Local roundup: St. Joseph sinks 14 3-pointers, scores season high
One day after it finished with its third-lowest point total of the season, the St. Joseph boys basketball team used a series of 3-pointers to hit a season high during a win at Winchester Thurston on Tuesday night.
The Spartans (9-10, 4-3) made more than 50 percent of their 3-pointers during an 81-71 victory in Section 4-A play. Chris Gamble made a team-high five 3s during a 17-point night for St. Joseph, which sank 14-of-27 attempts from deep.
John Arcuri drained three 3s and finished with a game-high 31 points to hit the 30-point mark for the seventh time this season. John Ferguson had three 3s during a 13-point night, and Nick Chepkevich had two in his 10-point performance.
Zac Ettensohn scored 29 points to lead Winchester Thurston (2-11, 0-6), which trailed, 59-55, after three quarters.
Knoch 58, Highlands 37 — Marc Vaughan finished with 15 points, and Austin Miller and David Gallagher each followed with 14 for Knoch (10-7, 5-5), which grabbed a Section 1-AAA road victory.
Julian Flenory scored nine points to pace Highlands (0-18, 0-9).
Kiski Area 62, Connellsville 29 — Nick Stone led a trio of scorers with double-digit point totals for Kiski Area (14-4, 8-2) in the Section 1-AAAA home victory. Stone had 19 points, and Joe Brungo and Mitch Murdock followed with 12 and 11 for the Cavaliers, who held Connellsville (6-13, 2-7) to four points in the first quarter and two in the third.
Burrell 71, Summit Academy 50 — Cole Bush led Burrell (12-6, 5-2) with 14 points in the Section 1-AA home win over Summit Academy (5-12, 2-6). Joe Cox sank three 3-pointers during a 12-point night, and Matt Hess and Ryan Puchak each scored 10.
Cheswick Christian 59, Champion Christian 21 — Antoine Malloy's 18 points helped Cheswick Christian to its ninth straight win of the season. JaJuan Malloy had 12 points, and Ian Swartz added 11 for Cheswick Christian (14-5, 8-0).
Fox Chapel 66, Penn Hills 55 — Brian Papich and Matt D'Amico each recorded a double-double in the Section 2-AAAA win for Fox Chapel (14-4, 9-2). Papich finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while D'Amico had 17 and 10.
Penn Hills (4-14, 1-10) led, 15-12, after the first quarter.
Central Catholic 55, Plum 46 — Austin Dedert scored a team-high 18 points, and Griffin Myers added 14 for Plum (8-9, 4-6), which trailed by nine after the first quarter in the Section 2-AAAA loss.
Fox Chapel 61, Penn Hills 48 — Fox Chapel (14-4, 9-1) trailed by two at halftime but rallied, outscoring Penn Hills (6-12, 3-6) by nine in the third quarter of the Section 2-AAAA game. Erin Mathias had 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks for the Foxes. Taylor Cohen had 15 points.
Kiski Area 39, Connellsville 28 — Maddie Antone scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Kiski Area (5-13, 4-7), which led, 19-18, at halftime in the Section 1-AAAA game but pulled away from Connellsville (6-13, 1-10)
Ford City 50, Freeport 33 — Allyson Cujas finished with a game-high 24 points, and Christina Davis added 14 for Ford City (10-7, 4-4) in the nonsection home win.
Zoe Sollis scored a team-high 13 points for Freeport (6-11, 4-6).
Cheswick Christian 40, Champion Christian 29 — Alyssa Slancauskas scored a career-high 17 points in a section win over Champion Christian. Natalie Merola grabbed 11 rebounds to go with nine points for Cheswick Christian (8-8, 3-3).