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Hazleton Area's Mackenzie Yori, left, goes for the steal as Pittston Area's Allie Barber brings the ball up the court in WVC Division 1 girls basketball action Monday night in Yatesville.
Hazleton Area's Mackenzie Yori, left, goes for the steal as Pittston Area's Allie Barber brings the ball up the court in WVC Division 1 girls basketball action Monday night in Yatesville.
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YATESVILLE — It was still anyone’s game, the whole night up for grabs with one minute to play.


So Allie Barber took a couple of stabs at it, and as a result, Pittston Area stole away a thrilling victory.


Barber hit the tying basket with 58 seconds remaining Monday, then her missed jumper wound up in the hands of Marley O’Brien for the winning bucket as Pittston Area pulled out a heart-pounding 58-56 victory over Hazleton Area at the Patriots gym.


“It feels great,” said Barber, who finished with 13 points in a balanced Pittston Area attack that put four of the team’s five starters in double scoring figures. “These are the best wins. When you win by 15, those are not good wins.


“These are the games to pull out.”


The Patriots simply pulled victory away from Hazleton Area’s hands at the end.


Trailing by two points with the Cougars clutching the ball as the clock neared the game’s one-minute mark, Barber jumped a pass in Hazleton Area’s frontcourt and raced the other way to get the home crowd roaring. Then, she cooly converted the layup that pulled Pittston Area into a 56-56 tie with 58 seconds remaining.


“I saw they were just passing it back and I went for the steal,” Barber said. “Going up (to the basket), I was just like, ‘Don’t miss it.’ If I missed that, could you imagine?”


As it turned out, the Patriots didn’t leave anything to the imagination.


Liz Waleski stole away Hazleton Area’s inbounds pass, setting up Barber for another shot.


It seemed she wasn’t done gambling.


With more than enough time to run a play, Barber stepped across the three-point line with her dribble and let loose with a three-point attempt. It bounded hard off the glass, but straight into the hands of O’Brien — who was wide open underneath for an uncontested lay-in that won the game with two seconds to play.


“The clock … there wasn’t a lot of time,” Barber said. “I said, ‘Take the shot.’ “


The final minute seemed to take Hazleton Area’s breath away.


“Good game,” Hazleton Area coach Joe Gavio said. “We gave it away, (and) they did a good job of coming back. They made the plays they had to. That’s why they won the game.


“They made plays, and we didn’t.”


The two teams played a tight, back-and forth game while planning to gain an early-season edge to contend for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I title.


Neither team held a double-digit lead the entire game, and neither let the other get much of an advantage. The game was tied after each of the first two quarters, 11-11 in the first and 26-26 at halftime.


Pittston Area took its largest lead, 16-11, on the first of Eastin Ashby’s three three-pointers early in the second quarter. And Hazleton Area opened a nine-point lead, 47-38, on a bucket by Alyssa Sitch with little more than a minute to play in the third quarter.


But just past the midway mark of the fourth quarter, it was all even again, thanks to a free throw by Jackie Rabender that pulled the Patriots into a 51-51 tie.


Waleski — who finished with a team-high 15 points — had a big hand in that, hitting four straight foul shots to open the fourth quarter to trim Hazleton Area’s lead to three points.


“It had a good feel to it, people were screaming,” Gavio said. “Good atmosphere. I thought we had them dead to rights a couple times. I felt real good through the whole game. The last 12 seconds, I didn’t feel good.”


Sitch gave the Cougars a bit of an edge, scoring a game-high 20 points, and her Hazleton Area teammate Lexi Wolk added 16 in a scrappy effort.


But Cougars forward Brianna Woznicki fouled out less than two minutes into the final quarter, and Wolk was gone with her fifth foul little more than a minute later.


And Pittston Area wouldn’t go away, using standout guard play from Barber and Waleski along with 14 points from Eastin Ashby and 12 from Rabender. And in the end, a game of chance Barber kept playing helped swing the game into the win column for the Patriots.


“This was a big game for us,” Barber said. “We knew coming in it would be. We knew Hazleton was going to be one of the top teams. Good to come out with a win, definitely.”


Holy Redeemer 59, Nanticoke 45

Lydia Lawson erupted for six of her 10 points in the third quarter and Alexis Lewis scored a game-high 18 points as Holy Redeemer used a 19-8 third quarter to break a halftime tie and rolled away to victory in the second half at Nanticoke High School.

Alyssa Platko responded with 12 points for the Royals while Rebecca Prociak added 10 points in the victory.

Deanna Thomas led Nanticoke’s surge, scoring nine of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter, while Heidi Kile added 10 points for the Trojans.

Hanover Area 58, Wyoming Area 45


The Hawkeyes went ahead early thanks to Haylee Bobos’ 20 points. Asdone Hooper contributed 15 points.


Wyoming Area’s Emily Wolfgang supplied 12 points. Jess Sorick was the only other Warrior in double digits with 10.


Wyoming Seminary 63, MMI Prep 29


Maya Kornfeld’s 22 points led a crew of three Blue Knight players in double figures. Gabbie Volpetti produced 19 points, and Jordyn Rickrode connected on five shots for 11.


The Preppers’ Maria Carrato finished with 12 points.


Lake-Lehman 52, Meyers 44


Cayle Spencer went 12-of-14 from the charity stripe as part of a 25-point effort for the Black Knights. Emily Sutton registered 10 points, and Julia Eneboe hit three three-pointers.


Quieterrua Gross was lights out with 32 points for the Mohawks.


Crestwood 50, Berwick 38


Rebecca Rutkowski and Maddie Ritsick combined for all but eight of the Comets points. Rutkowski blazed the way with 24 points, while Ritsick delivered from long range with 18.


Berwick received a 12-point outing from Taylor Montana.


Dallas 53, Coughlin 28


Talia Kosierowski and Katy Comitz propelled the Mountaineers to a road victory at Coughlin. Kosierowski totaled 11 points, and Katy Comitz had 10.


Coughlin’s Mariss Ross scored 10 points.


GAR 49, Northwest 33


The Grenadiers held the Rangers to one point in the opening frame. Brea Seabrook continued her early-season success with 18 points. Marie Skrepenak dominated the paint with 14 points.


Kelsey Yustat was Northwest’s high scorer with 10. Bailey Taylor posted nine points.


Pittston Area 58, Hazleton Area 56

HAZLETON AREA (56) — Alyssa Sitch 9 0-1 20, Brianna Woznicki 0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Yori 3 1-1 8, Becky Marchetti 2 0-0 5, Lexi Wolk 7 2-5 16, Angie Marchetti 0 0-0 0, Christine Kaschak 3 1-6 7, Sydney Walser 0 0-1 0. Totals 24 4-14 56.


PITTSTON AREA (58) — Allie Barber 5 3-4 13, Liz Waleski 2 11-14 15, Jackie Rabender 3 5-8 12, Ali Brady 0 0-0 0, Eastin Ashby 5 1-1 14, Marley O’Brien 1 0-0 2, Taryn Ashby 1 0-0 2, Jamie Chisdock 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 20-27 58.


Hazleton Area`11`15`23`7`—`56


Pittston Area`11`15`16`16`—`58


Three-point goals — HAZ 4 (Sitch 2, B. Marchetti, Yori); PA 4 (E. Ashby 3, Rabender).


Holy Redeemer 59, Nanticoke 45

HOLY REDEEMER (59) — Alana Wilson 1 0-0 3, Alexis Lewis 8 2-6 18, Lydia Lawson 4 2-2 10, Alyssa Platko 6 0-2 12, Rebecca Prociak 4 2-5 10, Julie Kosik 1 0-0 3, Meghan Corridoni 0 0-0 0, Kayla Hons 0 0-0 0, Devon Claherty 1 0-0 3, Brittany Hebda 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 6-15 59.


NANTICOKE (45) — Deanna Thomas 5 2-4 13, Riley Klepaldo 3 0-0 6, Amber Grohowski 1 1-1 3, Abbey Zaykoski 1 1-2 4, Heidi Kile 2 6-9 10, Gianna Roberts 1 5-6 7. Totals 14 15-22 45.


Holy Redeemer`13`11`17`18`—`59


Nanticoke`12`12`8`13`—`45


Three-point goals — HR 2 (Wilson, Kosik); NAN 2 (Thomas, Zaykoski).


Hanover Area 58, Wyoming Area 45

HANOVER AREA (58) — Asdone Hooper 6 2-5 15, Marissa Keegan 0 0-2 0, Morgan Konek 0 0-2 0, Mickie Kaminski 2 3-5 7, Brittany Miller 4 0-0 8, Haylee Bobos 7 6-10 20, Amber Grohowski 3 2-2 8, Amanda Sirak 0 0-1 0. Totals 22 13-25 58.


WYOMING AREA (45) — Emily Wolfgang 4 4-13 12, Jordan Kelly 2 0-0 5, Audrey Hiedacavage 1 0-0 2, Rachael Solano 2 1-2 6, Nicole Turner 1 0-0 2, Melissa Mazzitelli 1 0-0 2, Jess Sorick 5 0-2 10, Nicole Wright 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 5-17 45.


Hanover Area`19`12`18`9`—`58


Wyoming Area`8`11`9`17`—`45


Three-point goals — HAN 1 (Hooper); WA 1 (Kelly).


Wyoming Seminary 63, MMI Prep 29

MMI PREP (29) — Kristen Purcell 2 0-0 4, Rachel Stanziola 1 2-8 4, Amber Ferry 1 2-2 4, Maria Carrato 5 0-0 12, Hayle Shearer 2 1-3 5, Kryslyn Rose Pastupack 0 0-0 0, Dana Carrato 0 0-0 0, Alexzandriea Van Hoekelen 0 0-0 0 . Totals 11 5-13 29.


WYOMING SEMINARY (63) — Alexis Sokach 0 0-0 0, Maya Kornfeld 11 0-1 22, Jordyn Rickrode 5 0-0 10, Emily Gabriel 2 0-0 4, Gabbie Volpetti 6 6-9 19, Mary Lehman 1 0-0 2, Katie Stemrich 0 0-0 0, Paige Allen 3 0-3 6, Abigail Corcoran 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 6-13 63.


MMI Prep`4`7`5`13`—`29


Wyoming Seminary`13`12`14`27`—`63


Three-point goals — MMI 2 (M. Carrato); SEM 1 (Volpetti)


Lake-Lehman 52, Meyers 44

MEYERS (44) — Brianna DiMaggio 0 0-0 0, Salmah Biggs 0 1-7 1, Aleana Lloyd 0 0-0 0, Gianna Skaff 0 0-0 0, Quinniea Gross 2 3-8 7, Quieterrua Gross 12 7-9 32 . Totals 16 11-19 44.


LAKE-LEHMAN (52) — Emily Sutton 2 5-6 10, Molly Storz 0 0-0 0, Julia Eneboe 3 0-0 9, Miranda Pace 2 0-0 4, Cayle Spencer 6 12-14 25, Danae Sutliff 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 17-20 52.


Meyers`7`9`12`16`—`44


Lake-Lehman`9`15`11`17`—`52


Three-point goals — MEY 1 (Quie. Gross); LL 5 (Eneboe 3, Sutton, Spencer)


Crestwood 50, Berwick 38

BERWICK (38) — Ayrin Shortlidge 1 0-0 2, Tori Talanca 1 2-2 4, Gabby Kishbaugh 2 0-0 4, Taylor Montana 5 2-7 12, Bri Floryshak 2 0-0 4, Olivia Seely 0 0-0 0, Allison Rinchimen 2 0-0 5, Alexis Steeber 2 3-4 7, Karen Boone 0 0-2 0 . Totals 15 7-15 38.


CRESTWOOD (50) — Dallas Kendra 2 0-1 4, Marleen Dillon 0 0-0 0, McKenna Mera 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Rutkowski 8 8-13 24, Abbie Macko 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Cuono 0 0-0 0, Emily Shiplett 0 0-0 0, Maury Cronauer 1 0-0 2, Heather Muse 1 0-0 2, Taryn Wojnar 0 0-0 0, Kassie Ferdinand 0 0-0 0, Abbey Murphy 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ritsick 6 4-4 18. Totals 18 12-18 50.


Berwick`5`11`7`15`—`38


Crestwood`13`11`18`8`—`50


Three-point goals — BER 1 (Rinchimen); CRE 2 (Ritsick 2)


Dallas 53, Coughlin 28

DALLAS (53) — Courtney Devens 0 0-0 0, Courtney Hoats 0 0-0 0, Maddie Kelley 0 1-2 1, Breanna Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, Sara Lojewski 1 0-0 3, Samantha Missal 3 0-0 8, Lindsay Jacobs 1 0-0 2, Katy Comitz 3 1-2 10, Talia Kosierowski 4 2-2 11, Samantha Pollick 0 0-0 0, Nikki Wren 3 2-2 8, Steff Cybulski 1 0-0 2, Maggie Michael 4 1-2 9 . Totals 20 9-10 53.


COUGHLIN (28) — Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Savannah Robinson 0 1-2 1, Keighlyn Oliver 0 2-4 2, Mary Tona 3 1-4 7, Bre Georgetti 0 0-0 0, Kim Martinez 3 0-2 8, Marissa Ross 4 2-2 10, Destiny Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 6-14 28.


Dallas`14`15`14`8`—`53


Coughlin`4`9`9`6`—`28


Three-point goals — DAL 4 (Lojewski 2, Comitz, Kosierowski); COU 2 (Martinez 2)


GAR 49, Northwest 33

GAR (49) — Lindsey Quinn 2 0-0 4, McKenzie Nichol 0 0-0 0, Bre Mosier 1 2-2 4, Avery Harris 0 0-0 0, Shealynn Taylor 0 0-0 0, Aneisha View 0 0-0 0, Ayanna Warren 0 0-0 0, Majeedah Nealy 2 1-3 5, Brea Seabrook 6 8-12 18, Marie Skrepenak 6 2-4 14, Asanteasia Rivers 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-21 49.


NORTHWEST (33) — Emily Buerger 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Yustat 4 0-0 10, Faith Rierson 1 0-0 2, Shayla DiPasquale 3 2-6 8, Bailey Taylor 2 5-8 9, Liz Gurzynski 0 2-2 2, Olivia Piestrak 0 0-0 0, Hailey Chapin 0 0-0 0, Angel Rollo 0 0-0 0, Susie Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Cook 0 0-0 0, Brooke Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Jillian Kondrosky 0 0-0 0, Molle Hasay 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-16 33.


GAR`7`16`10`16`—`49


Northwest`1`9`10`13`—`33


Three-point goals — GAR 0; NW 2 (Yustat 2)


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