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February 20. 2013 2:10AM
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PLYMOUTH – After a pair of showdowns last season, Wyoming Valley West was ready for Hazleton Area this season.


With the teams tied near the top of Division 1 of the Wyoming Valley Conference, the Spartans knew this Cougars squad was playing better than the one that came to town a season ago.


So Valley West beat Hazleton Area every way it could, posting a 50-34 victory over its Class 4A rival.


I've known Joe (Gavio, Hazleton Area's coach) a long time, Valley West coach Paul Appel said. He loves for his teams to press and they shoot jumpers. Our (zone) defense extended out and really limited them from getting too many good shots.


The Cougars were 3-10 when they visited the Spartans' gym last season and nearly stole a victory from Valley West. The Spartans held on for a 44-40 win in that one, then won at Hazleton 47-43 later in the season when the Cougars were playing better ball.


This season, Hazleton Area (3-2 WVC, 7-4) has nearly matched last year's win total, but the Cougars could not climb back into this game.


Valley West did a really good job getting over our press, Gavio said. I thought we could rattle them. We like to attack all over and control the tempo. You've got to credit them for what they were running. It worked.


Valley West (4-1 WVC, 9-4) had runs of 14-3 in the first half and 13-4 in the second half to maintain a comfortable cushion while making things uncomfortable for Hazleton Area, which shot 23 percent from the floor.


The Cougars could not contain Spartans center Olivia Hoffman, who finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. When she wasn't making shots in the paint, she was kicking the ball back out to Cassie Smicherko, who made a trio of three-pointers in a 15-point night.


For those two consistent Spartans, its was their second straight game with 17 and 15 points, respectively.


Smicherko made three big dagger threes and she was wide open shooting them, Gavio said. We knew she was a shooter and couldn't keep up with her. Inside, (Hoffman) is 6-3 and we're defending her with someone 5-7. We're going to have issues there.


The Cougars scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half, slicing their deficit to 29-20 on a nice basket off a ball fake and drive by Brianna Woznick. Hazleton Area's press was forcing turnovers – six in the third quarter by Valley West – but cold shooting kept the Spartans lead from getting any smaller.


We turned the ball over a few times, but we kept it under control as much as we could, Appel said. We got a couple of nice shots on the break and were able to run our halfcourt offense effectively.


Cheyenne Reese had six rebounds and Tara Judge had five assists for Valley West.


Lexi Wolk and Christine Kaschak had seven rebounds each for Hazleton Area.


Wyoming Valley West 50, Hazleton Area 34


HAZLETON AREA (34): Mackenzie Yori 1 0-0 2, Lexi Wolk 4 2-2 10, Angie Marchetti 2 0-0 6, Becky Marchetti 2 0-0 4, Alyssa Sitch 0 0-0 0, Christine Kaschak 2 0-0 4, Brianna Woznick 3 2-5 8, Sydney Walser 0 0-0 0, Maria Trivelpiece 0 0-0 0, Audrey McNelis 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 4-7 34.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (50): Tara Judge 2 1-2 5, Cassie Smicherko 6 0-0 15, Emily Tyler 1 1-2 3, Cheyenne Reese 1 0-0 2, Megan Kane 0 0-0 0, Amanda Scarcella 0 0-0 0, Lauren Lupinski 0 0-0 0, Alicia Moore 0 0-1 0, Savannah Piazza 3 2-2 8, Olivia Hoffman 8 1-1 17. Totals 21 5-8 50.























Hazleton Area68128—34
Wyoming Valley West1316813—50


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 2 (A. Marchetti 2); WVW 3 (Smicherko 3).


Wyoming Area 49, Meyers 45 OT

Wyoming Area departed from Meyers a winner in overtime after doubling up the Mohawks in the extra session.


Serra Degnan and Abby Thornton each scored 17 points to lead the Warriors, who were out to a sizeable lead at halftime.


Salimah Biggs scored 15 points to Meyers, which had to post a 21-7 third quarter to take a slim lead into the fourth. Quitterriua Gross added 10 for the Mohawks.



WYOMING AREA (49): Emily Wolfgang 1 0-2 2, Serra Degnan 5 7-15 17, Nicole Turner 0 2-3 2, Felicia Turner 2 1-3 5, Abby Thornton 8 1-2 17, Ashlee Blannet 2 2-4 6. Totals 18 13-29 49.



MEYERS (45): Brianna Dimaggio 1 1-2 3, Salimah Biggs 7 1-3 15, Alaena Lloyd 2 0-0 6, Quinniea 3 2-2 8, Quitterriua Gross 4 2-2 10, Mackenzie Winder 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 7-11 45.

























Wyoming Area1587118—49
Meyers652194—45


3-Point Field Goals— WA 0; MEY 2 (Lloyd).


Hanover Area 43, GAR 42

Asdone Hooper's jumper from just inside the free-throw line with forty seconds to left in the game provided the difference for Hanover Area in a narrow defeat of GAR.


Hooper finished with 18 points, leading the Hawkeyes in scoring, while Haylee Bobos added 12.


GAR was led by Brea Seabrooke's 14 points. Marena Spence added 13.



GAR (42): Breana Mosier 1 3-6 5, Marena Spence 3 7-9 13, Julianna Leco 1 1-2 4, Majeedah Nealy 2 2-4 6, Brea Seabrook 7 0-0 14, Marie Skrepenak 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 13-23 42.



HANOVER AREA (43): Asdone Hooper 8 2-4 18, Mickie Kaminski 0 1-4 1, Brittany Miller 1 3-4 5, Julie Mizenko 1 1-2 3, Haylee Bobos 5 2-2 12, Amber Grohowski 1 0-0 2, Samantha Masher 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 9-6 43.























GAR6141111—42
Hanover Area1391011—43


3-Point Field Goals— GAR 1 (Leco); HAN 0.


Nanticoke 44, Lake-Lehman 42

Nanticoke held off Lake-Lehman's late charge, outscoring the Black Knights by one point in the final quarter to escape with a win.


Brittany Sugalski led the Trojans with 11 points while Kayley Schinski netted nine.


Lake-Lehman's Cayle Spencer scored a game-high 18 points. Emily Sutton totaled 12.



NANTICOKE (44): Alex Brassington 2 2-2 7, Brittany Sugalski3 5-7 11, Kayley Schinski 2 4-4 9, Kassie Schinski 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Swanberry 1 0-0 2, Lauren Rinehimer 2 2-4 6, Heidi Kile 3 1-2 7. Totals 14 14-17 44.



LAKE-LEHMAN(42): Karen Yamrich 2 1-2 5, Emily Sutton 4 3-4 12, Cayle Spencer 6 6-8 18, Bethany Williams 1 2-2 4, Danae Sutliff 1 1-2 3, Nicole O'Connor 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 13-18 42.















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Lake-Lehman


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42



3-Point Field Goals— NAN 2 (Brassington, Kay. Schinski); LL 1 (Sutton).


Crestwood 55, Pittston Area 53

Rebecca Rutkowski's huge triple-double propelled Crestwood past Pittston Area at home in a back and forth contest.


Rutkowski led all scorers with 26 points, notching 10 rebounds and 10 blocks along the way. It was her second triple-double of the season. Sydney Myers came close to a triple double as well, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.


Taryn Wojnar dropped in four jumpers from three-point range on her way to 13 points for the Comets.


Liz Waleski's 17 points was a team-high for the Patriots. Mia Hopkins tossed in 15.



PITTSTON AREA (53): Allie Barber 1 2-9 4, Liz Waleski 6 5-5 17, Jackie Rabender 4 2-2 10, Mia Hopkins 7 1-1 15, Eastin Ashby 1 3-4 5, Ali Brady 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 13-21 53.



CRESTWOOD (55): Sydney Myers 4 2-2 10, Carina Mazzoni 1 0-0 3, Rebecca Rutkowski 12 2-5 26, Rachael Ritz 1 0-0 2, Maury Cronauer 0 1-2 1, Gabby Lutz 0 0-0 0, Deidra Ciavarella 0 0-0 0, Taryn Wojnar 4 1-2 13, Maddy Ritsick 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-11 55.























Pittston Area10151513—53
Crestwood15121612—55


3-Point Field Goals— PA 0; CR 5 (Wojnar 4, Mazzoni).


Holy Redeemer 61, Wyoming Seminary 29

Holy Redeemer held Wyoming Seminary to just eight first-half points in a win at home.


Alexis Lewis paced the Royals with 16 points. Alyssa Platko scored 12 while Brianne Frascella chipped in with 10.


Gabbie Volpetti led the Blue Knights with 14 points.



WYOMING SEMINARY (29): Jessica Casterline 0 0-0 0, Tali Dressler 2 0-0 4, Molly Turner 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Rickrode 0 0-0 0, Emily Gabriel 1 0-0 2, Miranda Pace 4 0-0 9, Gabbie Volpetti 4 5-6 14. Totals 11 5-6 29.



HOLY REDEEMER (61): Kayla Hons 2 0-0 5, Chelsea Skrepenak 0 1-2 1, Alexis Lewis 7 2-2 16, Alana Wilson 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Platko 6 0-1 12, Lydia Lawson 2 0-0 4, Sara Warnagiris 1 1-2 3, Selina Malacari 1 0-0 2, Julie Kosik 0 0-0 0, Brianne Frascella 5 0-0 10, Rebecca Prociak 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 4-7 61.























Wyoming Seminary53615—29
Holy Redeemer14151913—61


3-Point Field Goals— WS 2 (Pace, Volpetti); HR 1 (Hons).


Dallas 57, Tunkhannock 34

Dallas took a strong lead early on and held it throughout in a win at home against Tunkhannock.


Samantha Missal led the Mountaineers with 10 points, and was aided by Jessica Hiscox and Katy Comitz, both of whom added nine points.


Kanesha Bonner's 10 points led the Tigers.



TUNKHANNOCK (34): Maegan Wrubel 0 1-2 1, Cheyenne Brown 0 0-0 0, Haylee Underwood 1 0-0 2, Ashleigh Nafus 0 0-0 0, Katie Proulx 1 0-0 3, Amanda Grundman 2 0-0 5, Gabby Alguire 3 0-0 9, Molly Hampsey 0 2-2 2, Kanesha Bonner 5 0-0 10, Shequoya Bonner 1 0-0 2, Ashley Knott 0 0-0 0, Traci Kromko 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-4 34.



DALLAS (57): Ashley Dunbar 2 0-2 4, Courtney Hoats 0 0-0 0, Taylor Kelley 0 0-0 0, Tanner Englehart 3 1-2 7, Talie Szatkowski 3 0-0 6, Jessica Hiscox 4 0-0 9, Samantha Missal 4 0-0 10, Lindsay Jacobs 1 0-0 2, Katy Comitz 4 0-0 9, Abbie Bendic 0 0-0 0, Kayla Glecko 0 0-0 0, Nicki Wren 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Cybulski 0 0-0 0, Katie Kravitsky 0 0-0 0, Maggie Michael 1 0-2 2, Rachel Olszewski 3 0-0 6. Totals 26 1-6 57.























Tunkhannock86812—34
Dallas20141310—57


3-Point Field Goals— TUN 5 (Alguire 3, Proulx, Grundman); DAL 4 (Missal 2, Hiscox, Comitz).


Northwest 46, MMI Prep 35

Alivia Womelsdorf's 18 points led Northwest in a defeat of MMI Prepat home.


Kelsey Yustat chipped in 15 points for the Rangers, while Brina Sotelo added 10.


Maria Carrato's 11 points led MMI; Kayla Karchner scored 10.



MMI (35): Kristen Purcell 3 1-2 7, Maria Carrato 4 2-6 11, Hayle Shearer 2 1-3 5, Kayla Karchner 5 0-2 10, Aries Klesh 1 0-0 2, Rachel Stanziola 0 0-0 0, Lexi VanHoeklen 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-13 35.



NORTHWEST (46): Brina Sotelo 5 0-0 10, Kelsey Yustat 6 0-0 15, Tiffany Adams 1 1-1 3, Alivia Womelsdorf 7 4-8 18, Angel Rollo 0 0-0 0, Emily Buerger 0 0-0 0, Faith Rierson 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Cook 0 0-0 0, Bailey Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-9 46.























MMI10898—35
Northwest1481410—46


3-Point Field Goals— MMI 1 (Carrato); NWT 3 (Yustat 3).


Berwick 34, Coughlin 15

Berwick held Coughlin without a basket in the first quarter and downed the Crusaders at home.


Taylor Montana's eight points led Berwick, while Allison Rinehimer and Alexis Steeber each added six.



COUGHLIN (15): Savanah Robinson 1 0-0 3, Cassidy Steligo 0 0-0 0, Mary Tona 0 0-3 0, Calie Reed 0 1-2 1, Bre Georgetti 2 0-0 4, Kim Martinez 0 0-0 0, Keighlyn Oliver 1 0-1 3, Marissa Ross 1 2-8 4. Totals 5 3-14 15.



BERWICK (34): Caty Davenport 0 1-2 1, Gabby Kishbaugh 2 1-4 5, Margaret Bridge 2 0-1 4, Taylor Montana 4 0-2 8, Bri Floryshak 1 0-0 2, Olivia Seely 1 0-0 2, Allison Rinehimer 2 2-7 6, Alexis Steeber 2 2-2 6. Totals 14 6-18 34.























Coughlin0735—15
Berwick81187—34


3-Point Field Goals— COU 2 (Oliver, Robinson); BER 0.




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