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High School Sports

January 9, 2014

High school basketball in brief | Jan. 9, 2014

JOHNSTOWN — High School Boys

Portage 67, Windber 63: In Portage, the Mustangs started the game on a 13-0 run and held off the Ramblers at the end for a key WestPAC North win on Wednesday.

Cody Randall topped the Portage scoring with 21 points while Michael Bryja added 17 and Jake Swank provided 10 for the Mustangs, still unbeaten at 9-0.

Windber’s Matt Barkley led all scorers with 22 points while Dan Tomlinson (17 points) and Joe Cominsky (11) also scored in double figures for the Ramblers (6-3).

“I thought our kids played extremely hard,” Portage coach Travis Kargo said. “Windber battled to the end. It was a great high school game in a great atmosphere and we were fortunate to come out on top.”

Somerset 69, Bedford 57: In Bedford, Jacob Heiple poured in 22 points to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Golden Eagles in a road win over the Bisons.

George Coyle and Mike VanLenten each scored 13 points for Somerset (6-5), which also got 10 points from Elliott Dick. VanLenten and Dylan Barnes each had eight rebounds.

Bedford was led by 20 points from Alex Kendall while Conner Lazorka chipped in 10.

Bishop Carroll 71, Forest Hills 31: In Ebensburg, Brandon Martinazzi scored a game-high 25 points and teammate Marcus Lee added 21 as the Huskies belted the visiting Rangers to remain unbeaten at 9-0. Forest Hills got 14 points from Shareef Blough.

Richland 51, Bishop McCort 50: The Rams’ Jake Lushko scored a game-high 20 points to help edge the Crimson Crushers in a Laurel Highlands Division 2 showdown. Richland’s Matt Shaffer tallied 13 points in the win. 

Nemo Trexler led Bishop McCort with 16 points. The Crimson Crushers’ Tyler Rugg and Nate Neiderhiser each scored 12 points.

Cambria Heights 49, Penn Cambria 46: In Cresson, the Highlanders’ A.J. Huber scored 12 points to help down the Panthers. Cambria Heights’s Shawn Lacue and Zach Strasser both tallied 10 points in the victory. 

Penn Cambria’s Chad Tsikalas and Drew Slatko each scored 12 points.

Conemaugh Township 61, Conemaugh Valley 42: The Indians’ Jake Formica led the team with 13 points in a WestPAC North victory against the Blue Jays. Conemaugh Township’s Ben Wilson scored 12 points and Austin Speigle tallied 10 points in the win.

Conemaugh Valley’s Blake Furman scored a game-high 14 points and both Vince Vibostok and Anthony Verno had 11 points.

Greater Johnstown 58, Westmont Hilltop 41: Shaquan Reed had 24 points while Jeremy Updyke and Ryan Price scored 12 each to lead Greater Johnstown to a win at Westmont Hilltop.

Conor Mendelson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Andy Miller contributed 10 points.

Berlin Brothersvalley 78, Salisbury-Elk Lick 35: In Berlin, Zac Cooney scored 10 points, Jake Snyder added 17 and Trevon Ward had 13 to lead the Mountaineers.

Steve Lapinski and Brentson Harding scored 10 each for the hosts.

Nathan Bodes and Diori Pattison led Salisbury with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

High School Girls

Berlin Brothersvalley 62, Salisbury-Elk Lick 14: In Berlin, Shelby Coughenour scored 20 points and Erica Craig had 13 to lead the Mountaineers.

Forest Hills 51, Central Cambria 46: In Ebensburg, Caitlyn Gallaher scored 14 points and Nicole Richards added 10 as the Rangers defeated the host Red Devils.

Central Cambria’s Taylor Boring led all scorers with 20 points and teammate Bri Wasser chipped in 12.

Conemaugh Valley 49, Conemaugh Township 43: The Blue Jay’s Emily McCray had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a victory against the WestPAC North rival Indians. 

Freshman Brooke McCleester added 12 points for Conemaugh Valley.

The Indians’ Kayla Luprek also collected a double-double (19 points, 15 rebounds) and Megan Boyer tallied 12 points.

United 48, Ligonier Valley 44: In Ligonier, United’s Eden Bloom scored a game high 21 points to help the Lions defeat the Rams in a Heritage Conference matchup.  The Lions’ Taylor Mack scored 17 points in the win.  The Rams’ Madison McLaughlin led the team with 14 points in the loss. 

Blacklick Valley 50, Ferndale 47: In Nanty Glo, Josie Roberts scored 22 points and Allison Thomas added 16 to lead the Vikings. They also had 10 rebounds each.

Lindsay Olshewsky and Kayla Ohler led Ferndale with 18 and 10 points, respectively.

Shade 63, HOPE for Hyndman 30: In Hyndman, Shade’s Emma Spinelli scored a game-high 20 points to help the Panthers’ blow past HOPE for Hyndman. The Panthers’ Alexis Meck had 14 points.

HOPE for Hyndman’s Jelaina Snyder led with 10 points.

Shanksville-Stonycreek 41, Turkeyfoot 36, OT: In Shanksville, the Vikings’ had a pair of double doubles from freshman Trista Stutzman (15 points, 17 rebounds) and Gretchen Schultz (10 points, 15 rebounds) in an overtime win over Turkeyfoot.  Shanksville-Stonycreek’s Aly Platt scored 10 points in the win. 

Penn Cambria 68, Cambria Heights 34: In Patton, Kaitlyn Krug scored a game-high 18 points to lead the visiting Panthers to a win over the Highlanders.

A trio of Penn Cambria players - Kaley Strittmatter, Alison Vincent and Megan Wheeler – added 10 points each.

Kara Cordell had 14 points for Cambria Heights.

Portage 66, Windber 38: In Portage, Paisley Zatek had 15 points, five assists and four steals to lead the Mustangs.

Olivia McCabe had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks for the hosts while Abby Chobany scored 10 points and Emily Chobany had six assists and three steals.

Kortney Lampel and Lauren Vasas topped Windber with 10 points each.

College Women

East Stroudsburg 74, Pitt-Johnstown 65: The Warriors overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and closed with a 14-5 flourish to down host Pitt-Johnstown on Wednesday.

Allison Howard netted 20 points while Jessica Martin scored 25 points and grabbed 12 boards for East Stroudsburg (7-7). Audrey Stapleton also scored 11 points for the guests, who forced 20 Lady Cats turnovers.

“(East Stroudsburg) got a little confidence going,” Pitt-Johnstown coach Mike Drahos said. “We panicked a little bit down the stretch offensively and turned the ball over, which has kind of been a bug on us all year. Kind of one of those things where we didn’t make plays down the stretch and they did.”

College Men

Mount Aloysius 91, Pitt-Greensburg 90: In Cresson, Shawn Greenfield scored a game-high 33 points to lead Mount Aloysius to a win over Pitt-Greensburg.

The Mounties led 49-42 at the break, but solid outside shooting allowed Pitt-Greensburg to battle back and gain a five-point second half lead.

Greenfield, who was named this week’s AMCC Player of the Week, connected on a 3-pointer, and then stole the ball on the ensuing possession and scored a traditional three-point play with just over three minutes to play to give the lead back to Mount Aloysius.

Dameon Turner, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, blocked Pitt-Greensburg’s final shot of the game to seal the victory. Dillon Bender added 21 points for the Mounties.

Community College of Beaver County 106, Penn Highlands 91: In Monaca, Germaine Graves scored a game-high 37 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Black Bears, who came up just short of the hosts.

Delonte Fennell added 17 points and nine boards and Javon Graves had 11 points for Penn Highlands.

Nehemiah Fisher and Trey Brown scored 35 and 33 points, respectively for the Beaver County school.

It was 52-51 CCBC at the half.

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