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High school roundup: Freeport girls hang onto fourth in section

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 11:54 p.m.
From left, Knoch's Sam Logan (No. 12), Freeport's Macy Smolic (No. 04), Knoch's Sarah Brasili (No. 44) and Freeport's Zoe Soilis (No. 01) lunge for the ball during the basketball game at Knoch High School on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch

A strong fourth quarter Thursday night helped Freeport's girls basketball team hang onto its fourth-place spot in the Section 1-AAA standings.

Down four points to Knoch after three quarters, Freeport (6-8, 4-3) rallied with 17 points in the final quarter to win, 41-37. Macy Smolic made 11 of 18 free throws and finished with a game-high 17 points for the Lady Yellowjackets, while Zoe Sollis added 11.

Angela Cress scored 11 points to lead Knoch (3-11, 2-5).

Kittanning 64, Highlands 31 — Emily Knepshield led a trio of scorers in double digits with a 20-point performance for the Lady Wildcats (7-8, 5-2), who led, 29-17, at halftime of the Section 1-AAA game. Alaina Thomas sank four 3-pointers as part of a 14-point showing, and Cassie Merryman added 10.

Carly Hines led Highlands (1-12, 0-7) with nine points.

Ice hockey

Mars 6, Kittanning 3 — Mars (11-2-1) led, 3-1, after the first period and scored two goals in the first three minutes of the second period to build a commanding lead over Kittanning (8-4-1), which cut the deficit to two goals early in the third period of the Class A game.

Hunter Grafton scored all three goals for the Wildcats. Cody Toy had two assists, and David Contrael registered one.

Nicholas Makozy and Beau Heakins each scored twice for the Planets.

Taylor Smouse made 18 saves in net for Kittanning, while Christian Knapp had 27 stops for Mars.

Freeport 9, South Park 4 — Freeport (11-2-1) scored the Class A game's first five goals, including four in the first period, and it finished with 46 shots, while South Park (4-11) had 14.

Michael Frazetta scored four goals, and Nicholas Zidek had two for the Yellowjackets. Stone Haberstroh and Ethan Waddell each registered two assists.

Katie Hill earned the win in net for Freeport.

Greensburg Salem 6, Ford City 3 — John Demarchi broke a 3-3 tie late in the second period and put Greensburg Salem (8-4-1) on the path to an Open Class home win.

Demarchi finished with two goals for Greensburg Salem, and Dakota Sheetz made 26 saves.

Jacob Miller, Jesse Valasek and Eli Thompson each scored for Ford City (10-2-1), which led, 2-0, midway through the first period. The Sabers held Greensburg Salem to 18 shots.

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