Pittston Area won the girls portion of the Badger Marseco Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Lady Patriots basketball team won the tourney in 2003, and lost to Seton Catholic in 2004.
In the first round, PA took down Seton, 50-46. In the championship game, Pittston Area cruised to a 65-28 win over Old Forge. Marina Castellino was the top scoring for the Lady Patriots, combining for 29 points in the two games. In the opener, Castellino, Emilee Strubeck and Regina Linskey each had 12 points.
In the championship game, Castellino scored 17 points. Fourteen girls played for Pittston Area and 11 scored.
In the opener of the 1995-96 girls basketball season, the Seton Catholic Lady Eagles snuck past Wyoming Area, 58-57.
Seton’s Kelly Tracy poured in a game-high 28 points, including four three-pointers. Tracy made a pair of foul shots with 28 seconds left hat proved to be the winners. Frances Hergan made a steal with 10 seconds left to seal the game for the Eagles.
Wyoming Area’s Alyssa Chiampi finished the game with 18 points, including nine in the final stanza. Carmie Argento had 16 and Megan Devers finished with 12.
Wyoming Area’s Rob Cella scored a game-high 36 points in the team’s first win of the season. The Warriors took care of Meyers, 78-64.
Joe Nocito chipped in with 17 points, while Billy Remakus scored 11 and Marty Gilroy came off the bench to contribute six points. The Warriors led by as many as 24 points during the fourth quarters.
The St. John’s boys basketball team too care of Susquehanna, 78-59 to win the Lackawanna Trail Classic preseason basketball tournament.
Coach Jim Kolmansberger described the game as “the best game we’ve played in the last two years.” The Johnnies won the first round game 54-52 over Mountain View. St. John’s player Joe LoBrutto scored a game-high 21 points. Joe Dorbad canned another 15 points, while Bobby Nolan and Frank Baldiga chipped in with 10 apiece.
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