EXETER — Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg had a clean look. Her shot from the corner was halfway down before rimming out as possession went back to Dallas.
Down 59-56 with 20 seconds to play, Holweg’s three didn’t fall against the Mountaineers. After a pair of Dallas free throws from Wyoming Area head coach Chad Lojewski’s daughter, Sara, the Warriors fell, 61-56 on Thursday night in Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball action.
“It’s nice to see the progress we made and we need to keep perspective on the growth that we have,” Chad Lojewski said. “We’re trying to move ahead.”
The Warriors started hot in the first quarter, hitting five three-pointers. Holweg and Rachel Solano each canned two threes in the quarter and Wyoming Area was out to a 17-11 lead after one. The Mountaineers outscored Wyoming Area, 20-16 in the second quarter, to tie the game at halftime.
Holweg finished the game with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Solano finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
In the second quarter, Sara Lojewski scored 14 of her team’s 20 points. She finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds. In the second half, the two teams continued to play close basketball. Following three quarters, Dallas had a two-point edge.
Dallas took a 57-56 lead with 40 seconds to play when Maddie Kelley hit a pair of free throws. Holweg’s triple try the following possession fell off the mark and dropped Wyoming Area to 3-2 on the young season. Sara Lojewski iced the game with two free throws at the end for the Mountaineers.
Her father, at that time, could finally play the role of dad once again. Along with Kelley, Chad Lojewski coached some of those girls in the past.
“I was into the game,” he said. “I didn’t think about (Sara) too much individually. They were clutch. It was difficult to contain them all game. For (Sara) to put the icing on the cake at the end was very fitting. I was very proud of her.”
Chad Lojewski spoke of his two sophomores — Addison Orzel and Kristi Skok — as the spark for the Warriors. Orzel came off the bench to score six points in the second quarter. Skok hit a clutch three in the second quarter, as well.
“(Addison) has been tremendous,” Lojewski said. “They’ve proven themselves in practice and I trust them on the court. That was a great spark from Addison.”
Nanticoke 47, Pittston Area 44
Pittston Area led the game most of the way, but a strong second half from Nanticoke doomed the Patriots in a 47-44 loss on Monday.
Jamie Chisdock led the Patriots with 12 points, while Ashby finished the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Marley O’Brien finished with six points and had four blocks in the first quarter to help spark Pittston Area defensively.
“We have to find a way to score at the end,” Healey said. “It was definitely a great game and I’m heartbroken we lost. Everyone counted us out and here we are.”
Nanticoke led 44-43 following Gianna Robert’s layup with a minute to play. The Trojans forced a turnover and a foul sent Lisa Radziak to the foul line. Radziak’s first shot hit rim and Zendarski came up with the rebound. From there, Pittston Area was forced to foul and found itself down three with 11 seconds to play.
Pittston Area set up an inbounds play with a chance to tie the game and force overtime. Alexa Noon’s 3-point shot from the left wing fell short and Nanticoke improved to 4-0.
Pittston Area led the entire game up until Aufiero’s 3-pointer with two minutes to play. The Patriots, however, never led by more than seven points. Coach Kathy Healey said finishing the game offensively contributed to this one slipping away.
Wyoming Area 69, Western Wayne 31
Wyoming Area’s Katie Wolfgang scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Warriors to a big win over Western Wayne on Wednesday.
Wolfgang hit four threes in the game. Teammate Sarah Holweg scored 12 points, while Addison Orzel and Kristi Skok each had nine points. The Warriors used a 29-point third quarter to sink Western Wayne.
Pittston Area 58, Forest City 36
Pittston Area’s Taryn Ashby poured in a game-high 16 points as the Patriots improved to 3-1 on Wednesday. Ashby cashed in on seven field goals and added two free throws.
Megan Cummings had 10 points for Pittston Area, while Alexa Noone and Kirsten Durling chipped in with eight points. Jamie Chisdock and Marley O’Brien each had seven points.
Both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area girls teams were in action on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Warriors hosted West Scranton, while Pittston Area took on North Pocono.
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