WILKES-BARRE – Friday night’s 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic was primarily about showing off the offensive talents of the Wyoming Valley Conference’s top basketball players.
But, when it came time to decide the girls game, Team Johnson turned to a little defense.
“We were closing out on their shooters better,” Pittston Area’s Alexa Noone said after leading a comeback that carried the Green, coached by Kelly Johnson of Dallas, to an 82-71 victory over Team Jezorwski, the White, coached by Holy Redeemer’s John Jezorwski. “On defense, we needed to stop the shooters. We had to stay closer.”
The Green trailed, 42-35, at the half, then broke away from a tie with 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Noone and Wyoming Area’s Sarah Holweg were two of the three players to score at least 12 points in the game and claimed two of the three individual awards.
After hitting three 3-pointers, including one each in the third and fourth quarters, Noone finished with a team-high 13 points while claiming her team’s Most Valuable Player award.
“I was actually excited to play with everybody from the league,” Noone said. “It was a good experience.”
Noone, who had three assists, scored her third-quarter 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two after making a steal and taking a step back. She connected from the top right with 1:55 left in the game to open the lead to 77-68.
Andrea Ruby, who scored four points, and Mary Silinskie also represented Pittston Area on the winning team.
The Green also included players from Crestwood, Northwest, Dallas, Wyoming Valley West, Hanover Area, Coughlin and GAR.
Wyoming Area was well-represented on the White.
Coach Chad Lojewski assisted Jezorwski.
Holweg, Addison Orzel and Kristi Skok were Wyoming Area players in the game.
In addition to scoring 12 points in the game, Holweg won the 3-Point Contest at halftime, beating Nanticoke’s Lisa Radziak.
Both finalists put on a show.
With 45 seconds to take 15 shots – five from the right corner, five from the top of the key and five from the left corner – both Holweg and Radziak scored 10 of a possible 18 points.
Holweg made nine of her last 12 shots after missing the first three. She got one bonus point for making her last shot from the left corner.
Radziak matched the 10 points by making two bonus points for hitting her final attempt from both the top of the key and the left corner.
After sorting out some scoring confusion, the players were given 30 seconds for a tiebreaker.
With less time, Holweg did even better, making 11 points by hitting nine of 11 shots and both bonus attempts. She made seven of her first eight, but then had to wait to make sure Radziak missed the final attempt for an 11-10 victory.
Holweg was the White’s second-leading scorer with 12 points, one behind team MVP Reese Mensinger from Berwick. She hit two 3-pointers in the game.
Orzel had five points.
The White also included players from Berwick, Hazleton Area, Meyers, Wyoming Seminary, Wyoming Area, Holy Redeemer, Tunkhannock and Nanticoke.
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