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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Guarino Rallies Wewstern Wayne Past Wallenpaupack

December 27, 2018
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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Guarino Rallies Wewstern Wayne Past Wallenpaupack

HONESDALE — One of the measuring sticks for great running backs in football is a stat called yards after contact. Thanks to Western Wayne’s Gracie Guarino, basketball may have to introduce its own new statistic: points after contact. The Lady Wildcats senior guard muscled her way to 13 fourth-quarter points to lead No. 10-ranked Western Wayne to a 44-40 upset of No. 4 Wallenpaupack in Wednesday night’s opening round of the Honesdale Jaycees girls basketball tournament at Honesdale High School. Western Wayne will meet host Honesdale, a 64-23 winner over Forest City, in Friday night’s championship game. “We just kept our heads up and were positive,” Guarino said. “There were just a lot of openings and definitely team leadership took over.” Western Wayne coach Natalie Winters was far less reserved in her assessment. “What she’s trying to say is she’s been a leader for the girls and she knew for us to win this game, she had to take over a little bit,” said Winters, whose team improved to 7-1. “We ran the same play a couple times in a row and she kept scoring on it, getting to the basket and she finishes. “I really thought she put the team on her back in the fourth quarter.” Guarino’s three-point play to start the fourth tied the game at 34, but just five seconds later, Rachael Tirjan answered with her own three-point drive, part of her team-high 14-point night, and Rietta Steffen scored off Hannah Smith’s feed for Wallenpaupack’s biggest lead, 39-34. “We were up five and took a 3, and if that 3 goes, we go up 8,” said Wallenpaupack coach Roy Gibbs, whose team slipped to 5-2. “I don’t think we scored again for the last five or six minutes. One point. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was exactly what I expected this would be. Our three senior guards shoot the ball well from outside and we have a great chance to win. If they don’t, we have to turn them over and get some offense off our defense.” That didn’t happen much as Guarino, who finished with 22 points, scored repeatedly at the basket, which was something Gibbs, who scored nearly 1,600 points in similar fashion at Lake Ariel in his high school days, could appreciate. “Good, hard-nosed, takes it to the basket, clears herself to the basket and initiates the contact, which is exactly what I did my whole career,” Gibbs said. “Nine out of 10 times, the offensive player is going to get the call. That’s something I really appreciate about Gracie.” It was finally a 10-foot floater, Guarino’s last basket, that put the Lady Cats ahead, 40-39, with 3:47 left. “She is as tough as they come,” Winters said. “She gets it and she keeps going. For her to be able to score at the basket with the amount of contact coming on her was really something. “She works at it tirelessly. At practice, sometimes we put two people on her because we know she’s going to see it here and during the season. She really played well tonight.” Guarino added four free throws in the final minute to ice the win, and freshman point guard Kaeli Romanowski, who added 14 points, helped. She scored six in a third quarter that saw the lead change on five consecutive scores. “I think it shows we really have something special here and the girls work day in and out for us, and they’re buying into what we’re trying to do at Western Wayne,” Winters said. “And that’s showing in the beginning of the season.” Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter Western Wayne (7-1) — G. Guarino 8-15 5-7 22, K. Romanowski 6-16 2-2 14, P. Barillo 2-4 1-2 6, C. Swoyer 1-3 0-2 2, S. Buford 0-1 0-0 0, C. Asinski 0-0 0-0 0, S. Collins 0-0 0-0 0, K. Shepherd 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-37 8-13 44. Wallenpaupack (5-2) — R. Tirjan 6-11 1-1 14, R. Steffen 4-10 1-2 9, H. Smith 2-5 5-6 9, M. Guerrieri 2-9 2-2 8, D. Kiesendahl 0-1 0-0 0, M. Desmet 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-36 9-11 40. Western Wayne 15 10 6 13—44 Wallenpaupack 17 5 12 6—40 3-point shooting: WW 2-12 (Barillo 1-2, Guarino 1-5, Romanowski 0-5), WAL 3-13 (Guerrieri 2-8, R. Tirjan 1-3, Kiesendahl 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounds: WW 21 (Romanowski 4), WAL 23 (Steffen 9). Assists: WW 6 (Romanowski 2, Guarino 2, Buford 2), WAL 8 (Smith 3). Steals: WW 4 (Guarino 2), WAL 7 (Tirjan 2, Guerrieri 2). Turnovers: WW 4, WAL 16. Blocks: WW 2 (Barillo, Swoyer), WAL 3 (Tirjan, Smith, Guerrieri). JV: WAL, 32-13 (WAL: Desmet 11, WW: Fenwick 5). Honesdale 65, Forest City 23 At Honesdale, Alexa Jones scored 16 points to lead the Lady Hornets in the first round of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament. Taylor Maxson had 12 points for the winners and Camden Bannan added 11. Sarah Korty scored 10 points for Forest City. Forest City (0-6) — S. Korty 3 4-9 10, B. Pleska 2 2-2 6, M. Kowalewski 2 0-0 5, H. Reams 1 0-0 2, M. Shema 0 0-2 0, M. Spinelli 0 0-0 0, L. Bartholomay 0 0-0 0, C. Calabro 0 0-0 0, E. Kelleher 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 6-13 23. Honesdale (3-4) — A. Jones 6 4-4 16, T. Maxson 5 2-2 12, C. Bannan 3 5-6 11, N. Longman 2 2-2 6, S. Goyette 2 0-0 5, K. Varcoe 1 0-0 3, H. Langendoerfer 1 0-0 2, L. Stephens 1 0-0 2, L. Grossman 1 0-0 2, R. Murray 1 0-0 2, T. Meagher 1 0-0 2, G. Maxson 0 1-2 1, M. Land 0 1-2 1, L. Fries 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 15-18 65. Forest City 8 1 5 6 — 23 Honesdale 18 10 16 21 — 65 3-point goals: M. Kowalewski (FC), S. Goyette (HON), K. Varcoe (HON). Taylor Lions Nevaeh Ross hit the go-ahead free throw with 5.9 seconds left and Nya Johnson then added two more to give No. 9 West Scranton a 35-32 win over previously unbeaten Nanticoke in the opening round of the Taylor Lions Tournament. Ross finished with 11 points for the Lady Invaders and Johnson had 10. Jilann Baron scored 10 points for Nanticoke. West Scranton will play Riverside in the championship game Friday at 8 p.m. Nanticoke will play Mountain View in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Nanticoke Area (6-1) — J. Baron 5 0-0 10, B. Czeck 3 0-0 8, E. Hauer 3 0-0 8, L. Casey 1 0-0 2, M. Vnuk 1 0-2 2, A. Lukowski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 0-2 32. West Scranton (4-2) — N. Ross 2 5-7 11, N. Johnson 4 2-5 10, T. Repshis 3 0-3 6, A. Moraca 2 0-0 4, C. Moraca 2 0-0 4, K. Miller 0 0-0 0, T. Turner-Boyd 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 7-15 35. Nanticoke Area 7 9 9 7 — 32 West Scranton 8 7 15 5 — 35 3-point goals: B. Czeck (NA) 2, E. Hauer (NA) 2, N. Ross (WS) 2. Riverside 68, Mountain View 40 At Riverside, Kayla Rose scored 15 points and Bella McKeefrey had 14 to lead the third-ranked Lady Vikes in the first round of the Taylor Lions Tournament. Kylie Lavelle had 12 points and six assists for Riverside and Julia Antoniacci scored 11 points. Sydney Newhart had 13 points for Mountain View and Regan Cameron added nine. Mountain View (0-6) — S. Newhart 6 1-2 13, R. Cameron 3 0-2 9, M. Hammond 3 0-0 6, A. Neri 1 1-4 4, M. Bell 2 0-0 4, D. Burney 2 0-0 4, J. Travis 0 0-0 0, E. Bewley 0 0-0 0, K. Glover 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 2-8 40. Riverside (7-0) — K. Rose 5 5-6 15, B. McKeefrey 5 2-2 14, K. Lavelle 5 2-4 12, J. Antoniacci 4 2-3 11, E. Taylor 3 2-2 8, A. Karpinski 2 0-0 4, M. Laboy 1 0-0 2, M. Hoskins 1 0-0 2, O. Fedor 0 0-0 0, A. Nenish 0 0-0 0, M. Antoniacci 0 0-0 0, P. Olanovich 0 0-0 0, K. Slaboda 0 0-0 0, A. Ortiz 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 13-17 68. Mountain View 7 9 11 13 — 40 Riverside 19 17 13 19 — 68 3-point goals: R. Cameron (MV) 3, A. Neri (MV), B. McKeefrey (RIV) 2, J. Antoniacci (RIV).

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