HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: INDIANA 68, SOUTHMORELAND 29
INDIANA 68, SOUTHMORELAND 29: Indiana played stingy defense, hit a season-high eight 3-point field goals and earned its eighth straight win by winning at Southmoreland in a WPIAL Section 3-AAA game.
With the win, the second-place Indians (11-3, 6-1 section) set up a pivotal matchup at home Monday with first-place Mount Pleasant, which handed Indiana its last defeat and lone section loss Dec. 16.
“The defense has been very strong the last three games, and our outside shooting has been pretty consistent, too,” Indiana assistant coach Otto Peterson said. “Hopefully it spills over into Monday’s game against Mount Pleasant. Any momentum will be helpful for that one.”
Indiana’s Kaitlyn Hoff, who nailed three 3s and scored 15 points, also posted gamehighs in assists (5) and steals (4). Jessica Stever scored 15 points, Abbey Karcher added 12, Lucy Bujdos had 11, and Zoe Zahorchak grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
LIGONIER VALLEY 50, HOMER-CENTER 47: Taylor Rudnik nailed a 3 late in the fourth quarter to lift host Ligonier Valley to a come-from-behind win over Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game.
With the game knotted 47-47, Rudnik drilled a 3 with less than a minute to play to give the Rams a 50-47 lead. Rudnik, who notched a game-high 15 rebounds, scored seven of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats mustered just one field goal and were outscored 12-4 in the fourth.
Olivia Miller chipped in 16 points for Ligonier Valley.
Homer-Center’s Julia Buggey led all scorers with 21 points. Kristina Albright added 11 points, and Sydney Horel had 10.
Both teams play Tuesday. Homer-Center (6-6) plays host to Marion Center, and Ligonier Valley welcomes Jeannette.
WEST SHAMOKIN 35, APOLLO-RIDGE 24: West Shamokin did just enough at the free throw line and pulled away in the second half to outlast Apollo-Ridge and snap a three-game losing skid in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game in Spring Church.
The Wolves limited the Vikings to 11 points in the second half, including three in the third quarter.
West Shamokin made 18 of 28 free throws, and Apollo-Ridge made 8 of 17.
West Shamokin’s Lizzy Cornish led all scorers with 15 points.
Both teams play Monday. West Shamokin (7-7, 3-2) plays host to Deer Lakes, and Apollo-Ridge (9-4, 2-4) travels to Burrell.
CALVARY BAPTIST 44, MOUNT CARMEL CHRISTIAN 18: Kayla Chambers posted her third triple-double of the year, two other Calvary Baptist players reached doubled figures in scoring, and the Patriots breezed by visiting Mount Carmel Christian in a non-conference game.
Chambers chalked up 10 points, 16 rebounds, 10 steals and four assists.
“She had a bunch of rebounds and steals but she didn’t score a lot tonight. Her teammates picked her up and made it a real team win,” Calvary Baptist coach Mike Boole said.
Megan Plants chipped in 15 points, and Rachel Covato tacked on 11 points.
Calvary Baptist (10-2) plays host to DuBois Christian on Tuesday.