Pittston Area’s chances of taking the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 championship were slowly diminished Friday night against Hazleton Area.
The Cougars, thanks to some hot shooting throughout the game, pulled away from the Patriots, 52-39 to claim at least a share of the WVC Division 1 championship. The Patriots fall to 9-3 on the season with a pair of games to play. The Cougars now lead the Patriots by two games with just two games to play.
In District 2, Pittston Area looks to have a third seed locked up if it should win out the rest of the way. Pittston Area finishes the season by hosting Dallas on Monday and Coughlin on Wednesday. Pittston Area would need two wins and two Hazleton Area losses to force a playoff for the Division 1 title.
Against Hazleton, the Patriots, who were playing with guard Taryn Ashby, trailed early. After storming back, Pittston Area would take a two-point halftime lead. From there, however, it was all Hazleton Area’s defense. The Cougars limited Pittston Area to just 14 points in the second half.
Pittston Area was outscored 27-12 in the second half.
Marley O’Brien and Jamie Chisdock each had nine points for the Patriots, while Alexa Noone finished the game with eight points. Megan Cummings had seven points in the loss.
For Wyoming Area, the Warriors, who beat Hanover and Meyers this past week, will host Wyoming Seminary and Lake-Lehman to close out the season. The Warriors have a legitimate shot at earning the third seed in District 2’s Class AAA.
Here’s how the rest of the week went for the two local teams:
Wyoming Area 67, Meyers 43
Sarah Holweg (14 points) and Lydia Edwards (19) combined for six 3-pointers and 33 points to lead the Warriors to the victory over Meyers on Friday.
Pittston Area 57, Berwick 36
Alexa Noone scored 15 points, while Megan Cummings chipped in with 14 points in Pittston’s win over Berwick to keep pace with Hazleton Area on Wednesday.
Kirsten Durling scored 10 points in the win.
Wyoming Area 82, Hanover Area 56
Sarah Holweg hit nine 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 34 points in the Warriors win over Hanover Area on Wednesday. According to coach Chad Lojewski, the nine three-pointers are a school record.
Nicole Wright scored 11 points, while Jordan Kelly chipped in with 10 in the victory.
Pittston Area 42, Wyoming Valley West 39
Kirsten Durling’s 14 points led the way as the Patriots topped Valley West to remain a game behind Hazleton Area in the WVC Division 1 standings on Monday.
Teammate Alexa Noone chipped in with 11 points and Taryn Ashby scored 10 in the win. Marley O’Brien chipped in with five points in the win. The Patriots, trailing by three after the third, used a six-point edge in the final period to get the win.
Holy Redeemer 94, Wyoming Area 62
In a game that featured 19 three-pointers, Wyoming Area wasn’t able to overcome a 30-9 first quarter deficit in a loss to Holy Redeemer on Monday.
Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg finished with a team-high 22 points, while Lydia Edwards finished with 16 and Rachel Solanno had 10. Addison Orzel contributed six points in the loss.
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