Local roundup: Kiski Area tops Norwin in OT

| Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 11:06 p.m.

Seemingly no matter what adjustment Kiski Area boys basketball coach Harry Rideout made in the first half Tuesday night, host Norwin answered with a bucket.

But the Cavaliers persevered and ultimately prevailed, 52-49, in overtime to stay tied with Hempfield atop the Section 1-AAAA standings.

Four players scored in double figures for Kiski Area (12-4, 6-2), which trailed, 23-18, at halftime but cut the deficit to one in the third quarter.

Adam Robison scored a team-high 15 points, and Nick Stone (14), Mike Simmons (12) and Joe Brungo (11) added to the balanced attack.

“(Norwin) had answers for what we were trying to do, and my guys showed a lot of guts tonight,” said Rideout, whose team has won seven in a row. “We just take what the other team gives us, and my guys are really unselfish with the ball.”

Curtis Perz, who sank a baseline jumper with 1.1 seconds left to tie the game at 45 and force overtime, led Norwin (8-7, 5-2) with 24 points.

Simmons made the game-deciding basket, as he made a 3-pointer with 2:04 left to put the Cavaliers ahead, 50-49.

St. Joseph 68, Apollo-Ridge 58 — John Arcuri went 11 for 16 at the foul line during a 31-point performance, and John Ferguson grabbed 13 rebounds to go with 19 points for St. Joseph (8-9) in a nonsection home win.

Evan Davis sank four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, while Tre Tipton and Alex Smith added 12 and 11 for Apollo-Ridge (12-4), which scored just 16 points in the second and third quarters combined.

Freeport 45, Valley 31 — Robbie Miller had 13 points, and Fred Pastoria added 11 in a Section 1-AAA win for Freeport (6-7, 3-5), which outscored Valley, 10-1, in the third quarter.

Mike McNabb led the Vikings (3-11, 1-7) with 11 points.

Fox Chapel 54, Franklin Regional 48 — Down 14-2 early in the first quarter and 30-29 at halftime, Fox Chapel (12-4, 7-2) rallied to claim the Section 2-AAAA win. Matt D'Amico made 10 of 11 free throws during a 24-point night, and Brian Papich contributed 22 for the Foxes.

Tyler Hamilton led Franklin Regional (7-9, 2-7) with 20 points.

Cheswick Christian 47, Westmoreland Christian 46 — Ian Swartz scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half of the Southwest Christian Athletic Conference game for Cheswick Christian (12-5, 6-0), which rallied from a 29-23 halftime deficit. Tyler Knupp added 10.

Indiana 57, Highlands 36 — Elijah Jackson hit three 3-pointers during a 12-point performance for Highlands (0-17, 0-8) in a Section 1-AAA loss to Indiana (12-3, 6-1).

McKeesport 44, Plum 30 — Tanner Yocca led Plum (8-8, 4-5) with 10 points in a Section 2-AAAA loss to McKeesport (11-4, 7-2), which held the Mustangs to one point in the second quarter.

Girls basketball

Burrell 37, Indiana 35 — Sydney Bordonaro hit a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Class AA Bucs (10-2) a nonsection win on the road over Class AAA Indiana (10-6).

After going scoreless in the first half, Bordonaro accumulated 19 points in the second to lead Burrell, which came back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter. Jessica Cercone registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Kaitlyn Hoff, whose basket put the Indians in front with less than 10 seconds to play, paced Indiana with 13 points.

Fox Chapel 73, Franklin Regional 43 — Erin Mathias scored 18 points to lead Fox Chapel (12-4, 7-1) in a Section 2-AAAA road win over Franklin Regional (8-7, 3-4).

Taylor Cohen added 17 points and Kayla Slovenec 12.

Plum 59, McKeesport 32 — Aly Weifenbaugh and Krista Pietropola scored 18 and 17 points, to pace Plum (13-4, 6-2) in the Section 2-AAAA road win over McKeesport (6-1, 0-8). Jordan Seneca added 11 points.

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