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St. Joseph moves into tournament final

| Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

What would the St. Joseph Spartan Holiday basketball tournament be without a St. Joseph team in the finals?

The Spartans boys cruised into their tourney title game at the school's new gymnasium with a 58-19 victory over Cheswick Christian Academy on Friday night.

Brian Heinle had a game-high 12 points, and Mike Connelly added 10 for St. Joseph (3-5), which will play Ford City at 8 tonight for the championship.

Ford City (5-3) beat Aquinas Academy, 85-33.

Heinle also grabbed nine rebounds in the win.

St. Joseph led, 32-8, at halftime.

Anthony Merola led Cheswick Christian with 11 points.

Allderdice 61, Burrell 45

Will Clarke scored 16 points to lead the City League's Allderdice (3-1) past Burrell (3-5) in an opening round game at the Shady Side Academy Tournament. Burrell's Brandon Nichols netted a game-high 17 points.

Allderdice led, 21-12, after the first quarter and cruised to the win.

Burrell will play Kittanning today.

Girls basketball

Kittanning 65, St. Joseph 38

Leah McElvey led Kittanning (6-2) with 17 points, as the Wildcats advanced to the championship game of the St. Joseph tournament.

Kittanning pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Spartans (3-5), 23-8.

Jacqi Diez led St. Joseph with 19 points, making 10 of 12 free throws.

Kittanning will play Springdale at 6:30 today.

Springdale 57, Aquinas Academy 2

Springdale opened the St. Joseph Tournament with a near shutout of undermanned Aquinas Academy.

Courtney Titus led all scorers with 16 points.

The Lady Dynamos (4-6) had 11 players make the score sheet.

Aquinas was held scoreless from the second quarter on.

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