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February 19. 2013 11:14PM
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YATESVILLE – Abington Heights knew exactly where Pittston Area star Mia Hopkins was at all times.


But while watching the Monmouth recruit, the Comets watched their lead go away.


The Patriots solved the Abington Heights press and rode a roller coaster to a 57-45 victory Saturday afternoon in non-league girls basketball action.


A game like this is fun, Patriots sophomore Liz Waleski said. It's more of a challenge for us. The first couple of teams we played this season laid off of us. They pressured us but we worked hard. We did a lot of cutting and looking back door.


Down by four 100 seconds in, Pittston Area (7-0) broke the Comets press for the first time when Waleski weaved through the defense and found Eastin Ashby for a layup. That was the Patriots' first basket in a 23-4 run that gave them the lead for good.


Hopkins had 10 points during the outburst, Ashby added seven and Waleski had five points on jumpers 28 seconds apart.


I thought the kids really responded well, Patriots coach Kathy Healey said. They still played hard even when things were not going their way. They (Abington Heights) took us out of our comfort zone a little bit.


The game became one of adjustments for both teams. Abington Heights (4-3) moved Kat Rosencrance onto Hopkins as part of its matchup and gadget zone defenses. Catie Nealon then drilled a pair of three-pointers in a 15-2 run in the second quarter that made it a one possession game.


We had to take off our press, Comets coach Vince Buccarelli said. We planned to use it the entire game, but they hurt us a little bit by outhustling us in the first quarter.


Pittston Area remained balanced in its offensive set into the second half, distributing the ball from the perimeter or running a high-low game through Hopkins at the free-throw line.


With Pittston Area holing a 34-33 lead in the third quarter, Comets center Brianna Toro was called for her third foul after Hopkins took an offensive rebound from her. After a Hopkins free throw from the play, Cales Owens made consecutive layups – one on a Waleski assist, the other on an assist from Jackie Rabender after the junior raced across the court for a rebound.


This was one where everybody contributed, Healey said. Jackie Rabender hit a big layup for us. Allie Barber had a big layup for us at the end. The little things are all key, and we executed those little things well.


Against Northwest, we had 16 assists, Healey said after a 15-assist game Saturday. Fifteen, that's 30 points right there, all from teamwork.


Hopkins finished with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, six steals and five blocks. Waleski was second on the team with five rebounds and also had four assists. Ashby joined Waleski with nine points.


Pittston Area 57, Abington Heights 45





ABINGTON HEIGHTS (45): Maura Nealon 1 0-2 2, Blair Cacciamani 1 0-0 2, Melanie Coles 2 2-4 6, Catie Nealon 6 0-0 15, Katherine Rosencrance 4 4-6 12, Brianna Toro 4 0-0 8, Chloe Shook 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-12 45.



PITTSTON AREA (57): Allie Barber 3 1-2 7, Liz Waleski 4 0-0 9, Jackie Rabender 2 0-0 4, Mia Hopkins 7 8-10 22, Cales Owens 3 0-0 6, Ali Brady 0 0-0 0, Eastin Ashby 4 0-0 9. Totals 23 9-12 57.























Abington Heights815148—45
Pittston Area2371512—57


3-Point Field Goals— AH 3 (C. Nealon 3); PA 2 (Waleski, Ashby)


North Pocono 45, Tunkhannock 24

Gabby Alguire led the Tunkhannock effort with nine points scoring in the loss to North Pocono.



NORTH POCONO (45): Kaitlyn Lewis 6 1-2 16, Mallory Mokay 4 0-0 9, Megan Taylor 0 0-0 0, Rory Jordan 2 1-2 5, Alexis Stephens 2 4-6 8, Maria Day 2 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Ivanhoff 0 0-0 0, Aubrey Noon 1 0-0 3, Brooke Bauman 0 0-0 0; Totals: 17 6-10 45.



TUNKHANNOCK (24): Maegan Wrubel 0 0-0 0, Haylee Underwood 0 0-0 0, Ashleigh Nafus 2 0-0 4, Katie Proulx 2 0-0 4, Amanda Grundman 0 0-0 0, Gabby Alguire 3 2-4 9, Molly Hampsey 0 1-2 1, Kanesha Bonner 2 0-0 4, Amanda Nole 0 0-0 0, Shequoya Bonner 0 0-0 0, Ashley Knott 0 2-4 2; Totals: 9 5-8 24.























North Pocono21 969—45
Tunkhannock10 554—24


3-Point Field Goals— NP 5 (Lewis 3, Mokay, Noon); TUNK 1 (Alguire)


Dallas 40, Scranton Prep 36

Katy Comitz scored 12 points to lead Dallas to a hard fought win.



DALLAS (40): Ashley Dunbar 1 3-4 5, Taylor Kelley 0 0-0 0, Tanner Englehart 3 2-7 8, Stephanie Cybulski 1 1-1 3, Jessica Hiscox 3 0-0 8, Samantha Missal 2 0-0 4, Katy Comitz 3 5-8 12, Maggie Michael 0 0-0 0, Rachel Olszewski 0 0-0 0; Totals: 13 11-20 40.



SCRANTON PREP (36): Jess Genco 1 2-4 4, Alivia Burke 2 0-0 4, Daniel Delessandro 1 1-2 3, Tricia Byrne 7 0-1 16, Sam Genco 0 0-0 0, Bridgette Walsh 0 1-2 1, Emily Prichick 2 1-2 5, Madison Ashby 1 0-0 2, Rosie Walsh 0 1-3 1; Totals: 14 6-14 36.























Dallas891112—40
Scranton Prep141129—36


3-Point Field Goals— DAL 3 (Hiscox 2, Comitz); SP 2 (Bryne 2)


Wyoming Valley West 67, Williamsport 45

Olivia Hoffman scored 17 points and Megan Kane scored 14 in the Woyming Valley West victory.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (67): Tara Judge 2 1-2 5, Megan Kane 6 2-3 14, amanda Scarcella 0 0-0 0, Lauren Lipinski 2 0-0 4, Alicia Moore 0 0-0 0, Savannah Piazza 4 0-0 8, Olivia Hoffman 7 3-4 17; Totals: 60 7-10 67.



WILLIAMSPORT (45): Mackenzie Bowman 0 0-0 0, Diedra Dunkleberger 3 0-2 7, Jaid Harsch 1 0-0 2, Alicia Evans 10 7-9 27, Jazmyn Porter 0 0-0 0, Chloe Jennings 0 0-0 0, Lydia Whaley 3 3-4 9, Ma'Shel Walker 0 0-0 0; Totals: 17 10-15 45.























Wyoming Valley West13182115—67
Williamsport1213119—45


3-Point Field Goals— WVW 0; WILL 1 (Dunkleberger)


Lakeland 54, Northwest 35

Alivia Womesldorf scored 16 points in the effort for Northwest.



LAKELAND (54): Katie Walsh 1 0-0 2, Taylor Flynn 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Jones 0 0-0 0, Natalie Tuffy 1 0-0 2, Mariah Loughney 0 0-0 0, Breann Clayss-Walton 5 1-4 11, Alissa Steier 3 0-0 7, Kayla Agentowicz 6 3-4 16, Mandy Jadick 0 0-0 0, Jadie Virbitsky 7 0-2 14, Megan Tweedy 1 0-2 2, Christine Kyeka 0 0-0 0; Totals: 24 4-12 34.



NORTHWEST (35): Brooke Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Angel Rollo 1 0-0 2, Brina Sotelo 3 0-0 6, Emily Buerger 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Yustat 3 0-0 7, Susie Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Faith Rierson 0 0-0 0, Olivia Perstrak 0 0-0 0, Tiffany Adams 0 0-0 0, alivia Womesldorf 8 0-0 16, Kelsey Cook 0 0-0 0, Hailey Chapin 0 0-0 0, Bailey Taylor 1 0-0 2; Totals: 17 0-0 35.























Lakeland1281519—54
Northwest712106—35


3-Point Field Goals— LL 2 (Steier, Agentowicz); NW 1 (Yustat)




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