Kittanning edges Knoch at buzzer
Gateway's Deon Baker, rear, and Woodland Hills' Tom Green, fight for possession of a rebound in the first half of a WPIAL Class AAAA game Tuesday night at Gateway High School.
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A Kittanning boys basketball player put forth a tremendous performance Tuesday night.
In fact, it was sterling.
Sterling Henry scored 30 points, including the winning shot at the buzzer, to lift Kittanning to a 68-67 win at Knoch in Class AAA Section 1.
Henry, a senior guard, took an inbounds pass with six seconds left, dribbled into the lane and made the winner. Hescored 20 of his points in the second half, including 11 of Kittanning's 17 in the fourth quarter.
He also was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.
Kevin Barnes chipped in 11 points for Kittanning (5-0, 2-0), which trailed by three points after three quarters.
Marc Vaughn scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half for Knoch (2-3, 1-1). Teammate David Gallagher had four 3-pointers and 13 points.
Other top boys games
• Sean Hennigan, James Meeker and Luke Soyster each made three 3-pointers for Class AAAA No. 4 North Allegheny (5-0, 2-0) in an 86-64 victory against visiting Shaler (4-2, 0-2) in Section 3. Hennigan led the Tigers with 17 points, while Geno Thorpe scored 28 points for Shaler.
• Ryan Luther's 26 points helped Class AAAA No. 2 Hampton (6-0, 2-0) avoid an upset bid by edging visiting Butler (1-4, 0-2), 49-47, in Section 3. Hampton led by 10 points at the half.
• Corey Stanford and Andy Abreu scored 25 points apiece for host Penn-Trafford (4-1, 2-0) in an 81-57 Class AAAA Section 1 win against Connellsville (2-4, 0-1). Penn-Trafford's Christian Rohaus chipped in 15 points.
• Christian Koroly made five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points to help host Trinity (6-1, 1-0) roll to a 75-54 victory against Mt. Lebanon (2-3, 1-1) in Class AAAA Section 4. Berton Miller added 21 points for the Hillers.
• Lenny Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Sto-Rox (2-3, 1-0) to a 57-54 win at Class AA No. 3 Quaker Valley (3-2, 0-2) in Section 6.
• Serra Catholic (6-0, 2-0) continued to make the move from Class A to AA a smooth one by defeating visiting Springdale (1-4, 0-1), 43-30, in Section 3. Joe Satira led Serra with 14 points.
• Brian Graytok's 18 points led Class AA No. 5 Greensburg Central Catholic (6-0) to a 49-45, non-section win at Blackhawk (2-3). Zach Hermann added 16 points for the Centurions, including eight in the fourth quarter.
Points at a premium
• Class AAAA No. 5 Bethel Park and visiting Upper St. Clair combined to score just 11 points in the first half, but the Black Hawks pulled away in the second half to earn a 38-17 win in Section 4. Bethel Park (5-0, 2-0) led, 8-3, at halftime, before outscoring Upper St. Clair (3-3, 0-1), 19-7, in the third quarter. The Black Hawks got nine points from Josh Kracfynzski, all on 3-pointers.
• Quigley Catholic's Jay Fyda scored his 1,000th career point in helping the host Spartans (5-1) defeat Carrick (0-5), 62-53, in a non-section game. Fyda finished with 14 points.
• Wilkinsburg (2-2) trailed by 13 points after three quarters before rallying for a 65-52 non-section win against visiting Brashear (4-2). Wilkinsburg's Jonathan Blue scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and added 10 rebounds.
Stars of the night
• Fox Chapel's Billy Urso made six 3-pointers among his 20 points to lead the Foxes (6-0, 2-0) to a 66-54 win against visiting Franklin Regional (3-3, 0-2) in Class AAAA Section 2.
• Also in Section 2, another Urso, David Urso, scored a career-high 25 points for host Central Catholic (4-1, 2-0) in a 65-51 victory against Penn Hills. Central Catholic outscored Penn Hills, 20-2, in the first quarter.
• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Billy Urso, Fox Chapel, 6; Drew Cook, Beaver Falls, 5; Evan Bonnaure, South Fayette, 5; Christian Koroly, Trinity, 5; Jim Diaz, Charleroi, 4; Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 4; Tyler Schweiss, Geibel Catholic, 4; David Gallagher, Knoch, 4; Ben Richie, Leechburg, 4; Griffin Myers, Plum, 4; John Arcuri, St. Joseph, 4; Joe Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, 4; John Wallace, Trinity Christian, 4.
Top girls game
• Chelsea Richardson scored 16 points and dished out eight assists for Gateway (2-1, 2-0) in a 49-34 Class AAAA Section 2 win against visiting Woodland Hills. Delrika Jones-Carey led Woodland Hills with 17 points.
Star of the night
• Erin Mathias had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to help host Fox Chapel (6-0, 2-0) remain undefeated with a 60-43 win against Franklin Regional (2-3, 0-1) in Class AAAA Section 2. Mathias, a junior and Duke recruit who missed last season with a knee injury, is averaging 18.5 points per game.
First Published December 19, 2012 12:00 am