High school rally for December 18, 2021: Mount Lebanon women’s basketball wins 6A showdown



Saturday, December 18, 2021 | 22:28

Gina Smith, Payton Collins and Tori Pettko collected 10 points each to lead the No.3 Mount Lebanon to a 42-37 victory in women’s basketball over No.4 Norwin in a Ranked Team clash on Saturday. .

Mt. Lebanon (4-0) led by three at halftime in a close game throughout. Lauren Palangio led Norwin (3-1) with 10 points.

Armstrong 67, Deer Lakes 22 – Emma Paul had 17 points and Armstrong (3-2) won a no-division victory over Deer Lakes (1-2). Kyla Fitzgerald added 14 points for the River Hawks and Olivia Yancy scored 11.

Greensburg Salem 37, Chouteau-Mazie (Okla.) 19 – At the KSA Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., Abby Mankins scored 14 points as Greensburg Salem (6-0) defeated Chouteau-Mazie (Okla.) (4-5). Mankins was named to the tournament’s overall squad.

McGuffey 35, Beth-Center 16 – Claire Redd and Lexi Ewig scored eight points each to lead McGuffey (3-2) to a no-division victory over Beth-Center (0-4).

Montour 55, West Allegheny 22 – Raegan Kadlecik and Olivia Lyscik scored 16 points each as Montour (3-2) defeated West Allegheny (3-2) in a bout without a section. Montour was leading at halftime, 40-13.

Oakland Catholic 69, Northern Catholic 49 – Halena Hill had 18 points as Oakland Catholic (4-0) defeated North Catholic (3-1) in an out-of-section game. Alayna Rocco led North Catholic with 18 points.

Rochester 60, Neshannock 58 – Corynne Hauser scored 23 points and McKenzie Robison scored 21 to help Rochester (2-1) beat Neshannock (4-1) at The Clash in New Castle in a defending WPIAL champion battle.

Sud Fayette 62, March 42 – Ava Leroux scored 14 points to help South Fayette (4-1) to a sectionless victory on Mars (4-1). Maddie Webber (13 points) and Mia Webber (12) were also in double digits for the Lions. Alexa McDole had 14 points for March.

South Park 60, Preston (W.Va.) 56 – Maya Wertelet had 21 points and five 3 points to lead South Park (3-1) to overtime victory over Preston (W.Va.) at the KSA Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. Jordyn Tucciarelli and Nora Ozimek added 12 points each for South Park. Carsynn Sines scored a high 28 points for Preston.

Boys basketball

Ellwood City 56, Blackhawk 35 – In the sectionless game, Steve Antuono scored 27 points and touched four 3-pointers to lead Ellwood City (3-1) to victory over Blackhawk (3-2). Alexander Roth added 17 points, hit five 3-pointers and picked up six rebounds. Lorenzo Jenkins led Blackhawk with 15 points.

Gateway 84, McKeesport 59 – Ryan Greggerson led four double-digit Gators with 21 points in a Section 3-5A win over McKeesport (3-1, 0-1). MJ Stevenson (14), Will Kromka (11) and Kaleb Pryor (10) also finished in double digits for Gateway (2-1, 1-0).

Kiski Area 58, Southmoreland 36 – Isaiah Gonzalez had 12 points and James Pearson and Joe Lukas each scored 11 to pace Kiski Area (5-0) in a win over Southmoreland (1-1) in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Showcase at Hempfield. Ty Keffer had 20 points for the Scotties.

Ligonier Valley 81, Greensburg Salem 57 – Matthew Marinchak had seven 3-pointers close to scoring 33 points to lead Ligonier Valley (2-3) to victory over Greensburg Salem (0-5) at the WCCA Showcase in Hempfield. Haden Sierocky added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Ligonier Valley and teammate Joey Kondisko had 13 points. Dorivan Waller led Greensburg Salem with 14 points and three 3 points while Jayden Stevens and Christian Hostotler contributed 11 and 10 points respectively.

Neshannock 71, Youngstown East (OH) 40 – Michael Sopko scored 14 points to lead Neshannock (4-0) to a victory at The Clash in New Castle. Nate Rynd added 12 points and Sebastian Coiro had 10.

Portersville Christian 65, Cheswick Christian Academy 44 – Zephaniah “Zooky” Malloy scored 22 points, a high, but Cheswick Christian fell to Portersville Christian in a Southwest Christian Athletic Conference game. Ayden Phillips added 12 points for the Chargers on four 3-pointers.

Quaker Valley 78, Sharpsville 36 – Markus Frank had 26 points and Adou Thiero recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Quaker Valley, who won over Sharpsville at The Clash in New Castle. Jack Gardinier added 10 points to the Quakers (3-0). James Thomas led Sharpsville with 14 points.

Young 63, Derry 59 – Terek Crosby scored 35 points to propel Yough (3-1) past Derry (3-2) at the WCCA Showcase in Jeannette. Tyson Webb had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Trojans, while Gabe Carbonara added 14 points and Nate Papuga scored 11.


King of the Mountain – Vinny Kilkeary, 120 pounds from Latrobe, Matthew Furman, 172 pounds from Canon-McMillan, and Brian Finnerty, 189 pounds from Thomas Jefferson, won the annual Central Mountain High School tournament championships at Mill Hall. Kilkeary pinned State College’s Asher Cunningham in the final. Furman decided Cole Bartram of Northern York, 8-4. Finnerty outscored Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion, 5-0, in an all-WPIAL final.

Franklin Regional had two other finalists – Ty Kapusta (106) and Finn Solomon – and a third to Nathan Stone (138). Dylan Evans (152) of Chartiers Valley also took second. Luke Willochell (106), Jack Pletcher (152) and Corey Boerio (215) of Latrobe were third.

Panther Holiday Classic – North Allegheny 126 lbs Dylan Coy, Mt. Pleasant 215 lbs Dayton Pitzer and Trinity heavyweight Ty Banko won the annual tournament championships at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.

Pitzer pinned his five opponents in the tournament. He knocked out his first four opponents in the first half before beating Corry’s Hayden Linkerhof in the third period. Jameson Poklembo, a 138-pound Mt. Pleasant, also reached the final, finishing second. Coy defeated South Williamsport Bobby Gardner in the final, 1-0. Banko pinned Xavier Reyda de Corry in the first half.

Lunar duels – Connellsville won the tag team title of the dual competition tournament, defeating West Allegheny, 42-33, in the championship game. The Falcons also had victories over Moon (68-3), Mt. Lebanon (63-12), Quaker Valley (53-19) and Upper St. Clair (75-0).


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