Alle-Kiski roundup: Riverview boys basketball team edges St. Joseph in OT
Riverview wasn't looking for style points when it traveled to St. Joseph on Saturday night. The Raiders just wanted a win, regardless of how it looked.
Doing just enough to earn a passable grade on both sides of the ball, they squeezed past St. Joseph, 60-58, in overtime and won for the first time at the Walter Dlubak Center.
“It wasn't the prettiest,” coach Kevin Krajca said, “but we'll take it.”
Nick DiBucci scored a career-high 20 points to lead three Riverview (3-9) players in double figures, and the Raiders hit 5 of 10 free throws in overtime to top St. Joseph (4-8) in nonsection play.
Zach Lesnick added 14 points and Jason Anthony had 10 for the Raiders, while Sam Beaver scored 17, Chris Gamble 15 and Dan Sullivan 14 for St. Joseph.
Knoch 59, Deer Lakes 34 — Class AAA No. 5 Knoch (11-1) picked up its fifth straight win as Matt Zanella and Chris Kier scored 10 apiece. Knoch outscored Deer Lakes, (2-10), 27-11, in the second half.
Cory Pampena led the Lancers with 11 points.
Cheswick Christian Academy 65, Champion Christian School 26 — JaJuan Malloy scored a game-high 22 points, and Andy Skledar had 14 as the Chargers (6-6, 2-0) won a Southwest Christian Athletic Conference game at Penn State New Kensington.
Valley 56, Highlands 29 — Lashay Madison scored 24 points, and Kaylyn Iacopino added 18 as Valley (1-9, 1-5) won for the first time this season and gave rookie coach Mindy White her first victory. Nicole Boda had 11 points to lead Highlands (2-9, 0-5) in the Section 1-AAA game.
St. Joseph 62, Eden Christian 20 — Slippery Rock recruit Mallory Heinle poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Julie Hetu added 10 points and 10 assists for St. Joseph (8-3, 3-2) in a Section 2-A win over Eden Christian (2-7, 1-2). Lizzy Celko also scored in double figures for the Spartans, with 11.
Highlands headed to states — The Highlands cheerleading team won the Class AA Large Squad Division at the WPIAL Spirit Championships at North Hills and advanced to the state competition. Highlands scored 236 to get past second-place Norwin (216). The PIAA championships are Jan. 25-26 in Hershey.