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WVC Basketball Roundup: Hazleton Area Beats Nanticoke Area

January 3, 2019
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WVC Basketball Roundup: Hazleton Area Beats Nanticoke Area

NANTICOKE — Virginia Yurchak announced her return to Hazleton Area’s lineup with a pair of 3-pointers during a big first-half surge.

Brooke Boretski came off the bench and kept the Cougars ahead with a crucial third-quarter effort.

With the game still either team’s to win, Faith Grula swatted away back-to-back inside looks.

It seemed like just about everyone on Hazleton Area had their chance to make a difference in Wednesday night’s game at Nanticoke Area. In a matchup between 2017-18 state qualifiers, the Cougars came together for a strong team effort and a 50-40 victory over the Trojanettes in Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball.

Hazleton Area (5-4) — last year’s District 2/4 Class 6A subregion champions — let an early lead evaporate but locked in defensively when it counted. The team didn’t allow Nanticoke Area to score in the final four minutes and started its first winning streak of the season when the final buzzer sounded.

“The kids really wanted a game. We’ve been up and down,” Hazleton Area coach Joe Gavio said. “They would not be denied. They wanted a win to get us going, and maybe that’s what we needed. They all played well.”

Boretski scored 13 points for the Cougars. Yurchak had 11, and Kyra Antolick finished with 10.

They contributed to a lead that grew to as much as 14 points early on, but it was a tie game midway through the third quarter with Alyssa Lewis’ coast-to-coast finish for Nanticoke Area.

That’s when Boretski buried a 3-pointer and got the ball back in transition after one of Hazleton Area’s many steals in the game. She pulled up for a deep jumper just inside the arc, swishing that, too.

Boretski scored all nine of the team’s third-quarter points and helped its lead climb back to 37-30.

In the fourth quarter, Grula had her turn to shine. She grabbed an off-target 3-pointer and got a bucket and foul with her second-chance look. Nanticoke Area was down 45-40 with plenty of time to come back, but her two blocks in the paint forced the Trojans to foul and fall further behind.

“Faith works her tail off. She got that big offensive rebound and scored. That was big,” Gavio said. “I said, ‘It’s going to happen. You work too hard.’ ... That’s not a play; that’s just all hustle.”

Hazleton Area’s full-court press and active defense led to plenty of turnovers from the start. A 19-0 run from the end of the first quarter into the second got the team ahead 26-12. Yurchak, playing significant minutes for the first time this season, scored eight of her 11 points before halftime.

But the Trojanettes slowly chipped away with strong interior offense. They scored six of their eight second-quarter points from the foul line and kept attacking after the break, starting the third on a 6-0 run to get within two points right away.

Forward Jilann Baron scored 16 points to lead Nanticoke Area (6-2). Emily Hauer had eight, and Alyssa Lewis scored seven.

“I thought we put ourselves in some good situations. We were able to fight back,” Nanticoke Area coach Ed Grant said. “That perseverance, to be able to come back, that’s going to help you win games down the stretch.

“Ultimately, you want to win them all. But you want to make sure you’re winning February and the end of the year.”

Hazleton Area (50)

B. Boretski 5 2-4 13, V. Yurchak 4 0-0 11, K. Antolick 5 0-2 10, F. Grula 3 0-2 6, D. Garnett 2 1-1 5, O. Wolk 1 0-0 3, M. Trivelpiece 0 2-2 2, K. Lipinski 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 5-11 50.

Nanticoke Area (40)

J. Baron 6 4-6 16, E. Hauer 2 2-2 8, A. Lewis 3 1-2 7, B. Czeck 2 0-0 4, L. Casey 2 0-2 4, A. Lukowski 0 1-4 1, J. Kurkowski 0 0-0 0, R. Baird 0 0-0 0, M. Vnuk 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 8-16 40.

Hazleton Area 12 16 9 13—50

Nanticoke Area 12 8 16 4—40

3-point goals: V. Yurchak (Haz) 3, B. Boretski (Haz) 1, O. Wolk (Haz) 1, E. Hauer (NA) 2.

Contact the writer: eshultz@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2054; @CVEricShultz on Twitter

Berwick 52, Valley West 50

At Berwick, Katie Star led three Berwick players in double figures with 20 points as the Bulldogs edged Valley West.

Renny Murphy added 16 points for Berwick, while Megan Dalo had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Nicole Boutanos led Valley West with 26 points. Trinity Johnson and Lindsey Gruver each had eight.

Valley West (50)

N. Boutanous 9 7-14 26, L. Gruver 3 0-0 8, T. Johnson 3 2-3 8, J. Shaver 2 0-0 4, T. Amato 2 0-1 4, K. Stelma 0 0-0 0, A. Boyd 0 0-0 0, K. Kane 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 9-18 50.

Berwick (52)

K. Starr 6 8-10 20, R. Murphy 4 6-10 16, M. Dalo 6 1-3 13, E. Ouimet 1 1-2 3, S. Miedaner 0 0-0 0, A. Burt 0 0-0 0, E. Novicki 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 16-25 52.

Valley West 10 9 18 13—50

Berwick 13 15 10 14—52

3-point goals: L. Gruver (WVW) 2, N. Boutanous (WVW) 1, R. Murphy (Ber) 2.

Dallas 43, Wyoming Area 27

At Wyoming Area, Lauren Charlton scored a team-high 16 points, and Deanna Wallace added eight as Dallas picked up its third win in its last four games.

Morgan MacNeely and Samantha Kern each scored six points for Dallas.

Cassidy Orzel led Dallas with a game-high 17 points. Maria Amato scored four, while Nicole Silinskie had three.

Dallas (43)

L. Charlton 7 0-4 16, D. Wallace 3 0-0 8, M. MacNeely 1 4-4 6, S. Kern 3 0-0 6, G. Centrella 1 2-4 4, H. Habrack 1 0-0 2, E. Weiland 0 1-3 1, C. Charlton 0 0-0 0, S. Strickland 0 0-0 0, N. Evanosky 0 0-0 0, A. Allen 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 7-15 43.

Wyoming Area (27)

C. Orzel 5 4-6 17, M. Amato 2 0-0 4, N. Silinskie 1 0-1 3, K. Slusser 1 0-0 2, R. Tart 0 1-2 1, M. Nocchi 0 0-0 0, J. Davis 0 0-0 0, A. Kranson 0 0-2 0, N. Donvito 0 0-0 0, E. Holweg 0 0-0 0, L. Kelly 0 0-2 0, Totals 9 5-13 27.

Dallas 15 10 10 8—43

Wyoming Area 5 8 8 6—27

3-point goals: L. Charlton (Dal) 2, D. Wallace (Dal) 2, C. Orzel (WA) 3, N. Silinskie (WA) 1.

Holy Redeemer 59, Coughlin 19

At Holy Redeemer, Julia Andrejko and Samantha Yencha combined for 33 points as Holy Redeemer defeated Coughlin.

Andrejko finished the night with 19 points, while Yencha had 14. Cameron Marcinkowski added six and Aubrey Curley five.

Ajalya Butts led Coughlin with 16 points with Milady Zabala adding two and Abby Cicon one.

Coughlin (19)

A. Butts 6 0-0 16, M. Zabala 1 0-0 2, A. Cicon 0 1-2 1, A. Brittingham 0 0-0 0, A. Kush 0 0-0 0, M. Luna 0 0-0 0, I. Reyes 0 0-0 0, C. Wartella 0 0-2 0, A. Barberio 0 0-0 0, L. Berry 0 0-0 0, Totals 7 1-4 19.

Holy Redeemer (59)

J. Andrejko 7 2-2 19, S. Yencha 7 0-0 14, C. Marcinkowski 3 0-0 6, A. Curley 1 2-2 5, L. Skoronski 2 0-0 4, J. Cicon 1 1-2 4, S. Kuderka 1 0-0 3, K. Spade 1 0-0 2, A. Capaci 1 0-0 2, A. Gushka 0 0-0 0, A. Pekarovsky 0 0-0 0, A. Atherton 0 0-0 0, F. Sekol 0 0-1 0, Totals 24 5-7 59.

Coughlin 3 11 5 0—19

Holy Redeemer 16 8 21 14—59

3-point goals: A. Butts (Cou) 4, J. Andrejko (HR) 3, S. Kuderka (HR) 1, J. Cicon (HR) 1, A. Curley (HR) 1.

Tunkhannock 46, Crestwood 40

At Tunkhannock, Annaliese Verbeek scored seven of her team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Tunkhannock slip past Crestwood and snap a two-game losing streak.

Abby Ritz added 16 points, while Rebecca Avery had 10 for Tunkhannock.

Kristen Andrews and Krista Papura led Crestwood with eight points each. Jill Taleroski had seven.

Crestwood (40)

K. Andrews 4 0-0 8, K. Papura 3 2-8 8, J. Taleroski 2 1-2 7, J. Johnson 2 0-0 5, J. Weiss 2 0-0 5, B. Termini 2 1-2 5, R. Magin 1 0-0 2, A. Armstrong 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 4-12 40.

Tunkhannock (46)

A. Verbeek 7 2-5 19, A. Ritz 4 8-12 16, R. Avery 4 2-5 10, H. Long 0 1-4 1, R. Shrivastava 0 0-0 0, C. Yuhas 0 0-0 0, A. Brown 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 13-26 46.

Crestwood 8 6 16 10—40

Tunkhannock 10 16 9 11—46

3-point goals: J. Taleroski (Crest) 2, J. Johnson (Crest) 1, J. Weiss (Crest) 1, A. Verbeek (Tunk) 3.

Lake-Lehman 59, Pittston Area 26

At Lake-Lehman, Madison Borum led a balanced Lake-Lehman scoring attack with 18 points as the Black Knights extended their winning streak to four.

Sarah Salus added 14 points for Lake-Lehman, while Savannah Purdy had 11.

Nicole Zambetti led Pittston Area with 10 points. Lily Savoy had seven.

Pittston Area (26)

N. Zambetti 4 0-2 10, L. Savoy 2 2-2 7, J. Sharp 1 0-1 3, K. Maurizi 1 0-0 2, K. Walker 1 0-0 2, H. Getz 1 0-0 2, M. Mihalka 0 0-0 0, B. Pedana 0 0-0 0, E. O’Brien 0 0-0 0, S. Christian 0 0-0 0, B. Lieback 0 0-0 0, M. DeMarco 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 2-5 26.

Lake-Lehman (59)

M. Borum 6 6-6 18, S. Salus 4 4-6 14, S. Purdy 3 3-4 11, C. Scoblick 3 0-0 6, J. Salansky 2 1-3 5, J. Salus 1 0-0 2, M. Brdaric 1 0-0 2, C. Purdy 0 1-2 1, H. Jones 0 0-0 0, J. Spencer 0 0-0 0, C. Dougherty 0 0-4 0, A. Savitski 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 15-25 59.

Pittston Area 5 9 12 0—26

Lake-Lehman 22 12 8 17—59

3-point goals: N. Zambetti (PA) 2, L. Savoy (PA) 1, J. Sharp (PA) 1, S. Purdy (LL) 2, S. Salus (LL) 2.

Northwest 49, GAR 39

At GAR, Brenna Babcock scored 25 points, while Reagan Harrison added nine to lead Northwest over GAR.

Tess Edwards scored eight points for Northwest.

Olivia Prato led GAR with nine points. Madison Savage had eight and Vanessa Luna seven.

Northwest (49)

B. Babcock 11 2-5 25, R. Harrison 4 0-0 9, T. Edwards 2 4-8 8, M. McLendon 1 2-2 4, K. Yaple 1 1-2 3, K. Saxton 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 9-17 49.

GAR (39)

O. Prato 2 5-9 9, M. Savage 2 4-8 8, V. Luna 3 0-0 7, G. Adjayi 3 0-0 6, E. Leonard 1 3-6 5, E. Engle 1 1-2 3, H. Cook 0 1-2 1, J. Holmes 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 14-27 39.

Northwest 12 10 12 15—49

GAR 5 14 10 10—39

3-point goals: B. Babcock (NW) 1, R. Harrison (NW) 1, V. Luna (GAR) 1.

Wyoming Seminary 53, MMI Prep 16

At MMI Prep, Alex Wesneski scored a season-high 20 points, while Mia Raineri added 11 as Wyoming Seminary extended its winning streak to two. Both Seminary players finished with double-doubles in the scoring and rebounding categories.

Kim Amentler led MMI Prep with eight points. Irene Altmiller had seven.

Wyoming Seminary (53)

A. Wesneski 9 1-3 20, M. Raineri 4 3-3 11, K. Getz 2 2-2 6, A. Vezendy 3 0-1 6, M. Mihalick 2 0-0 4, K. Resnick 1 0-0 2, M. Reitsma 1 0-0 2, A. Buffalino 1 0-0 2, R. Swaback 0 0-0 0, A. McDonald 0 0-1 0, Totals 23 6-10 53.

MMI Prep (16)

K. Amentler 3 2-4 8, I. Altmiller 2 2-2 7, J. Amentler 0 1-4 1, L. Braunstein 0 0-0 0, A. Dalesandro 0 0-0 0, D. Kline 0 0-0 0, V. O’Connell 0 0-0 0, Totals 5 5-10 16.

Wyoming Seminary 11 17 15 10—53

MMI Prep 5 5 2 4—16

3-point goals: A. Wesneski (Sem) 1, I. Altmiller (MMI) 1.

Hanover Area 45, Meyers 42

At Hanover Area, Sarah Tuzinski scored a team-high 12 points to help Hanover Area hand Meyers its first loss of the season.

Tanisha Atherton and Kyleen McCance each had nine points for Hanover Area, while Madison Hooper had eight.

Allycia Harris led Meyers with a game-high 21 points. Danayia Ballard scored eight points, with Ashley Bruno scoring seven and Bella Skaff six.

Meyers (42)

A. Harris 9 3-10 21, D. Ballard 4 0-0 8, A. Bruno 3 1-2 7, B. Skaff 2 2-4 6, B. Gray 0 0-0 0, K. Darbo 0 0-2 0, Totals 18 6-18 42.

Hanover Area (45)

S. Tuzinski 3 4-6 12, K. McCance 2 4-4 9, T. Atherton 3 1-2 9, M. Hooper 2 3-8 8, E. Bobos 2 0-0 4, S. Whitesell 1 1-2 3, Totals 13 13-22 45.

Meyers 15 6 5 16—42

Hanover Area 14 10 9 12—45

3-point goals: T. Atherton (HA) 2, M. Hooper (HA) 2, S. Tuzinski (HA) 2, K. McCance (HA) 1.

Dallas boys rout Warriors

At Dallas, Nick Nocito and Jack Farrell scored all their points in the first half, with Nocito scoring 13 and Farrell 11 in the Mountaineers’ 68-37 rout of Wyoming Area in WVC boys basketball action.

Dylan Schuster added nine points for Dallas. Austin Finarelli and Drew Dickson chipped in with eight points each.

Wyoming Area was led by Jake Greenfield, who had 11 points.

Wyoming Area (37)

J. Greenfield 4 0-2 11, D. Wiedl 2 3-4 7, C. Coolbaugh 2 0-0 6, S. Solomon 3 0-1 6, N. Rubino 1 0-0 3, N. Elko 1 0-0 2, Z. Capitano 1 0-0 2, E. Melberger 0 0-0 0, J. Navedo 0 0-0 0, S. Lukasavage 0 0-0 0, J. Mikoliczyk 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 3-7 37.

Dallas (68)

N. Nocito 5 2-2 13, J. Farrell 4 1-1 11, D. Schuster 4 0-1 9, A. Finarelli 3 0-0 8, D. Dickson 3 0-0 8, J. Finarelli 2 1-2 6, E. Berley 2 0-0 5, L. DelGaudio 1 0-2 2, S. Nocito 1 0-0 2, L. Evanosky 1 0-0 2, B. Chopyak 1 0-0 2, A. Conrad 0 0-0 0, D. Lojewski 0 0-0 0, J. Wienckoski 0 0-0 0, Totals 27 4-8 68.

Wyoming Area 9 2 13 13—37

Dallas 23 24 8 13—68

3-point goals: J. Greenfield (WA) 3, C. Coolbaugh (WA) 2, N. Rubino (WA) 1, J. Farrell (Dal) 2, D. Dickson (Dal) 2, A. Finarelli (Dal) 2, N. Nocito (Dal) 1, E. Berley (Dal) 1, J. Finarelli (Dal) 1, D. Schuster (Dal) 1.

Northwest 68, Clemente 54

At Northwest, the Rangers set a season-high in points and rode Sam Saxe’s team-high 23 points to a win.

Bryce Koser added 14 points for Northwest, which got a 13-point effort from Tyler Stevens. Northwest made 20 of 27 free throws in the game.

Clemente (54)

J. Encarnacion 10 1-1 24, E. Gutierrez 4 0-0 11, A. Santana 3 0-1 8, M. Bautista 2 0-2 4, D. Velazquez 2 0-1 4, L. Madera 0 3-4 3, Totals 21 4-9 54.

Northwest (68)

S. Saxe 7 6-9 23, B. Koser 6 2-4 14, T. Stevens 4 5-6 13, J. Yaple 2 2-2 8, W. Yaple 1 5-6 8, M. Saxe 1 0-0 2, M. Pierontoni 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 20-27 68.

Clemente 14 13 7 20—54

Northwest 18 13 14 23—68

3-point goals: J. Encarnacion () 3, E. Gutierrez () 3, A. Santana () 2, S. Saxe (NW) 3, J. Yaple (NW) 2, W. Yaple (NW) 1.

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