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Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley boys hold off rival Burrell

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Valley's Michael McNabb leaps to pass the ball to Caleb Davis against Burrell on Tuesday.
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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 12:03 a.m.

Valley did all it could to undo a fast start, watching a 15-point halftime lead melt to three late before holding on for a 39-35 victory over Burrell on Tuesday night in Lower Burrell.

Burrell had the paint on its renovated gym walls ready to peel after falling behind 20-3 to its neighboring rivals. But freshman Max Garda led a fierce comeback as Valley's offense went cold.

Valley held the Bucs at bay down the stretch and secured a 3-0 start under first-year coach Mark Faulx. The Vikings went 3-16 last season.

Garda finished with a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Bucs (0-3), who still are seeking their first win under first-year coach Shawn Bennis.

Mike McNabb finished with 14 points to lead the Vikings, and Caleb Davis added 11.

Knoch 56, Ambridge 37 — Previously injured Austin Miller scored 19 points in his first game of the season, hitting three 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws, and Matt Zanella (12 points), David Gallagher (10) and Jim Larrimer (10) also scored in double figures for the Knights (3-0) in the nonsection win.

Apollo-Ridge 72, Freeport 33 — Apollo-Ridge (3-0) started with a 19-6 first-quarter surge and led by 27 at the half as it cruised past the Yellowjackets (2-1). Tre Tipton scored a game-high 20 points, Duane Brown added 15 and Maurice Stankus 14 for the Vikings.

West Shamokin 45, Riverview 36 — Zane Clowser made three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 13 points, and Jake Hough added 10 points for West Shamokin (3-0). Paul Knapp scored a team-high 12 points for Riverview (1-2).

Cheswick Christian Academy 53, Portersville Christian 39 — Antione Malloy scored 18 points to lead Cheswick Christian Academy (3-1, 1-0) to a victory in its Southwest Christian Athletic Conference opener against Portersville Christian (2-1, 0-1).

JuJuan Malloy scored 14 points, and Andy Skledar added 10 for Cheswick Christian.

Girls basketball

St. Joseph 67, Knoch 18 — Mallory Heinle led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a nonsection win.

Julie Hetu had nine points, and Gina Luciana had eight for St. Joseph (3-0).

Savanna Steffen led Knoch (0-3) with seven points.

Ford City 57, Highlands 8 — Allyson Cujas finished with a game-high 21 points, and Christina Davis added 18 for Ford City (2-1), which led 20-2 after the first quarter.

Nia Thomas had four points to lead Highlands (1-2).

Apollo-Ridge 39, Derry 25 — Apollo-Ridge (4-0) remained undefeated with a nonsection win over Derry (1-2) as Julia Demeno led all scorers with 12 points.

Ashley Emminger had nine points, and Megan Bonelli contributed eight for Apollo-Ridge.

Deer Lakes 62, Valley 34 — Three Deer Lakes (2-1) players scored in double figures as the Lancers spoiled Valley's season opener. Mackenzie Kaczur led the way with 17 points, Maureen Hutchinson added 12 and Katie Gozzard 10.

Deer Lakes held Valley to 20 points through three quarters.

Kaylyn Iacopino led Valley with 17 points, and Lashay Madison had 10.

Plum 60, Allderdice 26 — Plum (2-2) blanked Allderdice (1-3) in the fourth period to win its second game in as many nights. Krista Pietropola led the Mustangs with 16 points. Lyric Harper had 10 for the Dragons.

Cheswick Christan 25, Portersville 16 — Cheswick Christian went on a key 13-2 run to grab a win in its Southwest Christian Athletic Conference opener.

Jacque Willis led Cheswick Christian (3-2, 0-1) with a game-high 13 points.

Wrestling

Valley 51, West Shamokin 22 — Jihad Ratliff (120 pounds), Pat Dewitt (126), Brandon Stone (132), Andrew Hernandez (138), Paul Escribano (152), Dylan Clarke (170) and Marcus Davenport (195) secured pinfalls for Valley (1-0, 1-0) in the Section 3B-AA match.

Valley forfeited the top two weight classes to West Shamokin (0-2, 0-1).

 

 
 


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