High School Highlights: Planets align for Mars victory

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Kittanning entered its game Friday night against Mars as the fourth-highest scoring team in Class AAA and hadn't scored less than 55 points in any of its 10 contests.

But the Planets changed that.

Mars held Kittanning to a season-low in points and handed the Wildcats their first loss, this season, 65-45, in Section 1-AAA play.

Jeannette 77, Serra Catholic 62

Serra Catholic visitis Jeannette in Friday night action. (Video by Matt Freed; 01/04/2013).

Matt Getsy scored a game-high 28 points for the Class AAA No. 2-ranked Planets (8-2, 3-0).

He scored 17 of the Planets' 27 points in the first half as they jumped to a 27-14 lead.

Sterling Henry led Kittanning (10-1, 3-1) with 16 points.

Other top boys games

• Class AA top-ranked Jeannette (10-1, 4-0) handed visiting Serra Catholic (9-1, 2-1) its first loss this season, 77-62, in Section 3-AA action. Damone Morton led the Jayhawks with 21 points.

• In a battle of top-five teams in Class AA, second-ranked Beaver Falls (8-2, 4-0) jumped to a 30-6 lead and cruised to a 68-45 victory against fifth-ranked New Brighton (9-2, 3-1) in Section 2-AA. Drew Cook led the Tigers with 23 points, and Elijah Cottrill added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

• Apollo-Ridge (9-1, 3-0) led by 20 points after the first quarter and cruised to an 87-69 win against visiting Deer Lakes (6-4, 2-1) in Section 1-AA. Tre Tipton led the Vikings with 24 points.

• Tony DiNardo scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, made 6 steals and blocked 5 shots to lead Vincentian (9-0, 1-0) to a 79-56 win against Eden Christian (8-2, 0-1) in Section 2-A. Vincentian, the No. 3-ranked team in Class A, entered the game as the highest-scoring team in the WPIAL, averaging 82.9 points per game.

• Franklin Regional (6-5, 1-3) missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Class AAAA No.-4-ranked Gateway (7-1, 4-0) a 59-56 win in Section 2. Deon Cottrell-Baker scored 12 points to lead the Gators.

• Rohan Young hit a jumper from the sideline with three seconds remaining in overtime to give Bethel Park (9-1, 4-0) a 61-59 win against Peters Township (4-6, 1-3) in Section 4-AAAA. Wyatt Hagerty had 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Black Hawks.

Making it count

• Tanner Bergman tipped in an airball as time expired to give North Hills (5-6, 1-3) a 60-58 win against host Shaler (6-5, 0-4) in Section 3-AAAA. They were the only points of the night for Bergman, and the shot was the only one he attempted. Shaler star Geno Thorpe scored 25 points despite sitting out the entire first half.

Stars of the night

• Matt D'Amico scored 15 of his 36 points in the second quarter to lead Fox Chapel (9-1, 4-0) to a 73-59 win against host Penn Hills (3-7, 0-4) in Section 2-AAAA.

• Shawn Anderson scored 31 points to lead New Castle (10-0, 3-0), the Class AAAA No. 1-ranked team, to a 79-45 win against host Seneca Valley (6-3, 2-2) in Section 3-AAAA.


• Quaker Valley head coach Mike Mastroianni won his 350th career game as his Quakers (7-3, 1-2) defeated Avonworth (4-6, 2-2), 38-36 in Section 6-AA. Mastroianni is 350-171 in his 21 seasons as coach, the past 14 of which have come at Quaker Valley.

• Washington (9-1, 4-0) senior Josh Wise scored his 1,000th career point in the Little Prexies' 69-44 Section 4-AA win against Fort Cherry (3-7, 1-2) Wise had 19 points against Fort Cherry to raise his career total to 1,004.

• Hampton (10-0, 4-0) junior Ryan Luther passed the 1,000-point mark in the Talbots' 68-34 win against Pine-Richland (7-4, 0-4) in Section 3-AAAA. Luther finished the game with 20 points.

Boys hot shots

• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Adam Haus, North Allegheny, 6; A.J. Greco, Baldwin, 6; John Hilke, Union, 5; Brent Booher, Shenango, 5; Matt D'Amico, Fox Chapel, 5; Tim Jaczesko, Deer Lakes, 4; Brandon Sheeler, Western Beaver, 4; Dale Clancy, Seton-LaSalle, 4; David Gallaher, Knoch, 4; Tyreke Brown, Fort Cherry, 4; Adam Fox, Waynesburg, 4; Evan Bonnaure, South Fayette, 4; John Arcuri, St. Joseph's, 4; Joe Pegg, Laurel Highlands, 4.

Top girls game

• Behind a 21-point performance from Monica Burns, Hempfield (8-1, 4-0) stayed unbeaten in Section 1-AAAA with a 55-44 win against visiting Penn-Trafford (7-2, 3-1).

Girls hot shots

• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Jenna Devinney, Chartiers Valley, 7; Erin Difalco, Franklin Regional, 6; Nichole Kearns, Deer Lakes, 5; Monica Burns, Hempfield, 4.

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