HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Blairsville's Koren nets 1,000th career point
Blairsville junior Chelsey Koren passed the 1,000-point mark for her career with a game-high 22 points in the Bobcats’ 68-41 victory over Ligonier Valley in a Heritage Conference girls’ basketball game Friday night in Ligonier.
The forward reached the mark on a free throw in the first quarter.
“She’s well deserving,” Blairsville coach Ralph McGinnis said. “She works hard for it. You could see the nerves were a little bit of a factor before, but she just went on a tear after that.”
Koren added 10 rebounds and six steals. Blairsville forced 21 turnovers and ran past the Rams, winning its eighth in a row and improving to 9-1, 5-0 in the conference, with a date with Marion Center, also undefeated in the conference, looming on Wednesday.
Laurel O’Barto scored 21 points and added eight steals and seven assists for the Bobcats. Nicole Boyer nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.
Madison McLoughlin scored 13 points to lead Ligonier Valley. Olivia Miller scored 11, and Taylor Rudnik added 10.
Blairsville plays host to Saltsburg on Monday. Ligonier Valley (5-6, 3-3) plays host to Purchase Line on Wednesday.
MARION CENTER 66, UNITED 36: Host Marion Center buckled down defensively to stay undefeated in the Heritage Conference entering its showdown with Blairsville next week.
The Stingers (10-2, 7-0) visit the Bobcats on Wednesday.
“We had not been playing well from the holiday on,” Marion Center coach Jan Brocious said. “We reviewed our defense in practice, and tonight we came out and played good defense and showed what kind of team we can be. They definitely came to play and use their defense tonight.”
Chantel Glasser scored made 12 of 18 free throws and scored a game-high 22 points for Marion Center. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Kearsten Brocious scored 18 points and pulled down six boards, Jenny Irvin finished with 14 points and six assists, and Hanna Beer added six rebounds and six assists.
Eden Bloom scored 15 points, and Kylee Surike had 14 to lead the Lions.
United (7-4, 5-2) plays host to Penns Manor on Wednesday.
INDIANA 61, YOUGH 19: Indiana scored its second win in as many nights and extended its winning streak to five games in a WPIAL Section 3-AAA mismatch in Herminie.
The Indians outscored Yough 22-2 to start the game and allowed just 10 points through the first three quarters. The mercy rule was in effect for most of the second half, and Yough fell to 2-11.
Freshman Jess Stever scored 13 points to lead the Indians. Senior Kaitlyn Hoff added 12. Abbey Karcher scored nine points and Zoe Zahorchak added eight.
Indiana (8-3, 4-1) has three games next week, starting with a section contest at Uniontown on Monday.
SALTSBURG 54, PENNS MANOR 38: Saltsburg put away Penns Manor for a Heritage Conference victory in Kenwood.
Abbie Okopal led the Trojans with 16 points and added six assists and four steals. Abby Peace posted a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Olivia Satler grabbed five boards.
Penns Manor’s Mary Roach had a double-double of her own, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She also dished out five assists. Sarah DaBella led the Comets with 14 points.
Saltsburg (5-6, 3-2) visits Blairsville on Monday. Penns Manor (4-8, 2-5) travels to United on Wednesday.
HOMER-CENTER 60, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 32: Three players scored in double figures and two had double-doubles for Homer-Center as the host Wildcats defeated Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game in Center Township.
Julia Buggey led the way with 19 points, Sydney Horel had 14 and Alexis Leysock added 10. Horel grabbed 15 rebounds and Leysock got 12.
Freshman Desiree Peles scored 15 points to lead the Colts. Katie Baum added 10.
Homer-Center (5-5) plays host to West Shamokin on Tuesday. Northern Cambria (3-7, 1-5) travels to Saltsburg on Wednesday.
PURCHASE LINE 57, HARMONY 24: Host Purchase Line dispatched struggling Harmony in a non-conference game.
Erica Abrams led the Red Dragons with 12 points, and was followed by Brooke Riva and Jaycelyn Fleming, who scored 11 each. Fleming and Koren McCullough each pulled down nine rebounds.
Lindsay Welteroth scored 12 points, and Shannon Dyda made 9 of 10 free throws and scored 11 for the Owls.
Purchase Line (2-10) visits Ligonier Valley on Wednesday. Harmony travels to Curwensville on Monday.
BURRELL 59, APOLLO-RIDGE 32: Apollo-Ridge didn’t fare well as the WPIAL Section 1-AA leader invaded Spring Church.
Burrell (11-0, 3-0) scored 38 of its points in the first half, more than Apollo-Ridge would get all game.
Ashley Emminger led the Vikings with 15 points.
Apollo-Ridge (9-2, 2-2) plays host to Ford City on Monday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 42, HUNTINGDON CHRISTIAN 28: Calvary Baptist won its first-round game to earn a berth in this afternoon’s championship game in Calvary Christian of Huntingdon’s tournament.
Megan Plants and Kayla Chambers scored 18 points each to lead the Patriots. Chambers grabbed 18 rebounds, and Plants had eight assists. Brittany Prugh added three assists.
Calvary Baptist (8-2) faced host Calvary Christian of Huntingdon in the title game at 1 p.m.