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Kittanning girls fall to Jeannette

| Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Facing an early season test Tuesday night against Jeannette, the No. 2 Class AA girls basketball team in the Tribune Review News Service rankings, Kittanning held its own but was defeated at home, 56-49.

"Jeannette's a fantastic team. They have a trio of some of the best guards that I've come across," Kittanning coach Janelle Kotyk said. "It's a learning experience. We had to do some fouling and time management situations, things you can't teach in practice."

Kittanning (3-1) held Jayhawks guard Kayla Cook, one of the WPIAL's top talents, to 12 points.

"Anytime you play a Division I recruit that's averaging 25 points per game, your entire defensive strategy is based on stopping her," Kotyk said.

The Wildcats' Britta Emberg led all scorers with 22 points, including a 6 for 7 performance at the free-throw line. Jeannette (3-1) was paced by Ciara Gregory's 15 points.

Marion Center 57, Ford City 42 — Heather Davis made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Ford City (2-2), but the Sabers couldn't stop Marion Center (2-0) in the fourth quarter. The Stingers outscored the Sabers, 26-14, in the final period to put the game out of reach. Marion Center's Amy Fairman scored 14 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter.

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Deer Lakes 53, West Shamokin 36 — Ryan Stanko netted a double-double for Deer Lakes, with 31 points and 14 rebounds, as the Lancers (3-0) tripped up West Shamokin (0-3). The Wolves' Andrew Steighner and Joe Dalessio each scored 13 points.

"That was about as good of an effort as we've had against us," West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said of Stanko's big night.

Valley 47, Freeport 32 — Geoff Fuquay and LeBren O'Neal scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, as Valley used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Freeport (1-2). Nick Gentile led Freeport with 10 points.

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