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Local roundup: Late free throws lift Valley

| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Valley's Tyler Gardlock returned after missing four games because of concussion-like symptoms and became the hero for the Vikings against cross-river rival Highlands.

Gardlock made a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left Tuesday night to lift Valley to a 50-49 victory over the Golden Rams in Section 1-AAA game in Harrison.

It was the first section win of the season for Valley (3-7, 1-4). Highlands, which had two shot attempts in the closing seconds, fell to 0-12, 0-4.

Chaz Cheatham led the Vikings with 13 points.

Kittanning 85, Freeport 65 — Kittanning rolled to a Section 1-AAA win as Sterling Henry scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished nine assists.

Noah Kunst added 18 points, Kevin Barnes had 15 and Eric Hulings added 13 for Kittanning (11-1, 4-1).

Brendan Lynch scored 31 points, Robbie Miller had 11 and Zane Geist scored 10 for the Yellowjackets (4-5, 2-2).

Kiski Area 56, Penn-Trafford 41 — Nick Stone's 34 points helped Kiski Area (8-4, 3-2) topple Section 1-AAAA opponent Penn-Trafford (7-4, 4-2).

Michael Simmons and Joe Brungo each added seven points for Kiski Area.

Plum 67, Penn Hills 41 — Three players scored in double figures as Plum (6-6, 2-3) dispatched Penn Hills in Section 2-AAAA play.

Griffin Myers hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points for Plum (6-6, 2-3).

Austin Dedert scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Nick Stotler added 11 points for Plum.

Deer Lakes 54, West Shamokin 48 — Deer Lakes (7-4, 3-1) got back on the winning track with a Section 1-AA win over West Shamokin (5-6, 1-3).

J.J. Kowalkowski led Deer Lakes with 23 points, scoring 15 in the second half, and Tim Jaczesko added 21 points, nine in the final quarter.

West Shamokin's Anthony Rocco led all scorers with 26 points, going 10 for 12 and the foul line.

South Allegheny 45, Riverview 39 — Sam Gonsowski scored 12 points in a losing effort for Riverview against Section 3-AA opponent South Allegheny (4-8, 1-3).

Shane Scott and Jason Anthony each scored eight for the Raiders (4-7, 1-4).

St. Joseph 68, Winchester Thurston 60 — St. Joseph (5-7, 1-1) held off a 36-point second-half surge by Winchester Thurston (1-5, 0-2) to secure its first victory in Section 4-A.

John Arcuri scored a team-high 23 points, while Sam Predebon scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for St. Joseph (5-7, 1-1.

Girls basketball

Plum 47, Penn Hills 36 — Courtney Zezza and Krista Pietropola matched a team high with 12 points for Plum (8-3, 3-1) in a Section 2-AAAA win over Penn Hills (2-9, 0-4).

Ange Borriello and Jordan Seneca added eight points for Plum.

Gateway 47, Fox Chapel 26 Fox Chapel's offense was slowed in its first loss of the season in a Section 2-AAAA first-place showdown.

Gateway (8-2, 5-0) held Fox Chapel (9-3, 4-1) to two fourth-quarter points.

Kayla Slovenec scored nine points, and Erin Mathias had eight for the Foxes.

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