Meadville celebrated Senior Night on Saturday by snapping a nine-game losing streak thanks to a 71-53 win over Franklin in non-region boys basketball action at the House of Thrills.
“It was Senior Night and our seniors played very well,” Meadville coach Mark McElhinny said. “It was a good win for us.”
Davyon Butler was one of those seniors with an outstanding game. He scored a game-best 22 points with nine of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Lemaro Husband added 14 points.
Franklin had a 17-12 lead after one quarter. But the Bulldogs erupted for 22 points in the second quarter, while containing the Knights to just three field goals and nine points total in the period for a 34-26 halftime lead.
Meadville moves to 11-10 overall. Franklin is now 16-5.
Muskies fall short
NEW WILMINGTON — Jamestown’s newest member of the 1,000-point club, Darian Keyser, scored 21 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as Jamestown fell to Wilmington 68-56 in non-region boys basketball action.
Cameron Keyser added 15 points for the Muskies (8-13) and Peyton McElhinny added 10 points.
Shane Cox had 21 points to lead the Greyhounds (9-12).
Sailors stop ’Pickers
STONEBORO — Lakeview made the most of its trips to the free throw line on Saturday, converting on 20 of 24 attempts on its way to 47-42 win over North East in non-region boys basketball action.
In comparison, North East did not attempt a free throw in the contest.
Brett Beith paced the Sailors (13-8) with 28 points. He was 14 of 15 from the free throw line.
Garrett Hein had 11 points for North East (13-8) and Seth Fuller added 10 points.
Wildcats upend Lady Panthers
ALBION — Saegertown left 13 points at the free throw line in an 11-point loss to Northwestern in non-region girls basketball action on Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Panthers 50-39.
Saegertown was a combined 4 of 17 from the free throw line.
Mollie Przybrowski led the Panthers (16-5) with 23 points. Katelyn Young chipped in with seven points.
Julia Wheeler led all scorers with 24 points for Northwestern (15-6).
Scots end skid
EDINBORO — Technical falls by Peter Pappas and Jacob Oliver helped Edinboro snap a three-match losing streak on Saturday as the Scots beat Davidson 28-18 at McComb Fieldhouse.
Edinboro improved to 10-8 overall, while the Wildcats are now 3-9.
The Fighting Scots won seven of the 10 bouts. The three wins by Davidson were by fall, however, forcing the Scots to use Oliver, who sat out Thursday’s match with an injury. Oliver answered the call with 17-1 technical fall at 174 pounds to give Edinboro a 19-12 lead.
Pappas picked up a 21-6 technical fall at 157 pounds to help seal the win.
Cambridge Springs graduate Tye Varndell beat Kyle Gorant, 3-2, at 133 pounds. Varndell had the lone takedown in the first period for a 2-1 lead. A Gorant escape was the lone scoring in the second period. Varndell goth the winning escape 25 seconds into the third period to improve to 14-11.
A highlight for local fans was the 184-pound bout where Saegertown graduate Cody Mulligan and Union City graduate Gavin Henry met. Henry, a true freshman, caught Mulligan near the edge of the mat for a takedown, added four back points and then got the fall in 1:06 over Mulligan.
Tigers down Gators
GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Jordan Rawls inched closer to Allegheny’s all-time scoring mark on Saturday. But it wasn’t even to help the Gators, who suffered a 76-62 loss to DePauw in North Coast Athletic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday.
Rawls scored 16 points to move to within just 36 of tying the program’s career scoring record. Rawls was 10 for 10 at the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds.
Brian Roberts Jr. and Keeno Holmes also put up double digits, finishing with 11 points each. Nijon Kirkman had nine points and 10 rebounds.
With the loss, the Gators fell to 11-10 overall and 5-9 in the NCAC.
Cats rout Scots
JOHNSTOWN — Edinboro shot 50 percent from the floor. It wasn’t enough to cool off Pitt-Johnstown, however, as the Mountain Cats rolled past the Scots 98-73 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference men’s basketball action on Saturday.
Trey Staunch led the Scots (5-15, 2-14 PSAC) with 18 points. Anthony Coleman had 16 points and Jaryn Simpson had 13 points. Cambridge Springs graduate Turner Kurt contributed seven points.
Mountain Cats outlasts Scots
JOHNSTOWN — Pitt-Johnstown outscored Edinboro 13-6 in overtime on its way to a 78-71 win in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday.
Edinboro had a 65-62 lead with 1:20 left in regulation following a layup and-1 by Michaela Barnes. The Scots held that lead until Alli McGrath came up with a steal and then hit the 3-pointer at the other end to tie the game at 65-65 with 33 seconds to play.
Gabrielle Smith had eight of PJ’s 13 points in the overtime period.
Barnes led Edinboro (12-8, 10-6 PSAC) with 19 points. Rana Elhusseini added 13 points and Bridgette Shaffer and Monica Brown had 12 points each. Cheniya Sharpe grabbed 10 boards.
Pitt-Johnstown is 13-10 overall and 8-9 in the PSAC.
Witt rolls Gators
Wittenberg got off to a hot start on its way to a 90-68 win over Allegheny in North Coast Athletic Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday at Mullen Arena.
The Tigers led 23-7 in the first quarter and extended that lead to 20 (54-34) at halftime.
Three Gators reached double figures, led by Zoe Soilis with 11 points. Rylee Donovan and Julianna Skowron added 10 points each. Donovan also added a game-high seven assists.
Track and field
EUP’s Parsons sets PSAC’s top mark
STATE COLLEGE — Edinboro’s Stefanie Parsons competed at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge on Saturday at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track/Multi-Sport facility at Penn State University.
Parsons was the lone non-Division I runner in the field of 22 runners entered in the 1-mile run and finished first with a time of 4:53.79. That beat out Cornell’s Victoria Casarrubias, who finished in 4:54.70.
Parsons’ time is the best time in the PSAC this season and ranks seventh in Division II this year.