Alle-Kiski roundup: Simmons scores 36 as Kiski Area pulls away from Latrobe
Riding the momentum established by Mike Simmons, the Kiski Area boys basketball team pulled away from Latrobe on Friday night for a 70-50 victory in its Section 1-AAAA opener.
Simmons finished with 36 points for the Cavaliers (2-2, 1-0), who led just 22-21 at halftime. He scored 27 points and made five of his six 3-pointers in the second half.
Joe Brungo made two 3-pointers and went five for six at the foul line during a 15-point effort for Kiski Area, and Bill Johnson added 11 points.
Matt Cullen led a trio of double-digit scorers for Latrobe (1-2, 0-1) with 15 points.
Fox Chapel 63, McKeesport 51 — Billy Urso sank seven 3-pointers, but the highlight of Fox Chapel's night belonged to Matt D'Amico, who scored his 1,000th career point with a bucket in the first quarter of the Section 2-AAAA game. Both Urso and D'Amico finished with 21 points, and Brian Papich added 14 for the Foxes (4-0, 1-0). Khalil Perdue led McKeesport (2-2, 0-1) with 15 points.
Leechburg 85, Aquinas Academy 38 — Ben Ritchie scored a team-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers, and Jordan Cominos added 12 points for the Blue Devils (3-1) in the nonsection victory. Mike Pappe tallied 22 points for Aquinas Academy (0-2).
Ford City 43, Springdale 34 — Jon Karabin knocked down four 3-pointers en route to a 16-point night for Ford City (2-2) in the nonsection win. Jesse Sequeria added 12 points for the Sabers, and Alex Pane led all Springdale (1-4) scorers with 11 points.
Plum 68, Woodland Hills 37 — Austin Dedert and Nick Stotler combined to go 14 for 17 at the free-throw line and finished with 18 and 14 points, respectively, for Plum (4-0, 1-0) in the Section 2-AAAA win over Woodland Hills (0-4, 0-1).
Kittanning 47, Highlands 44 — Noah Kunst finished with a game-high 22 points to lead Kittanning (3-2, 1-0) to a Section 1-AAA win. Tyler Alworth had 10 points for Highlands (1-3, 0-1), which made six 3-pointers.
Western Beaver 72, Deer Lakes 54 — Scott Ventura sank three 3-pointers and made all seven of his free-throw attempts during a 26-point performance for Deer Lakes (1-2) in the nonsection game. For Western Beaver (4-0), Nick Miller's game-best 31 points pushed him past 1,000 for his career.
Serra Catholic 65, Riverview 57 — Zach Lesnick led three double-digit scorers for Riverview (1-3, 0-1) with 20 points in the Section 3-AA opener. Paul Knapp added 14, and Nick DiBucci had 11 for the Raiders, who were outscored 15-9 in the third quarter. Max Kaminsky made seven 3-pointers during a 27-point night for Serra Catholic (1-2, 1-0).
Burrell 36, Indiana 32 — Natalie Myers recorded 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Bucs win the nonsection game. Sydney Bordonaro added 11 points for Burrell (4-0), which scored 20 points in the first quarter.
Jessica Stever finished with a team-high nine points for Indiana (3-2), which made five 3-pointers.
Fox Chapel 72, McKeesport 28 — Erin Mathias finished with 22 points and five blocks, Taylor Cohen had 13 points and seven steals and Kayla Slovenec added 8 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Fox Chapel (3-1, 1-0) in the Section 2-AAAA win. Nassiah Bray scored a team-high eight points for McKeesport (2-2, 0-1).
Plum 69, Woodland Hills 17 — Courtney Zezza led all scorers with 16 points for Plum (3-2, 1-0) in the Section 2-AAAA blowout. Krista Pietropola scored 14 points, and Lindsey Herd added 10 points for the Mustangs. Sarah Miller scored eight points to lead Woodland Hills (1-4, 0-1).
Albert Gallatin 54, Kiski Area 34 — Anyssa Sanchez scored 20 points, and Alexis Trkula added 10 for Kiski Area (0-4, 0-1), which trailed, 39-15, at halftime of the Section 1-AAAA game. Ally Rudolph and Taylor Spence each finished with 20 points for Albert Gallatin (3-1, 1-0).
Kennedy Catholic 46, Ford City 35 — Allyson Cujas scored a game-high 16 points for Ford City (2-2), which led 18-16 at halftime.
King of the Mountain tournament — Kittanning's Jason Nolf and Burrell's Corey Falleroni will meet in an Alle-Kiski Valley semifinal showdown Saturday in the 145-pound weight class of the tournament at Central Mountain. Nolf, a two-time champion, and Falleroni are two of four local wrestlers to reach the tournament's semifinals.
Burrell's Steven Edwards will square off with Mifflin County's Noah Stewart in a semifinal match at 152, and Bucs heavyweight Al Beattie will meet Latrobe's Tyler Mears.
Burrell's Anthony Marra (126 pounds), J.R. Andrejcik and Derrick Beattie (160) as well as Kittanning's Jacob Robb (195) each lost in the quarterfinals Friday night.
Bethel Park 3, Fox Chapel 2 — Ben Friedland set up two goals for Anthony Veltri, and Chad Veltri made 61 saves for the Foxes (1-8) in a Class AAA loss to Bethel Park (5-2).