united-rv basketball

Johnny Muchesko (2) scored inside in front of River Valley’s Luke Woodring in United’s 14th straight win Tuesday night.

United fended off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by River Valley to extend its win streak to 14 games with a 65-62 victory in a Heritage Conference boys’ basketball game Tuesday night.

The Lions and Panthers each put up a 13-point first quarter, but United took a five-point edge into halftime, 28-23.

United hit three 3-pointers in a 23-point third quarter to push its lead to 51-37, but a 25-point surge in the fourth quarter brought the Panthers within three points.

Three Lions scored in double figures. Brad Felix, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, led the way with 18 points, including going 4-for-4 from the line. Joe Marino, another 6-2 junior guard, followed with 17 points, and Johnny Muchesko, a senior guard, tallied 16.

Rocco Bartolini, a senior forward/guard, led the Panthers with 18 points, including 16 in the second half. Seniors Cameron Reaugh and Braden Staats notched 12 points apiece.

United and River Valley each tallied seven 3-point field goals. River Valley’s Dom Speal and Braden Staats, along with the Lions’ Marino, all notched three apiece.

Both teams are back in action Thursday. The Lions (14-2) travel to Conemaugh Township, and the Panthers (5-10) visit Greater Latrobe.

PENNS MANOR 72, PURCHASE LINE 26: Bryan Koches drilled eight 3-point field goals and Penns Manor beat Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game to run its winning streak to 11.

“It was Koches’ night. I could not be prouder of him,” Penns Manor coach Andy Lansberry said.

Koches hit two 3s in the opening quarter, four in the third and one in each of the second and fourth quarters for all of his 24 points. Penns Manor finished with 11 3s.

A 6-foot senior guard, Koches was one of four Comets to reach double figures. Grant Grimaldi scored 16 points, Noah Kohan contributed 12 and Max Hill chipped in 10.

Brady Syster and Brayden Albright scored six points apiece for Purchase Line (1-12).

Penns Manor, which started the season 2-2, improved to 13-2 going into Monday’s home game against Northern Cambria. The Comets’ only loss came to United on Dec. 17 and Penns Cambria in the season opener.

Purchase Line plays at Northern Cambria on Tuesday.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA 46, MARION CENTER 45, OT: Northern Cambria held off Marion Center in overtime on a horrible night at the free throw line for the Stingers.

Marion Center went 8-for-25 at the free throw line in the Heritage Conference game. Northern Cambria also made eight free throws, the Colts’ coming on 13 attempts.

Peyton Myers, a 5-foot-9 junior, paced Northern Cambria with 22 points, including its lone field goal in overtime. Ty Dumm, a freshman, made a free throw for the Colts’ other point in overtime. Dumm also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Vitalijs Petrof led Marion Center with 17 points. Dawson Bracken hit three 3-point field goals and scored 10 points. T.J. Lynn added nine.

Both teams play Thursday. Northern Cambria (7-9) plays host to Purchase Line, and Marion Center (4-12) visits Cambria Heights.

LIGONIER VALLEY 69, EAST ALLEGHENY 56: Jaicob Hollick scored 23 points to lead Ligonier Valley over East Allegheny in a WPIAL Class 3A Section 3 game and the 1,000th win in program history.

The Rams held a 34-29 halftime lead and outscored East Allegheny 35-27 in the second half.

Hollick, a senior guard, added 10 rebounds. Matthew Marinchak, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, followed with 20 points and five assists. Dylan Rhoades, a senior forward/guard, chipped in 11 points.

Mike Smith led East Allegheny (6-10, 2-5) with 23 points.

Ligonier Valley (8-8, 5-3) welcomes non-conference Greater Latrobe on Friday.

STEEL VALLEY 66, APOLLO-RIDGE 32: Steel Valley dropped 23 points on Apollo-Ridge in each of the first and third quarters in a WPIAL Class 3A Section 3 game.

The Ironmen jumped out to a 23-7 advantage after the first quarter and took a 36-14 halftime lead. They outscored the Vikings 30-18 in the second half.

Gage Johnston, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, netted a team-high 17 points for Apollo-Ridge.

Steel Valley’s Malkhai Valentine led all scorers with 27 points, including four 3-point field goals.

Apollo-Ridge (3-5, 4-11) visits Springdale today.


HOMER-CENTER 59, DERRY 22: Marlee Kochman notched her 1,000th career point in Homer-Center’s seventh straight win, a non-conference victory over Derry.

Derry held a one-point lead, 11-10, after the first period, but the Wildcats outscored the Trojans 23-4 in the second and took an 18-point advantage, 33-15, at halftime.

Macy Sardone, a junior shooting guard, scored 11 points in a 16-5 third quarter. The Wildcats held the Trojans to a single basket to take the final period 10-2.

Sardone poured in a game-high 22 points, going 5-for-7 from the line. Kochman, a senior guard, and Anna Cutshall, a junior guard, scored 12 points apiece.

Tiana Moracco and Samantha Gruska each tallied seven points for Derry.

Homer-Center (12-3) welcomes Purchase Line on Thursday for a Heritage Conference game.

PENNS MANOR 56, WILLIAMSBURG 48: Megan Dumm poured in 22 points to lead Penns Manor past Williamsburg in a non-conference game for its 11th straight win.

The Comets held a 30-26 halftime lead and outscored the Blue Pirates 26-22 in the final two quarters.

“Williamsburg has a very nice team,” said Penns Manor coach Jason Miloser. “I thought in the second half we played with more intensity on the defensive end and that led to us doing a better job of rebounding and limiting them to one shot.”

Dumm, a senior guard, posted three 3-pointers, grabbed 11 rebounds and notched five assists. Deja Gillo, a junior guard, tallied 17 points and five assists.

Ayla Hileman scored a game-high 26 points for Williamsburg (11-4).

Penns Manor (14-2) welcomes Purchase Line today for a Heritage Conference game.

APOLLO-RIDGE 53, JEANNETTE 7: Apollo-Ridge held Jeannette to single digits for its 11th win in a WPIAL Class 2A Section 4 game.

The Vikings held a 37-2 halftime lead and outscored the Jay Hawks 16-5 in the second half.

Sidney McCray, a 5-foot-10 junior forward, and Sophia Yard, sophomore shooting guard, each scored 12 points for Apollo-Ridge. Brinley Toland, a junior guard, chipped in 11.

Apollo-Ridge (11-2, 2-1) travels to Winchester Thurston on Thursday.