ROUNDUP: Red Hurricane cruises to verdict over Indiana in boys basketball action

Jan. 22—The New Castle High boys basketball team got back on track Saturday.

The Red Hurricane built a 20-point first-quarter lead and rolled to a 66-29 WPIAL nonsection victory over Indiana at Armstrong.

New Castle (12-5 overall) forged a 22-2 lead after one quarter and pushed the buffer to 38-13 at the half.

"I thought most of the stuff we worked on the last couple of days in order to do what we need to do to be better, we improved on," New Castle coach Ralph Blundo said. "That has to continue through section play.

"It was most important that we begin doing the things we need to do to win games. We have to understand what wins and the details in doing the little things right. Things like execution, grit and toughness. We're still growing. We saw marked improvement."

Damian Harrison and Ralphie Blundo netted 20 points each for the 'Canes. Kyrell Harris chipped in 13 markers.

"I thought offensively we were pretty efficient," Blundo said. "I was more concerned with our engagement defensively and how we played there."

Aaron Webb scored 10 points to pace the Indians (7-7).

New Castle (1-4 section) hosts North Allegheny (2-2, 5-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a crucial WPIAL Section 1-6A contest. The game opens the second half of section play.

"Obviously, they start 6-(foot)-6 and 6-9," Blundo said. "It's a must-win game for us.

"Right now, we have to focus on stacking good practices together and being ready for North Allegheny on Friday night."

Ellwood City 68,

Quaker Valley 44

Joseph Roth registered 24 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists and three blocks to pace the Wolverines to a win over the Quakers at the PBC Legends Classic at Moon.

Roth surpassed 1,000 career rebounds and he currently has 1,792 markers to rank 11th on the county's all-time list.

Ellwood City Lincoln (9-6) raced out to a 23-6 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 35-13 at the half.

Aaron Lake chipped in 13 markers for the Wolverines and Nate Williams added 11.

Joe Coyle collected 18 tallies for Quaker Valley (7-8).

Ellwood City hosts Neshannock at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Greenville 52,

Laurel 29

The Lady Spartans dropped a nonsection home matchup to the Trojanettes.

Laurel (4-12) trailed 13-9 after one quarter and 31-19 at the half.

Jael Henderson recorded 17 points for the Lady Spartans and Shyan Tindall tallied nine.

Preslie Kirila notched a game-best 25 points for Greenville.

Laurel returns to the court at 6 p.m. Thursday for a road matchup against Mohawk.


Laurel teams compete

The Spartans' boys squad competed in the Mercer VFW event, placing third out of 16 teams with 151 1/2 points. Laurel's girls team took seventh in the Sharpsville Tournament.

Archer Brua (107), Logan Ketzel (114), William Moore (160), Jack Miles (172) and Casey Wilson (285) all finished second in their respective weight class.

Domenic Willis took third place in 160 and Kolton Carlson also captured third place in 189.

Reid Ketzel (121), Noah Spencer (139) and Nathan Hill (145) all placed sixth in their respective weight class.

Alexis Brua won the championship at 124 in the girls tournament and Allyssa Stewart finished second in 155.

"I thought the boys wrestled well, based off of how young we are," Laurel coach Kevin Carmichael said. "For them to finish that high was nice. I thought we did well. I was very happy to see us get some confidence.

"Alexis and Alyssa did very well in that girls tournament. They are doing a great job."