A-K Valley roundup: Leechburg boys upset No. 5 Jeannette
Leechburg coach Corey Smith wrote “upset city” on the locker room board before the Blue Devils took on Jeannette on Tuesday.
It proved prophetic.
Leechburg erased a 10-point halftime deficit with a dominant third quarter and held on for a 48-45 victory over the Class AA No. 5 Jayhawks in Section 1-AA play.
Christian Hack scored 15 points to lead Leechburg (7-9, 4-6), which outscored Jeannette (9-9, 7-2), 20-2, in the third quarter. J.B. Burtick and John Miskinis had 11 apiece as the Blue Devils moved into fourth place in the section.
Valley 59, Mt. Pleasant 44 — The Vikings (9-9, 6-4) clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since the 2011 with a Section 1-4A win at Mt. Pleasant (4-14, 3-6). Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by Deonte Ross with 14. Dru Stokes added 13, hitting three 3-pointers, and Nijal Rodgers recorded 12.
Burrell 67, Steel Valley 65 — Dom Zottola made a reverse layup at the buzzer, giving Burrell a 67-65 victory in a Section 3-3A game. After Steel Valley tied the score with 6 seconds left, Max Garda took the inbound pass and found Zottola for the winning basket. Ryan Bargerstock scored a team-high 19 points for Burrell (7-12, 6-2), which rallied from an 18-point deficit. Garda added 17, and Zottola scored seven.
Highlands 57, Greensburg Salem 49 — The Rams posted their first back-to-back wins since December as four players finished in double digits to down Section 3-5A foe Greensburg Salem (6-12, 0-8). Mitch DeZort scored a team-high 17 points and Johnny Crise added 14. Highlands (9-9, 4-4) held an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Brayden Thimons and RJ Rieger both finished with 11 points for Highlands.
Deer Lakes 50, Derry 38 — Noah Darsie scored 13 points as Deer Lakes defeated Derry (6-11, 3-6) in Section 1-4A. Alex Nichols added 12 points for Deer Lakes (9-8, 5-5).
Freeport 66, Yough 50 — Ben Beale scored 17 points as Freeport cruised to a Section 1-4A win over Yough. Gavin Skradski chipped in 14 points while Evan Schaffhauser added 11 for Freeport (13-6, 8-1).
Apollo-Ridge 58, South Allegheny 43 — Duane Brown scored a team-high 18 points as Apollo-Ridge beat South Allegheny (5-13, 0-8) in Section 3-3A. Kyle Fitzroy added 16 points and Danny Orkwis 15 for the Vikings (3-15, 2-6), who ended a six-game losing streak.
Cheswick Christian Academy 73, First Baptist 50 — Michael Skledar scored a career-high 26 points as Cheswick Christian Academy won in Southwest Christian Athletic Conference play. Ben Pollock scored 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for the Chargers (14-3, 8-0), who locked up the top seed in the East Division for the SWCAC playoffs.
Greensburg Central Catholic 70, Riverview 49 — Nico Sero scored a game-high 28 points, but the Raiders (4-13, 0-9) fell to No. 1 GCC in a Section 1-AA game.
Freeport 52, Shady Side Academy 44 — The Yellowjackets (12-7) snapped a two-game losing streak with a nonsection victory over Shady Side Academy (4-14). Jenna Manke led Freeport with 16 points, and Sidney Shemanski added 14.
Cheswick Christian Academy 37, First Baptist 33 — Kathleen Swartzwelder had 12 points and 16 rebounds as Cheswick Christian Academy (9-4, 7-2) won in Southwest Christian Athletic Conference play.