Using a man-to-man defense that frustrated Laurel Valley’s guard-heavy attack, the Ferndale girls’ basketball team picked up a key non-conference victory with a 43-38 win Monday night at Laurel Valley High School.

Ferndale’s win, which avenged a 53-48 loss to the Rams on Dec. 28, 2006, at the Ligonier Valley Christmas Tournament, spoiled a milestone for Rams’ senior guard Brittany Hall, who went over the 1,000-point mark for her career with a 3-pointer in the second quarter. Hall finished with nine points and six rebounds.

“The win would have a lot better. I was playing for the win” said Hall, who now has 1,001 career points. “But getting to 1,000 was fun.”

The Yellow Jackets (14-3) closed out the win 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter with Sarah McAteer making 7 of 8 tries. Freshman Brittany Eisenhuth was 4-of-4 from the line.

“We turned up the defense a little bit,” Ferndale coach Mike Crisafulli said. “Laurel Valley is a quality team and for us to get a win at their gym is special.”

Eisenhuth’s 16 points led the Yellow Jackets while McAteer supplied 15 points. Both players had 12 rebounds.

Grace Altimus scored 11 to lead Laurel Valley (9-6), she also had a team-high 10 boards.

The Yellow Jackets, who had trailed for a good portion of the first three quarters, began their charge after a putback by Allie Wynn gave the hosts a 28-20 lead.

A 7-0 run, started by a 3-pointer from April Eisenhuth followed by two free-throws apiece by Ali Russell and Brittany Eisenhuth pulled Ferndale within one point at the end of the third.

“I think we did OK offensively,” Rams coach Christy Hajjar said. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

Brittany Eisenhuth’s 3-pointer gave Ferndale a 30-28 lead to start the fourth. Erica LaMantia’s driving hoop pulled the Rams to a tie at 30 before another Brittany Eisenhuth jumper gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good at 32-30.

In other high school girls action:

Forest Hills 70, Ligonier Valley 34

LIGONIER – Forest Hills junior guard Brittany Skyles topped the 1,000-point scoring mark Monday night in the Rangers victory at Ligonier Valley.

Skyles, who came into the game needing 21 points, achieved the milestone in the third quarter on a jumper. The junior is just the second Rangers’ girl to top 1,000 points.

“It was a great night for Brittany Skyles and a proud moment for all of Forest Hills girls basketball,” Rangers’ coach Carol Cecere said.

Krista Tedneske added 20 points for Forest Hills.

Cambria Heights 78, J. Christian 27

PATTON – Kristie Malloy used six 3-pointers to score 20 points and lead Cambria Heights to a big victory.

Amber Dubyak (10 rebounds) and Erin Hoover each had 14 points for the Highlanders, who also got 11 points from Stephanie Baker. Janet Ayres’ 12 points led the Blue Jays.

Conemaugh Township 65 Johnstown 42

DAVIDSVILLE – Megan Maurer tallied 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had five blocks as the Indians prevailed at home.

Lisa Byer (10 rebounds) scored 14 points and Jamie Gennett (seven steals) tallied 12 for Conemaugh Township.

Tanae Preston scored 18 points for the Trojans and DeShauna Hardison had 13.

Harmony 44, Shade 32

WESTOVER – Casey Roberts scored 13 points, but the Panthers fell for the second time to Harmony.

Megan Brink had 13 points for the Owls.

Hyndman 42, Meyersdale 39

MEYERSDALE – Kecia Willison scored 22 points as the Hornets earned their first victory of the season.

Meyersdale got 18 points from Kara Yutzy.

Penns Manor 51, Penn Cambria 31

CRESSON – Three players scored in double figures led by Jess Heidenthal with 13 points in the Comets win at Penn Cambria.

Jackie Glunz added 12 points and Ashley Mattis had 10 for Penns Manor. The Panthers’ Katie Geriak led all scorers with 16 points.

High School Boys

Conemaugh Township 55, Conemaugh Valley 35

Kevin Byer scored a game-high 23 points in a road win for the Indians.

Tim Johnson added 12 points and Mike Muir had 10 for Conemaugh Township (12-4). The Blue Jays got 11 points from Cody Kushner.

Shanksville 52, Turkeyfoot Valley 50

SHANKSVILLE – Shanks-ville opened up an early lead, but held on at the end to get the victory at home.

Michael Abramowich scored 24 points and J.C. Stockenus tallied 10 points for the Vikings.

Nathan Glass led the Rams with 17 points, Tim Wass had 15 and Cody Colflesh, 14.

Blacklick Valley 43, Ferndale 31

NANTY GLO – William Chilcott scored 13 points to help lead the Vikings to a win over the visiting Yellow Jackets.

Ferndale’s Kary Roberts topped all scorers with 20 points.

Chestnut Ridge 69, Southern Fulton 55

NEW PARIS – The defense for Chestnut Ridge did just enough down the line to hold off Southern Fulton.

Ryan Spiker’s 22 points led the Lions while Max Kauert scored 15 and Jason Mussleman, 13.

McConnellsburg 50, Johnstown Christian 38

HOLLSOPPLE – J.J. Grace’s 23 points led McConnellsburg to a victory over district rival Johnstown Christian.

Jared Appleby added 10 points for McConnellsburg. Mitch Ott scored 10 points, as did Ian Ayres, to lead Johnstown Christian.

Rockwood 69, Meyersdale 43

ROCKWOOD – Riley Harrold provided the spark the Rockets were looking for, hitting three 3-pointers in the second half en route to an 11-point night as Rockwood prevailed. Harrold added five steals.

Seth Foreman had 15 points and Randy Harrold tallied 10 for the Rockets.

Matt Stahl scored 24 points and Jeff Miller had 11 for the Red Raiders.

Windber 54, Portage 47

PORTAGE – The Ramblers outscored the Mustangs 20-6 in the third quarter to pull even and eventually pull out a victory in overtime.

Derek Cronagle scored 18 points for Windber and Jon Ferensic had 13.

John Hodges had 12 points for Portage and Brian Brunnet registered 10.

North Star 57, Shade 38

CENTRAL CITY – Alijah Petrilla used a 9-for-11 effort at the free-throw line to score 13 points as North Star topped Shade.

Dave Kavar added 10 points for the Cougars.

Berlin 71, Salisbury-Elk Lick 51

BERLIN – Ethan Suder scored a game-high 20 points and Seth Snyder added 19 as host Berlin downed Salisbury-Elk Lick.

Tyler Good provided 13 points for the Mountaineers (10-6). Shane Knopsnyder and Aaron Beiler each poured in

15 points for the Elks, who also got 14 points from Mike Podlesnik.


Three UPJ players near 1,000 points

Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball player Allison Krischer (Richland) is only three points shy of 1,000 for her career. UPJ hosts West Liberty State on Wednesday.

Mountain Cat men’s players Dwight Hines and Chris Gilliam are also closing in on 1,000 career points. Hines needs 18 points and Gilliam needs 35. The UPJ men play at Mansfield on Wednesday.

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