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McConnellsburg 56, Chestnut Ridge 51>> The McConnellsburg boys basketball team battled in the fourth quarter to earn its first win of the season in a Sideling Hill League match over Chestnut Ridge.

After allowing the Lions to gain a 10-point lead midway through the game, McConnellsburg (1-0, 1-0 SHL) shut down Chestnut Ridge's top scorer Noah Dillow, who ended the night with 22 points but did not register a basket in the fourth quarter.

"It was a battle of two good teams and our depth was tested early," McConnellsburg coach Dane Pollock said. "It was a big time physical game, but I give our guys a lot of credit, they did not quit."

McConnellsburg outscored Chestnut Ridge 18-6 in the final quarter to regain the lead and lock in the narrow win. Ian Cheatle led the Spartans with 21 points, while Chase Novak, was the defensive leader, registering four assists, six rebounds and five steals. Novak also scored four points for McConnellsburg.

McConnellsburg 56, Chestnut Ridge 51

McConnellsburg (56)

Jake Boehme 8 2-4 18, Quintin Miller 1 1-2 3, Ryan Koontz 1 0-0 2, Landon Richards 3 0-0 8, Chase Novak 1 2-2 4, Ian Cheatle 8 1-1 21, Patrick Keefer 0 0-0 0, Nic Culer 0 0-0 0, Chance Hawbaker 0 0-0 0, Ethan Barclay 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 6-9 56.

Chestnut Ridge (51)

Logan Cooper 2 0-0 4, Noah Dillow 7 5-7 22, Jay Grubb 2 5-6 9, E.J. Jackson 0 1-2 1, Matt Monko 4 4-4 14, Aubrey Smith 0 0-0 0, Avery Smith 0 1-4 1, Zac Stultz 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15, 16-23 51.

McConnellsburg _ 17 _ 12 _ 9 _ 18 _ — _ 56

Chestnut Ridge _ 17 _ 17_ 11 _ 6 _ — _ 51

3-point goals — McC 6 (Cheatle 4, Richards 2), CR 5 (Dillow 3, Monko 2).

JV score — McConnellsburg 41, Chestnut Ridge 19.

St. John’s Catholic Prep 60, Mercersburg Academy 57 >> The Mercersburg Academy boys basketball team fell to St. Johns Catholic Prep in a narrow Independent Parochial School League defeat.

After trailing 30-22 at the half, Mercersburg (1-1, 0-1 IPSL) battled back for a tight fourth-quarter battle, but with under a minute remaining, St. Johns pulled away.

"The guys played hard tonight, we struggled starting out, but really turned it on late," Mercersburg coach Sean Crocker said. "We have a great group of guys, we are just learning to gel together and learning how to compete in tight games."

Luka Sevalijevic led the Blue Storm with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, while Eli Riley tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Austin rounded up the leading scorers with 14 points.

St. John’s 60, Mercersburg 57

Mercersburg (57)

Carlos Austin 4 5-7 14, Miles Hearon 1 2-2 5, Eli Riley 5 0-2 10, Elliot Hicks 3 0-0 7, Jake Rist 0 0-0 0, Luka Sevalijevic 5 7-10 21, Beau Lowery 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 14-22 57.

3-point goals — Merc 7 (Sevalijevic 4, Hicks, Hearon, Austin).


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