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High school roundup: Freeport girls lose in WPIAL Class AAA playoffs

| Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 10:39 p.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Kittanning's Alaina Thomas tries to dribble past West Mifflin's Paige Flore during playoff action at Highlands High School on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch

Freeport started slow and couldn't recover Saturday afternoon as the Yellowjackets fell, 61-35, to South Fayette in a WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round playoff game at North Allegheny.

South Fayette (15-7) moved into the first round and will play No. 4 seed Central Valley (17-4) on Wednesday.

Senior Jess Aulicino led Freeport (8-13) with a game-high 20 points. No other Freeport player scored more than five points.

“I thought we matched South Fayette's intensity well, but at times, we needed someone to help step up with scoring,” Freeport coach Paul Sylba said. “I'm very proud of our kids with how they stayed intense the whole game and their effort all season.”

Caitlyn McLuckie and Shannon Gillespie led South Fayette with 12 points apiece.

West Mifflin 61, Kittanning 41 — West Mifflin (9-12) cruised past Kittanning (9-13) in a Class AAA preliminary-round game at Highlands.

West Mifflin used a 20-6 third quarter to take control and move into the first round, where it will face No. 1 seed Blackhawk (22-0) on Wednesday.

Taylor Thomas scored 23 points, and Paige Flore chipped in 10 for the Titans.

Alaina Thomas had a team-high 14 points for the Wildcats.

Indoor track and field

Fox Chapel junior Ethan Martin edged his twin brother, Colin, to win the 3,000-meter run at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association Indoor Championships at Edinboro University.

Ethan ran a time of 8:47.67 to get past Colin (8:51.43).

Kiski Area's girls team of Tatiana Cloud, Lauren Smeltzer, Morgan Kiebler and Megan Aller took second in the open distance run (13:03.10). Mt. Lebanon was first (12:49.35).

Gymnastics

Ford City's Courtney Batiz placed third all-around with a score of 37.458 at the PA Classic at Moon.

The event is the state meet for WPIAL gymnasts.

Batiz placed first on floor and second on bars.

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