Local roundup: Apollo-Ridge girls upset Ford City
Apollo-Ridge isn't going to the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs, but the Vikings defeated a playoff-bound team in their regular-season finale.
And, in the process, they secured a winning season.
Julia DeMeno scored 15 points, and Claire Broman had 12 to lead Apollo-Ridge to a 40-33 victory over Ford City on Thursday night in the final Section 1-AA game for both teams.
Apollo-Ridge (11-10, 3-8) took a 24-16 lead into halftime and held the Sabers (13-8, 5-5) to four points in the fourth quarter.
Allyson Cujas led Ford City with 12 points.
Freeport 52, Highlands 31 — After leading, 18-13, at halftime, Freeport outscored Highlands, 34-18, in the second half to move into a third-place tie with Kittanning in Section 1-AAA.
Forward Jessica Aulicino recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Macy Smolic chipped in 11 points for Freeport (8-12, 6-6).
Carly Hines scored a team-high 14 points for Highlands (1-17, 0-12).
Mars 65, Knoch 31 — Mars (15-7, 10-2) stormed to a 29-2 lead after the first quarter and rolled past Knoch (5-16, 4-8) in a Section 1-AA game.
Sara Getsy and Ali Goetz each scored 15 points for Mars, and Allie Megahan led Knoch with eight.
Kiski Area 52, Laurel Highlands 25 — Kiski Area (6-15, 5-9) ended Section 1-AAAA play victorious as Maddie Antone scored a game-high 23 points.
Laurel Highlands fell to 0-22, 0-14.
Hampton 49, Kittanning 40 — Kittanning (9-13, 6-6) finished tied for third place in Section 1-AAA after a loss to Hampton (17-4, 12-0).
Quaker Valley 8, Freeport 0 — Jimmy Perkins netted four goals for Quaker Valley (17-0) in a Class A win over Freeport (13-4-1).
Adam Pilewicz and Connor Quinn tallied four assists apiece for the Quakers.
Hampton 7, Kiski Area 1 — Hampton (9-6-1) spread the wealth as William Maguire, Eric Leya and Ethan Homitz scored two goals apiece for the Talbots in a Class AA win over Kiski Area (4-12).
Leya tacked on three assists for theTalbots to finish with five points. Goaltender Cameron Raidna stopped 16 of 17 shots for Hampton.
Alexander Welsh scored Kiski Area's goal.
Ford City 7, Altoona 1 — Robert Kinsey III finished with two goals and two assists for the Sabers (13-2-1) in an Open Class victory over Altoona (8-10). Luke Gross chipped in a goal and two assists, and Adam Cogley stopped 19 of 20 shots for Ford City.
Kittanning 11, Bishop McCort 1 — Christian Miller and Hunter Grafton both netted hat tricks and tallied two assists each as the Wildcats (12-4-1) overpowered Bishop McCort (2-16) in a Class A game for their fourth straight win.
Austin Choncek scored two goals, and Cody Toy recorded a goal and three assists.
The Freeport boys and girls swimming teams posted victories over Deer Lakes in Section 3-AA action.
Tyler Ben finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly and was part of the winning 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams. The boys won, 65-40. For the girls, who won, 77-63, Zoe Pawlak won the 200 IM and 100 freestyle and was part of two winning relays.