Local roundup: Kittanning girls hold off Freeport
A balanced scoring effort and stingy second-half defense allowed Kittanning to pull away from Freeport on Monday night in Section 1-AAA girls basketball.
Cassie Merryman and Alaina Thomas each scored 11 points during the Wildcats' 55-39 home win. Kittanning (6-6, 4-1), which led, 27-25, at halftime, held Freeport (4-7, 2-2) to just four points in the third quarter.
Emily Klingensmith and Kirsten Wolfe each had nine points for Kittanning, and Emily Knepshield added eight.
Macy Smolic scored a team-high 10 points, and Zoe Soilis contributed nine for the Yellowjackets.
Deer Lakes 57, West Shamokin 31 — Three players scored in double figures for Class AA No. 3 Deer Lakes (11-0, 4-0) in a 1-AA win over West Shamokin.
Becca Babincak led the Lancers with 20 points.
Nichole Kearns scored 12 points and Kristen Stanko added 10 for Deer Lakes. Jill Glover accounted for the majority of her team's points, scoring 17 for West Shamokin (6-6, 2-2).
Jeannette 47, Ford City 40 — WPIAL scoring leader Ciara Gregory put up 33 points in a tight nonsection victory for Jeannette (7-3, 4-0) over Ford City (4-5, 1-2).
Gregory hit five 3-pointers. Allyson Cujas scored 22 points for the Sabers.
Valley 53, Highlands 43 — Valley (1-6, 1-3) won its first game after forfeiting its past three, downing Highlands (1-8, 1-4) in Section 1-AAA.
Hempfield 53, Kiski Area 39 — Monica Burns scored 18 points, and Mary Burns and Leah Kninnicki had 13 apiece to lead Hempfield (10-2, 5-0) to its third straight win.
Maddie Antone led Kiski Area (2-9) with 22 points.
Eden Christian Academy 32, St. Joseph 24 — Eden Christian (8-3, 3-1) held off injury-plagued St. Joseph (6-5, 3-2) in Section 2-A play.
Mallory Heinle, who had nine points for St. Joseph, exited early with a high-ankle sprain. Teammate Nikki Mielecki suffered the same injury.
Amanda Klawinski grabbed 15 rebounds for St. Joseph in the loss.
Springdale 66, Ford City 50 — Brandon Stiehler's five 3-pointers and 21 points helped Springdale (2-8) to a road victory over Ford City (2-9).
Matt Matisko had 18 points, including a 12-of-13 showing at the foul line.
Charlie Guy recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Dynamos.
Jesse Sequeira led the Sabers with 20 points.
Burrell 35, Yough 28 — Six consecutive victories helped No. 2 Burrell (6-3) rally to defeat No. 3 Yough (11-1) in a Class AA nonsection battle. Yough led, 10-3, after three matches. Freshmen Noah Hanna (120 pounds), Damon Greenwald (126) and Jason David (132) had wins for Burrell. Hanna, John Andrejcik (138) and Dakota DesLauriers (182) recorded falls for the Bucs.
Yough got 31-second pins from Gary Fallacker (195) and Tom Sever (220).
Kittanning 10, Deer Lakes 5 — Kittanning (7-3-1) scored eight goals in the final two periods to top host Deer Lakes (4-7-1) in Class A. Christian Miller led the Wildcats with five goals. Hunter Grafton added two goals and four assists, and Cody Toy contributed two goals and two assists.
Mitch Rupprecht scored Deer Lakes' first goal and finished with five points after recording four assists.
Tom Lisowski delivered the second and third goals later in the first period.
Kiski Area 4, Plum 2 — Alexander Welsh scored two goals and added an assist for Kiski Area (3-9) in a Class AA victory over Plum (3-6-1). Ben Crawford stopped 34 of 36 shots for Kiski Area in the victory.
Joe Randazzo scored two goals for Plum.