H.S. Girls Basketball: Wyoming Area, Pittston Area take similar paths to reach Pittston Area Holiday Tourney Finals

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com | December 28th, 2015 10:00 pm

YATESVILLE — It didn’t even take Wyoming Area a full half to establish control of it’s girls basketball game Monday night.

It took Pittston Area even less time to establish its dominance.

And now, both rivals will meet in the finals of the Pittston Area Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament.

Taryn Ashby and Kirsten Durling both scored 12 points as Pittston Area peppered Lake-Lehman, 62-24 in the nightcap of a semifinal doubleheader at Pittston Area High School.

That came right after Wyoming Area walloped East Stroudsburg South, 72-35, setting up a showdown between cross-river rivals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the tournament finals.

“It’ll be an exciting game,” Pittston Area coach Kathy Healey promised, “because Wyoming Area’s a good team. And it’s a rivalry game.”

Neither game Monday was especially riveting after halftime, mainly because both Wyoming Area and Pittston Area battered their competition with remarkable scoring balance.

Nicole Wright led Wyoming Area with 13 points, but Lydia Edwards finished with 11, Katie Wolfgang added 10 and Sarah Holweg and Addison Orzel combined for 17 more in the Warriors’ win.

“It was a great overall team effort,” Wyoming Area coach Chad Lojewski said. “Eleven of the 15 girls scored.”

Pittston Area’s offensive attack was equally impressive.

While juniors Ashby and Durling were splitting 24 points, Megan Cummings finished with 10, while Marley O’Brien and Jamie Chisdock both scored eight and Alexa Noone wound up with seven.

“The first couple games, maybe we didn’t share the ball as much as we’d like to,” Healey said. “We really worked on that in practice. I thought they all had some good moves. I thought Alexa Noone showed some moves, Kirsten Durling showed some of her moves and Taryn (Ashby) had a great game.

“They looked for the open player a lot.”

They also played stellar defense.

The Patriots held Lehman - struggling to score in the early season - to just three points in the first quarter, to 12 points at halftime and didn’t surrender a single point in the final stanza.

Lehman received a game-high 13 points from Julia Eneboe - on the strength of her four 3-point field goals - but managed just four baskets and two foul shots the rest of the night. Lehman will face East Stroudsburg South in the consolation game at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Pittston Area put to rest any suspense early, bursting out of the blocks on a 13-0 run fueled by four points apiece from Chisdock and O’Brien. Ashby added a three-point play in the first quarter and a 3-point field goal in the second as the Patriots extended their advantage to 31-12 by intermission.

“I think they’re getting their confidence down,” Healey said of her Patriots, the defending District 2 champion. “It shows, when they’re playing with confidence.”

Wyoming Area didn’t waste much time, either.

Wolfgang scored seven of her 10 points in the first quarter and Wright added five more as the Warriors whipped up a 20-5 lead after the opening quarter.

Then Orzell diminished any comeback hopes East Stroudsburg South was entertaining, as she scored all eight of her points in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 39-15 lead by halftime.

“We had a nice, quick start,” Lojewski said. “We do have a quality, athletic team. High-energy team, too.

“It was a positive first two quarters.”

Meyers 53, GAR 45

Gia Skaff hit four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points on the night, leading Meyers to a win over visiting GAR. Tiffany Muniz also hit double digits as she ended the game 5 for 7 from the free-throw line and hit four field goals as she scored 13 total points for the Mohawks.

Marie Skrepenak and Lindsey Quinn were the offensive leaders for the Grenadiers tallying 19 and 10 points respectively.

Northwest 50, Benton 28

Northwest’s Brenna Babcock and Hannah Wisniewski scored 14 points each in a win over Benton.

Trista Babcock, Liz Gurzynski and Jill Kondrosky all chipped in with six points apiece

Crestwood 53, Pleasant Valley 48

Maddie Ritsick was 13 of 17 from the foul line and scored a game-high 28 points in their defeat of Pleasant Valley.

Kate Snipas amassed 11 points while Sarah Hopkins hit a trio of three-point buckets to help the Comets’ cause.

Meyers 53, GAR 45

GAR (45) — Lindsey Quinn 4 0-0 10, Alexis Whiting 4 1-2 9, Aaliyah Braham 2 0-0 4, McKenzie Nichol 0 0-0 0, Cheyanne Taylor 0 0-0 0, Shealynn Taylor 1 1-2 3, Khira Cook 0 0-0 0, Marie Skrepenak 8 3-5 19. Totals 19 5-9 45.

MEY (53) — Erin Morris 4 0-0 8, Amanda Gray 0 0-0 0, Tiffany Muniz 4 5-7 13, Bella Skaff 0 2-2 2, Alaena Lloyd 1 0-1 2, Gia Skaff 7 6-7 24, Cameron Daugherty 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 13-17 53.

Meyers`11`16`12`14`—`53

GAR`10`10`11`14`—`45

Three-point goals — MEY 4 (G. Skaff 4); GAR 2 (Quinn 2).

Wyoming Area 72, East Stroudsburg South 35

ESS (35) — Tatiana Bolton 0 0-0 0, Alexis Scheatt 3 0-0 6, Tiarrah Friars 1 0-0 2, Amanda Jackson 2 0-0 4, Naomi Caquias 1 0-2 2, Hope Williams 1 0-0 2, Taylor Granberg 1 0-0 2, Gabi Vazquez 7 1-5 17. Totals 16 1-7 35.

WA (72) — Jalen Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Jordan Kelly 1 0-0 2, Aleah Kranson 1 2-5 4, Mia Remplewicz 1 0-0 2, Rachel Solano 3 0-0 6, Sarah Holweg 4 0-0 9, Lydia Edwards 5 0-0 11, Jessica Sorick 2 1-2 5, Katie Wolfgang 3 4-7 10, Addison Orzel 4 0-0 8, Kristi Skok 1 0-0 2, Nicole Wright 4 5-6 13. Totals 29 12-20 72.

East Stroudsburg South`5`10`11`9`—`35

Wyoming Area`20`17`19`16`—`72

Three-point goals — ESS 2 (Vazquez 2); WA 2 (Edwards, Holweg).

Pittston Area 62, Lake-Lehman 24

LL (24) — Miranda Perry 1 0-0 3, Cassandra Konopki 0 2-2 2, Molly Storz 1 0-0 2, Julia Eneboe 4 1-2 13, Madison Borum 2 0-0 4, Janelle Cowley 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 3-4 24.

PIT (XX) — Kirsten Durling 5 2-2 12, Jamie Chisdock 3 2-2 8, Megan Cummings 4 2-4 10, Rachel Ferrance 1 0-0 3, Alexa Noone 3 0-0 7, Marley O’Brien 4 0-0 8, Brooke Gorey 0 2-2 2, Taryn Ashby 5 0-1 12. Totals 25 8-11 62.

Lake-Lehman`3`9`12`0`—`24

Pittston Area`20`11`17`14`—`62

Three-point goals — LL 5 (Eneboe 4, Perry 1); PIT 3 (Ferrance 1, Ashby 1, Noone 1).

Northwest 50, Benton 28

BEN (28) — Dominique Brown 1 7-14 9, Sadie Huntington 0 3-6 3, Olivia Kester 0 0-0 0, Ella Corroln 2 0-0 4, Dana Kingsbury 1 5-6 7, Landra Wilkin 1 0-0 3, Nikki Domante 0 0-0 0, Trinity Brown 1 0-0 2, Rachel Notestine 0 0-0 0, Taylor Potzer 0 0-0 0, Bailey Steinruck 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 15-26 28.

NW (50) — Brooke Mendegro 0 1-4 1, Cassidy Foley 0 0-0 0, Trista Babcock 2 1-4 6, Brenna Babcock 5 3-5 14, Liz Gurzynski 2 2-2 6, Jackie Jones 0 0-0 0, Kendra Saxton 0 0-0 0, Jill Kondrosky 3 0-0 6, Danielle Bowman 2 0-0 4, Hannah Wisniewski 7 0-0 14. Totals 21 6-9 50.

Benton`7`5`10`6`—`28

Northwest`13`13`10`14`—`50

Three-point goals — BEN 1 (Wilkin 1); NW 1 (B. Babcock 1).

Crestwood 53, Pleasant Valley 48

PV (48) — Mackenzie Borger 0 3-3 3, Joyce Sullivan 2 3-6 7, Masani Francis 3 6-7 12, Kevonna Russell 2 2-2 6, 2 1-2 5, 8 1-2 15. Totals 17 16-22 48.

CRES (28) — Marlee Dillion 0 0-0 0, Sarah Hopkins 3 0-0 9, Kate Snipas 9 2-3 11, Abby Macko 2 1-2 3, Julia Makowski 0 2-4 2, Maddie Ritsick 15 13-17 28. Totals 29 18-26 53.

Pleasant Valley`12`12`14`10`—`48

Crestwood`9`8`14`19`—`53

Three-point goals — PV 0; CRES 9 (Hopkins 3, Snipas 3, Ritsick 3).

By Paul Sokoloski

psokoloski@timesleader.com

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