VND high school roundup: Kiski Area wins 'weirdest' game
Of the challenges he has encountered in his first season as Kiski Area's boys basketball coach, Joey Tutchstone regarded the conundrum Penn-Trafford presented Thursday night as possibly the strangest.
The Section 1-AAAA game slowed to an agonizing crawl, as Penn-Trafford utilized a passive triangle-and-two defense, and the Cavaliers responded by holding the ball for minutes at a time. Non-existent offense gave way to late-game drama, as Kiski Area (8-3, 5-0) used a last-second basket by Joey Brungo to win, 30-29, in overtime.
“It was definitely the weirdest game I have ever been a part of — more time standing there than playing,” said Brungo, who took a pass from Simmons and drove for a lay-up with 3 seconds left in the extra period.
Penn-Trafford (4-7, 1-3), which outscored Kiski Area, 3-0, in the second half, used the triangle-and-two tactic to contain Brungo and Mike Simmons, who entered the game averaging a combined 40.7 points per game, but finished with five and four points, respectively, in the win.
Tutchstone prepared the Cavaliers for Penn-Trafford's scheme, and holding the ball figured prominently in Kiski Area's plan. But the Warriors' response — or lack thereof — caught the Cavaliers off-guard.
“I thought that with me holding the ball for a few minutes, they'd come out of it,” Tutchstone said. “Well, they didn't come out of it. So I was stuck. … It was a battle of the wills, and I feel like we're still gridlocked.”
Ryan Sciullo made four 3-pointers to score a game-high 12 points for Kiski Area, which led 22-19 at halftime.
St. Joseph 60, Imani Christian 59 — Dan Sullivan knocked down a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to give the Spartans a victory in their Section 4-A opener. Sullivan and Chris Gamble led St. Joseph (4-6, 1-0) with 18 points apiece, while Bill Sadecky added 11 and Sam Beaver pulled down 10 rebounds. Aaron Scott paced the Saints (0-6, -0-1) with 13 points.
Springdale 44, South Allegheny 36 — Amanda Koprivnikar and Jill Henley scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Springdale (5-6, 2-3), which trailed 19-16 at halftime in the Section 3-AA win. Abby Dranko finished with 25 points for South Allegheny (1-11, 0-5).
North Catholic 52, St. Joseph 50 — Class A No. 4 St. Joseph gave No. 3 North Catholic all it could handle in a Section 2-A game. The host Trojanettes outscored St. Joseph 21-12 in the fourth quarter. Sam Breen led the way with 27 points and 13 rebounds for North Catholic. She scored 10 in the fourth quarter to help her team out of a 10-point deficit.
Mallory Heinle led St. Joseph with 19 points and Julie Hetu added 12.
Apollo-Ridge 52, Leechburg 4 — Apollo-Ridge (9-1, 2-1) had 10 players score in a Section 1-AA rout of Leechburg (1-8, 0-2). Julia Demeno led the Lady Vikings with 14 points.
Burrell 70, Deer Lakes 34 — Sydney Bordonaro scored a game-high 22 points and Burrell (10-0, 2-0) scored 40 first-half points in a Section 2-AA victory over Deer Lakes (4-6, 0-4). Natalie Myers scored 14 and Jessica Cercone added 11 points for Burrell. Katie Gozzard and Kristen Stanko scored eight points each for Deer Lakes.
Ford City 41, West Shamokin 35 — Christina Davis led all Ford City scorers with 10 points as the Lady Sabers held off West Shamokin for a Section 1-AA win. Allison Cujas added eight points for Ford City (6-3, 2-0). Kelly Clowser scored a game-high 11 points for West Shamokin (6-5, 2-1).
Knoch 40, Valley 39 — Maddy Bricker tallied a team-high 11 points, and four assists as the Lady Knights (2-9, 2-3) held on for their second straight win in Section 1-AAA. LaShay Madison had a game-high 22 points for the Vikings (0-9, 0-5) and Kaylyn Iacopino added 15.
Hampton 71, Freeport 38 — Lexi Griggs scored 17 points and Amanda Reese added 16 for the Talbots (7-5, 4-1) in a Section 1-AAA win. Zoe Soilis led Freeport (5-6, 2-3) with 13 points.
Armstrong 4, Bishop Canevin 3 (OT) — In an overtime victory, Armstrong's Christian Miller scored all four of his teams goals. Teammate Hunter Grafton had four assists. The upset win moves Armstrong to 9-3.
Freeport 10, South Park 1 — A seven-point night by Cole Hepler helped Freeport (5-3-2) coast against the Eagles (1-11). Hepler scored three goals and assisted on four others.
Mickey Frazetta and Brendon Zack each had three assists for Freeport.
Burrell 64, West Shamokin 15 — Burrell won eight of the first nine matches and cruised past West Shamokin in a Section 3B-AA bout. The Bucs (3-1, 3-0) picked up pins by Dillan Jeffrey (113 pounds), Jason Roberts (120), Anthony Marra (132), Jason David (138), Corey Falleroni (145), Steven Edwards (152), Derrick Beattie (160) and Bubby Schrerer (195).