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WRIGHT TWP. — Dallas knew Crestwood’s post players were dangerous. The other Comets proved themselves fully able to take over a game, too.


Taryn Wojnar had a trio of big three-pointers, Maury Cronauer was everywhere and guard Dallas Kendra made her only rebound a huge one as Crestwood held off the Mountaineers 47-45 in WVC girls basketball Thursday.


“Taryn Wojnar made some big shots for us,” Crestwood coach Pat Brogan said. “Dallas played a good full-court game for us. Maury played a real good point guard. She wore down 15 (Dallas’ Katy Comitz) and just frustrated her. She made it so she had to work for her chances.”


Wojnar delivered early with nine first-half points when top scorers Rebecca Rutkowski and Maddie Ritsick were held in check. Rutkowski was blanked before the break, while Ritsick’s seven points in the first half came at a cost — she had three fouls 45 seconds into the third quarter.


“Wojnar’s shooting hurt us,” Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. “Then we had a lapse of 3-4 minutes (in the third quarter) where we didn’t box out and their second shots went or they got to the line and made free throws.”


Rutkowski came alive in the second half, scoring a pair of six-point runs to help the Comets break open what was a 22-all game with four minutes to play in the third quarter. Her final basket of the third made it 30-22.


Rutkowski’s second outburst was capped by her steal under her basket and quick pass to Cronauer. The guard, who finished with nine points and five assists, went coast-to-coast, finishing with a scoop and drawing a foul. Cronauer made the free throw, boosting the Comets’ lead to 41-29 with 4:30 to play.


“Rebecca had a tough time with their double team,” Brogan said of Rutkowski, who posted 12 points. “We also had a little trouble getting passes to her. We were trying to lob, and at that angle, we ended up with some turnovers. Yet she still had 15 rebounds. And she probably missed five, six layups she should have made, so she was still getting good shots. She easily could have had a 20-15 game.”


With the Crestwood lead still 43-32 with two minutes to play, Dallas came alive. Maggie Michael had four points in five seconds on two free throws and a layup after a jump ball gave the Mountaineers possession. Lindsay Jacobs followed with a steal and fast-break basket to make it 43-38.


Cronauer, Wojnar and Heather Muse made free throws down the stretch, socring just enough to hold off Dallas’ late charge. Comitz made a three-pointer on the game’s final shot, but that left Dallas short of completing the comeback.


“Our seniors are some really good leaders and role models,” Johnson said of the comeback, and a season in which close losses to top teams have happened more often than would be preferred. “We were down by 12 and they didn’t fall down and give up. I love the hustle, love the effort.


“I don’t think we had one major problem out there. It was the little things. But when you lose by two, those little things are huge.”


GAR 68, MMI Prep 29


Brea Seabrook totaled 29 points while Bre Mosier added 14 in the Grenadiers’ victory over the Preppers.

MMI Prep was led by 12 points from Rachel Stanziola.

Nanticoke 76,

Wyoming Seminary 53

Heidi Kile totaled 28 points while Deanna Thomas scored 19 in the Trojans’ win.

Gabbie Volpetti totaled 20 points in the Wyoming Seminary effort.

Lake-Lehman 58,

Wyoming Area 39

The Black Knights were led by Emily Sutton (16 points) and Miranda Pace (13 points) in the win over the Warrors.

Wyoming Valley West 62,

Coughlin 27

Erin Gibbons led the Spartans with 16 points while Lauren Lupinski totaled 10.

The Crusaders’ effort was led by 10 points from Marissa Ross.

Pittston Area 45, Berwick 33

Liz Waleski totaled 21 points for the Patriots in the win over the Bulldogs.

Meyers 63, Northwest 27

Quitterriua Gross led all scoring with 28 points in the Mohawks win while Quinniea Gross added 15 points.

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Crestwood 47, Dallas 45

DALLAS (45) — Maddie Kelley 1 1-2 3, Sara Lojewski 1 0-0 3, Samantha Missal 3 0-0 8, Lindsay Jacobs 1 0-0 2, Katy Comitz 5 0-0 13, Talia Kosierowski 0 0-0 0, Nikki Wren 1 4-4 6, Steff Cybulski 0 0-0 0, Maggie Michael 2 6-6 10. Totals 14 11-12 45.


CRESTWOOD (47) — Dallas Kendra 1 0-0 2, Rebecca Rutkowski 6 0-0 12, Abbie Macko 0 0-0 0, Maury Cronauer 3 3-4 9, Heather Muse 1 3-4 5, Taryn Wojnar 3 1-2 10, Kassie Ferdinand 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ritsick 2 5-6 9. Totals 16 12-16 47.


Dallas`7`10`7`21`—`47


Crestwood`10`10`12`15`—`45


Three-point goals — DAL 6 (Comitz 3, Missal 2, Lojewski); CRE 3 (Wojnar 3).


Pittston Area 45, Berwick 33

BERWICK (33) — Ayrin Shortlidge 1 0-0 3, Gabby Kishbaugh 1 1-4 3, Taylor Montana 2 2-2 6, Bri Florshak 3 1-2 9, Olivia Seely 0 0-0 0, Allie Katsock 1 0-0 2, Allison Rinehimer 2 0-0 4, Alexis Steeber 2 2-7 6. Totals 12 6-15 33.


PITTSTON AREA (45) — Allie Barber 2 0-0 4, , Jaime Chisdock 0 0-0 0, Liz Waleski 8 1-2 21, Megan Cummings 0 0-0 0, Jackie Rabender 2 5-8 9, Marley 1 0-0 2, Taryn Ashby 0 0-0 0, Eastin Ashby 4 0-1 9. Totals 17 6-11 45.


Berwick`5`8`11`9`—`33


Pittston Area`10`8`20`7`—`45


Three-point goals — BER 3 (Floryshak 2, Shortlidge); PIT 5 (Waleski 4, Eastin Ashby).


GAR 68, MMI Prep 29

GAR (68) — Lindsay Quinn 2 0-2 4, Bre Mosier 7 0-1 4, Shealynn Taylor 0 0-0 0, Ayanna Warren 5 0-0 10, Majeedah Nealy 3 0-0 8, Brea Seabrook 12 5-8 29, Marie Skrepenak 0 3-4 3, Asenteasia Rivers 0 0-0 0, Daizah Lormine 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 8-15 68.


MMI PREP (29) — Kristen Purcell 5 1-3 11, Rachel Stanziola 5 1-4 12, Amber Ferry 0 0-2 0, Maria Carrato 0 0-2 0, Hayle Shearer 0 0-0 0, Dana Carrato 3 0-0 6, Lexie van Hoekelen 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 2-11 29.


GAR`11`20`20`17`—`68


MMI Prep`8`2`11`8`—`29


Three-point goals — GAR 2 (Nealy 2); MMI 1 (Stanziola).


Lake-Lehman 58, Wyoming Area 39

LAKE-LEHMAN (58) — Miranda Parry 0 0-0 0, Devin Lindley 0 0-0 0, Emily Sutton 8 0-0 16, my Williams 0 0*0 0, Molly Storz 5 1-2 11, Katie Bartuska 1 0-0 3, Julia Eneboe 1 0-0 3, Janelle Cawley 0 0-0 0, Miranda Pace 4 5-6 13, Danae Sutliff 6 0-1 15, Sarah Sabaluski 0 0-0 0, Kyra Grzymski 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 6-9 58.


WYOMING AREA (39) — Emily Wolfgang 3 2-5 8, Jordan Kelly 0 0-0 0, Nicole Turner 3 0-0 7, Audrey Heidacavage 1 0-0 2, Rachel Solano 2 2-4 7, Felicia Turner 1 0-0 2, Jessica Sorick 3 1-2 7, Nicole Wright 1 4-6 6, Marcyssa Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-17 39.


Lake-Lehman`13`14`19`12`—`58


Wyoming Area`10`7`11`11`—`39


Three-point goals — LL 4 (Sutliff 3, Eneboe); WA 2 (Turner, Solano).


Meyers 63, Northwest 27

NORTHWEST (27) — Kelsey Yustat 1 0-0 3, Faith Rierson 1 0-0 2, Olivia Piestrak 1 1-4 3, Shayla DiPasquale 3 0-0 6, Kelsey Cook 0 1-2 1, Hailey Chapin 1 0-0 2, Taylor Bailey 2 4-4 8, Molly Hasay 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 6-10 27.


MEYERS (63) — Brianna Dimaggio 1 0-2 2, Tiffany Muniz 2 0-0 5, Salimah Biggs 1 0-0 3, Gianna Skaff 3 2-2 10, Quinniea Gross 6 3-7 15, Quitterriua Gross 11 6-10 28. Totals 24 11-21 63.


Northwest`4`9`3`11`—`27


Meyers`14`19`17`13`—`63


Three-point goals — NW 1 (Yustat); MEY 4 (Skaff 2, Muniz, Biggs).


Nanticoke 76, Wyoming Seminary 53

WYOMING SEMINARY (53) — Alexis Sokach 0 2-2 2, Sarah Schulman 0 0-0 0, Susie Wilson 0 0-0 0, Maya Kornfeld 2 5-6 9, Jordyn Rickrode 1 0-0 2, Emily Gabriel 4 2-2 10, Breanna Satkowski 0 0-0 0, Katie Romanowski 0 0-0 0, Abbie Corcoran 0 0-0 0, Gabbie Volpetti 6 8-10 20, Mary Theresa Lehman 0 0-0 0, Paige Allen 3 4-6 10. Totals 16 21-26 53.


NANTICOKE (76) — Deanna Thomas 8 1-3 19, Riley Klepadlo 3 0-0 6, Miranda Dunn 1 0-0 3, Kayla Auferio 0 0-0 0, Amber Gorhowski 1 0-0 3, Chelsea Swanberry 0 0-0 0, Abbey Zaykoski 2 0-0 4, Heidi Kile 13 2-4 28, Chaquanna Zendarski 0 0-0 0, Gianna Roberts 5 2-2 11, Keira Brown 0 0-0 0, Cassie Novakowski 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 5-9 76


Wyoming Seminary`12`15`14`12`—`53


Nanticoke`23`12`18`23`—`76


Three-point goals — NAN 5 (Thomas 2, Dunn, Grohowski, Roberts).


Wyoming Valley West 62, Coughlin 27

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (62) — Erin Gibbons 5 5-6 16, Tara Judge 0 0-0 0, Cassie Smicherko 2 0-0 5, Cheyenne Reese 4 0-0 8, Megan Kane 3 1-4 7, Amanda Scarcella 1 0-0 2, Lauren Lupinski 0 0-0 0, Gabby Smicherko 4 2-4 10, Colleen Cwalina 0 0-0 0, Jordan Reilly 0 0-0 0, Savannah Piazza 3 2-2 8, Olivia Hoffman 2 2-4 6. Totals 24 12-20 62.


COUGHLIN (27) — Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Savannah Robinson 1 0-0 2, Keighlyn Oliver 2 1-1 5, Emily Cicon 0 0-0 0, Mary Tona 3 0-2 6, Claire Curtis 0 1-2 1, Bre Georgetti 0 0-0 0, Kim Martinez 1 1-2 3, Sabrina Jora 0 0-0 0, Ashley Chell 0 0-0 0, Marissa Ross 3 4-12 10. Totals 10 7-19 27.


Wyoming Valley West`15`19`15`18`—`62


Coughlin`5`4`6`12`—`27


Three-point goals — WVW 2 (Gibbons, Cassie Smicherko).


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