UNITED 68, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 53: Mike Gill scored a game-high 22 points, two other United players reached double figures in scoring, and the Lions notched their third straight win by besting visiting Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game.
Gill scored seven of United’s 23 points in the second quarter to help the Lions build a 14-point halftime lead, 39-25.
“We used our press to force them into a lot of mistakes in the first half, and we converted those turnovers with a bunch of layups,” United coach Tyler Stokes said.
Weylon McGeary chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for United. Jake Beacker added 10 points, four assists and four steals, and Caleb McAdoo had eight points, five blocks, four steals and a season-high 11 rebounds.
Joe Olish scored 10 points to pace Northern Cambria.
Both teams play Tuesday. United (3-0) travels to Blairsville, and Northern Cambria plays host to Ligonier Valley.
PURCHASE LINE 68, PENNS MANOR 49: Taylor Antisdel posted career highs in points and rebounds and helped host Purchase Line pull away in the second half to topple Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game.
The Red Dragons built a one-point halftime lead before starting the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 38-28. Antisdel made a pair of 3-point field goals in the third quarter and scored 10 of the Red Dragons’ 21 points to stretch their lead to 12 points, 50-38.
Antisdel finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
“Taylor really sparked us and helped us build that second-half lead by hitting those two big 3s,” Purchase Line coach Steve Woodrow said. “Give Penns Manor credit, though. They only had nine players, and they came out and played hard until the end.”
Purchase Line’s Eric Faught posted a double-double of 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Gavin Ewing added 12 points.
Gavin Grimaldi scored 12 points for Penns Manor, and J.T. Horwat chipped in 10 points.
Both teams play Tuesday. Purchase Line (1-1) plays host to Saltsburg, and Penns Manor welcomes Homer-Center.
BLAIRSVILLE 66, SALTSBURG 45: Blairsville baffled host Saltsburg early with its full-court press and jumped out to a 24-point halftime lead en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game.
“Their full-court press just got to us,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr said. “All year we’ve been struggling against the press, and tonight we just made too many key turnovers.”
Blairsville’s Colton McMillan led all scorers with 19 points. Rahdezz Henderson added 13 points, and Jaylin Rydbom had 10 points.
Nick Porter, Ian Satler and Steve Richards scored nine points apiece for Saltsburg.
Both teams play tonight. Saltsburg (1-3, 0-2) travels to Propel, and Blairsville plays host to Central Cambria.
WEST SHAMOKIN 57, SPRINGDALE 43: Unbeaten West Shamokin scored 19 of the game’s first 20 points and never let off the throttle to notch a win over host Springdale in a WPIAL non-section game.
“We just really shot the ball well early. All five of our 3s came in that first quarter,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said.
In the absence of the Wolves’ leading scorer, injured point guard Zane Clowser, guards Zac Horner and Ryan Dean each stepped up and posted career highs in points with 22 and 13, respectively. Dean added six rebounds, and Jake Hough tacked on nine points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds.
West Shamokin (4-0) travels to Karns City on Saturday.