High school roundup: Kiski Area boys win fourth straight
Kiski Area's boys basketball team continued its recent surge as the first half of Section 1-AAAA play came to an end.
The Cavaliers made it four straight victories — and a win in six of their last seven — as they rallied to defeat Hempfield, 39-35, on Friday night.
Hempfield (8-4, 3-2) took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, but Kiski Area (9-4, 4-2) held the Spartans to seven points to post the victory.
With 15 points, Kiski Area's Nick Stone matched a game-high with Hempfield guard Kason Harrell.
West Shamokin 74, Burrell 69 (OT) — Anthony Rocco broke West Shamokin's single-game scoring record with 40 points, and Matt Marsh hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go in overtime to seal the Section 1-AA upset for West Shamokin (6-6, 2-3) over Burrell (9-3, 3-1). Rocco scored 11 of the Wolves' 13 points in overtime.
Teammate Zane Clowser added 21 points and nine rebounds.
Alex White scored 18, and Matt Hess chipped in 16 for the Bucs, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.
South Allegheny 37, Springdale 28 — South Allegheny (5-8, 2-3) rallied to down Springdale (2-10, 0-5) in a Section 3-AA game. Kordell Thompson recorded 13 points for the Gladiators, while Charlie Guy scored 15 for the Dynamos.
Summit Academy 83, Ford City 67 — Summit Academy (3-9, 2-3) erupted for 56 second-half points to run past Ford City (3-10, 0-4) in a Section 1-AA game.
Dashaan Smith scored a game-high 29, and Lorenzo Abner added 19 for the Knights. David Lattanzio scored 23 points for the Sabers, and Jesse Sequeira added 15. Ford City has dropped eight of nine.
Knoch 36, Valley 34 — Marc Vaughan put Knoch (8-4, 3-2) ahead late in the fourth with a free throw to seal a tight win over Valley (3-8, 1-5) in Section 1-AAA.
Vaughan finished with 15 points, and Austin Miller added 11, including nine in the fourth quarter, for Knoch.
Chaz Cheatham and Tyler Gardlock both had eight points for Valley.
Indiana 72, Freeport 62 — Freeport (4-6, 1-4) couldn't close a 10-point halftime deficit in a Section 1-AAA loss to Indiana (10-3, 4-1). Robbie Miller scored a game-high 23 points, and Brendan Lynch added 20 for Freeport.
St. Joseph 75, Trinity Christian 62 — John Arcuri scored 36 points, including a 10-for-10 effort at the foul line, to lead St. Joseph (6-8, 2-1) past Trinity Christian (2-9, 0-3) in Section 4-A. Chris Gamble added 13 points for St. Joseph.
John Wallace scored a team-high 22 for Trinity Christian.
Deer Lakes 56, Riverview 44 — Deer Lakes' 21-7 first quarter helped build a cushion as the Lancers (8-5) held off Riverview (4-9) in non-section play.
J.J. Kowalkowski scored a game-high 15 points, Cody Keenan added 13, and Tim Jaczesko had 12 for the Lancers.
Jason Anthony and Nick DiBucci led the Raiders with 12 points.
Mars 73, Valley 44 — Mars (8-5, 4-1) took a 35-16 halftime lead and cruised to defeat Valley (1-8, 1-5) in a Section 1-AAA game. Ali Goetz scored 20 points for Mars, while Kristea Smith had 19 for Valley.
Ford City 46, Kittanning 41 — Allyson Cujas scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second half for Ford City (6-5) in a nonsection win over rival Kittanning (6-7).
Emily Knepshield led Kittanning (6-7) with 24 points, 22 of which came in the second half.
Three Foxes move on —Fox Chapel's Jared Rice (106 pounds), 152-pounder Tyler Heasley and 285-pounder Tyler Lever advanced to the semifinals of the Allegheny County tournament at Fox Chapel. Heasley pinned Hampton's Zach Kocak in 1:14 in the quarterfinals.