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Alle-Kiski roundup: Highlands eases past South Park in OT

| Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, 10:54 p.m.

Highlands' boys basketball team showed resolve, not holiday-break rust, on Thursday in the first round of the Shady Side Academy Tournament.

After letting a late lead slip away in the final seconds of regulation, the Golden Rams propelled South Park in overtime to win 63-60.

Julian Flenory scored a career-high 20 points, nine in the first quarter and four in overtime for Highlands (3-5), which outscored the Eagles, 11-8, in the extra period.

Freshman Brayden Thimons added 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Jordan Lineberg had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Highlands.

South Park's Shane Coologhan sent the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating layup. He led the Eagles (3-5) with 25 points, and Dan Wanker scored 20.

Highlands will play Shady Side Academy (2-5) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the second round.

Bridgeport (W.Va.) 88, Kittanning 49 — Five players scored in double figures for Bridgeport in the opening round of the EQT Energy Tournament at Elk County Catholic.

Bridgeport outscored the Wildcats (3-6), 24-6, in the third quarter. Noah Kunst led Kittanning with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Alek Shaffer added 10 points.

Kittanning plays Kane at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Girls basketball

Kittanning 50, Bridgeport (W.Va.) 45 — Kittanning went to work in the second half to down Bridgeport in the first game of the EQT Tournament at Elk County Catholic.

The teams were tied, 20-20, at the half, but Kittanning (5-2) took control with a 15-2 third-quarter run before holding on late in the back-and-forth game to post its fourth straight win.

Emily Klingensmith scored a team-high 16 points, while Emily Knepshield and Tiffany Montgomery added 15 apiece for the Wildcats. Klingensmith hit four 3-pointers.

Kittanning plays Clarion at 5 p.m. Friday.

Cochranton 51, Ford City 27 — Ford City fell behind by 15 at halftime and never recovered in an opening-round loss to Cochranton in the Neshannock Tournament.

Maddie Bernarding led all scorers with 20 for Cochranton (5-1), and teammate Kendall Dickson chipped in 12.

Christina Davis led Ford City with 10 points, and Allyson Cujas had nine.

Ford City plays Monessen 1 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game.

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