HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Blairsville wins 15th straight
Laurel O’Barto notched a double-double, two other Blairsville players reached double figures in scoring, and the Bobcats earned their 15th straight win, a 64-30 victory over host Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference girls’ basketball game Thursday.
Blairsville (16-1, 11-0 conference) hasn’t lost since falling to Class AAAA Hollidaysburg, 57-42, on Dec. 7.
The Bobcats held Purchase Line scoreless in the second quarter and carried a 32-point lead, 43-11, into halftime.
Mikala Misleany and O’Barto stepped up in the Bobcats’ rebounding effort with Blairsville’s leading rebounder, Chelsey Koren, battling the flu.
Misleany piled up a game-high 11 rebounds, and O’Barto grabbed 10.
“We’ve been stressing for quite a while how important rebounding is going to be down the stretch,” Blairsville coach Ralph McGinnis said. “That’s the third double-digit rebounding game for Misleany in a row, and that’s huge because it allows us to put Chelsey in other positions away from the basket. It’s helping our whole game.”
O’Barto led all scorers with 19 points. Koren added 13 points, six assists and five steals, and Nicole Boyer had 13 points.
Jaycelyn Fleming scored six points to pace the Red Dragons.
Purchase Line travels to United on Saturday, and Blairsville plays host to Homer-Center on Tuesday.
MARION CENTER 68, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 25: Second-place Marion Center jumped out to a 25-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised past Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game.
“We came out strong and put together a total team effort. Everyone scored and everyone contributed,” Marion Center assistant coach Jim Rushton said.
Hanna Jo Beer, Chantel Glasser and Jenny Irvin scored 10 points apiece for Marion Center. Beer grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, and Mia Oterson notched a game-best five steals.
Sam Rocco scored seven points to pace Northern Cambria.
The Stingers have won four straight games since falling to first-place Blairsville, 62-45, on Jan. 15.
Marion Center (14-3, 10-1) travels to Ligonier Valley on Monday, and Northern Cambria plays host to Purchase Line on Tuesday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 47, PENNS MANOR 32: Ligonier Valley jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead before playing stingy defense in the second half to ease by visiting Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game.
Taylor Rudnik led Ligonier Valley with 11 points, eight steals and four assists. Olivia Miller and Helene Bloom added 10 points apiece.
Mikayla Parfitt scored a career-high 11 points for Penns Manor.
Ligonier Valley (9-6, 7-3) plays host to Indiana tonight, and Penns Manor visits Marion Center on Tuesday.
UNITED 43, HOMER-CENTER 40: United took a small lead early in the fourth quarter and then drilled 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch to secure a win over Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game at the HomerDome.
The Wildcats carried a 34-33 lead into the fourth quarter, but they were outscored 10-6. Eden Bloom made 4 of 5 free throws in the quarter for the Lions, and Morgan Strait sank 2 of 2.
“Their free throw shooting was definitely the difference,” Homer-Center coach Tom Lasher said. “It was a tight game with a number of lead changes. We just fell behind early in the fourth quarter and had to start fouling to try and get the ball back.”
Bloom made 9 of 11 free throws and led all scorers with 17 points.
Julia Buggey scored 15 points to power the Wildcats.
Homer-Center (7-9) travels to Saltsburg tonight, and United plays host to Purchase Line on Saturday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 53, CLEARFIELD CHRISTIAN 12: Kayla Chambers posted a triple-double, two other Calvary Baptist players reached double figures in scoring, and the Patriots notched their sixth straight win by thumping visiting Clearfield Christian in a non-conference game.
Chambers tallied her fourth triple-double of the season, scoring 20 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and racking up 13 steals. Megan Plants added 14 points, and Rachel Covato chipped in 13.
Calvary Baptist (13-2) travels to Huntingdon Christian today.