Alle-Kiski Valley roundup: Apollo-Ridge tops Jeannette in playoff primer
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team padded its playoff resume Friday night with a win over another postseason-bound program.
The Vikings (13-7, 4-6), who finished fourth in Section 1-AA, claimed a 51-38 win over Jeannette (9-11, 7-5), which placed fourth in Section 3-AA. Apollo-Ridge jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and maintained a comfortable margin for the rest of the nonsection game.
Julia Demeno sank 9 of 10 free-throw attempts during her 15-point night for Apollo-Ridge, which also got nine points each from Megan Bonelli and Ashley Emminger.
Monique Redman finished with a game-high 26 points for Jeannette.
Plum 50, Franklin Regional 38 — Krista Pietropola scored a game-high 18 points to help the Mustangs (14-7, 9-3) earn a Section 2-AAAA victory.
Lindsey Herd and Courtney Zezza added eight points each for Plum. Maddie Pulaski led Franklin Regional (7-13, 4-8) with 12 points, and Baylee Buleca had 11.
Mars 59, Kittanning 46 — Tiffany Montgomery and Alaina Thomas combined for seven 3-pointers and 27 points for Kittanning (14-7, 8-4).
Nicole McCloud had 12 points for Section 1-AAA co-champ Mars (15-6, 11-1).
Highlands 62, Freeport 51 — Kaison Branch recorded a double-double, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Highlands, which scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Freeport in Section 1-AAA play.
Julian Flenory added 13 points, and Lavontae Martin scored eight points and recorded 10 rebounds for Highlands (9-13, 4-8).
Ryan Weigold scored 16 points, and Josh Beale added 13 for Freeport (8-12, 2-10).
Riverview 59, Springdale 39 — Zach Lesnick made two 3-pointers and 9 of 11 free throws during his 21-point performance for Riverview (6-14, 2-10), which made 20 of 28 foul shots in the Section 3-AA game.
Nick DiBucci added 15 points for the Raiders. Alex Pane led Springdale (2-18, 0-12) with 16 points.
Franklin Regional 57, Plum43 — Matt Renzi and George Brown scored 12 points each, and Matt Fisch added 11 as the Panthers (15-6, 10-4) knocked off Section 2-AAAA champion Plum (17-3, 11-3) with a strong finish.
After recording just 17 points in the first half, Franklin Regional outscored the Mustangs, 40-23, over the final 16 minutes.
James Edwards led Plum with 14 points, Nick Stotler added 13 and Austin Dedert finished with nine.
Indiana 75, Kittanning 50 — Because of Mars' loss to Knoch, Indiana (19-2, 10-2), led by Riley Stapleton's 16 points, clinched a share of the Section 1-AAA title.
Eric Hulings and Noah Kunst scored 16 points each for Kittanning (7-14, 4-8).
Freeport 9, South Fayette 2 — Cole Hepler and Michael Frazetta each had a hat trick and one assist in the Class A win for Freeport (11-3-2).
Brendon Zack, Stone Haberstroh and Hunter Kepple finished with two assists apiece, and Dom Digiacobe made 18 saves for the Yellowjackets.
Wesley Sprecher had 20 saves for South Fayette (3-14).