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PIAA Highlights: Jacobs lifts Uniontown to semifinal

Red Raiders overcome scare to defeat Erie Cathedral Prep

Sunday, March 17, 2002

By Rich Emert, Tri-State Sports & News Service

For most of this season, Chris Jacobs has been Uniontown's other starter. Yesterday afternoon at Slippery Rock University's Morrow Field House, Jacobs was the main man for the Red Raiders.

With leading scorer Terrance Vaughns having an off day, Jacobs picked up the slack and tossed in 18 points in leading Uniontown to a 48-45 victory against Erie Cathedral Prep.

The PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal was interesting to the end. Uniontown had a 48-42 lead with 20.5 seconds left but ended up fouling Cathedral Prep's Andy Kubinski while he was attempting a 3-point shot with 7.8 seconds remaining.

Kubinski, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, made all three free throws and Cathedral Prep immediately fouled Vaughns with 6.2 seconds left. Normally, Vaughns is automatic from the line -- he had made 42 in a row until he missed one in the second quarter -- but he missed the front end of the one-and-one, Cathedral Prep got the rebound and Mark Chase got off a desperation 3-pointer from 25 feet away that was just off the mark as the horn sounded.

"We didn't play smart. We played about as dumb as you can play," said Uniontown Coach Dave Shuck. "We've got the lead and we come down and just throw up a shot. We didn't run any kind of offense.

"I wasn't happy with the way we played the last game [against Central Catholic] and I'm certainly not happy with the way we played today."

Uniontown (29-1) led Cathedral Prep (19-9) by as many as 10 points in the second quarter but the Ramblers, who are coached by former Duquesne University player Andy Sisinni, stayed close in the third quarter and went on top, 37-36, at 4:40 on a 3-pointer by John Yaple.

Yaple connected on another 3-pointer with 2:20 left to tie the score, 40-40.

Enter Carl Farrell, who followed a missed fastbreak layup by David Winfrey with a dunk to give Uniontown the lead for keeps.

Jacobs made two free throws at 34.4 and Vaughns, who scored nine points and had only one field goal, put in two free throws with 20.5 seconds left for what proved to be the winning points.

It was Jacobs who kept Uniontown going most of the game.

He scored eight points in the first quarter and made 8 of 11 field-goal attempts.

A 6-foot-2 senior, Jacobs often gets overlooked because Vaughns and Dierre Jenkins are the team's leading scorers, Winfrey is the point guard and Farrell was a star on the football team.

"Coach Shuck told me the other day he was going to need me to step up in a game and that's what I did," Jacobs said.

"I just want to win a state title. I don t care if they put my name on the plaque or anything; I just want to go win it."

Class AA boys

Sto-Rox 72, Karns City 56: Sto-Rox (27-1) jumped to a 10-2 lead en route to its 27th win in a row. Mike Mott had four 3-pointers and 26 points for Sto-Rox, but free-throw shooting also was big as the Vikings made 21 of 22.

A key part of the game was in the third quarter when Karns City's Joe Callihan was charged with an intentional foul and Coach Jeff Loughry was given a technical foul. Sto-Rox made all four free throws to widen its advantage to 14 points.

"That hurt them because we came out so lackadaisical in the third quarter," said Sto-Rox Coach Bill Minear. "I was disappointed with the way we played today. We gave them too many open 3-pointers."

Craig Patrick had four 3-pointers and 26 points for Karns City and Nathan McCollough also had four 3-pointers and 16 points.

Mercyhurst Prep 62, South Fayette 44: South Fayette (19-9) led by two points midway through the third quarter before Mercyhurst Prep (26-4) came on strong in the second half for the win.

"They do a nice job of forcing you to settle for jumpers," said South Fayette Coach Joe Farkas. "We needed to make some outside shots and we didn't. They just wore us down and we couldn't keep up."

South Fayette held a 33-31 lead before Mercyhurst Prep went on a 19-5 run to take control. Sixteen of the points were fastbreak layups.

Pat Wiley scored 22 points for Mercyhurst Prep and Paul Ruhmann led South Fayette with 14.

Class A girls

Bishop Carroll 64, Clairton 30: The WPIAL champion Bears (21-7) were no match for Bishop Carroll, trailing by 16 points at halftime. Clairton's Kamela Gissendanner, the WPIAL's leading scorer with a 30.4 average, was held to 14 points. Jaclyn Schirf led a balanced Bishop Carroll attack with 10 points.

Monessen 51, Kennedy Catholic 40: Sophomore guard Charel Allen scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half to lead the Greyhounds (25-4) to the quarterfinal victory. Kennedy Catholic outscored Monessen, 14-3, in the second quarter to take a 23-19 lead at halftime.

Allen scored 10 points during a 14-2 second-half run.

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