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WILKES-BARRE – Coach Chris Parker called it constructive criticism. Whatever it was, his Holy Redeemer squad responded in a major way after halftime.


Sophomore standout Alexis Lewis carried the team in the first half, and her teammates joined in scoring fun in the final 16 minutes as the Royals steadily pulled away from Abington Heights, 55-38, in non-league girls basketball action Thursday.


Lewis netted 14 of the team's 17 first-half points, and the Royals (2-0) used an 8-0 run in a span of 45 seconds in the third quarter to build a double-digit lead.


The first half, we were extremely sloppy, Parker said. We can't just sit back and watch Alexis do her thing. We need our other players to contribute, and we did that in the second half. That's something we talked about at halftime. We had a lot of open looks, and we had some girls that had off nights. But we had some good, solid production off the bench.


While the offense sputtered in the opening minutes, hitting just 3 of 11 from the field in the first quarter and turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, Redeemer's defense was sensational.


Abington Heights struggled from field, missing 11 shots in the first quarter alone, and turning the ball over 25 times on the night.


When the Comets got close, it was Lewis that made a momentum-changing shot. She dropped a mid-range jumper early in the third quarter to give Redeemer a three-point lead, and later, stole a pass at the top of the key and went coast-to-coast for an uncontested bucket in the midst of that 8-0 run.


Lewis finished with a game-high 28 points, in addition to six rebounds and four assists.


You have to try to keep the ball away from Lewis inside because she is just too quick and understands the game so well. I thought that we played well in the first half, but the third quarter killed us a little bit. What are you going to do? Abington Heights coach Vince Bucciarelli said. She (Lewis) is unbelievable. She is one of the best kids that I have ever seen. And she will just keep getting better. I thought we played well. The turnovers were just tough to overcome.


Redeemer got some key production in that third quarter – a period in which the team netted 17 points, their entire point total in the opening half.


Sara Altemose spotted up and cashed in on a wide-open three-pointer from the right wing. Sarah Warnagiris netted three from the foul line, and reserve Chelsea Skrepenak knocked down a trifecta in transition for a 25-19 lead.


We have a great group of kids that want to learn, who are also able to handle some constructive criticism, Parker said. That's a good thing. It's a long season, and we are still getting our cobwebs out. Abington did a great job of slowing down the game. It was a little too slow for us. I wanted us to pick it up a little in the second half, and we switched to a man-to-man so we could get out in transition and get those easy buckets. Once we got those, the girls gained some confidence and good things started to happen.


Eight of the 11 Royals that checked into the game recorded points. Skrepenak added seven off the bench, while Alana Wilson and Altemose each chipped in with five.


Katherine Rosencrance had a team-high 10 points for Abington Heights (2-2).


Defensively, I think we did a good job the entire game, Parker said. Offensively, we struggled in the first half. If we can put the offense together with the defense, we are going to be fine. It's early in the season, but our girls understand that we have some work to do.


Holy Redeemer 55, Abington Heights 38


ABINGTON HEIGHTS (38): Blair Cacciamani 1 2-3 4, Melanie Coles 3 2-2 8, Catie Nealon 2 1-2 6, Katherine Rosencrance 4 2-2 10, Breanna Toro 2 2-2 6, Michaelina Holmes 0 0-0 0, Maura Nealon 1 0-0 2, Emma Henzes 0 0-0 0, Michaela Brutico 0 0-0 0, Michelle Pacyna 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Bamford 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-11 38.



HOLY REDEEMER (55): Alexis Lewis 12 4-4 28, Alana Wilson 2 1-1 5, Alyssa Platko 2 0-0 4, Sara Altemose 2 0-0 5, Brianne Frascella 0 1-2 1, Lydia Lawson 1 0-0 2, Sarah Warnagiris 0 3-4 3, Chelsea Skrepenak 3 0-0 7, Rebecca Prociak 0 0-0 0, Selina Malacari 0 0-0 0, Julie Kosik 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-11 55.























Abington Heights691013—38
Holy Redeemer6111721—55


3-Point Field Goals— Abington Heights 1 (Catie Nealon); Holy Redeemer 2 (Altemose, Skrepenak)


Crestwood 55, Meyers 38

Rebecca Rutkowski scored a game-high 23 points to lead Crestwood past Meyers.


Sydney Myers chipped in 10 points for Crestwood in the win.


Quieterriua Gross scored a team-high 11 for Meyers in the loss.



Crestwood (55): Carina Mazzoni 1 0-0 3; Rebecca Rutkowski 11 1-2 23; Rachael Ritz 2 0-0 5; Maury Cronauer 0 0-2 0; Taryn Wojnar 2 0-2 5; Maddy Ritsick 2 1-2 6; Deidra Ciavarella 1 0-0 3; Sydney Myers 4 2-2 10. Totals 23 4-10 55.



Meyers (38): Cathy Quinones 1 0-0 2; Salimah Biggs 3 2-2 8; Alaena Lloyd 1 0-0 2; Quinniea Gross 3 1-2 7; Quieterriua Gross 5 1-1 11; Mackenzie Winder 4 0-0 8. Totals 17 4-5 38.























Crestwood1719145—55
Meyers128810—38


3-Point Field Goals— CRE 5 (Mazzoni, Ritz, Wojnar, Ritsick, Ciavarella); MEY 0.


Pittston Area 55, GAR 43

Pittston Area held GAR to five first half field goals before an eventual win at home.


Mia Hopkins netted 22 points for the Patriots, while Allie Barber added 16 points.


Brea Seabrook led the Grenadiers with 21.



GAR (43): Breana Mosier 3 0-0 6, Marena Spence 4 2-2 10, Sharell McCollum 1 0-0 2, Juliana Leco 0 0-0 0, Marie Skrepenak 0 0-0 0, Majeedah Nealy 2 0-0 4, Brea Seabrook 7 7-10 21, Catherine Luckey 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-12 43.



PITTSTON AREA (55): Brooke Balchune 0 0-0 0, Allie Barber 8 0-0 16, Liz Waleski 4 0-0 8, Kelly Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Jacqueline Rabender 1 0-0 2, Mia Hopkins 10 2-3 22, Cales Owens 4 0-2 8, Ali Brady 1 0-0 3, Eastin Ashby 2 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Simyan 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 2-5 65.























GAR64924—43
Pittston Area18161021—55


3-Point Field Goals— GAR 0; PA 1 (Brady).


Lakeland 44, Wyoming Seminary 24

Miranda Pace scored a team-high eight points in Wyoming Seminary's loss to Lakeland.


Emily Gabriele and Gabby Volpetti added six points apiece for Wyoming Seminary.


Alissa Steir scored a game-high 10 points for Lakeland.



SEM (24): Gabby Volpetti 2 2-5 6; Miranda Pace 3 2-2 8; Emily Gabriele 1 4-5 6; Jess Casterline 0 0-0 0; Molly Turner 0 0-0 0; Tali Dressler 0 0-0 0; Jordan Rickrode 2 0-0 4. Totals 8 8-12 24.



LAKE (44): Katie Walsh 1 0-0 2; Breann Clauss-Walton 2 2-6 6; Alissa Steir 4 0-0 10; Kayla Agentowicz 3 0-2 6; Jodie Virbitsky 0 1-2 1; 3 0-0 7; Christine Kafka 2 0-0 4; Natilie Tuffy 3 2-3 8. Totals 19 5-13 44.























Wyoming Seminary8637—24
Lakeland161198—44


3-Point Field Goals— SEM 0; LAKE 3 (Steir 2, Tweedy).


North Pocono 38, Wyoming Area 28

North Pocono shook off a sluggish start to score a win at home against the Warriors.


Serra Degnan led Wyoming Area with nine points, while Ashlee Blannet added eight and Nicole Wright chipped in six.



WYOMING AREA (28): Emily Wolfgang 0 0-2 0, Serra Degnan 3 3-6 9, Nicole Turner 1 1-3 3, Audrey Heidacavage 0 0-0 0, Rachel Solano 0 0-0 0, Felicia Turner 0 0-0 0, Abby Thornton 1 0-1 2, Nicole Wright 3 0-0 6, Ashlee Blannet 4 0-0 8. Totals 12 4-12 28.



NORTH POCONO (38): Lewis 3 0-0 7, Mokay 3 0-1 6, Taylor 4 0-2 8, Jordan 0 0-0 0, Stevens 4 0-0 8, Day 1 0-4 2, Moss 1 0-0 2, Ivanhoff 1 0-0 2, Noon 1 0-0 3, Bauman 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 0-7 38.























Wyoming Area6787—28
North Pocono910137—38


3-Point Field Goals— WA 0; NP 2 (Noon, Lewis).


Pocono Mountain West 49, Berwick 32

Pocono Mountain West dispatched Berwick in a non-conference matchup.


Kelly Sheptock scored seven points for the Bulldogs, while Gabby Kishbaugh, Taylor Montana and Bri Floryshak all added five.



BERWICK (32): Caty Davenport 1 2-2 4, Ayrin Shortlidge 0 0-0 0, Kylene Welsh 1 0-0 2, Gabby Kishbaugh 1 2-6 5, Margaret Bridge 2 0-0 4, Kelly Sheptock 2 3-4 7, Taylor Montana 2 1-3 5, Bri Floryshak 2 0-0 5, Allison Rinehimer 0 0-0 0, Alexis Steeber 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-15 32.



POCONO MOUNTAIN WEST (49): Walters 0 0-0 0, J. Benetiz 10 4-6 26, R. Benetiz 6 1-4 14, Davis 0 2-4 2, Dell 1 0-0 3, Jiminez 1 0-0 2, Bartola 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 7-14 49.























Berwick96116—32
Pocono Mountain West1417108—49


3-Point Field Goals— BER 2 (Kishbaugh, Floryshak); PMW 4 (J. Benetiz 2, R. Benetiz 1, Dell)


Hanover Area 52, Susquehanna 19

Hanover Area held Susquehanna to just six points in the second half in a win at home.


Haley Bobos scored 12 and Asdone Hooper added 10 points for a Hawkeyes team that saw 10 different players reach the scoring column.


Mashawna Hargett scored 11 for Susquehanna.



SUSQUEHANNA (19): Emily Carmody 0 0-2 0, Mashawna Hargett 4 2-4 11, Mikayla Hargett 1 0-0 3, Mollie Mroz 0 2-4 2, Brooke Sampson 1 0-0 2, Sarah Sertilipi 0 1-2 1. Totals 6 5-14 19.



HANOVER AREA (52): Asdone Hooper 4 2-6 10, Mickie Kaminski 1 2-2 5, Julie Mizenko 2 2-2 6, Brittany Miller 1 0-0 2, Haley Bobos 4 4-7 12, Amber Grohowski 3 0-0 6, Samantha Masher 3 0-0 6, Cheyanne Fine 2 0-0 4, Tiffany McCary 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 11-22 52.























Susquehanna8533—19
Hanover Area14151013—52


3-Point Field Goals— SUS 2 (Ma. Hargett, Mi. Hargett); HA 1 (Kaminski)


Scranton Prep 47, Tunkhannock 20

Gabby Alguire led Tunkhannock with seven, including the only three-pointer of the game, as the Tigers lost to Scranton Prep.


Ashleigh Nafus chipped in six points in the loss.



SCRANTON PREP (47): Jess Genco 1 1-1 3; Olivia Burke 3 2-2 8; Dana Cutler 1 0-0 2; Danielle D'Alessandro 1 0-0 2; Tricia Byrne 8 0-0 16; Erin Duffy 1 0-0 2; Clare Philbin 0 0-0 0; Sam Genco 1 0-0 2; Bridget Walsh 1 0-0 2; Emily Pritchyk 3 0-0 6; Jordan Mellon 0 0-0 0; Madison Ashby 0 0-0 0; Rebecca Icker 1 0-0 2; Rosie Walsh 0 2-4 2. Totals 21 5-7 47.



TUNKHANNOCK (20): Maegan Wrubel 0 0-0 0; Cheyanne Brown 1 1-2 3; Haylee Underwood 0 0-0 0; Ashleigh Nafus 2 2-3 6; Katie Proulx 0 0-0 0; Amanda Grundman 0 0-0 0; Gabby Alguire 2 2-5 7; Molly Hampsey 0 0-0 0; Kanesha Bonner 1 0-0 2; Amanda Nole 0 0-1 0; Ashley Knott 1 0-1 2. Totals 7 6-12 20.























Scranton Prep195149—47
Tunkhannock3476—20


3-Point Field Goals— PREP 0; TUNK 1 (Alguire).


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