NANTICOKE — In a key Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 girls basketball game, Coaches vs. Cancer took center stage. Unfortunately for Wyoming Area, so did the Trojans.
Nanticoke took a 24-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in the battle between the top two spots in the conference. The Trojans beat the Warriors, 66-44, for the second time this season on Thursday night.
Sarah Holweg finished the game with 19 points and was the only Warriors in double figures. After trailing 24-3 in the third quarter, Wyoming Area kept pace with the unbeaten Trojans the rest of the way. In the final three quarters, the Warriors were outscored by just one point, a 24-23 deficit in the third quarter.
Holweg hit a trio of three-pointers on the night, while Addison Orzel chipped in eight points. Wyoming Area had trouble stopping Nanticoke’s Chaquanna Zendarski and Gianna Roberts, who combined of 38 points.
The loss drops Wyoming Area back to 6-2, still in second place in the WVC Division 2. Nanticoke remains unbeaten with an 8-0 mark.
Crestwood 60, Pittston Area 48
Pittston Area suffered its second league loss on Thursday with a 60-48 decision at the hands of Crestwood in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 action.
Jamie Chisdock scored 15 to lead the Patriots, who fell out of first place in Division 1 with the loss. Hazleton, with a win over Wyoming Valley West, moved into first place. The Patriots (7-2) and the Cougars (8-1) will square off against each other on Feb. 5 in Hazleton.
Kirsten Durling and Marley O’Brien each chipped in with 10 points. Taryn Ashby finished with nine points.
Pittston Area 55, Tunkhannock 34
Kirsten Durling scored six of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter as Pittston Area pulled away after halftime and remained tied with Hazleton Area at the top of the WVC Division 1.
Durling’s six points in the first quarter helped the Patriots forge an early 14-11 lead, and Alexa Noone tossed in seven of her nine points in the second quarter as Pittston Area took a nine-point lead into intermission.
Jamie Chisdock and Taryn Ashby finished with 10 points for Pittston Area.
Wyoming Area 76, GAR 52
Sarah Holweg scored 17 of her 30 points in the first half as the Warriors topped GAR. Holweg finished the game with a pair of threes and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
Lydia Edwards finished with 19 points and Katie Wolfgang chipped in with 14 points in the win. Both Edwards and Wolfgang each hit two threes in the win. Nicole Wright finished with 10 points.
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