Florida A&M defeats slumping St. Francis
DAYTON, Ohio – The St. Francis women dropped their fourth consecutive decision Wednesday in the first game of the Wright State Tournament, losing 69-65 to Florida A&M.
For the second consecutive game the Red Flash (4-5, 0-0) had the ball while down by three with less than a minute to play, but could not come up with the tying basket.
Brittany Lilley and Alexa Hayward both missed 3-point opportunities with less than 30 seconds remaining as the Lady Rattlers (3-7, 0-0) held on to end their six-game losing streak.
“We need to quit turning the ball over,” coach Joe Haigh said. “You cannot win games by turning the ball over and missing open shots and we are doing both. We also need to stop fouling in key situations that is something that has burned us in our last two games.”
Alli Williams led the Red Flash with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but the junior forward was limited to just three points in the final 111⁄2 minutes. Shene Fleming posted her first double-double of the season for SFU with 11 points and 10 boards as she returned to her hometown of Dayton.
Jasmine Grice posted 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals for the Lady Rattlers.
Charity event on Sunday at Planet Ice
A charity fundraiser will be held in conjunction with a varsity hockey game between Richland and Somerset at 6:30 on Sunday at Planet Ice.
The Laurel Mountain Hockey League contest and an alumni game that follows it will help raise funds to offset medical expenses incurred by long-time hockey official Todd Euen, Richland coach J.J. Vasilko said.
Vasilko said Euen has leukemia and will undergo a bone marrow transplant on Christmas Eve.
Admission to the event is free, though donations will be accepted.
The Johnstown Tomahawks will sign autographs, and baskets and door prizes will be awarded, Vasilko said. Equipment also will be donated to youth hockey players, he said.
For more information, call 242-5873.
McCort, Richland coaches to speak
Chris Pfeil, coach of the state championship Bishop McCort baseball team, and Brandon Bailey, coach of the state semifinalist Richland football squad, each will be among the featured speakers at the Point Stadium Award banquet on Dec. 28 at Ace’s Lounge in Cambria City.
Pfeil led the Crushers to a
24-2 record, District 6 championship during a season capped by a 14-2 victory over District 4 Montgomery in the PIAA
Class A title game at Penn State in June. McCort scored 31 runs and had 31 hits during the final 11 innings they played during two mercy-rule shortened playoff contests. Crushers ace pitcher Jesse Cooper (April) and star underclassman hurler Justin Vardian (May) are among the monthly nominees in the running for the annual Point Stadium Award.
Bailey’s Rams went 14-1 and advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinal game before falling to eventual state runner-up Aliquippa. Richland won its first 14 games, claiming the school’s first LHAC crown and 6-AA title. The Rams won the first state playoff game in school history by beating District 10 Hickory in the quarterfinals. Richland junior high standout Colby Warshel (October) is among the monthly nominees for the Point award.
The banquet’s featured speaker is former Point Stadium Award winner Larry McCabe, who will enter his 34th season as baseball coach at Portage High and second year as manager of defending AAABA League champion Berkley Hills Renegades.
For ticket information, call 255-3758 or Ace’s at 536-4176.
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Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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St. Francis wins NEC quarterfinal
Ronnie Drinnon hit a go-ahead basket and a pair of free throws in the final 48 seconds, scoring a career high 20 points as sixth-seeded St. Francis battled past third-seeded Bryant 55-54 in the Northeast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
St. Francis hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and scrapped past Bryant (18-14) in a closely fought contest that saw five ties and five lead changes – three in the final 3:37.
Wake Forest beats Pitt in ACC opener
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night.
Hamby had a tremendous night in notching her school-record 22nd double-double of the season.
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