HS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Richards scores 25 as Trojans top Dragons
Steve Richards scored a game-high 25 points while two other Saltsburg players reached double figures in scoring, and the Trojans grinded out a 77-62 win over visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference boys' basketball game Wednesday.
On the strength of 10 points from Richards and seven points from Ian Satler, the Trojans jumped out to a 35-20 halftime lead. Richards scored eight points in the third quarter and helped the Trojans pile up 19 points to take a 54-37 lead. The Red Dragons scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, but Satler answered with 11 points, and Richards chipped in eight, and the Trojans scored 23 points to coast to the win.
"We definitely had a height advantage on the inside," Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said. "We kept pounding the ball down low to Richards, and he just took control. He didn't hit any 3s, it was all 2s in the paint."
Satler finished with 18 points, and Cody Stewart tacked on 14.
Derrick Deyarmin led Purchase Line with 12 points. Eric Faught and Taylor Antisdel scored 10 points apiece.
Both teams play Friday. Saltsburg (2-4, 2-1 conference) travels to Homer-Center, and Purchase Line plays host to United.
HOMER-CENTER 66, PENNS MANOR 29: Once-beaten Homer-Center bolted to a 17-point first-quarter lead and then handcuffed Penns Manor en route to an easy win in a Heritage Conference game at the Homer Dome.
Joe Capitosti scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the first quarter to help the Wildcats zoom to a 25-8 lead. The Wildcats added to their 39-14 halftime lead by outscoring the Comets 22-7 in the third quarter to make it 61-21. Isaiah Carr paced Homer-Center with eight of his 11 points in the third quarter.
"We played a hard defensive game and the guys moved the ball a lot better," Homer-Center assistant coach Rickey Miller said. "We've got to just keep trucking and keep working hard and continue to build off our defense."
J.T. Horwat scored 11 points for Penns Manor, which made 11 of 19 free throws but mustered just nine field goals, and no 3-pointers.
Homer-Center (5-1) plays host to Saltsburg on Friday. Penns Manor will play in Central Cambria's holiday tournament Wednesday.
BLAIRSVILLE 70, UNITED 55: Blairsville used 17 second-half points from Troy Williams to pull away from winless United in a Heritage Conference game in Blairsville.
With his team nursing a 31-28 halftime lead, Williams scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter to help Blairsville take a 54-42 lead. Williams scored seven points in the fourth, and the Bobcats outscored the Lions 16-13 to stamp the win.
"He really just started dishing the ball on us," United assistant coach Dan Pajak said of Williams, who was limited to just six points in the first half. "We were doubling him in the first, until he started moving the ball better, and then we had to move to a man-to-man. That's when he took over. He took advantage of a lot of one-on-one situations."
Colton McMillan added 13 points for the Bobcats.
Davey Patterson scored 17 points for United. Jake Beacker tacked on 12 points, and Mike Gill had 10.
Both teams play on the road Friday. Blairsville (4-3) travels to Northern Cambria, and United (0-5) heads to Purchase Line.
LIGONIER VALLEY 52, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 43: Considered the preseason favorite to repeat as Heritage Conference champions, Northern Cambria faltered in an early-season test at Ligonier. The Colts dropped to 3-2 and 1-1 in conference play.
Playing for the first time since a loss at the buzzer to Homer-Center on Dec. 12, Ligonier improved to 2-2, 1-1.
No further details were available.
KITTANNING 73, APOLLO-RIDGE 47: Apollo-Ridge fell behind by 21 points in the first quarter and never found its footing, suffering its first loss in a WPIAL non-section game in Kittanning.
Kittanning raced to a 29-8 first-quarter lead and held a 38-27 halftime advantage. Kittanning limited the Vikings to 20 second-half points, including four in the third quarter. Evan Davis made four 3-pointers and led Apollo-Ridge with 14 points.
Apollo-Ridge (5-1) travels to West Shamokin on Friday.
BLAIRSVILLE 65, UNITED 36: In a game played Tuesday, Blairsville forced 18 first-half turnovers, built a 42-13 halftime lead and rolled over United in a Heritage Conference game played in Armagh.
The Bobcats took a 62-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Mackenzie Livingston scored a game-high 24 points and had eight rebounds and seven steals for Blairsville. Chelsey Koren added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Laurel O'Barto had 10 points, eight assists and eight steals.
Eden Bloom scored 18 points for United.
Both teams play at home today. Blairsville (5-1, 3-0 conference) plays host to Northern Cambria, and United welcomes Purchase Line.