The Pitt-Johnstown women built a 28-0 lead and held Alderson-Broaddus to just five first-half points in a 77-39 WVIAC victory Thursday evening in the Sports Center.
Jasmine Harper scored 15 points and Nicole Carman added 11 on a night that saw all 12 Lady Cats get into the scoring column and Pitt-Johnstown extend its winning streak to five games.
The Lady Cats improved to 12-7 overall, 10-6 in the conference.
Pitt-Johnstown held Alderson-Broaddus scoreless for the first 12 minutes and opened a 28-0 lead. Rachel Johnson put the Lady Cats up by 10 before six straight points from Harper doubled it to 20-0 at 11:47.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kelsey Sleighter pushed it to 26-0 before another bucket in the paint by Harper closed the run at 28-0 with 9:09 left in the half.
The Battlers, who shot just 7.1 percent in the first half, got on the scoreboard with a Cayla Rhodes free throw at 7:58. Nautica Davis followed with jumper to make it 28-3, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored Alderson-Broaddus 11-2 the rest of the way to build a 34-point halftime advantage.
Harper had 15 points and Carman added 11 to lead UPJ. Kaitlynn Fratz and Sleighter each chipped in nine points while Inaya Stephenson, Leah Hansen and Rizzo had six points each. Stephenson grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, and Grace Hyland pulled down six.
LIU Brooklyn 82
St. Francis 62
NEW YORK – Booker Hucks matched his career high with 20 points off the bench as LIU Brooklyn won its sixth straight game 82-62 over St. Francis (Pa.) Thursday night for a Northeast Conference victory.
Hucks hit a career-high five 3-pointers. The senior is 9-of-13 shooting from deep over his past two games and has made 45.5 percent (15 of 33) from deep in 10.8 minutes per game this season for the Blackbirds (11-10, 6-3).
Earl Brown had 22 points for the Red Flash (1-19, 1-8), including two when he tipped an LIU Brooklyn inbound pass into the basket. St. Francis has lost 15 straight on the road.
Nick Novak led all scorers with 26 points, but Alderson-Broaddus used a 17-8 second-half run to erase an eight-point deficit and end Pitt-Johnstown’s four-game winning streak with a 68-60 WVIAC victory Thursday night in the Sports Center.
UPJ’s Nick Novak led all scorers with 26 points as the Mountain Cats slipped to 12-8 overall, 8-8 in the conference.
The Mountain Cats fell behind by one early, then used to 15-4 run to open up a 10-point lead.
Reds nip Bucs in 13th inning
Jay Bruce ended Jason Grilli's saves streak with a solo homer in the ninth, and Brandon Philips singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning on Wednesday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Derrick Robinson and Shin-Soo Choo singled off Vin Mazzaro (3-2) with one out in the 13th and Joey Votto was walked intentionally. Phillips singled up the middle to end it.
Patton rebounds with win over Portage
Patton manager Ray Eckenrode was concerned about the hangover from Tuesday night’s tough 1-0 loss at Ebensburg.
After a slow start on Wednesday night, the host Red Men started swinging the bat, producing 11 hits in a 6-1 win over Portage in Cambria League American Legion action.
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Casey Craig is new to his role as GM of the Laurel Auto Group franchise in the AAABA League.
But Craig has seen enough of Mark Thomchick to realize the first-year manager has brought instant respectability to a team that finished eight games under .500 last season.
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Martella's Pharmacy fashions six-inning victory over Rail Birds
Through three scoreless innings at Point Stadium, the Altoona Rail Birds held their own against Martella’s Pharmacy in a AAABA League interleague contest.
But Martella’s patience at the plate and aggressiveness on the base paths turned a close game into a 10-run mercy rule affair on Tuesday.
Pirates ruin Latos’ winning streak
Pedro Alvarez singled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended Mat Latos’ streak of 21 regular-season starts without a loss, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Latos (6-1) hadn’t lost a regular-season game since last August, setting a club-record streak of avoiding defeat. He couldn’t overcome Pittsburgh’s three-run first inning.
Checkered flag falls at Dog Hollow
There will be no more howling in the hollow.
Through social media, Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown - located close to the Indiana/Cambria county line - announced on Monday evening that it would no longer be in operation.
- Local baseball in brief 6/19/2013
Four solo home runs lead Reds past Pirates
Todd Frazier wasn’t going to let left-hander Francisco Liriano get another fastball by him. He guessed right and hit one a long way.
Laurel Auto belts way to victory
Zach Heide’s two-run home run cleared the Screen Monster in left field at Point Stadium and kick-started Laurel Auto Group’s scoring in its 8-2 victory over Ketrow Insurance Monday night in a AAABA league game.
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