High school highlights: Neshannock pulls off upset

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If there is such thing as a "signature win," Neshannock's boys basketball team penned one Friday night.

Matt McKinney scored 19 points and Class AA No. 4 Neshannock earned arguably its biggest win this season by defeating visiting No. 2 Beaver Falls, 65-61, in Section 2.

Ernie Burkes added nine points and 11 assists for Neshannock (10-2, 5-1), which forged a three-way tie atop the section with Beaver Falls and Aliquippa.


Dan Stratton scored 16 points and Elijah Cottrill chipped in 13 for Beaver Falls, which saw its 24-game section winning streak end.

Neshannock led Beaver Falls, 41-21, at the half.

Other top boys games

■ Malik Hooker scored 20 points and Anthony Richards added 19 to lead Class AAAA No. 1 New Castle (11-0, 6-0) to a 63-41 home triumph against No. 3 North Allegheny (10-2, 4-2) in Section 3. North Allegheny scored six points in the first quarter and five in the third.

■ Joey Lafko had 23 points as Class AAAA No. 2 Hampton (13-0, 6-0) vaulted to an 85-68 win at Seneca Valley (6-6, 2-4) in Section 3. The Talbots played their second consecutive game without star Ryan Luther, who is out with an ankle injury.

■ Nick Stotler's 17 points helped host Plum (11-1, 5-1) win its fifth game in a row, 60-57, against Fox Chapel (10-3, 3-3) in Class AAAA Section 2. Matt D'Amico scored 25 points for Fox Chapel.

■ Freshman Paris Ford scored 19 points as Central Catholic (8-5, 5-1) moved into a first-place tie in Class AAAA Section 2 with an 84-60 home win against No. 5 Gateway (9-4, 5-1). The Vikings shot 57 percent from the field.

■ D.J. Porter's 18 points led a group of five players scoring in double figures for No. 1 Obama Academy (9-0, 1-0), which won its City League opener, 82-55, at Carrick (5-4, 0-1).

■ Michael Sims had four 3-pointers among his 17 points to lead Class AAA No. 2 Central Valley (10-1, 4-0) to a 67-47 victory against visiting Blackhawk (5-7, 4-1) in Section 2.

■ Thomas Jefferson (9-2, 3-1) jumped to a 13-point first-quarter lead and never looked back in an 84-57 rout of Steel Valley (7-2, 2-2) in Class AAA Section 4. Charlie Scharbo led the Jaguars with 21 points.

■ Maverick Rowan's 28 points propelled Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park (10-1, 3-0) to an 81-44 victory at No. 4 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (8-4, 2-1) in Section 1. Cameron Johnson scored 15 points for OLSH.

Great from long range

■ Bethel Park (9-2, 4-1) made 14 3-pointers in a 79-35 win against visiting Trinity (2-10, 0-6) in Class AAAA Section 4. Josh Krafczynski (17 points) and R.J. Pfeuffer (16) led the way with five 3-pointers apiece.

Stars of the night

■ Noah Wertz knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Laurel (7-5, 3-3) a 66-65 win at Riverside (5-8, 2-4) in Class AA Section 2. Mason Mraz led Laurel with 23 points, while Zach Gould paced Riverside with 31.

■ Cole Novotney scored 30 points, including 28 in the first half, helping Brownsville (6-4, 5-0) win at Bentworth (1-10, 1-5), 87-65, in Class AA Section 5.

Boys hot shots

■ Players who made five or more 3-pointers: Cole Novotney, Brownsville, 6; Josh Krafczynski, Bethel Park, 5; R.J. Pfeuffer, Bethel Park, 5; Cory Fuller, Carmichaels, 5; Isaiah Hollis, Clairton, 5; Austin Miller, Knoch, 5; Matt McKinney, Neshannock, 5; Anthony Richards, New Castle, 5; Jake Brucker, Peters Township, 5.

Top girls games

■ Erin Mathias had 19 points and 18 rebounds to help Fox Chapel (10-3, 6-0) win at Plum (8-3, 4-1), 53-40, in Class AAAA Section 2. Fox Chapel outscored Plum, 23-7, in the fourth quarter.

■ Natalie Myers scored a game-high 21 points to lead Class AA No. 2 Burrell (11-1, 3-0) to a 59-32 victory at Apollo-Ridge (9-2, 2-2) in Section 1.

Girls hot shots

■ Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Rachel Czulewicz, McGuffey, 4; Lexi Dhayer, South Side Beaver, 4.

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