High school roundup: Highlands boys end losing streak
Highlands won't make the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs after seven straight trips, but the Golden Rams broke a 20-game losing streak that dated to last year's playoff defeat with a 52-43 victory over Valley in Section 1-AAA on Friday night.
Julian Flenory scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, as Highlands (1-19, 1-9) picked up its first win of the season. Kaison Branch chipped in 11 points for the Golden Rams. Chaz Cheatham notched 19 points for the Vikings (3-15, 1-10), and Tyler Gardlock tallied 15 points.
Deer Lakes 62, West Shamokin 56 — First-place Deer Lakes (14-5, 8-1) erased a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win its seventh straight game and clinch a share of its first section title since 1992. Tim Jaczesko scored 26 points, Cody Keenan hit all four of his 3-pointers in the fourth quarter en route to 16 points and J.J. Kowakowski had 11 for Deer Lakes. Anthony Rocco had a team-high 20 points for West Shamokin (9-8, 4-4).
Burrell 57, Apollo-Ridge 41 — Pete Spagnolo had a game-high 20 points to lead Burrell (13-6, 6-2) to a Section 1-AA win.
Alex White had 10 points for the Bucs. Evan Davis had a team-high 15 points, hitting five 3-pointers, for Apollo-Ridge (13-6, 4-4).
Kittanning 73, Freeport 40 — Kevin Barnes led a trio of Kittanning (15-3, 8-3) players in double figures in a Section 1-AAA win over Freeport (8-8, 3-6).
Eric Hulings scored 16 points, and Sterling Henry chipped in 13 for the Wildcats. Brendan Lynch scored 11 points to pace the Yellowjackets.
Chartiers Valley 65, Knoch 51 — Knoch (10-9) led by one at halftime but couldn't pull the upset against Class-AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (17-2) in nonsection play. Marc Vaughan led Knoch with 17 points. Austin Miller and Dakota Bruggeman each had 10 points for Knoch.
Trinity Christian 66, St. Joseph 63 — Despite three players scoring in double figures, St. Joseph (9-11, 4-4) fell to Trinity Christian (6-12, 3-5) in Section 4-A. Nick Chepkevich led the Spartans with 17 points, Chris Gamble added 13 and Sam Beaver had 10 for St. Joseph.
Plum 39, Penn Hills 28 — In spite of making just 9 of 22 free throws, Plum (9-9, 5-6) held on for a Section 2-AAAA win over Penn Hills (9-9, 5-6). Nick Stotler led Plum with 10 points.
Deer Lakes 76, Jeannette 56 —Becca Babincak scored a career-high 30 points to lead Class-AA No. 5 Deer Lakes (16-2) to a nonsection victory over No. 4 Jeannette (12-6). WPIAL scoring leader Ciara Gregory led Jeannette with 32 points.
Burrell 73, Knoch 30 — Burrell jumped out to a 47-12 halftime lead and toppled Knoch in a nonsection game. Jaila Manga scored 23 points, and Natalie Myers added 12 for the Bucs (16-2), who have won seven straight. Sam Logan led Knoch (4-15) with nine points.
Gateway 49, Fox Chapel 45 — Gateway (15-3, 9-1) took over sole possession of first place in Section 2-AAAA with a victory over Fox Chapel (14-5, 9-2). Chelsea Richardson led the Gators with 16 points, and Maria Taylor added 14. Erin Mathias led the Foxes with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Plum 44, Penn Hills 37 — Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 20 points as Plum defeated Penn Hills in Section 2-AAAA action to win its sixth straight game.
Courtney Zezza added 14 points for Plum (14-4, 7-2). Gloria Schifino scored 14 points to lead Penn Hills (6-13, 3-7).