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Saltsburg's Reed reaches 1,000 points for career

| Friday, Dec. 14, 2007

Saltsburg forward Justin Reed reached 1,000 points for his career in the first quarter of a 77-25 victory over Marion Center Tuesday.

Reed, a senior, was the Trojans' leading scorer with 18 points. John Nepsha added 14 and Manny Speal had 10. Mark Feiling recorded eight blocks for the Trojans.

Saltsburg (3-2, 2-1) got off to a quick start in the game, as the team hit its first eight shots and took a 49-15 lead into the half. Ten players ended up scoring for the Trojans.

"I thought it was our best performance of the year so far with teamwork," Saltsburg head coach Jeff Clawson said.

Indiana 81, Knoch 55

Brett Johnson scored a game-high 19 points as Indiana handed Knoch a Section 1-AAA defeat. Dan Ayebo added 18 points for Indiana.

Ligonier Valley 62, United 58

Matt Graham scored 26 points to lead Ligonier Valley to a Heritage Conference victory over United Tuesday.

Blairsville 57, Laurel Valley 48

Justin McGinnis led Blairsville (4-1, 3-0) with 13 points as it defeated Laurel Valley (2-4, 1-2) in a Heritage Conference game Tuesday.

Derry 45, Kiski School 43

Tyler Malek scored a game-high 15 points as Derry (2-4) edged Kiski School (2-3) in a non-section game Tuesday.

Penns Manor 58, Saltsburg 52

With Justin Reed needing just 16 points for 1,000, it surprisingly ended up being the Penns Manor Comets that made the biggest story.

The Comets upset Saltsburg 58-52 and held Reed to four points at Penns Manor Friday.

Reed picked up some early fouls, injured his knee in the second half and sat out the rest of the game.

Aaron Ulisse led Saltsburg with 18 points while Jesse Reed scored 15 and John Nepsha added 11.

"We basically got out-hustled and out-rebounded," head coach Jeff Clawson said. "I got to give all the credit to Penns Manor. They wanted it more than us."

Blairsville 73, Ligonier Valley 32

Justin McGinnis put up 28 points to lead Blairsville to a 73-32 win over Ligonier Valley Friday.

Kenny Fatino recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats shut out the Mounties in the third quarter.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Blairsville 49, Homer-Center 28

Blairsville built up a 32-8 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-28 victory at Homer-Center Wednesday.

Alexa Varatto scored 11 points for Blairsville (4-3, 3-1) while Jessica Snyder added 10 and Mariah Monahan nine. Nellie Henigin had eight points and eight rebounds.

The Bobcats had 11 steals in the game.

"Our defense was ridiculous," head coach Graig Marx said. "We pressured them the whole night."

Kristin Allison led Homer-Center with 13 points. The Wildcats picked up 14 offensive rebounds in the game.

Saltsburg 63, Ligonier Valley 48

Tamara Blankenship dominated with 26 points just a few games after returning from an ankle injury as Saltsburg beat Ligonier Valley 63-48 Wednesday.

The Trojans (4-2, 3-1) held a five-point halftime lead and were able to steadily pull away from the Mounties in the second half.

Whitney Shearer scored 13 points and Sheena Muffie had 10.

Blankenship also had 17 rebounds for the Trojans.

"She's probably about 98 percent (healthy)," Saltsburg assistant coach Tom Lasher said. "She'll tell us she's 100 percent, but I'll say 98."

Shearer added nine rebounds and Melanie Cribbs recorded eight assists for the Trojans.

Homer-Center 51, Purchase Line 40

Ten different players scored for Homer-Center in a 51-40 win over Purchase Line Monday.

Kristin Allison led the scoring for the Wildcats with 13 points.

The win was the first for Homer-Center under first-year head coach Sharon Mechling.

"They did a great job executing their offense and their defense," Mechling said of her team. "They worked well together as a team, and that's why we came away with a win."

Laurel Valley 42, Blairsville 38

Laurel Valley scored 20 points off free throws in a 42-38 win against Blairsville Monday.

The game was tied at 28 going into the fourth quarter and the Bobcats had an opportunity to tie the game late in the fourth but were unable to convert.

Mariah Monahan led Blairsville with 10 points.

Saltsburg 49, Marion Center 34

Tamara Blankenship scored 17 points and Melanie Cribbs added 10 to lead Saltsburg to a 49-34 win against Marion Center Monday.

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