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By Tom Fox For the Times Leader



Hanover Area's Asdone Hooper, center, puts up a shot between GAR's Bre Mosier, left, and Brea Seabrook in WVC Division III girls basketball action Thursday night in Hanover Township.
Hanover Area's Asdone Hooper, center, puts up a shot between GAR's Bre Mosier, left, and Brea Seabrook in WVC Division III girls basketball action Thursday night in Hanover Township.
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HANOVER TWP. – She wasted little time to make her presence known.


Hanover Area took its opening possession and drove the ball deep inside the paint to Haylee Bobos, who kissed it off glass for the point-blank bucket.


It seemed like almost every Hawkeye shot was similar to Bobos’ opener.


Hanover Area pounded the paint in the first half and held off a GAR rally in the fourth quarter as the Hawkeyes pulled out a 56-44 victory in Wyoming Valley Conference Division III girls basketball Thursday.


The victory puts Hanover in the driver’s seat to claim its first divisional title in nearly 18 years.


“I call our team the skunk-work team,” Hanover Area coach Vic Kopko said. “They do all of the hard work and they never complain. The student-athletes of this program turned it around. They turned it from flat on its back to being a champion. They should be congratulated for their efforts.”


Bobos was that dominant inside.


She missed a double-double by only one rebound in the first half, converting layup after layup. She netted her team’s first six points, dropped 12 in the opening 16 minutes and finished with a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds.


“I felt good, right from the very first shot. I knew that I was on,” Bobos said. “All of our plays are pretty much designed for our bigs. We also work on our rebounding and dominating on the boards. I feel like we had a good advantage. We just kept sprinting down the floor, and at times, I just felt we were faster than they were.”


That was GAR’s biggest dilemma on the night. While the Grenadiers were able to drastically cut down on the offensive rebounds that killed them in the first contest between the two squads, Hattie Caruso’s girls couldn’t find an answer inside.


If it wasn’t Bobos, it was Asdone Hooper.


If it wasn’t one of those two, it was Amber Grohowski banging on the boards and putting shots back.


Out of Hanover Area’s 32 points in the first half, 20 came in the paint as the Hawkeyes built a 15-point lead at the break.


And when you give a team easy looks, it’s easy to get rolling as evident by the halftime score.


If you needed more proof, just look at Hanover Area’s 7-of-10 shooting percentage from the field in the opening quarter.


“I think we were faster, and overall, we were taller,” Kopko said. “We know them, and they know us. There isn’t a whole lot of surprise or any unfamiliar territory with the exception of a few wrinkles here and there. Again, our defense came through and we were able to take care of business.”


GAR (6-4) had its chances.


Majeedah Nealy’s second trifecta cut the Hanover Area (9-2) lead to seven, and with 2:58 left in the game Marie Skrepenak’s free throw trimmed the deficit to 49-43.


But back-to-back turnovers after trying to force the ball into the high post and Hooper’s hot-hand from the free-throw line pushed it back to double digits with 1:58 remaining.


Hooper hit 5-of-7 from the charity stripe in the fourth, while GAR’s top two scorers – Breana Mosier and Brea Seabrook – fouled out in the final minutes.


“We just have to work on cutting down the turnovers in the next few games,” Caruso said. “We’ll have to hit the gym and really concentrate on our passing and our execution. Hanover did an amazing job of getting the ball inside and getting those second-chance opportunities. We just have to keep pushing forward and keep strong.”


Seabrook and Mosier combined for 25 of GAR’s 44 points. Hooper had 17 points and eight boards for Hanover.


Holy Redeemer 89, MMI Prep 25

The Royals outscored the Preppers 57-12 in the first half. Alexis Lewis led Holy Redeemer’s win with 41 points.

Berwick 47, Coughlin 35

Alexis Steeber scored 13 points and Taylor Montana totaled 11 in the Bulldogs’ victory.

The Crusaders were led by 10 points from Marissa Ross.

Nanticoke 45, Northwest 31

Gianna Roberts scored 12 points to led the Trojans to their win over the Rangers.

Hazleton Area 62, Wyo. Valley West 53

The Cougars’ victory over the Spartans was led by Alyssa Sitch’s 27 points.

Wyoming Valley West was led by 15 points from Cassie Smicherko.

Lake-Lehman 70, Wyo. Seminary 47

Cayle Spencer led all scoring with 30 points while Danae Sutliff scored 19 in the Black Knights’ win.

The Blue Knights’ effort was led by 16 points from Maya Kornfeld.

Meyers 61, Wyoming Area 23

Quieterriua Gross scored 20 points to lead the Mohawks to the win.


Dallas 69, Tunkhannock 47


Maggie Michael totaled 21 points while Katy Comitz added 19 in the Mountaineers’ victory against the Tigers.


Tunkhannock was led by 11 points each from Maegan Wrubel and Molly Hampsey.


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Hanover Area 56, GAR 44

GAR (44) — Bre Mosier 5 2-2 12, Ayanna Warren 2 3-6 7, Majeedah Nealy 3 0-0 8, Brea Seabrook 4 5-8 13, Marie Skrepnak 1 2-4 4, Shealynn Taylor 0 0-0 0, Daizah Lormine 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 12-20 44.


HANOVER AREA (56) — Asdone Hooper 4 8-13 17, Marissa Keegan 1 0-2 2, Mickie Kaminski 1 0-1 2, Brittany Miller 2 2-4 6, Haylee Bobos 6 7-8 19, Amber Grohowski 4 0-0 8, Chyanne Fine 1 0-0 2, Amanda Sirak. Totals 19 17-28 56.


GAR`8`9`17`10`—`44


Hanover Area`18`14`12`13`—`56


Three-point goals — GAR 2 (Nealy 2); HAN 1 (Hooper).


Berwick 47, Coughlin 35

COUGHLIN (35) — Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Keighlyn Oliver 1 4-4 7, Mary Tona 0 7-10 7, Clare Curtis 2 0-1 5, Bre Georgetti 0 0-0 0, Kim Martinez 1 4-4 6, Marissa Ross 5 0-0 10. Totals 9 16-20 35.


BERWICK (47) — Raina Goulstone 0 0-0 0, Hannah Woodeshick 0 00 0, Ayrin Shortlidge 2 1-2 6, Tori Talanca 0 0-0 0, Gabby Kishbaugh 3 1-1 9, Taylor Montana 5 1-2 11, Bri Florshak 0 0-0 0, Olivia Seely 1 0-0 2, Allie Katsock 0 0-0 0, Allison Rinehimer 2 0-0 6, Alexis Steeber 5 3-4 13. Totals 18 6-9 47.


Coughlin`6`7`9`13`—`35


Berwick`16`5`7`19`—`47


Three-point goals — COU 1 (Oliver); BER 5 (Kishbaugh 2, Rinehimer, Shortlidge).


Hazleton Area 62, Wyoming Valley West 53

HAZLETON AREA (62) — Mackenzie Yori 4 4-6 13, Lexi Wolk 4 2-2 10, Becky Marchetti 2 0-2 4, Alyssa Sitch 9 5-7 27, Christine Kaschak 2 0-0 4, Brianna Woznicki 0 2-3 2, Maria Trivelpiece 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 15-22 62.


WYOMING VALLEY WEST (53) — Erin Gibbons 2 2-3 6, Tara Judge 4 0-4 8, Cassie Smicherko 6 3-4 15, Cheyenne Reese 2 2-3 6, Megan Kane 5 0-2 10, Amanda Scarcella 0 0-0 0, Gabby Smicherko 0 0-0 0, Savannah Piazza 1 0-0 2, Olivia Hoffman 2 2-3 6. Totals 22 9-19 53.


Hazleton Area`14`19`13`16`—`62


Wyoming Valley West`9`12`17`15`—`53


Three-point goals — HAZ 5 (Sitch 4, Yori).


Lake-Lehman 70, Wyoming Seminary 47

LAKE-LEHMAN (70) — Hailey Kubiski 0 0-0 0, Emily Sutton 5 2-2 12, Molly Sorz 2 0-0 5, Julia Eneboe 1 0-0 2, Janelle Cawley 0 0-0 0, Lauren Cunius 0 0-0 0, Miranda Parry 1 0-0 2, Cayle Spencer 11 4-6 30, Danae Sutliff 9 0-0 19, Krya Grzynski 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 6-8 70.


WYOMING SEMINARY (47) — Alexis Sokach 0 0-0 0, Maya Kornfeld 6 4-4 16, Jordyn Rickrode 2 1-2 5, Emily Gabriel 4 2-4 10, Brenna Satkowski 0 1-2 1, Kate Romanowski 0 0-2 0, Gabbie Volpetti 2 2-2 7, Mary Theresa Lehman 0 0-0 0, Katie Stemrich 0 0-0 0, Paige Allen 4 0-2 8. Totals 18 10-18 47.


Lake-Lehman`19`18`17`16`—`70


Wyoming Seminary`15`10`8`14`—`47


Three-point goals — LL x (Spencer 4, Storz, Sutliff); SEM 1 (Volpetti).


Holy Redeemer 89, MMI Prep 25

MMY PREP (25) — Kristen Purcell 3 2-4 8, Rachel Stanziola 1 0-0 2, Amber Ferry 0 0-0 0, Maria Carrato 2 0-2 4, Hayle Shearer 1 0-0 2, Kryslyn Rose Postupack 0 1-2 1, Dana Carrato 3 1-4 8. Totals 10 4-20 25.


HOLY REDEEMER (89) — Alexis Lewis 18 3-4 41, Lydia Lawson 2 0-0 4, Alyssa Platko 7 0-0 14, Rebecca Prociak 2 1-2 5, Julie Kosik 1 1-2 1, Sarah Flannelly 1 0-0 2, Megan Corridoni 0 0-0 0, Kayla Hons 6 0-0 14, Rachel Platko 0 0-0 0, Devon Claherty 0 0-0 0, Melanie Kusakavitch 1 0-0 2, Courtney Kijak 0 0-0 0, Brittney Hebda 2 2-2 6 Autumn Kaminski 0 0-0 0. Totals 39 5-8 89.


MMI Prep`4`8`2`11`—`25


Holy Redeemer`31`26`15`17`—`89


Three-point goals — MMI 1 (D. Carrato); HR 6 (Lewis 2, Hons 2, Hebda 2).


Dallas 69, Tunhkannock 47

TUNKHANNOCK (47) — Maegan Wrubel 4 0-0 11, Katie Hawley 2 3-3 7, Mya Toczko 4 1-2 9, Traci Kromko 0 0-0 0, Racquel Sickler 1 0-0 2, Christine Rossi 0 1-2 1, Molly Hampsey 5 0-2 11, Adry Abbleby 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 5-9 47.


DALLAS (69) — Courtney Hoats 0 0-0 0, Maddie Kelley 0 0-0 0, Sara Lojewski 1 0-0 2, Samantha Missal 8 0-0 18, Lindsay Jacobs 2 0-0 5, Katy Comitz 7 0-0 19, Talia Kosierowski 1 0-0 2, Steff Cybulski 1 0-2 2, Maggie Michael 10 1-2 21. Totals 30 1-4 69.


Tunkhannock`13`18`6`10`—`47


Dallas`18`21`12`18`—`69


Three-point goals — TUNK 4 (Wrubel 3, Hampsey); DAL 7 (Comitz 5, Missal 2, Jacobs).


Meyers 61, Wyoming Area 623

WYOMING AREA (23) — Katie Wolfgamg 1 2-5 4, Jordan Kelly 1 0-0 2, Nicole Turner 1 0-0 2, Audrey Hiedacavage 0 0-0 0, Rachael Solano 0 2-2 2, Felicia Turner 1 1-3 3, Melissa Mazzitelli 0 0-0 0, Jess Sorick 2 2-4 6, Nicole Wright 2 0-0 4. Totals 8 7-14 23.


MEYERS (61) — Kayley Nilon 1 0-0 2, Elise Fellerman 1 0-0 2, Tiffany Muniz 2 2-4 8, Lauren Szafran 0 0-0 0, Salimah Biggs 3 2-2 9, Alaena Lloyd 2 0-0 5, Caroline Sailus 1 0-0 2, Gianna Skaff 1 0-0 3, Quinniea Gross 2 4-6 8, Quieterriua Gross 9 2-3 20, Cameron Daughtry 0 0-0 0, Shavonna Monrose 1 0-0 0, Devon Keiper 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-15 61.


Wyoming Area`1`4`8`10`—`23


Meyers`7`22`24`8`—`61


Three-point goals — MEY 5 (Muniz 2, Biggs, Lloyd, Skaff).


Nanticoke 45, Northwest 31

NANTICOKE (45) — Deanna Thomas 3 0-0 8, Riley Klepado 3 3-6 10, Amber Grohowski 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Swanberry 1 0-0 2, Heidi Kile 3 0-2 7, Gianna Roberts 4 3-6 12, Cassie Novakowski 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 6-14 45.


NORTHWEST (31) — Emily Buerger 1 0-2 2, Kelsey Yustat 6 0-0 10, Faith Rierson 0 0-0 0, Shayla DiPasquale 3 0-2 6, Bailey Taylor 2 2-2 6, Liz Gurzynski 0 0-2 0, Olivia Piestrak 0 0-0 0, Hailey Chapin 0 0-0 0, Angel Rollo 0 0-0 0, Susie Mendegro 0 1-3 1. Totals 12 3-11 31.


Nanticoke`14`9`10`12`—`45


Northwest`8`6`10`7`—`31


Three-point goals — NAN 5 (Thomas 2, Klepado, Kile, Roberts); NW 4 (Yustat).


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