District 2 Girls Division Recaps
Written by: Jon K on Saturday, January 13th, 2018
DISTRICT 2 GIRLS DIVISION ANALYSIS
(games through 1/12)
WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE
Hazleton Area (4-0, 7-2) 6A
Crestwood (4-1, 7-3) 5A
Dallas (3-2, 8-2) 4A
Pittston Area (2-3, 5-5) 5A
Wyoming Valley West (2-3, 5-6) 5A
Wilkes-Barre Coughlin (0-5, 1-10) 5A
With their come-from-behind 55-42 home win over Dallas Thursday night, Hazleton Area has taken over sole possession of first place in Division 1 with a 4-0 start. The Lady Cougars started off division play with a 72-28 win over Wilkes-Barre Coughlin as Maddie Mrochko netted 19 points (with 5 triples). She then put up the exact same numbers as Hazleton Area rallied for an overtime 60-59 victory over Wyoming Valley West. Faith Grula added 17 and Marissa Trivelpiece scored 14 (including 10 clutch free throws). The Lady Spartans who led 39-34 heading into the final period, placed four players in doubles (Gracie Giza 19, Toni Amato 15 with 4 treys, Nicole Boutanous 15, and Andi Blaski 10). Against Pittston Area, HA jumped out to a 15-6 lead, but had to hang on for a nail-biting 35-33 win as Trivelpiece netted 17. The Lady Patriots got a combined 21 points from Alexa Noone and Leah Hodick in the loss. Crestwood, their only loss coming against Dallas, moved into second place after wins over Pittston Area, Berwick, and Wyoming Valley West. They also got a win over Wilkes-Barre Coughlin Thursday night. The Lady Comets got 18 from Julia Makowski and 12 from Sara Hopkins as they pulled away from PA in the final stanza for a 39-35 win. The Lady Patriots got 15 from Hodick and 10 from Noone. Crestwood then rallied in the final period to defeat Berwick 50-46 as they hit 15 of 21 free throws and got 24 points (with 3 triples) from Makowski while Helena Jardine contributed 11 points. The game was a Division 2 crossover matchup that was moved up on the schedule from January 31. The Lady Comets also posted a 52-36 win over Valley West as Makowski paced them with 24 (Blaski had 13 for WVW). Dallas dropped into third place after their loss to Hazleton Area Thursday night. The Lady Mounts started out conference play with a 68-66 overtime win over WVW as Lauren Charlton led the way with 28 points (and 3 treys) while Hanna Johnson and Olivia Johnson combined for 20 points. WVW trailed 27-13 after the first eight minutes, but rallied behind the scoring of Boutanous (22), Giza (14), and Amato (10). In their 51-42 win over Crestwood, Dallas again rebounded from an early deficit to get the victory. Charlton netted 14, Gianna Centrella 13, and Hanna Johnson paced the Lady Mounts while Sara Hopkins (17) and Julia Makowski (13) led the Lady Comets. Centrella netted 16 points and drained 3 triples in their 57-24 win over Wilkes-Barre Coughlin. The Lady Crusaders got 7 points from LeJune Berry. Pittston Area dropped their third division game Thursday night, 61-49 to Valley West. The Lady Patriots picked up wins over Coughlin (52-19) and Dallas (44-42). Alexa Noone hit 20 (with 6 treys) and Leah Hodick 18 in the win over Coughlin. The Lady Patriots then staged a big rally to defeat Dallas, getting 15 from Noone (with 4 triples), 14 from Hodick, and 8 from Emily O’Brien. The Lady Mounts, who led 32-24 after the third quarter, got 21 from Lauren Charlton (with 4 treys) for their first division loss. Wyoming Valley West, having already dropped a pair of OT losses, picked up a win over Coughlin (52-16) as Amato, Blaski, and Boutanous teamed up to hit 35 points. In non-league action on Saturday, Crestwood rallied from a 7-point halftime deficit with a 16-4 run in the third period, but dropped a close loss to Easton, 46-45. The Lady Comets (hitting only 11 of 21 free throws) got 17 from Makowski and 13 from Hopkins. Crossover action begins Monday with several key games including Holy Redeemer at Hazleton Area, Wyoming Area at Crestwood, Berwick at Pittston Area, and Lake-Lehman visiting Wyoming Valley West.
Lake-Lehman (6-0, 7-4) 4A
Wyoming Area (5-0, 9-0) 4A
Holy Redeemer (5-0, 9-1) 3A
Nanticoke Area (5-0, 9-1) 4A
Berwick (5-1, 8-3) 4A
Tunkhannock (2-2, 5-4) 4A
Most Division 2 teams have already completed leg one of conference play, that is crossover games against Division 3 teams. And they did so most successfully with an overall winning mark of 93% (28-2). Things will get a lot more interesting as their focus now shifts to crossover matchups against Division 1 squads. For this week’s recap, let’s review these crossovers in more detail. Wyoming Area (5-0) remains one of only two undefeated District 2 teams. The Lady Warriors have defeated Northwest Area (61-40), Wilkes-Barre Meyers (54-52), Wyoming Seminary (52-40), Hanover Area (54-43), and Wilkes-Bare GAR (67-30) Friday night. They continue to get spectacular performances from their senior leader Sarah Holweg (26 vs. Northwest, 18 vs. Meyers, 20 vs. Sem, and 21 vs. Hanover). She is getting plenty of help along the way from Addison Orzel (14 against NW), Aleah Kranson (12 against Meyers), Ellie Glatz, and Nicole Silinskie. WA also picked up an impressive non-league 62-57 win over Wallenpaupack as Holweg (18), Addison Orzel (14), and Cassidy Orzel (10) paced the Lady Warriors. Holy Redeemer (5-0) has come away with wins over GAR (66-27), MMI Prep (65-15), Meyers (62-26), Northwest (66-39), and Wyoming Seminary (72-36). Samantha Yencha (17 vs. GAR, 18 vs. Northwest, and 21 vs. Sem) and Julia Andrejko (13.0 ppg across the five wins) have been steady scorers for the Lady Royals with Lauren Wasiakowski (doubles against GAR, Meyers, and NW) and Sara Kuderka (13 vs. GAR) getting into the mix. Their lineup got a huge boost with the return of Sam Rajza (13 against both NW and Sem) from an ACL injury. HR also notched a big win over a highly-regarded District 3 squad, Camp Hill, 56-39 as Andrejko (18) and Yencha (14) powered the Lady Royals to an early 18-9 lead. Nanticoke Area has logged wins over Wyoming Seminary (68-20), Hanover Area (59-43), Northwest (58-43), Meyers (54-29), and MMI Prep (66-13). Lisa Radziak has been superb for the Trojanettes (14 vs. Sem, 19 with 5 triples vs. Hanover, 15 vs. NW, and 24 with 4 treys vs. Meyers). Alyssa Lewis netted 17 in the Hanover win, Jilann Baron 11 in the Sem win, and Katie Butczynski 14 in the win over Northwest. Amiah Lukowski (11 in NW game) and Bella Czeck (11 vs. Meyers) have also been key contributors. The Trojanettes also picked up a 59-23 non-league victory over Susquehanna as Lukowski (20), Radziak (14), and Baron (10) led the way. Lake-Lehman completed their Division 3 crossovers with a sweep over Meyers (64-34), Northwest (57-24), GAR (61-23), Hanover (54-17), MMI Prep (64-12), and Wyoming Seminary (43-40) Friday night. Their top three scorers, Savannah Purdy, Corinna Scoblick, and Madison Borum have powered the Black Knights so far. Purdy had 22 against Meyers, 18 vs. Northwest, 12 vs. GAR, and 14 vs. Hanover). Borum had 10 vs. Meyers, 14 vs. Northwest, 16 vs. GAR, and 19 against Hanover. Scoblick with 12 vs. Meyers, 18 vs. Northwest, 13 vs. Hanover, and 15 in the win over MMI. The Lady Knights only recent loss came against Jim Thorpe in a non-league tilt, 56-49 as Purdy and Sarah Salus combined for 28 points. Berwick got Division 3 crossovers wins over Hanover Area (55-46), Wyoming Seminary (65-49), Meyers (53-34), GAR (67-20), and Northwest (51-36). The sole loss came against Crestwood as their January 31 crossover Division 1 game got switched to complete a holiday tourney. For the Lady Dawgs, Reese Mensinger has been spectacular (18 vs. Hanover, 25 with 5 treys vs. Sem, 26 with 4 triples vs. Meyers, 24 with and 4 triples vs. GAR). Berwick, who led Crestwood 38-35 after three quarters, got yet another stellar performance from Mensinger (31 points with 4 treys). Berwick has also been getting strong efforts from Megan Dalo (13 vs. Hanover), Renny Murphy (11 vs. Hanover, 12 against Sem), and Roni Isenberg (15 against Meyers). Tunkhannock picked up wins over MMI Prep (51-23) and GAR (60-38). They placed 13 plays in the scoring column vs. the Lady Preppers (led by Anna Brown with 8). In the win over GAR, the Lady Tigers were paced by Abby Ritz (25 points), Samantha Generotti (14), and Kelly Baber (with 13). The Lady Tigers also dropped a pair of crossover games. They got a combined 20 points from Rebecca Avery and Abby Ritz in a 54-28 loss to Wyoming Seminary. Then, in a 52-43 loss to Northwest Area (in which they only hit 13 of 27 free throws), Tunk got 15 from Avery and 11 from Jessica Ell. Division 1 crossover games begin Monday with several interesting matchups, including Wyoming Area at Crestwood, Holy Redeemer at Hazleton Area, Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Valley West, and Berwick at Pittston Area.
Wyoming Seminary (1-5, 5-7) 2A
Northwest Area (1-5, 4-7) 2A
Hanover Area (0-4, 3-7) 4A
MMI Prep (0-4, 0-8) 1A
Wilkes-Barre Meyers (0-5, 3-7) 3A
Wilkes-Barre GAR (0-5, 0-11) 3A
OK – the bad news for Division 3 teams is that other than a pair of wins, they struggled to find victories in conference play so far. The good news that crossover play has ended and these squads can now focus on what should be more even competition. Wyoming Seminary and Northwest Area each picked up a win over Tunkhannock. The Blue Knights got 12 each from Ally Vezendy and Alex Wesneski plus 11 from Annemaakie Reitsma in the 54-28 win over the Lady Tigers. Northwest Area got 28 points with 3 triples from Brenna Babcock while Reagan Harrison added 11 in their 52-43 win over Tunkhannock. Wyoming Seminary got 23 points combined from Paige Parsons and Ally Vezendy in a 52-40 loss to undefeated Wyoming Seminary. Northwest Area continues to get excellent efforts from Brenna Babcock (18 vs. Holy Redeemer, and 13 vs. Lake-Lehman). Trista Babcock and Reagan Harrison combined for 20 points for the Lady Rangers in a loss to Wyoming Area. Hanover Area got 21 points from Victoria Benning and 14 from Genesis Rodriguez, also in a loss to the Lady Warriors. Wilkes-Barre Meyers is getting steady performances from Erin Morris (10 vs. Holy Redeemer), Allycia Harris (21 against Wyoming Area), Sarah Bottger (11 vs. Lake-Lehman), and Ashley Bruno (12 against WA). MMI Prep and Wilkes-Barre GAR are both still looking for their first win of the season. The Lady Preppers got 8 points from Irene Altmiller against Holy Redeemer. GAR got a combined 20 points from Khira Cook and Jada Redditt in a loss to Holy Redeemer. Olivia Prata netted 9 in the Lady Grenadiers loss to Lake-Lehman. And Alana Germano hit 8 points as GAR fell to Berwick. Crossovers get going Monday with Northwest Area hosting Wyoming Seminary as the feature matchup.
Scranton Prep (4-0, 10-2) 4A
Abington Heights (3-1, 8-5) 5A
Scranton (3-1, 7-5) 6A
West Scranton (1-3, 5-7) 5A
Valley View (0-4, 6-7) 4A
Scranton Prep took over first place in Division 1 after they pulled away from a 24-24 tie game to defeat top rival Abington Heights on the road, 43-37. Kathleen Rose (15 points) and Rachel Rose (14 points) keyed the win for the Classics who converted 14 of 15 free throw opportunities. The Lady Comets got 16 points including three triples from senior guard Hannah Kowalski. Prep also secured division wins over Scranton and West Scranton. Even though they bolted out to a 12-1 lead on the Lady Knights, it took double overtime to lock down the 54-46 win. Kathleen Rose led the way with 16, Holly Daveski added 15, and Rachel Rose 12. Scranton, who rallied with a 15-6 run in the third period, got 19 points from Colette Mulderig and 13 (with three treys) from Sophia Glogowski. In their 43-37 victory over West Side, in which the teams combined to hit 22 of 27 free throws, Rachel Rose paced the Classics with 20 points. The Lady Invaders got 19 points from Nya Johnson and 8 from Tatum Repshis. Thursday night Prep added a 42-33 win over Valley View. Abington Heights and Scranton both trail by one game. The Lady Comets got by Valley View and Delaware Valley before their loss to Prep. In their 48-27 victory over the Lady Cougars, AH placed three in doubles (Kowalski 16, Erin Albright 11, and Cassandra Ksaizek 10). Valley View got 11 points from Abby Pidgeon. Ksaizek then hit 17 and Sharon Houlihan added 12 as the Lady Comets used a 14-4 run in the second period to get by Del-Val 36-24 in a crossover game. Ashley Thalassinos netted 8 for the Lady Warriors. Thursday night, AH got by West Scranton 44-36. Scranton hung on for a 56-51 win over city rival West Scranton as they got 19 from Shelby Funchess and 17 from Mulderig. West Side got 17 from Johnson and 15 from Repshis. The Lady Knights then topped Valley View 41-32 as Glogowski (14 points with 4 treys) and Erin Barrett (10 points) led the way. Skylar Bianchi hit 10 for Valley View. They also added a 45-38 crossover win over Honesdale Thursday night. West Scranton got their first division win, a 45-32 crossover victory over Western Wayne as Johnson hit 21 and Repshis added 10. The Lady Wildcats got 14 from Gracie Guarino and 13 (with 3 triples) from Hannah Roedel. On Monday, Scranton Preps hosts Division 2 contender North Pocono in a pivotal crossover matchup.
Wallenpaupack (4-0, 8-1) 5A
North Pocono (2-2, 8-4) 5A
Western Wayne (2-2, 5-7) 4A
Honesdale (1-3, 4-8) 4A
Delaware Valley (0-4, 2-9) 6A
In Division 2, with their 45-24 win over Delaware Valley Thursday night, Wallenpaupack stayed perfect at 4-0. In an early division showdown against North Pocono, the Lady Buckhorns jumped out to a 33-14 halftime lead and held on for a 48-37 win as Megan Guerrieri and Tabitha Boyd combined for 23 points. North Pocono got 14 from Sarah Kaneski and 7 from Jenna Montana. Against Honesdale, Paupack again powered out to a big halftime advantage (35-19) and withstood a Lady Hornet rally to get the 65-57 win. Guerrieri netted 22 with 3 triples while Hannah Smith contributed 18 points with a pair of triples. Honesdale placed two in doubles (Courtney Varcoe with 16 and Alexa Jones with 15) while Nicole Longman added 9. Keeping their theme of a fast start going, the Lady Buckhorns grabbed a 14-point halftime edge on their way to a 47-27 win over Valley View. Erin Worzel led the way with 14 while Guerrieri and Smith combined for 21. Abby Pidgeon hit 6 points for the Lady Cougars. North Pocono fell into a tie with Western Wayne two games off the pace after the Lady Wildcats got a 35-31 victory over the Lady Trojans Thursday night. NP also got a pair of division wins over Delaware Valley (50-33) and Honesdale (62-42). Jenna Montana scored 14 and connected on 4 triples while Izzy Pehanick added a dozen in their win over the Lady Warriors (who got 9 points from Shelby Brittain). In their win over Honesdale, NP got 19 each from Sarah Kaneski and Pehanick. The Lady Hornets got a combined 23 points from Camden Bannan and Courtney Varcoe. Before their win over NP which evened their mark at 2-2, Western Wayne rolled by Del-Val 47-16 behind the 16 points from Guarino and 15 (with 3 triples) from Roedel. Thalassinos hit 9 for the Lady Warriors. And Honesdale picked up their first division win over Western Wayne, 50-43. The Lady Hornets buzzed out to a 15-3 lead as they got 19 from Alexa Jones and 14 from Nicole Longman. The Lady Wildcats got 37 of their 43 points from Guarino (24 points) and Roedel (13 points) who combined for 5 triples. Elsewhere, in a great non-league tilt, Wallenpaupack rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to tie the game but eventually fell to undefeated Wyoming Area, 62-57. Megan Guerrieri (22 points with 6 triples) and Rachel Tirjan (16 points) led the Lady Buckhorns. Coming up on Monday, Wallenpaupack visits Western Wayne and North Pocono travels for a crossover game at Scranton Prep.
Holy Cross (3-0, 10-1) 3A (0-0 crossover)
Dunmore (2-0, 11-0) 3A (1-0 crossover)
Riverside (2-1, 6-5) 3A (0-0 crossover)
Old Forge (1-1, 5-6) 2A (1-0 crossover)
Mid Valley (1-2 7-4) 3A (0-0 crossover)
Lakeland (0-2, 1-8) 3A (0-0 crossover)
Carbondale (0-3, 1-8) 3A (0-0 crossover)
The beat goes on for Dunmore as the Lady Bucks stayed perfect on the season setting up Monday’s home Division 3 showdown against 3-0 Holy Cross. Dunmore picked up division wins over Carbondale and Old Forge plus they got a 74-34 crossover win over Lackawanna Trail Thursday night. Victoria Toomey netted 17 while Kelly Quinn and Lisa Tallo each added 9 in their 61-23 rout over the Chargerettes (who got 6 each from Christina Carachilo and Amelia Zazzera). Dunmore then got 19 from Toomey, 14 from Quinn, and 11 from Giana Delfino in a 56-35 victory over Old Forge. Olivia Ciullo hit 15 points for the Lady Devils. Holy Cross maintained a share of the lead with wins over Riverside, Mid Valley, and Lakeland Thursday night. Lexi Walsh netted 22 while Caroline Kranick and Abby Sempa combined for 20 as the Lady Crusaders topped Riverside 67-47. The Lady Vikings got 18 from Kayla Rose and 20 combined from Emily Taylor and Julia Antoniacci. In their 51-48 victory over Mid Valley, Holy Cross rallied from a 41-35 deficit after three periods behind the scoring of Lexi Walsh (25 points including 4 triples). The Spartanettes placed three into doubles (Emily Moran 17, Lauren Owen 14, and Kiana Williams 10). Riverside shook off their loss to Holy Cross by getting by Lakeland (69-34) and Mid Valley (30-25) Thursday night. In the win over Lakeland, Rose hit 17, Antoniacci 14, and Alese Karpinski 12. The Lady Chiefs got 21 combined from Cheyenne Dippre and Brooke Longstreet. Mid Valley picked up their first division win, a 31-12 victory over Carbondale as Williams hit 13 and Moran 11. Zazzera added 8 points for Carbondale. Old Forge also logged their first league win Thursday night, 40-21 over Carbondale. Monday’s other key game includes Old Forge visiting heated rival Riverside. In a crossover matchup, Mid Valley travels to play Division 3 leader Mountain View. Crossover results do not count in division standings.
Mountain View (3-0, 5-6) 2A (0-0 crossover)
Susquehanna (2-0, 6-3) 1A (0-0 crossover)
Montrose (2-1, 5-6) 3A (0-0 crossover)
Forest City (1-1, 2-6) 1A (0-1 crossover)
Elk Lake (1-2, 5-6) 2A (0-0 crossover)
Lackawanna Trail (0-2, 1-9) 2A (0-1 crossover)
Blue Ridge (0-3, 0-10) 2A (0-0 crossover)
In Division 4, Mountain View and Susquehanna lead the way with Montrose just a game back. Mountain View got 21 points from Erika Freely and 9 from Sydney Newhart in a 56-47 win over Lackawanna Trail. The Lady Lions, who led 39-38 heading into the final stanza, got 15 from Lexie Kwaitkowski and 10 from Allison Decker. The Lady Eagles then got 14 each from Freely and Newhart in a 37-22 victory over Elk Lake (Tamara Voda and Eliza Bosscher teamed up for 17 points for the Lady Warriors). Thursday night, Mountain View got an impressive 58-26 win over Forest City to remain perfect in league play. Susquehanna topped Montrose 43-29 as Taylor Huyck netted 13. Montrose got 9 from Grace Aukema as the two teams only converted 20 of 39 free throws attempts. The Lady Sabers also picked up a 66-18 win over Blue Ridge Thursday night. Montrose picked up a pair of wins over Blue Ridge (55-25) and Elk Lake (29-26) Thursday night. In their win over the Lady Raiders, Annalise Ely hit 13, MacKenzie Newhart 12, and Harper Andre 11 (Abby Hartman had 11 for Blue Ridge). Elk Lake and Forest City also picked up their first division wins. The Lady Warriors stormed out to a 16-2 lead and rolled over Blue Ridge, 60-31. They got 17 each from Voda and Abigail Johns plus 10 from Bosscher. The Lady Raiders got 18 combined from Danielle Goff and Hartman. Forest City topped Lackawanna Trail behind 15 from MacKenzie Hartman and 10 from Skylar Fortuner. The Lady Lions got 9 each from Decker and Kwaitkowski. On Monday, Elk Lake hosts Susquehanna while Mountain View entertains Mid Valley in a crossover tilt.
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