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Freeport girls dump Apollo-Ridge

| Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Freeport saved its best for last Thursday night.

The Yellowjackets girls basketball team took a four-point deficit into the fourth quarter but surged for 23 points to defeat visiting Apollo-Ridge, 49-42, in a Section 1-AA game.

Taylor Schrecengost returned to the lineup after being out for three weeks with an ankle injury and scored 14 points, with eight coming in the fourth. She also grabbed 12 rebounds for Freeport (5-8, 3-5). Lynsey Gugino scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Ashley Emminger scored 16 to lead Apollo-Ridge (4-11, 3-5).

Ford City 44, Leechburg 14 — Ford City (13-2, 6-1) recorded its sixth straight win and fourth in a row in Section 1-AA as it dominated the Blue Devils (1-14, 1-7).

Allyson Cujas had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Heather Davis added nine points and 13 rebounds. Ford City has outscored Leechburg, 97-21, in two games this season.

Deer Lakes 72, West Shamokin 30 — Junior guard Danielle Kearns had a game-high 15 points, nine steals and eight assists to lead Deer Lakes (10-4, 7-1) past West Shamokin (1-14, 0-8) in Section 1-AA.

Also scoring in double figures for Deer Lakes were Nichole Kearns (14), Emily Casello (12) and Becca Babincak (12).

Lizzy Cornish led West Shamokin with 14.

Burrell 38, Elderton 33 — Burrell held on to defeat Elderton on the road in a key Section 1-AA contest. Jalia Manga's 10 points paced the Buccaneers (12-2, 6-2).

Brianna Switzer led all scorers with 16 for Elderton (8-6, 5-3). Six of Elderton's losses have been by six points or fewer.

Kittanning 53, Valley 39 — Emily Knepshield was the only Kittanning (5-11, 2-3) player in double figures, but it was enough to hold off Valley in a Section 1-AAA game. Knepshield scored 21 points, and Kristen Wolfe had nine for Kittanning.

Alonta Pitts scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Ryleesha Vining scored 13 points and had six assists and Kaylyn Iacopino collected 10 points and 10 rebounds for Valley (3-9, 0-5).

Mars 55, Knoch 43 — Randi Francis scored a game-high 23 points to lead Mars (6-9, 4-1) to a Section 1-AAA win over Knoch (6-6, 3-2). Celina Sanks led the Knights with 13 points.

Kiski Area 67, Albert Gallatin 37 — Kiski Area powered past visiting Section 1-AAAA foe Albert Gallatin for its fourth straight win. Maddie Antone scored 24 points, and Makenzie Zidek had 20 for the Cavaliers (11-4, 5-2).

St. Joseph 41, Ellis School 25 — Mallory Heinle was the only player in double figures, as St. Joseph (9-5, 5-2) rolled to a Section 2-A win over Ellis School (5-6, 1-6). Heinle scored 18 points for St. Joseph.

Avonworth 44, Riverview 26 — Class A Riverview fell to Class AA Avonworth (11-3) in a nonsection game. Laura Mayernik scored a game-high 21 points for the Antelopes. Mary Andrejko scored 14 for the Raiders (10-5).

Cheswick Christian Academy 25, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 20 — Cheswick Christian Academy's Natalie Merola had a game-high 14 points. Cydney Francis added seven points for Cheswick Christian (3-9, 3-5).

Boys basketball

Cheswick Christian 63, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 37 — Tyler Knupp's 20 points helped Cheswick Christian Academy to a road victory in Southwest Christian Athletic Conference play. Freshman Antoine Malloy scored a career-high 15 points for the Chargers (8-7, 5-3).

Hockey

Freeport 3, Knoch 1 — Freeport held off the Knights in Class A play at Belmont Ice Complex.

Nick Zidek, Justin Drzeniecki and Greg Newman all scored for Freeport (7-3), as the teams combined for 100 penalty minutes. Zach Naples scored for Knoch (3-9).

Ford City 9, Ringgold 1 — Kevin Valasek had three goals and an assist, as the Sabers (10-2-1) skated past Ringgold (3-9-1) in Open Class action.

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