Last updated: March 01. 2014 12:22PM - 1113 Views
By John Medeiros

Pittston Area's Allie Barber shoots over Scranton Prep's Rosie Walsh during the semifinals of the District 2 Class AAA tournament Wednesday.
Pittston Area's Allie Barber shoots over Scranton Prep's Rosie Walsh during the semifinals of the District 2 Class AAA tournament Wednesday.
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After a strong finish to the regular season, Pittston Area has gone cold at the worst possible time.

The Patriots shot 19 percent from the field against their biggest tournament nemesis, as Scranton Prep again defeated Pittston Area in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs, this time 65-25 on Wednesday at Scranton High.

“They definitely played well. They played maybe the best game they’ve played all year,” Pittston Area coach Kathy Healey said of Prep. “They really took us out of our game.”

Scranton Prep has had Pittston Area’s number in recent seasons, winning the last four meetings in the District 2 tournament by an average of 17 points. None were like Wednesday’s game, though.

The Classics were dominant on their way to earning their ticket to states. They faced Abington Heights, a 41-39 double-overtime winner over Holy Redeemer, in the district championship game Saturday.

Meanwhile, Pittston Area played the Royals for a second straight season in the district’s third-place game. The winner advanced into the PIAA tournament.

The Patriots made just one of their first 14 shots as the Classics opened a 10-point lead in the first quarter. The lead reached 20 in the third quarter before a 21-2 run by Scranton Prep closed out the night.

Pittston Area had one outburst in the second quarter that offered a glimmer of hope. Trailing 23-7, Jackie Rabender made a basket in the paint, followed by a pair of Allie Barber shots — a spinning drive and a little scoop — that were the only consecutive scores of the night for the Patriots.

Liz Waleski followed a Prep basket by taking a steal coast-to-coast to keep the gap at 10, 25-15 with 45 seconds to play in the second quarter, but that was as close as Pittston Area could get the rest of the way.

“We tried different defenses, but he knows all of our plays,” Healey said. “He scouts well. We switched defenses but it didn’t have much impact. And our shooting definitely didn’t help.

“They showed they aren’t only Tricia Byrne and Genco.”

Tricia Byrne had 16 points for Scranton Prep, while Bridget Walsh added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Clare Philbin chipped in 10 points and Jess Genco had seven assists.

Rabender finished with 11 rebounds.

Each of the three Ashby sisters — Eastin and Taryn of Pittston Area, and Madison of Scranton Prep — finished with two points. Despite both teams playing man-to-man defense, matchups between the sisters were almost non-existent.


PITTSTON AREA (25) — Haley Norullo 0 0-0 0, Allie Barber 2 4-7 8, Jamie Chisdock 0 0-0 0, Liz Waleski 5 0-0 10, Megan Cummings 0 0-0 0, Jackie Rabender 1 0-0 2, Jordan Fritz 0 0-0 0, Marley O’Brien 0 1-2 1, Taryn Ashby 0 2-2 2, Eastin Ashby 0 2-2 2. Totals 8 9-13 25.

SCRANTON PREP (65) — Jess Genco 3 1-1 9, Tricia Byrne 5 4-4 16, Jillian Pavlus 0 5-6 5, Clare Philbin 4 1-2 10, Sam Genco 0 2-2 2, Bridget Walsh 6 2-3 14, Jordan Mellon 2 0-0 4, Madison Ashby 1 0-0 2, Rosie Walsh 1 1-2 3. Totals 22 16-20 65.

Pittston Area`6`9`8`2`—`25

Scranton Prep`14`14`19`18`—`65

Three-point goals — PA 0; SP 5 (J. Genco 2, Byrne 2, Philbin).

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