Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Highlands boys showing signs of progress
With the abysmal 2012-13 season still on its mind, Highlands' boys basketball team believes better days are just ahead.
The Golden Rams surpassed their win total from a season ago and improved to 2-4 overall with a 54-41 nonsection victory over Ford City (3-2) on Wednesday night. They trailed 16-12 after the first quarter but outscored the Sabers, 29-14, during the next two quarters.
Kaison Branch sank two 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points for Highlands. Julian Flenory added nine points, and Lavontae Martin grabbed 15 rebounds.
Jon Karabin scored 17 points, including 15 from 3-point range, to lead Ford City, and Jesse Sequeira followed with 12 points.
The win added to a positive two weeks for Highlands, which beat Mt. Pleasant, 67-60, on Dec. 9 and then led at points in close losses to Kittanning and Indiana.
Apollo-Ridge 61, Kittanning49 — Alex Smith provided 21 points for an Apollo-Ridge (6-0) offense that came alive and outscored Kittanning, 23-11, in the fourth quarter. Noah Kunst scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats (3-4), who were tied at 38 with the Vikings through three quarters. Mitchell Johnston had 11 points for Apollo-Ridge, and Alek Schaffer and Eric Hulings scored 11 for Kittanning.
Fox Chapel 78, Taylor Allderdice 69 — Matt D'Amico scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Brian Papich added 20 points and 10 rebounds to carry Fox Chapel (5-1) past Allderdice (4-1) in a nonsection game. D'Amico made 14 of 15 free throws. Billy Urso added 12 points for the Foxes, who outscored the Dragons, 23-10, in the fourth quarter.
Jeannette 64, Riverview 50 — A 37-point effort that included six 3-pointers from Julian Batts made the difference for Jeannette (3-2, 1-1) in a Section 3-AA game. Paul Knapp finished with 17 points, and Zach Lesnick added 13 for Riverview (1-5, 0-2), which trailed by six at halftime.
St. Joseph 68, TrinityChristian 32 — Mallory Heinle's 17 points helped St. Joseph (5-1, 2-1) to a Section 2-A win over Trinity Christian (2-4, 0-2). Amanda Klawinski added 14 points, and Patti Jo Nickolof had 12 points for the Spartans. Bekah Matta had a game-high 18 points to lead Trinity Christian.
Freeport 6, McCort 0 — Cole Hepler finished with three goals and an assist, and Katie Hill earned the shutout for Freeport (2-3-2), which held Bishop McCort (1-9) to four shots on goal. John Bradley had 64 saves for Bishop McCort.
Burrell 81, Summit Academy0 — Jason Roberts (120 pounds), J.R. Andrejcik (132), Damon Greenwald (138), Steve Edwards (152), Derrick Beattie (160), Nicholas Pattock (170), Denver Shrum (182), Robert Scherer (195), Corey Arabia (220) and Al Beattie (285) pinned their opponents in the Section 3B-AA match.
Keystone Oaks 41, Riverview24 — Riverview (0-3, 0-1) won three of the six contested weight classes in the Section 3A-AA match as Ken McKeag (145 pounds), Raheel Ashgar (152) and Jake Morgan (160) secured pinfalls. Megan Moroney won by forfeit at 126. Keystone Oaks claimed forfeit wins at 132, 170, 182, 195 and 285.