High school roundup: Arcuri's 41 points lead St. Joseph over Leechburg
Freeport's compact gymnasium is known for its intimate atmosphere.
With the stands filled and the noise level high, Knoch and Freeport gave fans a show on Friday night as Knoch clipped the host Yellowjackets, 64-63, in double-overtime in Section 1-AAA.
Marc Vaughn's free throws late in the second extra period gave the Knights their final lead, and Freeport's Brendan Lynch's half-court heave just missed. Lynch finished with a game-high 31 points, including making 10 of 14 free throws. He has four 30-plus-point games this season.
David Gallagher registered a team-high 19 points for Knoch (9-5, 4-3), and Marc Vaughn added 15.
“Anytime you go into Freeport and win a game it's huge,” Knoch first-year coach Ron McNabb said. “Freeport had a lot of students at the game. We had a lot of students from Knoch, too, so it was a great basketball atmosphere. It's huge for us to sweep them, and I'm pleased with how our kids reacted in a double-overtime game.”
Robbie Miller chipped in 15 for the Yellowjackets (5-7, 2-5).
Kittanning 48, Highlands 41 — Kevin Barnes notched 20 points, and Sterling Henry had 10 to help lead Kittanning (12-2, 5-2) to a Section 1-AAA win over Highlands (0-16, 0-7). Kaison Branch and Aquelay Frison led the Golden Rams with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
St. Joseph 78, Leechburg 71 — St. Joseph senior guard John Arcuri scored a career-high 41 points, including going 22 for 27 from the foul line — 10 for 11 in the second quarter — as St. Joseph (7-9, 3-2) held off Leechburg (6-8, 2-3) in Section 4-A.
St. Joseph led, 40-28, at the end of the first half. Sophomore John Ferguson added 14 points for St. Joseph.
Ben Ritchie scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers on five straight possessions, to lead Leechburg. Teammate Jake Iellimo added 22 points.
The teams combined for 57 fouls.
Apollo-Ridge 66, Summit Academy 63 — Tre Tipton, Alex Smith and Josh Reynolds all scored 14 points for Apollo-Ridge (12-3, 4-2) as the Vikings held off Summit Academy (4-10, 2-4) in Section 1-AA. Lucas Burrell chipped in 12 points for visiting Apollo-Ridge.
Doug Brooks poured in 22 points for Summit Academy.
Plum 37, Woodland Hills 34 — Nick Stotler nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with less then two seconds on the clock as Plum (8-7, 4-4) swept Woodland Hills (4-11, 0-8) in Section 2-AAAA play. Stotler finished with a game-high 25 points. The win keeps Plum in the playoff chase.
Fox Chapel 49, McKeesport 48 — Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico scored 25 points and hit 13 of 13 free throws, including two with 2.6 left, to lift the Foxes (11-4, 6-2) to a Section 2-AAAA win over McKeesport (10-4, 6-2).
Brian Papich contributed 14 points for the Foxes.
McKeesport's only section losses are to Fox Chapel. The Foxes won the first meeting, 55-53, on a last-second putback by Billy Urso.
Fox Chapel 57, McKeesport 41 — Fox Chapel jumped out to a 36-16 halftime lead and coasted to a Section 2-AAAA victory over McKeesport (6-10, 0-7). Erin Mathias led the Foxes (11-4, 6-1) with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Alexa Yaksich contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Cohen dished out seven assists and had seven steals.
Plum 51, Woodland Hills 38 — Plum (12-4, 5-2) completed a season sweep of Woodland Hills (4-11, 1-6) in Section 2-AAAA as three players scored in double figures. Krista Pietropola led the Mustangs with 13 points. Aly Weifenbaugh and Courtney Zezza each scored 11 points.
Keystone Oaks 43, Burrell 40 — Class-AA No. 5 Burrell (9-2) went scoreless in the fourth quarter while surrendering a 12-point lead to Keystone Oaks (9-6) in a non-section game. Natalie Myers led Burrell with 12 points, and Jaila Manga added 10.