Mia Hopkins was on the floor the night Pittston Area guard Lauren Smicherko scored her 1,000th career point in 2009. Hopkins was just a freshman but in a preview of things to come she was the leading scorer for PA that night with 28 points.
When Hopkins scored her 1000th point last season she became the 11th PA girl to do so and only the third to do it as a junior and the third to surpass 1500 after phenom Cindy Czerniakowski in 1988 and Kristen Baumes in 2007. On Tuesday Hopkins passed 1500 in Pittston Area's 69-28 win over Coughlin. Czerniakowski, who earned 15 varsity letters in five different sports, is the all-time PA scoring leader with 1874 points. Hopkins won't reach that number, but she will almost certainly pass Baumes and wind up number two on the list.
Against Coughlin Tuesday Hopkins scored 14 of her game-high 32 points in the first quarter. Ali Brady scored 12 with two 3-pointers; Liz Waleski, 10 with three 3-pointers and Eastin Ashby, 10 with one 3-pointer.
With their second win of the week on Thursday at Berwick, the Patriots (6-2) stayed a game behind Dallas (7-1), whose only loss was to PA. They play again Thursday at Dallas, but PA will probably have to get by Hazleton on Monday to have a shot at catching Dallas on Thursday. Dallas has winless Coughlin on Monday.
Against Berwick, Hopkins led all scorers with 18 points and Allie Barber scored 12 with one 3-pointer. Brady had six and Waleski, four. PA hit 10-of-16 free throws.
Wyoming Area limited MMI to one basket from the floor in the first quarter and won there third game of the WVC season to get within a game of .500 at 3-4.
Serra Degnan's 10 points led the Warriors. Felicia Turner scored nine and Nicole Turner and Abby Thornton scored six each.
Aries Klesh led MMI with eight points.
Nicole Turner and Emily Wolfgang each scored seven points for the Lady Warriors who fell behind by 10 after one, 15-5, and couldn't recover.
The Warriors hit five 3-poiners, two by Turner and one each by Serra Degnan, Emily Wolfgang and Rachel Solano.
Emily Sutton's scored 22 for Lake-Lehman.
Hazleton at PA
WA at Northwest
PA at Dallas
Nanticoke at WA
Pittston Area …6-2
Valley West …5-3
Holy Redeemer …6-1
Lake Lehman …5-2
Wyoming Area …3-4