District 2 Girls Division Recaps (12/30 to 1/6)
Written by: Jon K on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
DISTRICT 2 GIRLS DIVISION ANALYSIS
games through 1/6
WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE
Dallas (2-0, 8-1) 4A
Berwick (2-0, 7-3) 4A
Wilkes-Barre Area (1-1, 8-1) 6A
Hazleton Area (1-1, 6-2) 6A
Nanticoke Area (1-1, 7-3) 4A
Pittston Area (1-1, 6-3) 5A
Crestwood (0-2, 3-7) 5A
Wyoming Valley West (0-2, 3-7) 5A
Monday night certainly delivered a lot of Division 1 drama from the hardwoods of Berwick and Wilkes-Barre. Berwick limited Hazleton Area to just 3 points in the final stanza and came away with a 32-31 upset as Renny Murphy (11 points) hit the game-clinching free throw. The Lady Dawgs, who started conference play last week with a 53-23 victory over Crestwood (Katie Starr with 20 points for the Bulldogs) are now tied at the top of the division with Dallas at 2-0. The Lady Mountaineers started play with a 53-48 win over Pittston Area as they placed 8 players into the scoring column, including 9 each from Bella Hill, Julia Kocher, and Emily Weiland. The Lady Pats were led by Kallie Booth with 14 points. Dallas moved to 2-0 Monday night with a 65-38 win over Crestwood as Lauren Charlton (17 points) and Hill (15 points) led the way. Close behind at 1-1 is a quartet of talented squads. Wilkes-Barre Area, previously undefeated on the season, dropped their first loss Monday night at home to Nanticoke Area, 54-37. The Trojanettes placed three into double figures (Riley Baird 13, Emily Hauer 12, and Abigail Cullen 11). The Wolfpack, who led after the first period 17-11, got 16 points and 13 boards from Allycia Harris. WBA began conference action with a 39-34 win over Wyoming Valley West getting 19 points from Harris (Aubrey Boyd and Toni Amato each hit 8 points for WVW). The bounce-back Monday win by GNA followed their tough 69-50 opening loss to Hazleton Area. In that one, the Trojanettes led early (15-12) before the Lady Cougars went on an offensive explosion to take control. HA got a sensational game from the duo of Olivia Wolk (28 points) and Marissa Trivelpiece (18 points). Nanticoke got 12 each from Baird and Lauren Casey plus 10 points from Genenieve Nalepa. Pittston Area rebounded Monday night with a 54-45 win over Valley West. The Lady Pats got 12 points each from Lily Savoy and Kallie Booth. WVW, who led early, got 13 points from Amato and 11 from Trinity Johnson. In non-league play, Wilkes-Barre Area got 30 points from Harris and 14 from Gloria Adjayi in a 65-53 win over Wyoming Area last week. Also, Crestwood, who was playing on Saturday without injured leading scorer Helena Jardine, rallied from a 23-8 halftime deficit to nip Huntingdon (from District 6, 3-5 overall) in overtime, 46-45. The Lady Comets got 16 points from Julia Glowacki and 10 from Brianna Wickiser
There is such incredible balance in Division 1 that each night delivers several enticing matchups. On Wednesday, frontrunners collide as Berwick hosts Dallas. Pittston Area will entertain Wilkes-Barre Area in another key game. On Friday, Berwick hosts Nanticoke Area and Dallas entertains Wilkes-Barre Area. Hazleton Area looks to keep pace as the Lady Cougars host Pittston Area in what has proven to be a great battle over the years. Next Monday, Dallas travels to Hazleton Area while Berwick heads to play at Pittston Area.
Wyoming Seminary (2-0, 7-2) 3A
Holy Redeemer (2-0, 5-4) 3A
Lake-Lehman (2-0, 4-6) 4A
Northwest Area (1-1, 6-3) 2A
Tunkhannock (1-1, 5-5) 4A
MMI Prep (0-2, 3-4) 1A
Wyoming Area (0-2, 4-6) 4A
Hanover Area (0-2, 0-9) 4A
In Division 2, there is a 3-way tie at the top of the standings between Wyoming Seminary, Holy Redeemer, and Lake-Lehman. Last week, Sem rallied from a 31-26 deficit entering the final quarter to defeat Tunkhannock, 41-38. The Blue Knights got 23 combined points from Ally Vezendy and Alex Wesneski. The Lady Tigers got 16 points from Lexi Corby in the loss. Monday night, Sem got more stellar efforts from Vezendy (19 points) and Wesneski (14 points and 13 caroms) in a 51-44 victory over Wyoming Area. The Lady Warriors got 10 points from Mackenzie Nocchi. Holy Redeemer started off conference play with a 66-44 win over Wyoming Area getting 20 points from Samantha Yencha and 18 points from Livia Moore. The duo teamed up to grab 21 rebounds. The Lady Warriors, who only trailed by 10 points entering the final period, got 10 points each from Nocchi and Cassidy Orzel. Monday night, the Lady Royals controlled the middle periods (40-15) and got 26 combined points from Yencha and Moore in a 63-31 win over Hanover Area (who got 18 points from Madison Hooper). Lake-Lehman started off play with a 64-15 win over MMI Prep getting 15 points from Claire Dougherty and 13 points from Sarah Salus. The Lady Knights then logged a 41-20 win over Northwest Area Monday night as Dougherty, Salus, and Chase Purdy combined for 32 points. Last week, the Lady Rangers rallied for a 47-43 win over Hanover Area as Charleigh Miner (14 points) and Reagan Harrison (10 points) led the way. In the loss, the Lady Hawks got 13 each from Sarah Tuzinski and Hooper while Kyleen McCance added 10 points. Tunkhannock rebounded to even their mark at 1-1 with a 63-30 victory over MMI Prep Monday night as Hailey Long scored 10 points. Kim Amentler netted 23 points in the loss for the Lady Preppers. Amentler also contributed 23 points with a buzzer putback to defeat Lincoln Leadership in a Saturday non-league game.
On Wednesday, Holy Redeemer entertains Northwest Area while Wyoming Seminary visits Lake-Lehman. Friday night features all three division leaders playing at home, Wyoming Area at Lake-Lehman, Hanover Area at Wyoming Seminary, and Tunkhannock at Holy Redeemer. On Saturday afternoon, Holy Redeemer will take on Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg) at the York Catholic Shootout. Next Monday, the marquee matchup is at Lake-Lehman as the Lady Knights entertain Holy Redeemer.
Scranton Prep (2-0, 10-0) 4A
Abington Heights (2-0, 9-2) 5A
Valley View (2-0, 8-2) 4A
West Scranton (1-1, 4-5) 5A
Scranton (0-2, 0-9) 6A
There is a 3-way tie for the top spot in Division 1, but the biggest news occurred Monday night as 6-4 senior Colette Mulderig netted her career 1,000th point. Congratulations to her on that achievement!!! Scranton Prep continues to steamroll along. Rachel Rose scored 22 points and Cecelia Collins added 12 as the Classics bolted out to a 44-13 lead on their way to a 69-26 crossover victory over Honesdale. Monday night, Rose tallied another 22 points as Prep defeated North Pocono, 55-20 in another lopsided crossover matchup. Abington Heights pulled away from Scranton in the final period to secure a 42-34 win as they got 12 points (all triples) from Rachel McDonald plus great defense from Erin Albright (9 rebounds and 7 steals). Mulderig scored 15 points for the Lady Knights. Monday night, Clair Marion and Maria Tully combined for 25 points as the Lady Comets got a 57-17 crossover win at Wallenpaupack. Valley View is also at 2-0 following a pair of crossover wins. Skylar Bianchi hit 21 points and grabbed 17 board while Faith Kendricks added 11 points as the Lady Cougars defeated Western Wayne, 52-40. Monday night, Bianchi netted 22 while Jadyn Swartout had a double-double with 11 points and 10 caroms in a 54-41 victory over Honesdale. West Scranton evened their mark at 1-1 Monday night with a 40-35 win over city rival Scranton. The Lady Invaders got out to a quick start in that one getting 16 points from Tatum Repshis and 14 points from Nya Johnson. Mulderig connected on 16 points for the Lady Knights. Last week, West dropped a crossover game, 52-46 to North Pocono as they got a combined 33 points from Johnson, Repshis, and Angelina Moraca.
There are plenty of great games on the upcoming schedule. Thursday night West Scranton hosts Abington Heights and Valley View visits North Pocono for a crossover matchup. Next Monday, Valley View entertains Scranton, West Scranton visits Scranton Prep, and Abington Heights hosts Western Wayne in an interesting crossover tilt.
Western Wayne (1-1, 8-3) 4A
North Pocono (1-1, 5-4) 5A
Delaware Valley (1-1, 3-6) 6A
Wallenpaupack (0-2, 3-6) 5A
Honesdale (0-2, 3-7) 4A
Through the first week of play, Division 2 teams faced six crossover matchups against some very talented Division 1 squads. As a result of dropping five of those games, there is a 3-way tie at the top. Western Wayne got 20 points from Kaeli Romanowski in a 52-50 loss to Valley View. The Lady Wildcats rebounded to post a 59-41 victory over Delaware Valley. Romanowski had another terrific outing with 25 points while Kathy Sheperd contributed 11 points and grabbed 11 boards. Del-Val got 17 points from Brooke Acoveno. North Pocono did find crossover success to start their league season with a 52-46 win over West Scranton. The Lady Trojans used a 13-4 run in the second period to take the lead and were led by Jenna Beach (20 points) and Carena Colo (13 points). Monday night, NP trailed at the break 31-12 and dropped a 55-20 loss to a powerful Scranton Prep squad. Delaware Valley started their division play with a 38-33 victory over Wallenpaupack. Gabby White and Brooke Acoveno combined for 22 points. The Lady Buckhorns got 17 points from Devon Kiesendahl and 15 rebounds from Grace Steffen. Honesdale is still looking for their first league win. The Lady Hornets got 11 points from Kathleen Ludwig in a 54-41 loss to Valley View. In non-league action on Saturday, Honesdale placed 10 players in the scorebook led by Chloe Lyle with 12 points as they defeated Mountain View, 50-18.
On Thursday, North Pocono hosts Valley View in a key crossover tilt. On Saturday, Honesdale travels to play East Stroudsburg South from District 11. Next Monday, West Wayne heads to play Abington Heights is an interesting crossover matchup.
Riverside (2-0, 10-0) 3A 0-0 crossover
Dunmore (2-0, 8-1) 3A 0-0 crossover
Lakeland (1-0, 7-3) 3A 1-0 crossover
Old Forge (1-1, 7-3) 2A 0-0 crossover
Holy Cross (0-1, 7-3) 2A 1-0 crossover
Carbondale (0-2, 3-7) 3A 0-0 crossover
Mid Valley (0-2, 1-9) 3A 0-0 crossover
In Division 3, Dunmore and Riverside continue to lead the way (at 2-0) although the talent pool is deep here. The Lady Bucks used a 26-5 run to get by Old Forge last week, 60-27 as Moriah Murray netted 23 points (including 4 triples). Ciera Toomey added 22 points. The Lady Devils got 10 points from Olivia Ciullo. Monday night, Dunmore got 23 combined points from Toomey and Alexis Chapman in their 63-13 victory over Carbondale. Riverside began league play with a 54-15 win over the Chargerettes as Emily Taylor (19 points) and Leah Hodick (10 points) led the way. Monday night, the Lady Vikes got 20 points from Kylie Lavelle in a 48-16 win over Mid Valley. Lakeland has been getting balanced scoring and came away with a pair of wins, 51-37 over Mid Valley and 64-32 Monday night in a crossover win over Elk Lake. Colby White netted 17 while Addie Piraino and Skylar Arendt each hit 12 in the win over the Spartanettes (who got 20 points from Kaylee Terranella). White and Pirano each contributed 19 points while Arendt added 16 against Elk Lake. Old Forge bounced back from their loss to Dunmore with an impressive 67-43 win over Holy Cross on Monday night. The Lady Devils controlled the boards and placed four players into doubles (Olivia Ciullo 24, Maria Garcia 12, Ang Rios 12, and Lindsey Welsh 11). Holy Cross got 25 combined points from Kaci Kranson and Caitlyn Bestrycki. The Lady Crusaders started out league play with a 63-28 crossover win over Susquehanna Community as Kranson netted 24, Abby Lentowksi 19, and Emily Ferguson 11. In non-league play from last week, Riverside got 4 players into doubles (Kylie Lavelle 16, Emily Taylor 14, Leah Hodick 13, and Kayla Rose 12) in a 76-24 win over Montrose.
On Thursday, Holy Cross hosts Lakeland is a key matchup. Next Monday, Riverside will entertain the Lady Chiefs.
Mountain View (2-0, 5-5) 2A 0-0 crossover
Elk Lake (1-0, 4-5) 2A 0-1 crossover
Susquehanna (1-0, 4-5) 1A 0-1 crossover
Montrose (1-1, 4-6) 3A 0-0 crossover
Forest City (1-1, 1-9) 1A 0-0 crossover
Blue Ridge (0-2, 2-7) 2A 0-0 crossover
Lackawanna Trail (0-2, 0-9) 2A 0-0 crossover
In Division 3, Mountain View has jumped out to a 2-0 start. The Lady Eagles got 14 points from Regan Cameron in each of their two victories, over Blue Ridge (42-36) and Lackawanna Trail (45-31) Monday night. Elk Lake and Susquehanna Community are both at 1-0, even though each also dropped a division crossover game (as those do not count in the division standings). Elk Lake got strong efforts from Mercedes Zajaczkpowski (14 points), Lily Decker (13 points), and Krista Jones (12 points) as the Warriors controlled the first and third periods (35-17) on their way to a 58-40 win over Lackawanna Trail. In Monday night’s crossover, Zajaczowski netted 13 points as Elk Lake got doubled up by Lakeland, 64-32. Susquehanna Community bounced back from their 63-38 crossover loss to Holy Cross (Mackenzie Steele scored 15 in that loss) to defeat Montrose 47-43 in double overtime Monday night. The Lady Sabers rallied from a 30-17 deficit heading into the final stanza to force OT. Taylor Huyck led the way with 23 points. Montrose got 18 points from Hayley Pompey. Last week, the Lady Meteors picked up their first league win, 62-18 over Forest City, as Tangi Smith and Ciara Hundley combined for 25 points. Forest City rebounded for a 40-35 win over Blue Ridge Monday night. The Lady Foresters have been getting strong contributions from Bella Pleska (2-game total of 38 points). Madeline Shema added 12 points in their win over Blue Ridge. The Lady Raiders and Lackawanna Trail are both looking for their first division win. Blue Ridge came up just short to both Mountain View and Forest City. Kara Wdowiak scored a dozen points against Mt. View while Ashley Torres and Savannah Glover each hit 10 points against Forest City. Lackawanna Trail got 13 points from Amaralis Thiel in a loss to Elk Lake last week.
On Thursday, Elk Lake visits Susquehanna Community in a key matchup. On Saturday, the Lady Warriors then travel to play a non-league game at Scranton. Looking ahead to next Monday, Mountain View entertains Elk Lake in what could be a battle for first place.
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