HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Indians stay in hunt for section title
Indiana rode its defense to a road victory, keeping up its pace for a WPIAL Section 3-AAA title in high school girls’ basketball action Tuesday night.
The Indians defeated Greensburg Salem, 42-31. A victory over Uniontown in the section finale at home on Thursday would give the Indians at least a share of the section championship.
Indiana (17-3, 10-1 section) outscored the Lions 10-2 in the first quarter to gain the edge, and the Indians allowed just 10 field goals.
“Our defense kept us in the game on a bad shooting night,” Indiana assistant coach Otto Peterson said. “That’s what we’re trying to do, keep playing defense and hope we get hot in the playoffs.”
Lucy Bujdos scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Indiana. Kaitlyn Hoff led the Indians with 17 points and dished out five assists, and Zoe Zahorchak pulled down nine boards.
Greensburg Salem, the fourth-place team in the section, fell to 8-12 and 6-5.
BLAIRSVILLE 68, HOMER-CENTER 43: Blairsville’s Chelsey Koren scored a game-high 24 points, two other players reached double figures in scoring, and the first-place Bobcats reeled off their 17th straight win by easing by visiting Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game.
The Bobcats (18-1, 12-0) haven’t lost since falling to Class AAAA Hollidaysburg, 57-42, in their second game of the season Dec. 7.
Koren grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five steals. Laurel O’Barto tacked on 13 points and a game-high eight assists, Mikala Misleany notched a career-best 14 rebounds, and Nicole Boyer scored 12 points.
Sydney Horel led Homer-Center with 17 points.
Blairsville plays host to Northern Cambria on Friday, and Homer-Center travels to Purchase Line on Thursday.
MARION CENTER 65, PENNS MANOR 45: Kearsten Brocious poured in 24 points, and Chantel Glasser and Jenny Irvin each had double-doubles as Marion Center improved to 11-1 in the Heritage Conference with a victory at home over Penns Manor.
Glasser scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Irvin totaled 11 points and 11 assists. Brocious nailed six 3-pointers. Karlie Snyder added seven assists.
“We’re playing pretty well on both sides of the ball right now,” Marion Center assistant coach Jim Rushton said.
The Stingers (15-3) won their fifth straight since losing to first-place Blairsville on Jan. 15. Marion Center welcomes the Bobcats on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Mary Roach scored 16 points to lead Penns Manor. Skyler Altemus made three 3-pointers for nine points.
Both teams play Thursday. Marion Center plays host to Saltsburg, and Penns Manor (4-12, 2-9) welcomes Northern Cambria.
APOLLO-RIDGE 47, RIVERVIEW 34: Apollo-Ridge built a four-point halftime lead and then shut down Riverview to coast to a win in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game in Spring Church.
Apollo-Ridge jumped out to a 23-19 halftime lead before limiting Riverview to three points in the third quarter to carry a 10-point lead, 32-22, into the fourth.
The Vikings’ Julia DeMeno led all scorers with 15 points. Megan Bonelli chipped in 11 points.
Apollo-Ridge (12-7, 4-6) plays at Penns Manor on Monday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 53, BLAIR COUNTY CHRISTIAN 27: Calvary Baptist rebounded from Monday’s loss, using its press defense to defeat Blair County Christian in a non-conference game in Clymer.
Kayla Chambers scored 20 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and came up with five steals to lead the Patriots. Megan Plants had 16 points and four assists. Rachel Covato scored 13 points.
Calvary Baptist (15-3) plays host to Bedford Christian on Thursday.