VND high school roundup: KA gets comeback win
While the rest of Section 1-AAAA's members undercut each other, Kiski Area and Hempfield's boys basketball teams expect to challenge one another for section supremacy.
The Cavaliers (10-4, 6-1) remain one game behind Hempfield in the standings after their 62-57 win over Latrobe (7-6, 3-3), which sits in third place.
Kiski Area trailed, 30-23, at halftime but cut the deficit by three points in the third quarter and outscored the Wildcats, 21-12, in the final frame Friday.
Joe Brungo finished with a game-high 22 points for Kiski Area, while Mike Simmons and Ryan Sciullo added 21 and 12, respectively.
Sean Graytok had 18 points to lead a trio of double-digit scorers for Latrobe.
Deer Lakes 47, Ford City 38 — Jake Roberts and Scott Ventura finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Deer Lakes ( 3-12, 1-5), which outscored Ford City, 11-2, in the second quarter of the Section 1-AA game.
Jesse Sequeira and Blake Bower each scored 10 points for Ford City (5-10, 2-4).
Plum 62, Woodland Hills 35 — James Edwards scored a game-high 22 points as the Mustangs (13-1, 7-1) built a 16-3 cushion in the first quarter and cruised to a Section 2-AAAA victory over the Wolverines (0-15, 0-8).
Austin Dedert added 15 points for Plum, while Nick Stotler chipped in 14. Jo-El Shaw led Woodland Hills with 10 points.
Knoch 61, Freeport 31 — Knoch put the pressure on early and cruised to a Section 1-AAA win over Freeport. Knoch's David Gallagher helped set the tone, hitting all three of his 3-pointers in the first quarter on his way to 13 points. Matt Zanella led the Knights (12-2, 6-1) with 17 points, and Jim Larrimer had 11. Josh Beale had 11 points for Freeport (5-6, 2-5).
McKeesport 64, Fox Chapel 53 — Fox Chapel couldn't overcome a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit in a Section 2-AAAA loss to McKeesport (6-8, 3-5). Matt D'Amico had a game-high 19 points, and Brian Papich added 17 for Fox Chapel (11-4, 4-4).
West Shamokin 54, Burrell 46 — Burrell's late rally fell short in a Section 1-AA loss to West Shamokin.
Trailing 37-20 heading into the fourth, Burrell (4-11, 2-4) cut the lead to as little as six points before the Wolves (11-2, 3-2) held on late.
Zane Clowser had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Scott Przybysz added 11 for West Shamokin, while Max Garda led Burrell with 25 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
Serra Catholic 72, Riverview 50 — Serra Catholic (4-9, 3-4) picked up the pace in the second quarter and outscored the Raiders, 25-7, in that frame.
Paul Knapp led Riverview (4-10, 1-6) with 15 points in the Section 3-AA loss, and Zach Lesnick had 12.
Mars 74, Valley 47 — Mars' Owen Nearhoof topped 1,000 points for his career by scoring 21 in the Section 1-AAA win for Mars (9-5, 6-1). Nearhoof now has 1,017 career points.
Caleb Davis led Valley (5-8, 1-6) with 19 points, and Mike McNabb had 12.
Fox Chapel 55, McKeesport 38 — Erin Mathias scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to pace Fox Chapel (12-3, 7-0) in the Section 2-AAAA win over McKeesport (4-9, 1-6). Alanna Palumbo added 13 points for the Foxes.
Plum 76, Woodland Hills 30 — Krista Piertropola and Courtney Zezza each had 19 points, and Alyson Weifenbaugh added 13 for Plum (10-4, 6-1), which had 11 scorers in the Section 2-AAAA win over Woodland Hills (1-14, 0-7).