A-K Valley girls basketball notebook: Status uncertain for Freeport’s Ava Soilis

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 7:02 PM


Freeport senior guard Ava Soilis missed her team’s 55-36 nonsection victory over Riverview last Saturday after suffering a knee injury while battling for a rebound against Section 1-4A rival Highlands two days earlier.

Yellowjackets coach Fred Soilis said Tuesday her status remains uncertain as she continues to be tested.

In 13 games, Soilis is averaging 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals.

Freeport, 5-9 overall and 1-3 in section play, hopes to make it two wins in a row Thursday as it visits Derry (8-7, 1-4).

Section battles continue

Highlands and Knoch both are 3-1 in Section 1-4A, and both hope to keep pace with North Catholic (10-3, 5-0) as the section slate heats up this month.

The Golden Rams, who won the first meeting with the Knights, 52-41, on Dec. 19, takes a four game winning streak into its Thursday section contest at Greensburg Salem (9-3, 2-2).

Knoch, 7-4 overall, has won five in a row and hopes to keep it going Thursday at Valley (2-11, 0-4).

Two other notable section matchups Thursday:

Plum (8-5, 2-2) will host Kiski Area (4-9, 1-3) in the first Section 1-5A meeting between the teams this season. The Mustangs hope to bounce back from Tuesday’s 43-42 heartbreaker against Penn Hills, while Kiski Area hopes to snap a two-game section losing skid.

Apollo-Ridge (10-2, 2-1), coming off Monday’s 50-43 victory at Deer Lakes in Section 3-3A, visits Burrell (6-8, 1-2). The Bucs topped Ligonier Valley (2-8, 0-3) on Monday for their first section win.

Michael Love is a TribLive reporter covering sports in the Alle-Kiski Valley and the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. A Clearfield native and a graduate of Westminster (Pa.), he joined the Trib in 2002 after spending five years at the Clearfield Progress. He can be reached at mlove@triblive.com.

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