Valley News Dispatch roundup: Kiski Area's comeback sinks Connellsville

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 12:30 a.m.

Kiski Area's boys basketball team needed a comeback Friday night to remain unbeaten in Section 1-AAAA.

Trailing Connellsville by 8, the Cavaliers (7-3, 4-0) rallied with a 21-point third quarter and continued to dominate play down the stretch in their 66-56 win over the Falcons (5-4, 1-2).

Mike Simmons finished with a game-high 28 points, including five 3-pointers, for Kiski Area, which opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run.

Joe Brungo made 7 of 8 free throws during a 16-point night. The Cavaliers converted 15 of 20 shots from the foul line, and Connellsville went 0 for 6.

Jimmy Leichliter had three 3-pointers in a 25-point performance for the Falcons, who outscored Kiski Area, 19-10, in the second quarter.

Plum 71, Central Catholic 64James Edwards made three 3-pointers and went 8 for 12 at the foul line during a 17-point effort, and Austin Dedert also had 17 points for Plum (9-1, 3-1) in the Section 2-AAAA win.

Nick Stotler and Mike McGuire added 16 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mustangs, and Alex Schoppen scored 22 points to lead Central Catholic (6-5, 3-1), which cut its deficit with a 28-point fourth quarter.

Apollo-Ridge 61, Burrell 30 — Alex Smith sank three 3-pointers during his 18-point effort, and Tre Tipton added 17 points for Apollo-Ridge (9-1, 1-1) in Section 1-AA

Max Garda had a team-high 12 points, including two 3-pointers, for Burrell (2-7, 1-1).

Fox Chapel 63, Penn Hills 58 — Brian Papich delivered a solid performance as his triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals pushed Class AAAA No. 4 Fox Chapel (10-1, 3-1) to the Section 2 win. Matt D'Amico and Quintin Wirginis added 16 and 10 points, respectively, for the Foxes, and Juwan Haynes finished with a team-high 14 points for Penn Hills (2-6, 0-4), which trailed by a point entering the fourth quarter.

Girls basketball

Fox Chapel 37, Penn Hills 30 — Kayla Slovenec made six of the eight free throws in the fourth quarter as part of a comeback in which Fox Chapel (8-2, 4-0) outscored Penn Hills, 19-6, in the final period. Slovenec finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists, and Taylor Cohen had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Desiree Oliver and Jade Ely each scored 12 points to lead Penn Hills (5-5, 2-1).

Knoch 38, Highlands 31 — Knoch ended a 13-game losing streak with the Section 1-AAA win. The only victory for Knoch (1-9, 1-3) during that span was a forfeit over Valley. Savanna Steffen and Abbie Thrower each scored nine points, and the former also added seven rebounds. Ashlyn Jonczak led Highlands (2-7. 0-3) with 14 points.

Burrell 62, Keystone Oaks 26 — Jaila Manga and Sydney Bordonaro each finished with 15 points, and Natalie Myers added 13 for Burrell (9-0) in the nonsection win. Keystone Oaks (4-7) trailed 33-10 at halftime.

Ford City 49, Jeannette 46 — Christina Davis scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to anchor Ford City (5-3) in a nonsection win over Jeannette (4-5) despite a 30-point game from the Jayhawks' Monique Redman. Ford City improves to 4-3 with the nonsection win.

Freeport 53, West Shamokin 24 — Macy Smolic's 22 points and 11 rebounds more than sufficed for Freeport (5-4) in the nonsection win over West Shamokin (5-4), which scored eight points in the second half.


Plum 3, Erie Cathedral Prep 1 — Plum (7-3-2) scored twice in the Class AA game's final seven minutes to get past Erie Cathedral Prep (7-3-2). Zachary Nolan and Dillon Joyce's tallies made the difference, and Zachary Kuhn had the early goal. James Borreillo turned away 30 shots for Plum, and Grant Kennedy made 18 stops for Erie Cathedral Prep.

Deer Lakes 12, South Fayette 1 — Thomas Lisowski finished with six points (three goals, three assists), and Zach Luniewski had four goals for Deer Lakes (5-5) in the Class A win over South Fayette (3-8).

Bishop Canevin 7, Armstrong 1 — The Class AA loss snapped an eight-game win streak for Armstrong (8-3), which allowed five first-period goals against Bishop Canevin (10-1).

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