FARRELL – It was a Bellah-Bella double-double for Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team.

Bellah DiNardo posted a game-high 18-point, 10-rebound double-double and Isabella Bianco bucketed 13 points – 10 during the 1st quarter – keying Kennedy to a 67-39 Region 1 win Thursday night.

At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, DiNardo – needing 4 points – surpassed the career 1,000-point milestone. To his credit, Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky, in a classy move, hailed a time-out so DiNardo could have her moment to celebrate.

“Oh, my God! There isn’t a kid who works harder in the gym,” KC Head Coach Justin Magestro said in praise of DiNardo. “I’ve known her for a long time. She has put more time in the gym than you’d care to want to know.”

According to archives at The Herald, DiNardo has scored 1,014 career points. She will continue her education and cage career at Phillippi, West Virginia-based Alderson-Broaddus University.

“She’s a great kid, she’s a team player, and I know this is really special for her because she really loved her father (who is deceased), and I know he would’ve wanted to be here – and he was here,” Magestro continued. “And that’s what drove her through to get this.

“I can’t say enough about her as a silent leader. She isn’t really vocal, but she has that workmanlike attitude – the blue-collar worker who brings her lunch bucket in every day and just works her tail off. So I was very happy for her,” Magestro added.

It was a wire-to-wire win for Kennedy Catholic (2-0 Region 1, 5-1 overall): 17-7 at the quarter, 27-14 by the break, and 54-30 through 3 periods.

“Izzy” Bianco bucketed a pair of treys – 10 points in all – during the 1st frame to jump-start the Lady Golden Eagles’ offense.

“My performance is really based on all my teammates. They get me the ball, and I do the best I can on defense just to help my teammates,” explained Bianco, a 6-foot junior swingman. “Bellah DiNardo is a great player and she’s an amazing teammate. She works hard twenty-four/seven, and I think she really deserves (the milestone). Our whole team worked hard, and being with her when she hit a thousand points is really amazing!”

In addition to DiNardo and Bianco, KC was keyed by Layke Fields’ 10-point, 17-rebound double-double; Paris Gilmore’s 15-point, 7-assist, 5-rebound line, and sharpshooter Monique Vincent’s trio of treys for 9 points. Fields and Vincent are freshmen.

“We had four kids in double figures and ‘Mo’ Vincent had nine. I think that’s tremendous!” Magestro mused. “When you’ve got four kids you don’t have to rely on one kid to score, which is really huge.”

Kennedy Catholic connected on only 21 of 65 floor shots (32.3%) and 16 of 26 free-throw attempts (61.5%); however, KC coerced Farrell into 23 turnovers – 15 during the 1st half. Conversely, Kennedy committed only 6 miscues.

“We haven’t played for a while (owing to COVID-19 postponements and cancellations). We’ve just been waitin’ for a game; the kids were hungry. It’s hard to come to practice every day for two hours,” Magestro admitted. “But we’ve really been focusin’ on our defense. I think we’ve got enough scorers on our team so that the offense will take care of itself. But we want to hang our hat every night, for the entire season, on our defense, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”

“Our defense has to be our ‘statement.’ We’re pretty proud of our defense,” Bianco echoed.

For Farrell (2-2, 5-4), DeMariah Burns bucketed a team-high 12 points; Gabby King contributed a team-high 9 rebounds and 6 points; D’Eryah Stewart posted a 7-point, 6-rebound, 3-assist line, and Sanaa Brodie bucketed 8 points and added 3 rebounds and 3 assists. The Lady Steelers shot 16 for 53 from the field (30.1%) and sank 2 of 9 freebies. KC out-rebounded Farrell, 48-38.

Bianco said the COVID-cancelled games posed a setback, but added, “I feel like this game and every game after this, we’re really gonna step it up and do what we need to do to come out with the win.

“All of us are leaders, everyone steps up each game. But Bellah DiNardo, Paris Gilmore and A.J. Jones are really our leaders,” Bianco related. “They step up and they take care of all of us. ... I play my role. I like to have fun and play defense, and do what my team needs me to do in order to win.”

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Also Thursday:

GIRLS BASKETBALL

• Mercer 57, Commodore Perry 14 – At Sheakleyville, Julia Balaski rifled in 20 points as the Lady M’s (1-2, 4-6) rolled past the Panthers (0-3, 0-7) in the Region 1 contest.

Ava Godfrey added 9 points for Coach Aaron Cook’s Mercer squad and Delaney Fisher added 8.

Hailey Boozer scored all 14 points for CP, which included 4 three-pointers.

• Lakeview 65, Titusville 12 – At Titusville, Coach Gary Burke’s Lady Sailors (1-1, 8-3) rolled in the Region 4 contest.

Reese Gadsby led Lakeview with 19 points, Amber Sefton scored 15, and Emma Marsteller added 7 points.

Lilly Tucker drained a pair of treys for 6 points to pace Titusville (0-2, 1-11).

• Sharpsville 45, Wilmington 17 – At New Wilmington, the Lady Blue Devils improved to 2-0 in Region 4 and 5-4 overall with a win over the Hounds (1-1, 7-4).

Alli Davis led Sharpsville with 12 points, Chasie Fry scored 10, and Breanna Hanley added 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Ady Kratko dished out 4 assists for the Devils and Tori Kimpan blocked 3 shots.

Lia Krarup led the way for Wilmington with 9 points.

• Greenville 57, Sharon 26 – At Tiger Gymnasium, Grace Cano fired in 18 points and Josie Lewis scored 17 as the Lady Trojans picked up the Region 4 win.

Reese Schaller added 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals for Greenville. Cano, Lewis, and Anna Harpst had 6 rebounds each while Makenna Philson and Sarah Mallek both had 3 assists.

Lacey Root led Sharon (0-2, 2-8) with 9 points, Tay Chester scored 6, and Leah Root 4.

• Grove City 50, Meadville 18 – At Grove City, Coach Dennis Ranker’s Lady Eagles (3-1, 7-5) rolled past the Bulldogs (0-3, 1-11) in the Region 5 contest.

Delaney Callahan fired in 18 points for Grove City, Izzie Gamble scored 11 and Emma Santom added 9 points.

Callahan grabbed 6 rebounds, Gamble grabbed 5 boards, and Piper Como collected 8 steals, dished out 7 assists, and had 5 rebounds.

Phoebe Templin led Meadville with 14 points.

• Slippery Rock 48, Conneaut Area 27 – At Linesville, Bronwyn McCoy fired in 5 field goals and was 10-of-13 from the free-throw line to lead the Lady Rockets (3-0, 5-5) to the Region 5 victory over CASH (1-2, 4-5).

Ella McDermott scored a dozen points for Slippery Rock and Katie Book bucketed 10.

Jaelyn Blood led Conneaut Area with 10 points and Hannah Brady contributed 9 points.

• Brookfield 58, Campbell Memorial 27 – At Campbell, Coach Ken Forsythe’s Lady Warriors moved to 3-2 in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Grey Tier Division and 8-3 overall with the blowout win.

MiKenzie Jumper rifled in a season-high 20 points for Brookfield, Sophia Hook posted a 17-point, 12-rebound, 5-steal double-double, and Audrey Reardon added 13 points and 4 assists.

Also for the Lady Warriors, Cailey Wellman grabbed a dozen rebounds and Katie Gibson collected 5 steals.

Cayla Marshall led the Red Devils (0-7, 3-10) with 20 points.

• Thursday’s Jamestown at West Middlesex Region 1 game was postponed due to COVID issues.

• Thursday’s Reynolds at Rocky Grove Region 1 game was postponed due to COVID issues.

BOYS BASKETBALL

• Hickory 50, Grove City 37 – At “The Hive”, the Hornets (4-1, 8-1) used their size inside to secure the Region 4 victory over the visiting Eagles (3-2, 5-5).

Hickory senior bigs Joey Fazzone (16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists, 1 block) and Jackson Pryts (12 points, 7 rebounds) in conjunction with Tyler Mele’s 4 rebounds out-rebounded Grove City 28-19, while shooting 20-of-40 from the field.

Sporting a new starting line-up for the game, Grove City jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but a 7-2 Hickory run to end the quarter allowed the Hornets to take a 9-8 advantage in the second quarter.

After 5 lead changes that resulted in a Eagles 15-14 lead, Hickory’s Christian Evangelista sparked an 8-2 run to close the half.

After an efficient 3-turnover first half, Grove City turned it over 8 times in the third quarter, allowing the Hornets to extend their lead to 37-27.

Aidan Enoch (6) and Fazzone (5) combined for 11 of Hickory’s 13 fourth-quarter points.

Grove City was led by Landon Haggart’s 12 points and Dylan Stull’s 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, while Enoch (11) joined Fazzone and Pryts in double figures for the Hornets.

For the game, Hickory finished with one more turnover than their visitors (17-16).

Grove City connected on 16-of-35 attempts from the field – Information submitted by Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.

• Slippery Rock 49, Greenville 39 – At Greenville, Dylan Gordon scored 16 points as the Rockets (3-2, 5-5) defeated the Trojans (3-3, 6-5) in the Region 4 contest.

The Rockets led 12-5 after 8 minutes and 23-16 at the break. Slippery Rock held on for the win by outscoring the Trojans 26-23 in the 2nd half.

Elam Pyle added 12 points (3 treys) for Slippery Rock, John Sabo scored 11, and Jacob Wolak added 9 points.

Jalen Ritzert had a game-high 18 points for Greenville and Logan Lentz contributed 14 points.

Slippery Rock is set to visit Hickory tonight.

• Franklin 80, Wilmington 29 – At The Castle in Venango County, host Franklin forged a 50-15 halftime lead en route to the Region 4 win. The Knights notched 31 second-period points.

Easton Fulmer fired in a game-high 23 points for Franklin (6-0, 12-1), while Luke Guth garnered 15 and Damon Curry contributed 13. The Knights knocked down a dozen buckets from beyond the 3-point arc, including Fulmer’s handful.

For Wilmington (0-, 1-9), Colin Hill hit for 9 points and Pierce Nagel notched 7.

• West Middlesex 44, Mercer 41 (OT) – In the County Seat, the visiting Big Reds outscored Mercer 6-3 during the decisive extra session. Richie Preston and Gio Rococi scored from the field and Logan Shrawder added a free throw.

Both teams connected for 16 field goals in the Region 1 affair, but Middlesex made 5 of 8 freebies; Mercer 2 of 6.

Mercer mustered a 23-21 margin at intermission, but Middlesex moved within 34-33 through 3 periods.

For West Middlesex (3-2, 6-5), Preston pumped in 13 points and Tanner Shick scored 12, tossing in a trio of treys. Also, Shrawder scored 9 and Rococi and Luke Mild evenly divided an additional dozen.

For Mercer (3-2, 7-4), Woody Nickel notched a game-high 16 points, including 4 buckets from beyond the arc, while Connor Grossman garnered 8 points.

• Kennedy Catholic 75, Commodore Perry 21 – At Hermitage, Elijah Harden drained 4 treys en route to 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles (5-0, 6-2) past the Panthers (1-5, 2-8) in the Region 1 affair.

Gio Magestro added 12 points for KC, Malik Lampkins-Rudolph bucketed 11, and Simeir Wade contributed 10 points.

Kyle Stingert led CP with 8 points while Karson Cropp and Dwight Yeagley chipped in 4 points each.

• Thursday’s Rocky Grove vs. Lakeview Region 1 game was postponed due to COVID issues.

• Thursday’s Sharon at Sharpsville Region 4 game was postponed due to COVID issues. Also, Saturday’s Sharpsville at Grove City Region 4 game has been postponed.

• Thursday’s Farrell at Jamestown Region 1 game was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 26.

WRESTLING

• The Lakeview/Commodore Perry co-op is going into quarantine due to COVID issues. Matches against Union City tonight and against Meadville on Tuesday have been postponed.

• Tonight’s Sharon at Greenville match has been postponed. Greenville hosted Commodore Perry and Howland in a tri-match on Wednesday.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

KENNEDY        17  27  10  13  67

FARRELL          7  14   9    9   39

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – DiNardo 7-3-4-18, Gilmore 4-4-7-15, Fields 2-6-11-10, Vincent 3-0-0-9, Keith 0-0-0-0, Bianco 4-3-4-13, Jones 0-0-0-0, Suhar 1-0-0-2, Lombardi 0-0-0-0, Pfleger 0-0-0-0, Shimrack 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Gilmore 3, Vincent 3, Bianco 2, DiNardo 1. Totals: 21-16-26-67.

FARRELL – Brodie 4-0-0-8, Stewart 2-1-3-7, Green 2-0-0-4, King 3-0-1-6, Burns 4-1-3-12, Thomas 1-0-0-2, Harden-Mann 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Burns 3, Stewart 2. Totals: 16-2-9-39.

JV: No game.

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MERCER           28  11  14  4  57

COMM. PERRY    0    8    3  3  14

MERCER – Balaski 10-0-0-20, Fisher 4-0-0-8, Washil 3-0-1-6, Godfrey 3-3-3-9, Brown 2-2-2-6, Allen 2-0-2-4, Heckathorn 1-0-0-2, Smith 1-0-0-2, Eliam 0-0-0-0. Totals: 26-5-8-57.

COMMODORE PERRY – Streets 0-0-0-0, Waleff 0-0-0-0, Boozer 5-0-0-14, Knierman 0-0-0-0, Cropp 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Boozer 4. Totals: 5-0-0-14.

JV: No score reported.

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LAKEVIEW         20  24  8  13  65

TITUSVILLE          0   5   2   5  12

LAKEVIEW – Gadsby 8-2-3-19, Sefton 6-0-0-15, Peltonen 0-2-2-2, Marsteller 2-3-3-7, Ke.Seddon 2-0-0-4, Kepner 1-0-0-2, Olson 1-2-2-4, Sontheimer 0-0-0-0, Sample 1-0-0-2, Sheets 0-0-0-0, Montgomery 0-0-0-0, Doyle 0-0-0-0, Ky.Seddon 3-0-0-6, Woods 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Sefton 3, Gadsby 1. Totals: 26-9-10-65.

TITUSVILLE – Sutley 0-0-0-0, Tucker 2-0-0-6, Bodamer 1-0-0-2, Wynn 0-2-4-2, Auer 0-0-0-0, Amacher 0-0-0-0, Crawford 0-0-0-0, McGarvie 1-0-0-2, Wakefield 0-0-0-0, Atkins 0-0-0-0, Cole 0-0-0-0, Peterson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Tucker 2. Totals: 4-2-4-12.

JV: No score reported.

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SHARPSVILLE     24  10  11  0  45

WILMINGTON       2   7    6   2  17

SHARPSVILLE – Palko 0-0-0-0, Kratko 2-0-0-5, C.Fry 4-1-2-10, Kimpan 2-2-2-6, Messett 2-0-0-4, R.Fry 0-0-0-0, Davis 4-0-0-12, Whitaker 0-0-0-0, Hanley 3-2-5-8, Grandy 0-0-0-0, Steiner 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Davis 4, Kratko 1, C.Fry 1. Totals: 17-5-9-45.

WILMINGTON – Krarup 4-0-0-9, Phanco 2-0-0-4, Dieter 1-0-3-2, Brewer 0-1-2-1, Graham 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goal: Krarup 1. Totals: 7-2-7-17. 

JV: No score reported.

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GREENVILLE     15  18  14  10  57

SHARON           5    5   8    8  26

GREENVILLE – Mallek 1-0-0-3, Schaller 4-0-0-11, Harpst 3-0-0-8, Cano 7-4-5-18, Lewis 6-3-4-17, Philson 0-0-0-0, Gentile 0-0-0-0, Chapman 0-0-0-0, Hart 0-0-0-0, Davis 0-0-0-0, Jordan 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Schaller 3, Harpst 2, Lewis 2, Mallek 1. Totals: 21-7-9-57.

SHARON – Chester 2-2-4-6, Connelly 0-0-0-0, I.McGee 0-0-0-0, Hasan 1-0-0-2, Griggs 1-0-0-3, Nixon 1-0-0-2, Leah Root 2-0-0-4, Lacey Root 4-1-4-9. 3-pt. goal: Griggs 1. Totals: 11-3-8-26.

JV: No score reported.

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MEADVILLE        5    5    6  2  18

GROVE CITY      15  10  17  8  50

MEADVILLE – Burchard 1-0-0-2, Phillips 0-0-0-0, Chambers 0-0-0-0, Ashton 1-0-0-2, Templin 6-2-3-14, Rhoades 0-0-0-0, McCoy 0-0-0-0, Major 0-0-0-0. Totals: 8-2-3-18.

GROVE CITY – Como 0-0-0-0, Wise 1-0-2-2, Perample 2-0-0-5, Santom 3-3-5-9, Callahan 8-1-2-18, Gamble 5-1-2-11, Reiber 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: Perample 1, Callahan 1, Reiber 1. Totals: 21-5-11-50.

JV: No score reported.

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SLIPP. ROCK     15  7  10  16  48

CONN. AREA      3   8   2  14  27

SLIPPERY ROCK – Book 4-0-0-10, Kura 1-0-0-2, McCoy 5-10-13-20, McDermott 4-1-2-12, Coffaro 1-1-2-4. 3-pt. goals: McDermott 3, Book 2, Coffaro 1. Totals: 15-12-17-48.

CONNEAUT AREA – Detelich 1-0-0-2, Jones 1-0-0-3, Blood 4-2-4-10, Perrye 1-0-0-3, Denihan 0-0-0-0, Brady 4-1-3-9, Harrington 0-0-0-0, Egli 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Jones 1, Perrye 1. Totals: 11-3-7-27.

JV: No score reported.

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BROOKFIELD    15  16  15  12  58

CAMPBELL       7    6    2  12  27

BROOKFIELD – Wellman 2-0-1-4, Reardon 5-1-2-13, Logan 0-0-2-0, Mya Jumper 0-0-0-0, Hook 5-3-4-17, Gibson 1-0-0-2, DeJoy 0-2-2-2, MiKenzie Jumper 6-4-5-20. 3-pt. goals: Hook 4, MiK. Jumper 4, Reardon 2. Totals: 19-10-16-58.

CAMPBELL MEMORIAL – Ca.Marshall 9-1-1-20, Ch.Marshall 0-0-0-0, Simms 1-0-0-2, Koullius 1-0-0-2, Shruger 1-1-2-3. 3-pt. goal: Ca.Marshall 1. Totals: 12-2-3-27.

JV: No score reported.

 

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

GROVE CITY      8   9   10  10  37

HICKORY          9  13  15  13  50

GROVE CITY –– Stull 4-2-4-11, Greer 2-0-0-4, Loughry 1-0-0-2, Haggart 5-0-0-12, Dreves 0-0-0-0, Lutz 3-0-0-6, Martin 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Haggart 2, Stull 1. Totals: 16-2-4-37.

HICKORY — Enoch 4-0-1-11, C. Evangelista 1-1-2-4, Mele 1-0-0-2, Swanson 0-0-0-0, Fazzone 7-2-4-16, Djakovich 2-0-0-5, Daniels 0-0-0-0, Pryts 5-2-4-12. 3-pt. goals: Enoch 3, C. Evangelista 1, Djakovich 1. Totals: 20-5-11-50

JV: Hickory, 68-14. Ben Swanson 15, Landon Bean 11 for Hickory (4-0, 6-0).

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SLIPP. ROCK    12  11  10  16  49

GREENVILLE      5   11  11  12  39

SLIPPERY ROCK – B.Prementine 0-0-2-0, Sabo 4-3-6-11, Gordon 6-3-3-16, Thompson 0-0-0-0, Wolak 3-3-3-9, Vogan 0-1-2-1, Pyle 4-1-2-12. 3-pt. goals: Pyle 3, Gordon 1. Totals: 17-11-18-49.

GREENVILLE – Kincaid 1-0-0-3, Herrick 1-0-0-2, Stuyvesant 0-0-2-0, Ritzert 7-2-2-18, Philson 1-0-0-2, Lentz 5-3-5-14, Williams 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goals: Ritzert 2, Kincaid 1, Lentz 1. Totals: 15-5-11-39.

JV: No score reported.

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WILMINGTON    4   11  11   3  29

FRANKLIN       19  31  18  12  80

WILMINGTON – Wilson 0 0-0 0, Hill 2 4-6 9, Bruckner 1 0-0 2, McConahy 1 0-0 2, Nagel 3 0-0 7, Micco 1 2-4 4, Taylor 2 0-2 5. 3-pt. goals: Hill 1, Nagel 1, Taylor 1. Totals: 10-6-12-29.

FRANKLIN – Curry 6 0-1 13, Wood 2 0-0 5, Owens 1 0-0 2, Buckley 3 1-3 8, Fulmer 7 4-5 23, Guth 3 8-9 15, Hagg 1 0-0 2, Leccia 0 0-0 0, McCracken 1 0-0 3, Boland 0 0-1 0, Walters 3 1-1 9. 3-pt. goals: Fulmer 5, Walters 2, Curry 1, Wood 1, Guth 1, Buckley 1, McCracken 1. Totals: 27-14-20-80.

JV: No game.

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MIDDLESEX     14  7  12  5  6  44

MERCER         7  16  11  5  3  41

WEST MIDDLESEX – Rococi 2-1-2-6, Mild 2-0-0-6, Stover 0-0-0--0, Shick 3-1-2-10, Preston 5-2-2-13, Shrawder 4-1-2-9. 3-pt. goals: Shick 3, Mild 2, Rococi 1, Preston 1. Totals: 16-5-8-44.

MERCER – Haines 0-1-4-1, Grossman 3-0-0-8, Pugh 1-0-0-3, Nickel 7-0-0-16, Lawrence 2-0-0-5, D.Mattocks 1-0-0-3, J.Mattocks 2-1-2-5. 3-pt. goals: Nickel 4, Grossman 2, Lawrence 1. Totals; 16-2-6-41.

JV: No score reported.

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COMM. PERRY   4   8    2   7   21

KENNEDY        19  26  19  11  75

COMMODORE PERRY – Thomas 0-0-0-0, Bell 0-0-0-0, Cropp 2-0-3-4, Waid 1-0-0-2, Saxe 1-1-2-3, Winter 0-0-0-0, Dw.Yeagley 2-0-0-4, Stringert 3-2-2-8, Turlij 0-0-0-0, Malone 0-0-0-0. Totals: 9-3-7-21.

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – Wade 5-0-0-10, Harden 9-0-0-22, Magestro 3-5-5-12, Lampkins-Rudolph 5-1-1-11, Hailstock 3-0-0-7, Rapp 1-0-0-3, Hart 1-0-0-2, Wilbon-Venable 1-2-2-5, Gwin 1-0-0-2, Simpson 0-0-0-0, Southworth 0-0-0-0, Ondo 0-1-2-1, Campbell 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Harden 4, Magestro 1, Hailstock 1, Rapp 1, Wilbon-Venable 1. Totals: 29-9-10-75.

JV: KC, 68-13. Rayvion Wilbon-Venable 25, Kameren Gwin 10, Levi Hailstock 10 for KC.

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