MERCER COUNTY AREA — Aleece Schiffer had a game-high 18 points for Rocky Grove and Amber Nerlich bucketed 11.
ä Kennedy Catholic 62, Reynolds 21 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A rout.
Bekah Kish connected for a game-high 15 points to key Kennedy Catholic (1-0, 8-2), while Taylor Hood had a 12-point, 7-assist, 4-steal effort, and Tatum Kress contributed an 8-point, 8-rebound outing. Also, Alivia O’Brien also added 4 steals for 1st-year mentor Chris Mele.
Rose Stoyer scored 7 for Reynolds (0-1, 1-10).
ä West Middlesex 54, Lakeview 41 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds recorded a substantial edge from the free-throw line to secure the Region 2-AA win.
Middlesex manufactured 28 of 54 free-throw attempts, led by Alyson Pierce’s 12-for-16 performance, while the visiting Lady Sailors shot just 10 times from the line, sinking 6.
Pierce produced a team-high 14 points for West Middlesex (2-1, 7-6) and 1st-year mentor Mike Williams, while Morgan Atterholt added 10.
Leading Lakeview (0-5, 3-7) was Sam Womer, who went for a game-high 19-point performance.
ä Sharon 48, Greenville 27 — Sharon has secured success in 4 of its last 5 games, including Saturday’s 48-27 Region 2-AA rout of Greenville.
The host Lady Tigers’ Tanayja Sanders scored a game-high 19 points and snare d 7 rebounds, while Mallory Torr tallied 13 points, a half-dozen caroms and dished out 3 assists.
Leary led Greenville with 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Molly Montalvo manufactured 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists.
ä Mercer 49, Reynolds 31 — At Transfer, the Lady M’s (9-3) jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the opening quarter and went on to cop the non-region contest over the Lady Raiders (1-9).
Adelyn Cook fired in 13 points to lead Mercer and Aubrie Angermeier bucketed 10.
Rose Stoyer was the leading point-getter for Reynolds with 12 points.
ä Conneaut Area 47, West Middlesex 28 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds (6-6) fell to .500 with the non-region loss.
Kristen Baker rifled in 19 points for Conneaut Area and Challen Litwiler scored 10 markers.
Alyson Pierce and Noelle Murray had 7 points each for WM.
ä Hollidaysburg 52, Kennedy Catholic 39 — In the opener of a tripleheader at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Hollidaysburg (7-1) drained 8 treys and were 10-of-13 from the charity stripe in the win over KC (7-2).
Ashley McClain buried 4 treys en route to 20 points for the Lady Golden Tigers, who went 22-3 last season, while Courtney Storm scored a dozen points.
April Bocian led the way for Kennedy Catholic with 13 points and Alivia O’Brien scored 9 markers.
ä Kennedy Catholic 51, Grove City 40 — At Grove City, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles battled from behind in the 4th quarter to pull out the inter-region victory.
“We went into a three-quarter-court trap and forced a lot of turnovers,” said KC coach Chris Mele about the final-frame rally. “We shot really well from the foul line. We build up a lead then went 12 of 16 from the foul line which was good.
“I’m really proud of the girls. We were down three at the end of the third quarter and were a little big of foul trouble. It was a great effort. Grove City is a really good team.”
Kennedy led 8-7 after the opening period, but Grove City went on top 23-18 at intermission. The host Eagles were up 33-30 at the 4th-quarter turn.
Kennedy (7-1) was paced by April Bocian and Rebekah Kish with 14 points each, while Taylor Hood added 13.
For Grove City (7-3), Jenn Ferguson hit for a dozen markers, while Corianne Hyduchak added 11.
ä Commodore Perry 35, Farrell 34 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers (1-0, 7-4) edged the Lady Steelers (0-1, 2-8) in a thrilling Region 1-A opener for both teams.
CP’s Sarah Nagy sank the winning foul shot with 1.4 seconds left.
Stephanie Vaughn finished with 11 points for CP while Emily Kitchen recorded a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Farrell’s Bria Gambill scored 11 for the Lady Steelers.
ä Farrell 71, Grove City 50 — Led by its bountiful backcourt the Steelers steam-rolled Grove City, 71-50, Friday night at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in a Region 5-AAA affair.
Farrell forged its first 10-0 season start since 1994-95, when Nick Cannone’s club commenced the campaign with a 15-0 ledger, according to Farrell High AD Matt Vannoy’s research.
Malik Miller had a game-high 19 points, including four 3-point field goals for Farrell, while Chris James scored 12 points off the bench and Clifton McNair had 10 points, 5 rebounds.
Farrell (5-0, 10-0) forged a 23-7 first-quarter lead, coercing the Eagles into 9 turnovers. From that point the Steelers extended their edge to 42-19 by the break and 58-35 through 3 quarters.
Grove City (4-2, 9-2) suffered its second setback in the Shenango Valley (prior to the holidays, at Sharon), and the Eagles ended with 22 miscues and connected on only 17 of 42 floor shots (40.4 percent). Derek Turner tallied a team-high 16 points, but was the lone double-digit scorer. Danny Torok dished out 5 assists, also.
ä Sharon 71, Slippery Rock 41 — At Tiger Gymnasium, Sharon led 18-2 after the opening quarter and that was all she wrote for the Rockets as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in Region 5-AAA and 6-3 overall with the win over the Rockets (1-5, 4-6).
Sharon’s Mark Henry fired in 11 field goals and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the
charity stripe for a career-high 31 points. Jamal Waller added 13 points for the Tigers.
Ryan Dutton led the way for Slippery Rock with 12 points.
ä Lakeview 50, Cambridge Springs 31 — At Stoneboro, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors improved to 5-6 with the non-region win over the Blue Devils.