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By Valley News Dispatch
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Sophomore Bill Urso's putback with 2 seconds left in overtime lifted the Fox Chapel boys basketball team to a 55-53 victory over McKeesport on Friday night in the Section 2-AAAA opener.

The win kept the Foxes' undefeated record intact at 4-0, 1-0. They held the ball for the final 1:40, and Urso scored off a miss to win it.

Matt D'Amico led the Foxes with 24 points, and Brian Papich added 15.

McKeesport (1-3, 0-1) had only five players score, but all five reached double figures.

Daryn Simmons had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Plum 60, Woodland Hills 52 (2 OT) — Austin Dedert and Griffin Myers helped Plum pull out a thriller against Woodland Hills (2-3, 0-1), as the Mustangs opened Section 2-AAAA action.

Dedert's hoop in the waning seconds of the first overtime added to his game-high 21 points and forced another extra period.

Myers scored seven of his 20 points in the second overtime. Nick Stotler added 13 points for Plum (2-2 1-0).

Latrobe 53, Kiski Area 52 — Matt Dunlap gave Latrobe the lead with 7.8 seconds left and Kiski Area was unable to get off a final shot in the teams' Section 1-AAAA opener.

Nick Stone scored a game-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Adam Robison added 10 points to lead Kiski Area (3-2, 0-1).

Mike Soforik scored 14 points for Latrobe (2-2, 1-0).

Kittanning 80, Highlands 52 — Kittanning (4-0, 1-0) stayed undefeated behind Sterling Henry's 23 points in the Section 1-AAA victory. The Wildcats scored 71 points across the final three quarters to overwhelm the Golden Rams (0-5, 0-1).

Vince Mead added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Apollo-Ridge 77, Summit Academy 68 — Lucas Burrell led five Apollo-Ridge players in double figures with 18 points as the Vikings stayed perfect at 5-0 (1-0 Section 1-AA).

Tre Tipton added 16 points, Josh Reynolds and Alex Smith had 14 apiece, and Evan Davis chipped in 11.

The Vikings, who led, 58-39, after three quarters, hit nine 3-pointers. Dashaan Smith led Summit (0-5, 0-1) with 21 points, including five 3s.

Leechburg 72, Aquinas Academy 47 — Jacob Iellimo's 16 points helped Leechburg (2-3) cruise to its second win of the season. Chris Swank (14 points), Ben Richie (13) and Randy Smail (13) all scored in double figures for the Blue Devils.

Mike Tatte led Aquinas Academy with 25 points.

Girls basketball

Fox Chapel 60, McKeesport 38 — Upstart Fox Chapel (4-0, 1-0) jumped out early behind junior Erin Mathias' 21 points and 18 rebounds in the Section 2-AAAA opener over McKeesport (3-1, 0-1).

Kayla Slovenec scored 12 points, and Alexa Yaksich added 10 for the Foxes.

Plum 46, Woodland Hills 39 — Plum (4-1, 1-0) started the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run that proved to be the difference in a victory over Woodland Hills (2-2, 0-1) in Section 2-AAAA.

Plum's Krista Pietropola led all scorers with 21 points and teammate Aly Wiefenbaugh added 12.

Northgate 30, Leechburg 26 — Tiana Morgan scored 13 points and Northgate (1-3) earned its first victory of the season after holding off Leechburg (0-6) in a non-section game.

Miranda Reesman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Riverview 45, Avonworth 41 — Riverview (3-1) held on for a close victory despite being outscored, 18-9, in the fourth quarter.

Ashley Bruni led the Raiders with 16 points, including 9 for 12 from the foul line.

Mackenzie Mayernik scored 14 points for Avonworth (2-3).

Deer Lakes 60, Knoch 29 — Class AA Deer Lakes (4-0) opened with a 20-2 first-quarter surge and rolled past Class AAA Knoch (0-5) in non-section play.

Becca Babincak led three Lancers players in double-digit scoring with 15 points.

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