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Lady Warriors snap losing streak

Old Forge bounces back with two victories

Old Forge’s Dana Bilski looks to make an outlet pass after snaring a rebound in a win over Holy Cross.

Blue Devils guard Lindsay Regan goes in for a layup against Holy Cross.

Pittston Area’s Mia Hopkins drives to the basket against Valley West.

PA/WA photos by charlotte bartizek

Pittston Area’s Grace O’Neill puts up a shot in traffic against Valley West.

Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan dives for a loose ball in a win over Coughlin.

Above, Michelle Gitkos (3) defends for Wyoming Area in a win over Coughlin. Below left, Pittston Area’s Shannon Gilhooley goes to the basket against Valley West. Below right, Old Forge freshman Lauren Carey scores two of her career-high 18 points in a win over Holy Cross.

pa/WA photos by charlotte bartizek

Wyoming Area emphatically put an end to its six-game losing streak in a 49-23 demolition of Coughlin in a WVC crossover on Monday night in Exeter.

The Lady Warriors scored the game’s first 18 points as it took a commanding 18-0 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Sara Radzwilka paced the onslaught with six of her game-high 12 points in the first quarter.

Wyoming Area then outscored the Lady Crusaders, 16-9, in the second quarter to take a 34-9 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Becca Zielen added 10 points for the Lady Warriors, and Ashlee Blannett chipped in with eight.

WA 38, Crestwood 44

Wyoming Area had the chance to play spoiler on Thursday night in Exeter, but instead the Lady Warriors let a fourth-quarter lead go in a 44-38 loss to WVC Division I first-half champion Crestwood at Wyoming Area High School. A victory by Wyoming Area would have pushed the Lady Comets into a one-game playoff with Wyoming Valley West who defeated Pittston Area on Thursday night.

The Lady Warriors rallied themselves from a 20-15 halftime deficit with a 10-4 run in the third quarter to take a 25-24 lead into the final stanza. But Crestwood exploded for 20 points in the final eight minutes to outlast Wyoming Area for the win.

Ashlee Blannett led the Lady Warriors with 10 points and was the only WA player in double figures.

Katie Scalzo, Becca Zielen and Aubrey Wargowsky all added seven points

OF 56, Holy Cross 32

A quick defensive change turned momentum in favor of Old Forge and carried the Blue Devils to a 56-32 rout of Holy Cross in a LL Division II matchup on Wednesday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium.

Old Forge switched to a tight man-to-man after Crusaders’ leading-scorer Mary Grace Sempa buried two 22-foot three-pointers to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

After a timeout, the Blue Devils assigned freshman Lauren Carey to Sempa – who is also an Old Forge resident – and the first-year guard did the job. Carey held Sempa to just six points the rest of the way.

From the point of the defensive adjustment, Old Forge outscored Holy Cross, 29-12, to take an 11-point lead at halftime. The Blue Devils then extended their lead to 42-28 entering the final stanza before holding the Crusaders to just to just two late fourth-quarter buckets as they led by as many as 28 late in the contest.

Carey also led the way on offense for Old Forge, continually driving past defenders to the basket for a career-high 18 points. She also came up with 10 steals for the first double-double of her young career, and drilled her first career three-pointer.

Nicole Marianelli added 13 points and five rebounds for the Blue Devils, and Lindsay Regan chipped in with nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Andi Alsalahat tallied eight points, five steals and three assists, and Dana Bilski added six steals. Old Forge forced Holy Cross into over 30 turnovers on the night.

OF 47, Carbondale 15

Old Forge kept Carbondale winless with a 47-15 victory over the Chargerettes in a LL Division II game on Monday night in the Pioneer City.

The Blue Devils used a 28-7 run over the middle quarters to pull away from Carbondale after leading by just four points after the first quarter.

Andi Alsalahat and Nicole Marianelli both drained two three-pointers each on their way to splitting 20 points for Old Forge. Lindsay Regan also added 10 points for the Blue Devils who got points from nine different players.

PA 33, Valley West 59

Pittston Area’s offensive woes continued in WVC Division I play as the Lady Patriots managed just seven field goals in a 59-33 loss to Wyoming Valley West on Thursday night in Plymouth.

Leading-scorer Mia Hopkins scored three of those field goals, and went 13-for-16 from the free throw line for a team-high 19 points, but no other Pittston Area player was able to score more than five points.

Crestwood held Lady Patriots second-leading scorer, and top three-point threat Grace O’Neill without a point.

Shannon Gilhooley chipped in with five points for PA, and Kristen Fereck scored four.

PA 36, Holy Redeemer 60

Pittston Area managed just four points in the second quarter when Holy Redeemer pulled away for a 60-36 victory over the Lady Patriots on Monday night in WVC Crossover action in Wilkes-Barre.

The Lady Patriots trailed just 17-11 to the Lady Royals after the first quarter but the WVC Division II co-leaders reeled off 18 points in the second period to take a 35-15 lead at halftime.

Mia Hopkins led PA with 13 points, and Grace O’Neill added nine for the Lady Patriots. Shannon Gilhooley chipped in with six for Pittston Area.

This week’s schedule

Monday

OF v. Susquehanna

Wednesday

PA at Tunkhannock

WA at Berwick

OF v. Mid Valley

Friday

PA at Crestwood

WA v. Redeemer

OF v. Riverside

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