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High school roundup: Highlands boys end losing streak

Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Fox Chapel's Kayla Slovenec drives to the hoop around Gateway's Jada Epps during their game at Fox Chapel on Friday, February 1, 2013.

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Valley forfeits last game

Valley's girls basketball team will forfeit its final game Monday against Knoch, bringing a trying season to an end.

Valley athletic director Mark Kaczanowicz and coach Jeff Cheatham confirmed the decision is because of players being academically ineligible. The number of players was not given, but the already shorthanded team, down to six players, would not have enough to field a lineup.

Valley still was in WPIAL playoff contention, needing a win in its final Section 1-AAA game and two Freeport losses to qualify.

—Bill Beckner Jr.

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By Staff Reports
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
 

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.

Girls basketball

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).

 

 
 


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