WILKES-BARRE – Sarah Holweg made sure the Wyoming Valley Conference got off to a fast start in each quarter of Monday’s Battle of the Valley All-Star Classic girls game.
When the Lackawanna League built its only three-point lead, WVC coach Chris Parker switched up the routine and got Holweg and the rest of the fourth-quarter starting unit into the game a bit earlier.
Holweg entered in time to score the final five points of the third quarter, putting the WVC ahead to stay on the way to an 87-70 victory at Wilkes University’s Marts Center.
Wyoming Area’s all-time leading scorer, Holweg led an attack that hit seven 3-pointers in a 29-point fourth quarter to break the game open.
“It was like the Dream Team,” Holweg said. “We knew they were down a couple girls and we had some good guards and good bigs on our team, so were looking to take advantage by running them up and down the court.”
The fast pace left plenty of room for Holweg to slow down and launch 3-pointers. She made seven of 10 on the way to a 27-point effort, 16 more than the WVC’s next-highest scorer.
“It was a grand-old time,” Holweg said of the experience.
Holweg made her first three 3-pointers in the first 1:45 for an 11-4 lead. She hit one at the end of the third quarter and three more in the fourth.
The Lackawanna team led, 56-53, when Holweg re-entered as part of a lineup that also included Pittston Area’s Alexa Noone.
Holweg’s 3-pointer from the right corner tied the game with 32 seconds left in the third. She scored from the left side in transition for the last points of the quarter and the Lackawanna never caught up.
The WVC kept going in what turned into a 17-4 run, featuring 11 points by Holweg, who added 3-pointers 49 seconds apart.
Parker, the former Holy Redeemer coach who is now leading Hanover Area, called on Holweg one last time with 2:45 left.
The West Chester University commit immediately added another 3-pointer from the right corner and completed a 10-2 flurry after her return by scoring the game’s final points on a breakaway.
Holweg finished 10-for-14 from the floor overall.
Her presence was a decisive factor.
In Holweg’s 22 minutes, the WVC outscored the Lackawanna, 64-31. In the other 18 minutes, the Lackawanna had a 39-23 advantage.
Holweg also had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Noone had an off shooting night, but was also a major factor in the game. She led the team in rebounds (nine), assists (seven) and blocked shots (two) while scoring five points.
Addison Orzel from Wyoming Area also played in the game.
Orzel made one of her two shots from the floor and both of her foul shots to score four points. She also grabbed three rebounds.
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