The Pitt-Johnstown women built a 28-0 lead and held Alderson-Broaddus to just five first-half points in a 77-39 WVIAC victory Thursday evening in the Sports Center.
Jasmine Harper scored 15 points and Nicole Carman added 11 on a night that saw all 12 Lady Cats get into the scoring column and Pitt-Johnstown extend its winning streak to five games.
The Lady Cats improved to 12-7 overall, 10-6 in the conference.
Pitt-Johnstown held Alderson-Broaddus scoreless for the first 12 minutes and opened a 28-0 lead. Rachel Johnson put the Lady Cats up by 10 before six straight points from Harper doubled it to 20-0 at 11:47.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kelsey Sleighter pushed it to 26-0 before another bucket in the paint by Harper closed the run at 28-0 with 9:09 left in the half.
The Battlers, who shot just 7.1 percent in the first half, got on the scoreboard with a Cayla Rhodes free throw at 7:58. Nautica Davis followed with jumper to make it 28-3, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored Alderson-Broaddus 11-2 the rest of the way to build a 34-point halftime advantage.
Harper had 15 points and Carman added 11 to lead UPJ. Kaitlynn Fratz and Sleighter each chipped in nine points while Inaya Stephenson, Leah Hansen and Rizzo had six points each. Stephenson grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, and Grace Hyland pulled down six.
LIU Brooklyn 82
St. Francis 62
NEW YORK – Booker Hucks matched his career high with 20 points off the bench as LIU Brooklyn won its sixth straight game 82-62 over St. Francis (Pa.) Thursday night for a Northeast Conference victory.
Hucks hit a career-high five 3-pointers. The senior is 9-of-13 shooting from deep over his past two games and has made 45.5 percent (15 of 33) from deep in 10.8 minutes per game this season for the Blackbirds (11-10, 6-3).
Earl Brown had 22 points for the Red Flash (1-19, 1-8), including two when he tipped an LIU Brooklyn inbound pass into the basket. St. Francis has lost 15 straight on the road.
Nick Novak led all scorers with 26 points, but Alderson-Broaddus used a 17-8 second-half run to erase an eight-point deficit and end Pitt-Johnstown’s four-game winning streak with a 68-60 WVIAC victory Thursday night in the Sports Center.
UPJ’s Nick Novak led all scorers with 26 points as the Mountain Cats slipped to 12-8 overall, 8-8 in the conference.
The Mountain Cats fell behind by one early, then used to 15-4 run to open up a 10-point lead.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
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Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs
Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.
After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions.
North Catholic rolls over Berlin in Class A
Berlin Brothersvalley had a hot start and an uptempo finish in the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown.
But Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic rode 6-foot-9 senior center Dominic Robb inside, and used an 11-0 spurt to open the third quarter to pull away in a 56-44 victory at the Sports Center.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland rolling forward
Richland High’s boys’ basketball team made history last weekend. Now, the Rams want to add a few more details to this memorable story.
Coach Greg Burke’s team won the program’s first District 6 boys’ basketball title since 1975 in convincing fashion over Central on March 1.
Tomahawks lose shutout
The adage – as Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence affirmed after his squad’s 2-0 loss to the Janesville Jets on Friday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena – is that you can’t win if you don’t score.
While the Tomahawks came up short on the scoreboard, they weren’t short on chances.
McCutchen leads Pirates offense in loss to Twins
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring.
Richland wrestler reaches PIAA title match
Nico Pecora gave the area its second state finalist at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships tonight.
Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
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