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High school roundup: Strong defense lifts Freeport hockey

| Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 10:36 p.m.

The Freeport hockey team continues to flex its defensive muscle in PIHL Class A play.

The Yellowjackets held their fifth opponent this season to one goal or fewer and rallied to erase an early deficit during a 3-1 win over South Fayette on Monday night at the Bladerunners in Bethel Park.

A power-play goal by Joe Testa gave South Fayette a lead 11 minutes into the first period.

That margin lasted until midway through the second period, when Michael Frazetta scored twice in a 21-second span. Tyler Bonitsky assisted on the first goal, and Greg Newman and Hunter Kepple set up the latter.

Jared Kapustik added a third goal late in the third period.

Dom Digiacobbe made 35 saves for Freeport (4-1-1), while Nicolas Blocher had 36 for South Fayette (1-5-1).

Freeport has allowed 10 goals in six games. Only Quaker Valley (six goals in seven games) has surrendered fewer.

Girls basketball

Apollo-Ridge 62, Freeport 47 — Ashley Emminger scored 20 points, and Julia DeMeno and Megan Bonelli added 12 and 10, respectively, to fuel Apollo-Ridge (2-1) to a nonsection win.

Jess Aulicino finished with a game-high 26 points for Freeport (1-2), which trailed, 31-23, at halftime.

Riverview 55, West Shamokin 41 — A five-point halftime lead disappeared for West Shamokin (0-3) after Riverview (2-1) began to apply full-court defensive pressure in the nonsection game.

Jill Glover finished with a team-high 16 points for the Lady Wolves, who were outscored, 11-1, in the final quarter.

Ashley Bruni sank six 3-pointers as part of a 28-point performance for the Lady Raiders.

Highlands 52, Leechburg 35 — Beth Mort scored a team-high 14 points to lead Leechburg (0-3), which had 10 points in the first half of the nonsection game.

Carly Hines led Highlands (1-0) with 19 points, and Shannon Bernardi added 18.

Boys basketball

Springdale 64, Leechburg 53 — Ben Richie made five 3-pointers during a 21-point performance, and Chris Swank added 18 for Leechburg (1-2), which trailed by 14 points at halftime in the nonsection game.

Charlie Guy, one of three players in double digits for Springdale (1-2), had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds.

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