Klepadlo and Nanticoke Area force playoff for WVC Division 2 title


Klepadlo leads Nanticoke Area to league title playoff game

Nanticoke Area’s Kayla Aufierio passes the ball while being guarded by Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards in WVC Division 2 girls basketball action Wednesday night in Nanticoke.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Nanticoke Area’s Riley Klepaldo eyes the basket ahead of Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Nanticoke Area’s Katie Butczynski goes in for a layup.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Nanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewi passes out of the lane between Wyoming Area’s Katie Wolfgang, left, and Addison Orzel.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak tries to get past Wyoming Area’s Amiah Lukowski.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

NANTICOKE — During her goodbye game on her home court, Riley Klepadlo seemed to spend her entire night presenting her Nanticoke Area teammates with gifts.

She stole seven passes.

She willed her way to 18 rebounds.

She scored the first points of the evening, and the last.

It was as if Klepadlo wanted to recover all the time she missed in the Syl Bozinski gymnasium — a whole season’s worth after suffering a torn ligament last season — all in one night.

And it gained Nanticoke Area a shot at a third straight league title.

Seniors Klepadlo and Kayla Aufiero along with Alyssa Lewis all scored 15 points as the Trojanettes tagged Wyoming Area 69-51 in the Wyoming Valley Conference regular-season finale on Senior Night at Nanticoke Area High School.

“It’s definitely a good way to go out my senior year,” Klepadlo smiled.

With the victory, two-time defending WVC Division 2 champion Nanticoke Area made its way into position to make it three crowns in a row. The 21-1 Trojanettes will face Holy Redeemer in a division title game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilkes University after both teams finished tied at the top of Division 2 at 15-1.

“I definitely welcome this one,” Klepadlo said.

Her two fellow seniors came through in a big way, too, as Aufiero scored two buckets during an 18-point run that broke the game open in the first half and Alexis Pyzia was part of a frenetic, pressing defense that forced Wyoming Area into 22 turnovers.

“They’ve meant so much to us these past four years,” Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. “They’re at practice, and I make sure I take it in every day. Because it’s not going to last forever. They’re great kids.

“They had the show today.”

Starting with Klepadlo.

She opened the game with a steal and went speeding down for a layup, then didn’t slow down a step from there.

Klepadlo made four steals in the first quarter and scored four points in each of the first two quarters to help the Trojanettes to a 34-13 halftime lead.

At one point late in the first quarter, Nanticoke Area was nursing a one-point lead before scoring the next 17 points to put the game away early. The Trojanettes did it with a badgering defense that held Wyoming Area to one basket in the second quarter — a 3-pointer by Lydia Edwards.

And afterwards, Aufiero popped a 3-pointer and Klepadlo added another steal and layup to send Nanticoke Area into halftime with a 21-point lead.

“It’s just amazing, to end my (home) career on such a high note,” Klepadlo said.

The only suspense from there came from the public address announcer, who bellowed updates from Holy Redeemer’s game with Lake-Lehman. That contest was a three-point game at halftime and tied entering the fourth quarter before Redeemer pulled out a 10-point win and forced Saturday’s playoff for the Division 2 title.

The Trojanettes tried hard not to listen.

“Once we threw the ball up, it was focus,” Klepadlo said. “We were locked in all game.”

That showed in the second half as Lewis scored the final eight of her 15 points and Klepadlo kept playing like a championship depended on it.

She grabbed 10 rebounds in the fourth quarter, joined Aufiero in hitting six points in the last quarter and finished with six assists.

“All that mattered was what’s going on here,” Yendrzeiwski said. “The seniors really kept us focused. It wasn’t a shot or a drive or a defensive thing. They’re the glue to our team.”

And now they have a chance to paste up a third straight league title on the gym they’re leaving behind, something Klepadlo is anxious to become a part of again after being forced to watch from the bench last season.

“I really don’t think about missing a whole year,” Klepadlo said. “At this point, it’s kind of like I never did, like I’ve been playing all four years. It’s really amazing. My freshman year, I came out, we didn’t have the best record. We worked so hard to get to where we are today. If someone told me back then we’d have a chance for three straight titles, I wouldn’t have believed it.”

Wyo. Valley West 62,

Pittston Area 46

Erin Gibbons scored a game-high 19 points, going over 1,000 for her career in the process to lift the Spartans on the road. Gabby Smicherko added 16 for Valley West.

Alexa Noone (16 points) and Taryn Ashby (15) led the Patriots.

Hanover Area 58,

Wyo. Seminary 57

Genesis Rodriguez poured in 31 points to give the host Hawkeyes the win in overtime.

Alex Wesneski (18) and Mary Theresa Lehman (12) paced the Blue Knights.

Holy Redeemer 60,

Lake-Lehman 50

Tied after three quarters, the Royals outscored the Black Knights 14-4 in the fourth to earn the win. Irelyn Jannuzzi scored 23, followed by Sam Rajza (12) and Talia Kosierowski (10).

Four players accounted for Lehman’s total with Sarah Salus finishing with 15 points and Savannah Purdy scoring 14.

Hazleton Area 57,

Dallas 29

Kendra Pfeil scored 16 and Marissa Trivelpiece added 13 as the Cougars took an early lead and never looked back.

Sara Lojewski topped the Mountaineers with nine points.

Crestwood 54,

Coughlin 15

Kate Snipas led nine Comets who scored with 10 points as Crestwood took a 29-2 lead into halftime.

Le’June Berry led the Crusaders with six points.

Meyers 49, GAR 31

Bella Skiff scored a game-high 20 points as Meyers used a 22-16 second-half advantage over GAR.

The Grenadiers were paced by Olivia Adolphus, who scored 16 points.

Berwick 60,

Tunkhannock 31

Reese Mensinger was red-hot, scoring a game-high 23 points for Berwick. She also connected on four 3-pointers.

Tori Talanca added 15 points while Abbey Burt scored 12 points in a winning effort.

Sydney Faux scored a team-high 13 points for Tunkhannock.

Nanticoke Area 69, Wyoming Area 51

WYOMING AREA (51) — Aleah Kranson 0 0-0 0, Addison Orzel 3 0-0 6, Sarah Holweg 5 0-0 12, Katie Wolfgang 5 4-4 17, Lydia Edwards 4 0-0 11, Nicole Silinskie 0 0-0 0, Cassidy Orzel 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 4-4 51.

NANTICOKE AREA (69) — Katie Butczynski 2 2-2 6, Lisa Radziak 4 0-0 10, Alexis Pyzia 2 0-0 4, Kayla Aufiero 6 2-2 15, Riley Klepadlo 5 5-7 15, Alyssa Lewis 6 3-7 15, Maddy Grilz 1 0-0 2, Amiah Lukowski 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 12-17 69.

Wyoming Area`10`3`18`20`—`51

Nanticoke Area`20`14`17`18`—`69

Three-point goals — WA 8 (Wolfgang 3, Edwards 3, Holweg 2); NAN 3 (Radziak 2, Aufiero).

Valley West 62, Pittston Area 46

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (62) — Erin Gibbons 6 4-4 19, Andi Blaski 4 0-0 9, Natalie Gruver 2 1-2 5, Gabby Smicherko 6 3-3 16, Colleen Cwalina 3 4-6 10, Toni Amato 1 0-0 3, Katie Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-15 62.

PITTSTON AREA (46) — Kirsten Durling 3 1-2 7, Leah Hodick 1 0-0 2, Alexa Noone 7 0-0 16, Andrea Ruby 2 0-0 4, Taryn Ashby 5 3-4 15, Mary Silinskie 1 0-0 2, Nicole Zambetti 0 0-0 0, Portia Weidlich 0 0-0 0, Lily Savoy 0 0-0 0, Cherokee Musto 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 4-8 46.

Valley West`12`16`12`22 — 62

Pittston Area`18`11`11`6 — 46

Three-point goals — WVW 6 (Gibbons 3, Blaski, Smicherko, Amato); PA 4 (Noone 2, Ashby 2)

Hanover Area 58, Wyo. Seminary 57

WYOMING SEMINARY (57) — Mary Theresa Lehman 4 0-0 12, Annemaike Reitsma 1 1-3 3, Alex Wesneski 6 5-8 18, Julia Gabriel 4 2-6 10, Breanna Satkowski 0 0-0 0, Ally Vezendy 3 4-7 10, Olivia Meuser 0 0-0 0, Mia Raneri 2 0-3 4. Totals 20 12-27 57.

HANOVER AREA (58) — Sara Tuzinski 1 0-0 3, Mary Slusser 2 0-1 4, Victoria Benning 3 3-7 9, Madison Hooper 1 7-9 9, Sara Whitesell 1 0-1 2, Genesis Rodriguez 14 3-6 31. Totals 23 13-24 58.

Wyo. Seminary`15`10`15`12`5 — 57

Hanover Area`16`14`9`13`6 — 58

Three-point goals — WS 5 (Lehman 4, Wesneski); HAN 1 (Tuzinski)

Holy Redeemer 60, Lake-Lehman 50

HOLY REDEEMER (60) — Maya Kornfeld 0 3-5 3, Irelyn Jannuzzi 7 8-13 23, Julia Andrejko 2 2-2 6, Samantha Yencha 2 0-0 4, Talia Kosierowski 4 0-0 10, Sam Rajza 4 3-4 12, Cameron Marcinkowski 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 16-24 60.

LAKE-LEHMAN (50) — Hailey Kubiski 0 0-0 0, Sarah Salus 6 0-0 15, Corrina Scoblick 3 1-2 9, Janelle Cawley 0 0-0 0, Savannah Purdy 6 1-2 14, Madison Borum 6 0-3 12. Totals 21 2-7 50.

Holy Redeemer`15`19`12`16 — 60

Lake-Lehman`8`23`15`4 — 50

Three-point goals — HR 4 (Kosierowski 2, Jannuzzi, Rajza); LL 6 (Salus 3, Scoblick 2, Purdy)

Hazleton Area 57, Dallas 29

DALLAS (29) — Maddie Kelley 2 1-2 5, Hanna Johnson 0 0-0 0, Sara Lojewski 3 2-3 9, Kendra Saba 1 0-1 2, Lauren Charlton 1 0-0 2, Morgan MacNeely 0 0-0 0, Olivia Johnson 1 0-0 3, Gianna Centrella 1 1-2 4, Samantha Kern 0 0-0 0, Maria Bednar 1 0-2 2, Hannah Doran 0 0-0 0, Angelina Allen 0 2-2 2. Totals 10 6-12 29.

HAZLETON AREA (57) — Kendra Pfeil 5 4-5 16, Ashley Albrechta 2 0-0 5, Alexis Sheeto 1 0-0 2, Megan Trivelpiece 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Jones 1 0-0 2, Marissa Trivelpiece 4 3-4 13, Abby Valente 0 0-0 0, Maddie Mrochko 4 0-0 9, Destiny Huston 0 0-2 0, Erika Book 2 0-0 4, Katie Lipinski 1 0-1 2, Virginia Yurchak 1 0-0 2, Erin Potoskie 0 0-0 0, Faith Grula 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-12 57.

Dallas`6`7`6`10 — 29

Hazleton`17`13`17`10 — 57

Three-point goals — DAL 3 (Lojewski, O. Johnson, Centrella); HAZ 6 (Pfeil 2, Albrechta, Ma. Trivelpiece, Mrochko)

Crestwood 54, Coughlin 15

COUGHLIN (15) — Emily Cicon 0 0-0 0, Ajalaya Butts 1 0-0 2, Le’June Berry 3 0-0 6, Molly Poray 0 2-2 2, Kira Meager 1 0-0 3, Abby Cicon 0 0-0 0, Yansel Perez 0 0-0 0, Morgan Gayton 0 0-0 0, Courtney Wartella 1 0-0 2. Totals 6 2-2 15.

CRESTWOOD (54) — Riley Magin 1 0-0 3, Kristen Andrews 2 0-0 4, Gianna Uhl 4 0-0 8, Kate Snipas 5 0-2 10, Ally Muse 3 1-2 7, Andrea Shipton 2 1-2 5, Sarah Hopkins 3 0-0 8, Sarah Richards 1 0-0 3, Hannah Wiegopolski 0 0-0 0, Olivia Donnini 0 0-0 0, Jena Niewinski 0 0-0 0, Julia Makowski 2 1-2 6, Evie Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 3-8 54.

Coughlin`2`0`4`9 — 15

Crestwood`17`12`11`14 — 54

Three-point goals — COU 1 (Meager); CRE 5 (Hopkins 2, Magin, Richards, Makowski)

Meyers 49, GAR 31

MEYERS (49) — Bella Skiff 8 4-6 20, Saah Bottger 4 0-0 8, Erin Morris 2 1-3 5, Elise Fellerman 2 0-0 5, Gia Skaff 1 2-2 5, Allyeia Harris 1 0-0 2, DaNayia Ballard 1 0-0 2, Devon Kieper 1 0-0 2, Selena Soto 0 0-2 0, Kaley Nilon 0 0-0 0, Amanda Gray 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 7-13 49.

GAR (31) — Olivia Adolphus 5 5-12 16, Cierra Taylar 3 3-7 9, Alana Germano 0 4-8 4, Paige Lyons 1 0-0 2, Lyann Pena 0 0-0 0, Sharleen Peralta 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Andrezejewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 12-21 31.

Meyers`11`16`12`10`—`49

GAR`6`9`5`11`—`31

Three-point goals — MEY 2 (Fellerman, G. Skaff); GAR 1 (Adolphus)

Berwick 60, Tunkhannock 31

BERWICK (60) — Reese Mensinger 8 3-3 23, Tori Talanca 7 1-2 15, Abbey Burt 4 0-0 12, Mallory Pinterich 3 1-2 7, Megan Dalo 1 1-4 3, Jordan Greshko 0 0-0 0, Maddie Lanning 0 0-0 0, Whitney Switzer 0 0-0 0, Sierra Miedaner 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Davis 0 0-0 0, Mallory Pinterich 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-11 60.

TUNKHANNOCK (31) — Sydney Faux 5 0-0 13, Josie Frisco 2 2-4 8, Sam Generotti 2 0-0 4, Abby Ritz 0 4-6 4, Rebecca Avery 0 2-2 2, Katie Hawley 0 0-2 0, Kelly Barber 0 0-0 0, Jessica Ell 0 0-0 0, Izzy Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 8-14 31.

Berwick`18`12`19`11`—`60

Tunkhannock`13`12`4`2`—`31

Three-point goals — BER 8 (Mensinger 4, Burt 4); TUN 5 (Faux 3, Frisco 2)

Nanticoke Area’s Kayla Aufierio passes the ball while being guarded by Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards in WVC Division 2 girls basketball action Wednesday night in Nanticoke.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Nan-WyoAreaGBB_1.jpgNanticoke Area’s Kayla Aufierio passes the ball while being guarded by Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards in WVC Division 2 girls basketball action Wednesday night in Nanticoke. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Riley Klepaldo eyes the basket ahead of Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Nan-WyoAreaGBB_2.jpgNanticoke Area’s Riley Klepaldo eyes the basket ahead of Wyoming Area’s Lydia Edwards. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Katie Butczynski goes in for a layup.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Nan-WyoAreaGBB_3.jpgNanticoke Area’s Katie Butczynski goes in for a layup. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewi passes out of the lane between Wyoming Area’s Katie Wolfgang, left, and Addison Orzel.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Nan-WyoAreaGBB_4.jpgNanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewi passes out of the lane between Wyoming Area’s Katie Wolfgang, left, and Addison Orzel. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak tries to get past Wyoming Area’s Amiah Lukowski.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Nan-WyoAreaGBB_5.jpgNanticoke Area’s Lisa Radziak tries to get past Wyoming Area’s Amiah Lukowski. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Klepadlo leads Nanticoke Area to league title playoff game

By Paul Sokoloski

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