Pouncing like the Panthers they are. Commodore Perry High boys basketball team shocked Sharpville Friday night.
Perry procured an early 9-1 edge and CP seemed primed for the District 10 inter-region road win.
However the big three for the host Blue Devils did their damage during the 2nd half, as Sharpsville surged to a 64-44 success.
At Red Johnston Gymnasium, Sage Barringer bucketed a game-high 26 points, Greg Popatak produced a game-high 20-point, 12-rebound double-double, and Kyle Kennedy contributed a 10-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist line.
Led by Barringer’s 13-point 1st-half, Sharpsville secured a 26-23 margin at intermission as visiting CP shot only 8 for 23.
Then during the 2nd half the Blue Devils’ trio took turns pounding the Panthers. Popatak popped in 11 fourth-period points for Class AA Sharpsville (7-8).
Though Head Coach Jon Hildebran implored his Panthers to produce 4 periods of consistent play, they instead shot 8 for 22 from the floor and committed 6 of their 17 miscues.
Bolstered by Barringer (4 for 6) and Popatak (4 for 5), Sharpsville shot 13 for 20 from the field during the 2nd half, and 22 for 49 (44.8 percent). Also, led by Popatak, the Panthers were pounded, 39-25, on the boards and the Blue Devils did not turn over the ball, ending with only 10.
For Class A Commodore Perry (7-8), Jeremiah Small scored 13 and hauled down a handful of rebounds, and Cody Beachy brokered a team-high 10-point, 9-rebound, 3-assist line. Sean Britton paced the Panthers with a half-dozen caroms and Phil Stringert dished out 3 assists.
ä West Middlesex 85, Rocky Grove 47 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds improved to 10-4 with the non-region rout of the Orioles (3-10).
Trey Staunch fired in 21 points for WM, Ryan Dogan bucketed 17, Andrew Long buried 4 treys en route to 16 points and Josh Porterfield registered 10 markers.
Nate White led the way for Rocky Grove with a game-high 25 points, which included 7 treys, and Garrett Gannoe tallied 19 points.
Coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds, which are ranked 10th in the state in Class AA by the Harrisburg Patriot News, battle Canfield at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Lariccia’s “See Them Rise” Showcase tonight at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.
ä Lakeview 57, Iroquois 38 — At Stoneboro, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors (6-9) snapped a 3-game losing streak with a non-region victory against Region 4-AA Iroquois (1-15).
Brandon Rice scored a game-high 15 points to pace Lakeview while Matt Partridge contributed 14 points.
Jeff Ratiu had 14 points for the Braves and Vincent Maruca registered a dozen markers.
ä Reynolds 70, Jamestown 20 — At Transfer, the Raiders (10-4) led 22-2 after the opening quarter and rolled to the non-region win over the winless Muskies (0-11).
Garhett Frable fired in 19 points for Reynolds, Cory Woods and Anthony Beck bucketed 13 each and Jake Leipheimer tallied 10.
Shannon Potter finished with 11 points for Jamestown.
ä Union City 63, Mercer 49 — In the County Seat, the visiting Bears broke open a tight inter-region affair by pouring in 41 second-half points.
Burgess bucketed 16 points for Union City, as did Dougherty, and Hoban hit 10. The Region 4-AA Bears (8-7) brokered 21-for-28 free-throw shooting (75 percent).
Mercer (8-8), playing its 2nd contest in as many nights, was led by John Scheidhauer, who scored 19, and Logan Clarke, who collected a dozen. The Steads shot 19 for 28 from the sin stripe.
ä Mercer 52, Northwestern 50 — At Albion Thursday night, the visiting Mustangs mustered the inter-conference road win as Clarke connected for 6 of his game-high 20 points during the decisive 4th frame. Also, Scheidhauer hit for another 14 points for Mercer.
For Northwestern (6-8), Nate Tewell joined Corey Shinko in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
˝ Two outstanding 3-sport athletes and a pro baseball player from the late 1800s made up the 14th class of inductees for the Mercer High Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. A special ceremony was held following the game.
The inductees were Justin Allan (Class of 1994), Valarie (White) Rhodes (2001) and Samuel Leech Maskrey was a posthumous inductee.
Allan was a standout in track and field (shot put, javelin), basketball (659 points) and football (quarterback, 1993 D-10 championship); Rhodes was a star in basketball (1,126 points), volleyball and track and field (high jump) and Maskrey was a major league left fielder in the American Major League Baseball Association from 1882 until 1886.
ä Farrell 64, Slippery Rock 45 — At the Rock Box, the visiting Steelers outscored Slippery Rock 45-33 during the final 24 minutes of the Region 5-AAA affair.
Slippery Rock assumed a 12-9 first-quarter lead, but the Steelers swept the home-and-home regular-season series.
For Farrell (8-1, 13-1), Ike Jones and Chris James evenly divided 30 points and Clifton McNair and Dewayne Burns split 20 more.
Slippery Rock (1-9, 4-10), Brady Kadlubek canned 10 points and Matt Badger tossed in a trio of triples.
ä George Junior Republic 68, Franklin 55 — At Grove City, the host Tigers took down Franklin, sprinting to a 40-15 margin at intermission, then holding on as the Knights notched 40 second-half points in a Region 5-AAA encounter.
Qayshawn Oliver overwhelmed Franklin by hauling down a career-best 22 rebounds, while Hadari Baker boasted a career-high 17-point performance and also dished out 4 assists, while Malik Gibson garnered a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double for GJR (3-7, 6-9).
For Franklin (3-5, 6-7), Clayton Maxon mustered 21 markers, including 5 from behind the arc, Kyle Ritchey rifled in 13 and Isaac Drain drained a dozen.
ä Hickory 69, Meadville 46 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, coach Geoff Evans’ Hornets improved to 7-3 in Region 5-AAA and 11-3 overall with the 23-point win over the Bulldogs (3-6, 5-9).
Anthony Cannone poured in a game-high 19 points for Hickory, Andrew Pryts and Donte Green had 9 each and Aaron Conley scored 8 points.
Armoni Foster sank a trio of treys en route to 15 points for Meadville and standout Trevor Clune was held to only 9 points.
ä Oil City 70, Grove City 49 — At “The House of Hustle,” the host Oilers exacted a measure of vengeance for an earlier loss this season at Grove City.
Logan Way went for a game-high 23 points and Devon Geib garnered another 21 for Oil City (6-2, 11-2). The Oilers also shot 20 for 27 from the charity stripe (74 percent).
For Grove City (6-4, 11-4), Derek Turner and Danny Torok tallied 14 and 13 ponts, respectively. However, after the Eagles erupted for 21 third-period points, the Grovers got only 9 during the decisive 4th frame.
ä Kennedy Catholic 66, Greenville 52 — At Greenville, Matt Hurton hit 5 from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 17-point performance to key Kennedy Catholic (8-6) to the inter-region road win.
The host Trojans trailed 51-48 entering the 4th frame, but scored just 4 points during the game’s final 8 minutes.
Also for KC, Gerald Zachar (16), Andre Campbell (13) and Sam Crow (10) scored in double figures.
Greenville (8-7) was led by Tyler Fattman, who fired in 4 from the 3-point line en route to a game-high 18-point performance, and Aaron Emmett, who ended with 10.
ä Wilmington 86, VisionQuest 70 — At New Wilmington, the Hounds (9-6) and Eagles (4-9) were deadlocked at 14-all after the 1st quarter, but the Hounds poured it on in the 2nd quarter to take a 41-26 lead at the break and went on to notch the non-region win.
Spencer DeMedal scored 19 for Wilmington, Jordan Smith bucketed 14, Rocco Fagan tallied 11 and Jesse Hilliard added 10 markers.
Darnall Foster rifled in 27 points for VQ, Dominick Robinson had 21 and Edward Dark contributed 10 markers.
ä Sharon 77, Lakeview 54 — At Tiger Gymnasium, Lakeview led 19-16 after the opening 8 minutes, but rallied to post the Region 2-AA victory.
Kristina Jacoway fired in a career-high 19 points and had 5 steals to lead Sharon (7-1, 11-5), Tanayja Sanders registered an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double, Mallory Torr had 13 markers, Delisa Smith posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Kelsey McGranahan dished out 4 assists.
Raygen Fischer was the leading scorer for the Lady Sailors (0-8, 5-10) with 17 points and Sam Womer tallied 10 markers.
ä Grove City 48, Meadville 42 — At “The House of Thrills” Thursday night, the visiting Lady Eagles ended 18 for 26 from the free-throw line en route to the Region 5-AAA road win.
Corianne Hyduchak hit 8 of 10 freebies to lead Grove City (4-3, 9-6), and she scored a team-high 12 points.
For Meadville (1-6, 3-12), McCoy collected a game-high 14 points, but the Lady Bulldogs were only 5 for 14 from the sin stripe.
˝ Hickory High girls basketball team remained undefeated with Thursday’s win over Slippery Rock.
“Defense was the difference,” summarized Lady Hornets’ Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We figured, coming in, it’d be a challenge, but this was a good game for us. The bench played a solid game, and it’s a credit to the entire team.”
For Hickory, Nicole LaCava led with 11 rebounds, while Holly Grober grabbed 7 and blocked 2 shots, as did Brandi Beader. Also, Megan Chess checked in with a handful of steals and Nikki Arbanas added 4.
ä Oil City 89, Sharon 34 — At Sharon on Thursday, the Oilers topped the Tigers.
Dylan Cerroni led the way for Sharon with wins in the 500 freestyle (5:05.98) and 100 backstroke (1:04.75).
ä Oil City 127, Sharon 32 — At Sharon Thursday, the Lady Tigers only had one 1st-place finish in the loss to the Lady Oilers.
Sharon’s Anna Beckert clocked in at 26.53 in the 50 freestyle to finish 1st.
Pouncing like the Panthers they are. Commodore Perry High boys basketball team shocked Sharpville Friday night.
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