both have been canceled because of dangerous travel conditions brought on by inclement weather.
It appears unlikely the games will be made up.
“As of now, they're canceled. Things may change. We'll find out on Monday,” said PSNK coach Art McCray. “It's unfortunate. We really want to play these last two games.
“If it was a different circumstance as far as our contention, we'd probably be able to get those games in.”
The Penn State University Athletic Conference takes the top eight teams to the playoffs, but each squad must have at least a .500 record in conference play to qualify.
PSNK (7-13, 6-9) could still rank among the top-eight teams, but cannot reach the necessary .500 mark against PSUAC competition.
“It's a maximum of eight teams. The provision is you must have at least a .500 conference record,” said recently retired PSUAC men's basketball committee chair Tom Caccese. “It doesn't look like they'll have eight teams for the men's side this season.”