High school roundup: Freeport girls get important victory
In a game that could go a long way in determining a playoff spot later in the season, Freeport used a big fourth quarter Thursday night to get past Knoch, 41-37, in Section 1-AAA girls basketball action in Jefferson Township.
Minus injured forward Jess Aulicino, Freeport (6-8, 4-3) posted its second straight win as Macy Smolic scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Freeport took a six-point lead into the pivotal fourth quarter before scoring 17 points.
Zoe Soilis added 11 points for Freeport, while Angela Cress led Knoch (3-11, 2-5) with 11, and Savanna Steffen grabbed 13 rebounds.
Kittanning 64, Highlands 31 — Emily Knepshield scored a game-high 20 points, including an 8-for-8 effort from the foul line as Kittanning (7-8, 5-2) downed Highlands (7-8, 5-2) in Section 1-AAA.
Alaina Thomas chipped in 14 points, while Cassie Merryman and Sydney Cloak tallied 10 and nine points, respectively.
Carly Hines led Highlands with nine points.
Mars 53, Valley 39 — Despite getting 25 points from Kristea Smith, Valley (1-9, 1-6) came up short against Mars (10-5, 6-1) in a Section 1-AAA game.
Kaylyn Iacopino added eight points for Valley.
Ali Goetz and Ellysa Paris each scored 15 points to pace Mars.
Riverview 62, East Allegheny 18 — Sadie Buchser scored a game-high 24 points to outscore East Allegheny (1-12, 0-7) herself in a Section 3-AA win for Riverview (9-6, 3-4).
Ashley Bruni added 12 points for the Raiders.
Springdale 55, Imani Christian 32 — Maddy Glamp had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Springdale (8-8) to a comfortable nonsection victory over Imani Christian (1-12).
Ford City 39, West Shamokin 29 — An 11-0 run that spanned most of the first quarter made the difference for Ford City (8-5, 4-2), which held West Shamokin (7-8, 2-4) to one point in the quarter.
Christina Davis led Ford City with 15 points in the Section 1-AA game, and Jill Glover had a team-high 15 for West Shamokin.
Albert Gallatin 47, Kiski Area 37 — In Section 1-AAAA, Albert Gallatin (4-11, 3-5) prevented Kiski Area (4-11, 3-5) from earning its third straight home victory.
Ally Rudolph led Albert Gallatin with 17 points, and Courtney Haines chipped in 15.
Maddie Antone led Kiski Area with 16 points, and Taylor Muffie added 12.
Cheswick Christian Academy 62, Calvary Baptist 42 — Antione Malloy led Cheswick Christian Academy (10-5, 4-0) with 15 points in a nonsection win. Andrew Maust added 12 points in the win for the Chargers.
Brashear 64, Burrell 52 — Mike Williams had 19 points, and Aaron Lagnese added 15 for Brashear in a nonsection victory over Burrell (9-5).
Pete Spagnolo led Burrell with 18 points.
Mars 6, Kittanning 3 — Beau Heakins' two goals and two assists helped Mars (11-2-1) to a road victory over Kittanning (8-4-1) in Class A. Nicholas Makozy contributed two goals for Mars, which had a three-goal first period.
Hunter Grafton recorded a hat trick for the Wildcats.
Freeport 9, South Park 3 — Michael Frazetta scored four goals for the Yellowjackets (11-2-1) in a Class A win over South Park (4-11).
Stone Haberstroh and Ethan Waddell had three-assist games for Freeport.
Deer Lakes 2, Serra Catholic 1 — Lucas Gapsky was dominant in the net for the Lancers, stopping 30 of 31 shots to lead Deer Lakes (5-8-1) to a Class-A victory over Serra Catholic (7-7).
Alex Sallade and Mitchel Rupprecht scored for Deer Lakes.
Greensburg Salem 6, Ford City 3 — John Demarchi broke a 3-3 tie late in the second period and put Greensburg Salem (8-4-1) on the path to an Open Class home win.
Demarchi finished with two goals for Greensburg Salem, and Dakota Sheetz made 26 saves. Jacob Miller, Jesse Valasek and Eli Thompson scored for Ford City (10-2-1).