PA girls catch Mountaineers at the top


First Posted: 2/3/2013

The Lady Patriots went into the week in third place in The Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and came out tied for first place.

They climbed to the top by beating Hazleton 58-54 in overtime on Monday and Dallas, who went into the game 8-1, 54-46 on Thursday.

The Patriots trailed once at Dallas on Thursday, 2-0, in the opening minute. Eastin Ashby tied it 2-2 with a jump shot, her first two of a season-high 15, on an inbound play fueling a 12-2 run that had PA up by eight, 12-4 with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

In the second Dallas cut the lead to three by 22-19 on two free throws by Talia Szatkowski, after PA had gone up 22-17 on a basket by Barber off a sweet pass in traffic from Hopkins.

Barber, a sophomore, scored a game-high 16. Hopkins, the team’s leading scorer, scored a season-low 12, but she was a force on defense with a whopping 13 blocks and 15 rebounds.

In the third quarter on consecutive possessions Hopkins took two defensive rebounds and ran the ball up the middle of the floor feeding passes to Barber building the PA lead back to eight, 34-26. Dallas fought back to within two on 3-pointers by Samantha Missal and Jess Hiscox, but Barber got the last two of the quarter weaving through three defenders for a lay up to end the quarter with PA up 38-34.

PA had the opening possession of the fourth and immediately go the ball into the left corner to Liz Walseki who caught-and-shot for three to make it 41-34.

Dallas had one last run in them. A 3-pointer by Hiscox, a jumper by Katy Comitz, and a drive by Szatkowski made it 41-40 with 5:36 left in the fourth.

After a PA time out, Ashby hit a baseline runner and was fouled. She made the free throw for a 44-40 lead with 5:17 left. Dallas got it back to two, 44-42, but a basket by Jackie Rabender started a 8-0 PA run culminating on two free throws by Ashby with 1:31 left that pushed the lead to double digits, 52-42, and put it out of reach.

Talia Szatkowski lead Dallas with 13 points and10 rebounds and hustled all over the floor. Tanner Englehart, a 6-2 center, had 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in the loss

Pittston Area (16-2) and Dallas (12-4) are a half-game ahead of Crestwood (7-2, 12-6) with four games left. Crestwood has five games remaining including a game at PA on Thursday. Crestwood defeated PA earlier in the season.

Waleski scored five and Rabender, six. PA shot 11-for-11 from the free throw line.

PA 58 Hazleton 54

Hazleton Area held Hopkins to five field goal attempts in three quarters and without a basket in the fourth quarter.

Hopkins needed just six seconds to show that overtime, however, would be different.

The Monmouth recruit scored eight of her game-high 24 points in OT to lead PA to a 58-54 win in a WVC Division I girls game on Tuesday at PA.

The Patriots shot 5-for-6 in overtime. The only time they missed, Ali Brady got the rebound and scored to take the lead for good with 1:02 left.

We kept our cool, Pittston Area coach Kathy Healey said. We do a lot of work on situations in practice. The kids are confident.

They were also motivated by an earlier overtime game with Hazleton Area resulting in one of their two losses.

Hopkins, who was honored prior to the game for recently scoring her 1,500th career point, hit one of two free throws twice in the final 38 seconds to close the scoring.

Waleski, who was celebrating her 16th birthday, hit two free throws with 1:35 left to break the second of three overtime ties. She scored 14, going 9-of-10 at the line.

The Cougars played the last six minutes without top scorer Alyssa Sitch and top rebounder Lexi Wolk, then lost sub Juliet Courtney in overtime because of fouls.

Sitch had 16 points, hitting four straight three-pointers and helped Hazleton Area erase a 10-point second-half deficit.

Mackenzie Yori had 11 points and four assists while Wolk and Brianna Woznicki grabbed 10 rebounds each.

Allie Barber had 11 points, including nine after halftime, before fouling out for Pittston Area.

PA got to the line 33 times, making 21. Hazleton was 7-of-10. – Tom Robinson

WA 59, Northwest 47

Wyoming Area’s strong first half carried it past Northwest for a win on the road. The Warriors, playing without Serra Degnan who is out with a leg injury, led 31-16 at the break.

Abby Thornton’s 17 points led the Warriors, Nicole Turner chipped in 12, with one three. Emily Wolfgang 9, Felicia Turner 7, Val Bott, 8 Nicole Wright 6 8-34

Alivia Womelsdorf’s 20 points was a game-high for Northwest.

Nanticoke 57, WA 30

The Warriors got swamped 23-4 in the first quarter. Thornton had eight, Wolfgang 6 and Nicole Wright 5.

Degnan was out again. The Warriors are 4-5, one game ahead of Meyers in D-2.

In the 3A D-2 seeding standings WA is 12th of 18 teams.

PA is tied for fourth with Dallas.

This week

Monday

GAR at WA

Tunkhannock at PA

Thursday

Crestwood at PA

Meyers at WA

Standings

Division 1…WVC

Pittston Area …8-2

Dallas …8-2

Crestwood …7-2

Valley West …6-4

Hazleton …6-4

Berwick …3-6

Tunkhannock… 1-9

Coughlin …0-10

Division 2…WVC

Nanticoke …8-1

Holy Redeemer …8-1

Lake Lehman …7-2

Wyoming Area …4-5

Meyers… 3-6


Barber, a sophomore, scored a game-high 16. Hopkins, the team’s leading scorer, scored a season-low 12, but she was a force on defense with a whopping 13 blocks and 15 rebounds.


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