High school roundup: Deer Lakes girls hold off West Shamokin
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Its mettle was tested, but the Deer Lakes girls basketball team didn't panic and avoided the upset at West Shamokin on Thursday night.
The Lancers, ranked No. 5 in Class AA by Trib Total Media, saw a 19-point third-quarter lead dwindle to two with 30 seconds to play but held on for a 50-44 victory in a Section 1-AA game.
Becca Babincak led the Lancers (15-2, 7-1) with 23 points, including four 3-pointers.
West Shamokin (11-9, 4-5) forward Jill Glover was dominant inside, scoring a game-high 29 and pulling down 13 rebounds.
Burrell 75, Apollo-Ridge 35 — Led by Sydney Bordonaro's career-high 29 points, Burrell (15-2, 8-0) cruised to Section 1-AA win over Apollo-Ridge (10-9, 2-7). Natalie Myers scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds for the Bucs, winners of six in a row.
Julia Demeno led Apollo-Ridge with 11 points.
Valley 61, Highlands 48 — Kaylyn Iacopino scored 22 points for Valley, which won for the third time in four games in Section 1-AAA. Kristea Smith added 20 points, and Lashay Madison had 18 for the Vikings.
Nikki Misejka led Highlands with 25 points.
Greensburg C.C. 69, Springdale 31 — Greensburg Central Catholic (14-5, 8-1) raced to a 39-13 halftime lead and topped Springdale (10-10, 5-5) in a Section 3-AA contest. Rachel Deglau scored 13 points for the Centurions, while Maddy Glamp led the Dynamos with 12.
Riverview 48, South Allegheny 37 — Freshman Sadie Buchser scored 21 points for the Raiders (12-7, 6-5) in a Section 3-AA win over South Allegheny (7-12, 2-8). Jaylee Patterson scored 15 points for South Allegheny and recorded her 1,000th career point.
Hempfield 74, Kiski Area 37 — A balanced offensive attack helped Hempfield (17-2, 12-0 ) dominate Kiski Area in a Section 1-AAAA game. Lexi Irwin and Monica Burns scored 14 points apiece for Hempfield, while Mary Burns and Leah Knizner scored 12 points apiece.
Kiski Area's Maddie Antone scored a game-high 17 points.
St. Joseph 48, Eden Christian Academy 16 — Mallory Heinle scored a season-high 26 points to lead St. Joseph (10-10, 7-4) past Eden Christian Academy in Section 2-A.
Julie Hetu had five assists and five steals for St.Joseph.
Apollo-Ridge 52, Derry 49 — Alex Smith's 17 points helped lift the Vikings (13-5) to a tight nonsection win over Derry (9-9). Andy Panizzi led Derry with 15 points.
Apollo-Ridge survived a 13-for-32 night at the free-throw line.
Winchester Thurston 55, Leechburg 51 — Ben Ritchie and Randy Smail each scored a team-high 14 points for Leechburg (7-10, 2-5) in a Section 4-A loss to Winchester Thurston (3-11, 1-6).
Jake Iellimo had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Kittanning 7, Deer Lakes 2 — Christian Miller tallied six points, including a hat trick, as the Wildcats (11-4-1) overpowered Deer Lakes (6-10-1) in a Class A game. Cody Toy scored two goals and notched two assists, and Hunter Grafton scored a goal and recorded two assists for the Wildcats.
Mitchel Rupprecht scored both goals for the Lancers.
Freeport 2, Westmont Hilltop 1 — Brendon Zack scored two third-period goals for the Yellowjackets (12-3-1) as they clipped Westmont Hilltop (9-5-1) in a Class A matchup. Zack's game-winner came at 10:17, and it was assisted by Michael Frazetta.
Lewis Buchkovich scored Westmont Hilltop's lone goal.
Ford City 13, Frazier 0 — Jesse Valasek netted a hat trick and tallied seven points as the Sabers (12-2-1) shut out Frazier (3-13) in Open Class. Joshua Oliver registered six assists.
Luke Gross, Cody Atherton, and Robert Kinsey III scored two goals apiece for Ford City.
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