High school roundup: Deer Lakes girls hold off West Shamokin
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.