High school roundup: Valley girls win back-to-back games
If only Valley had a bench, right? At this rate, it won't need one.
The girls basketball team won back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, toppling Kittanning, 59-49, on Thursday night in a Section 1-AAA game.
Once again, five girls played a full game for the Lady Vikings (3-9, 3-6).
Kristea Smith, the team's only senior, scored a team-high 23 points, sophomore Kaylyn Iacopino contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds and junior Lashay Madison chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Emily Knepshield scored a game-high 29 for Kittanning (8-10, 6-3).
Burrell 40, Ford City 19 — Class AA No. 4 Burrell (11-2, 6-0) raced out to a 22-7 halftime lead and rolled past Ford City (8-7, 4-4) in Section 1-AA play.
Burrell's Kelsey Oddis led all scorers with 10 points, and Sydney Bordonaro chipped in eight points for Burrell.
Allyson Cujas and Christina Davis scored six points each for Ford City.
Deer Lakes 54, Leechburg 11 — Becca Babincak led all scorers with 21 points, and Danielle Kearns added 11 as Deer Lakes (13-2, 6-1) cruised to a Section 1-AA win over Leechburg (0-16, 0-8). Tessa Verner scored seven to lead Leechburg.
West Shamokin 37, Apollo-Ridge 36 — West Shamokin (10-8, 4-4) reeled off its third straight victory, topping Apollo-Ridge (9-7, 2-5) in Section 1-AA.
Jill Glover recorded 15 points, and Lizzy Cornish tallied 10 for the Wolves. Ashley Emminger led Apollo-Ridge with 10 points.
Riverview 61, Shady Side Academy 37 — Riverview (11-6, 5-4) pulled away from Shady Side Academy (6-10, 4-5) in a Section 3-AA win.
Sadie Buchser scored 19 points, Ashley Bruni had 16 and Bree Patsey 15 for the Raiders (11-6, 5-4).
Jeannette 62, Springdale 51 — Jeannette (11-5, 8-1) stormed ahead of Springdale with a 25-point second quarter and coasted to a Section 3-AA win over Springdale (9-9, 4-4).
Maddy Glamp led the Dynamos with 20 points, and Amanda Koprivnikar chipped in 14. Ciara Gregory had a game-high 25 points, and Monique Redman added 21 for Jeannette, which bounced back from a loss to Riverview.
St. Joseph 30, Trinity Christian 19 — St. Joseph (8-8, 5-4) held Trinity Christian (2-12, 0-9) to just eight first-half points in a Section 2-A victory.
Mallory Heinle scored a game-high 16 points for the Spartans, while Rose Laird scored 11 for Trinity Christian. St. Joseph led, 9-8, at halftime before pulling away.
Penn-Trafford 52, Kiski Area 32 — Maria Palarino and Taylor Cortazzo scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, as Penn-Trafford (14-2, 9-1) swept Kiski Area (4-13, 3-7) in Section 1-AAAA. Maddie Antone led Kiski Area with 23 points.
Ford City 6, Hollidaysburg 2 — With the help of Jesse Valasek's hat trick, Ford City (10-2-1) came out on top in a battle of two of the top teams in the PIHL Open Class. Hollidaysburg fell to 9-2-1. Eric Lindey had a goal and an assist for the Sabers, and Adam Cogley stopped 19 of 21 shots.
Burrell sweeps Greensburg Salem — Burrell took both meets from Greensburg Salem in Section 4-AA, the boys (8-1, 3-1) winning, 87-64, and the girls (6-3, 3-2), 86-84. Josh Wergkin won the 50 and 100 freestyles and contributed to winning 400 and 200 freestyle relays for Burrell.
In the girls' meet, Kayla Decker picked up wins in the 100 freestyle and 200 IM.