Freshman Shane Wagner scored 23 points as Wilmington defeated Conneaut Valley, 57-34, last night.

"Being a freshman, he really stepped up for us," Wilmington coach Willie Harris said. "He hit some big threes and shot the ball extremely well."

The guard made four 3-pointers and converted 8 of 10 field goal attempts.

Wilmington (2-1) got off to a good start, taking a 14-6 lead after the first quarter. But the Indians were back in it at halftime, trailing by two.

The Greyhounds tightened their defense and took control in the second half, outscoring Conneaut Valley 34-13.

Coming off a blowout loss to Hermitage Tuesday night, Harris was pleased with the way his team was able to bounce back.

"The kids showed a lot of heart," Harris said. "Coming off a bad game, our kids were able to step it up. It's tough to play back-to-back games, but we were able to get through it."

Chris Burns added 12 points for Wilmington.

Shenango 79,

Freedom 51

Steve McNees got plenty of help as Shenango remained undefeated.

McNees was one of three players in double figures in the Wildcats' rout of Freedom.

"This was a good win for us," Shenango coach Bill McNees said. "We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different people."

Steve McNees led a balanced attack with 19 points. Kyle Monceaux scored 15 points and Luke O'Hara added 12.

"They both have the ability to score," coach McNees said of Monceaux and O'Hara.

Shenango, which improved to 3-0, built a 21-9 first quarter lead and pushed the advantage to 19 by halftime. The Wildcats came out and scored 29 points in the third to put the game out of reach.

"We really tried to execute of offensive sets tonight," McNees said. "Hopefully we can keep this momentum going."

Riverside 74,

Union 40

With both teams playing their second game in as many nights, Riverside was able to shake off the fatigue and get the victory.

"We have to be able to overcome those types of things," Union coach Mark Stanley said. "They played on back-to-back nights too. It's no excuse for the way we played."

Riverside built a 38-20 lead at halftime, and Union was unable to make a run in the second half. "We played very sloppy," Stanley said. "We turned the ball over way too much."

Darrell Holmes led Union with 14 points. He was the only Scotties' player in double figures.

"We need scoring from more than just Darrell," Stanley said. "We need some other guys to step up now and help him out."

West Shamokin 61,

Neshannock 48

Frank Nagy scored 26 points to lead West Shamokin over Neshannock.

West Shamokin took advantage of a struggling Neshannock offense to build an insurmountable lead. The Lancers scored just five points in the first quarter and had 16 at intermission, trailing by 16.

Neshannock outscored West Shamokin in the second half, but was unable to close within single digits.

Ray Hylton was one of two Neshannock players in double figures with 17 points. Mike Richards had 10.


New Castle 48,

Ursuline 38

Battling a fellow Division I prospect, New Castle junior Jaleesa Sams scored 20 points to lead the Lady 'Canes to a victory against the Ursuline Irish last night in Youngstown.

Sams, who has received offers from UConn and Notre Dame, went head-to-head with Ursuline's Tyra Grant, who has committed to Penn State.

Sams scored 10 of her team's 12 second-quarter points to help New Castle take a 24-18 halftime lead.

With Sams on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, Grant and the Irish were unable to take advantage as the Irish scored just six points. Ursuline was plagued with 21 turnovers.

The Lady 'Canes outscored Ursuline 17-14 in the final quarter to hold on for the victory and push their record to 3-0.

Grant finished with 17 points to lead Ursuline. Ryenn Micaletti added 11 for New Castle.

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