Kathy Healey got to watch impressive Opening Night performances by her players and her students Friday night.
When GAR’s gym became unavailable as the opener approached, a home doubleheader was created for the Pittston Area varsity teams.
Healey, who teaches grade 7-12 health and physical education at Hanover Area, got to coach her Lady Patriots in the girls season opener against GAR, then watch the Hawkeyes play the Patriots in the boys game that followed.
“It was good because we had a crowd there,” Healey said in a postgame phone interview. “For me, personally, it was good because a lot of the varsity boys players for Hanover Area are all my students. It was nice to be able to stay in the gym and see them play as well.”
Healey saw two winning performances.
Pittston Area rolled over GAR, 61-22, in the girls opener, then the Hawkeyes pulled out a 59-58 win over the Patriots in the boys game.
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Alexa Noone hit six 3-pointers while combining with Leah Hodick to lead the Lady Patriots to the rout.
Noone finished with game-highs of 20 points and 5 assists. She had four 3-pointers while Pittston Area was opening a 23-3 lead after one quarter.
Hodick had 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. She scored eight when the Lady Patriots stretched a 29-7 lead to 44-13.
Kayleigh Walker added seven points and Mary Silinskie had six.
The comfortable win allowed Healey to get playing time for all 16 players.
“We were pleased,” she said. “We did some really good things, especially our starters.
“Rotated the sophomores in, some for the first time, was a good experience for them, but we need to get better.”
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Asad Whitehead scored with 11 seconds left to lift Hanover Area to the road win.
Whitehead put in a contested lay-up from the left side.
Pittston Area, which had moved in front on Matt McGlynn’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining, had the last shot.
“It was a good look,” Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said. “When it was rolling around the rim, I thought it was going in.”
Matt McGlynn and Brian Miller led the way for the Patriots.
McGlynn went 7-for-9 on 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 22 points.
Miller had 20 points and seven rebounds in his first start.
“Miller played well inside,” Kiesinger said.
Brennan Higgins had seven assists. Alex McAndrew, in his first game back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery that ended his junior season early, had seven points despite missing times, including the entire second quarter, with foul trouble.
Andrew Krawczyk had two blocked shots and McGlynn had two steals to lead the defense.
Hanover Area shot 62 percent on 2-point attempts.
The Hawkeyes were led by Mike Piscotty with 19 points. Desmond Cannon added 16 and Whitehead 10.
Miller had seven points in the first quarter, but Hanover Area emerged with a 16-15 lead.
The Hawkeyes built the advantage to 32-24 at halftime.
“Our transition defense definitely was good enough and they shot the ball very well,” Kiesinger said in explaining the halftime deficit.
McGlynn, who scored 19 points in the second half, hit four 3-pointers when the Patriots rallied for a 41-40 lead.
Hanover Area scored the last six points of the fourth quarter.
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