Local roundup: Springdale holds off Riverview in heated section finale
Springdale's boys basketball team put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but they didn't come easy.
Tempers flared Friday night as Springdale held off rival Riverview, 63-56, in the Section 3-AA finale for both teams.
The game featured eight technical fouls and three ejections: Charlie Guy and Brandon Stiehler for Springdale, and Jason Anthony for Riverview.
The teams split their season series.
Matt Matisko scored a game-high 28 points, including a 10-for-16 effort from the foul line, for Springdale (4-15, 2-10).
Three players scored in double figures for Riverview (5-16, 2-10). Zach Lesnick scored 16 points, Sam Gonsowski had 11 and Shaine Scott finished with 10 for the Raiders.
Apollo-Ridge 52, Ford City 51 — Lucas Burrell led Apollo-Ridge with 10 points as the Vikings (15-6, 2-5) held off the Sabers in the teams' final Section 1-AA game. The Sabers (6-15, 2-8) mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short.
David Lattanzio led Ford City with 17 points, and Jesse Sequeira had 11.
Freeport 66, Highlands 63 (OT) — Robbie Miller led all scorers with 23 points, and Brendan Lynch added 21 as the Yellowjackets (9-10, 4-8) defeated the Golden Rams (1-21, 1-11) in overtime for a Section 1-AAA win.
Aquelay Frison led Highlands with 16 points, while teammates Anthonee Jones, Kaison Branch, and Elijah Jackson all contributed 14 for Highlands.
Kittanning 65, Indiana 59 — Noah Kunst and Sterling Henry finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for Kittanning (17-4, 9-3), which moved into a tie with Indiana (15-6, 9-3) for second place in Section 1-AAA.
Darrious Carter led four double-digit scorers for the Little Indians with 17 points.
Mars 73, Knoch 61 — Mars (18-3, 12-0) used a 25-7 first quarter to jump ahead of Knoch and cruise to a Section 1-AAA win. Zach May led Mars with 15 points, while Matt Getsy and Owen Nearhoof registered 13 points apiece.
Austin Miller led the Knights (11-10, 6-6) with 16 points, and Matt Zanella had 12.
Central Catholic 64, Fox Chapel 45 — Sam Calhoun led Central Catholic (16-5, 12-2) with 23 points as the Vikings defeated the Foxes (15-6, 10-4) in the Section 2-AAAA finale. It was the Vikings' eighth straight win.
Garret Vrbanic tallied 19 points for the Vikings.
Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico led all scorers with 26 points.
Franklin Regional 54, Plum 50 — Franklin Regional (12-10, 6-8) finished 10 of 13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and held off Plum (10-11, 6-8) in Section 2-AAAA. Jake Roberge led four Franklin Regional players in double figures with 14 points, and Charan Singh added 12. Griffin Myers scored a team-high 14 points, while Dylan Kondis chipped in 11 for Plum.
Fox Chapel 50, Kiski Area 32 — Erin Mathias recorded her second triple-double, scoring a team-high 19 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking 13 shots for Fox Chapel (16-5) in a nonsection win.
Alanna Palumbo scored 13 points, and Taylor Cohen added 10 to pace Fox Chapel. Maddie Antone scored a game-high 21 points for Kiski Area (6-16, 5-9).
Plum 58, Franklin Regional 40 — Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 26 points for Plum as the Mustangs (17-5, 10-3) wrapped up Section 2-AAAA play with a win over Franklin Regional (10-12, 5-8). Ange Borriello chipped in 13 points for the Mustangs, while Maggie Kimmich led Franklin Regional with 11 points.