One month into the season, Holy Cross has the only unbeaten basketball teams in the entire Lackawanna League.
The Crusaders are unbeaten in both boys and girls basketball. The Old Forge girls were the only other team to make it through the holiday tournament week with a perfect record, but they lost when league play resumed Friday night.
Riverside and Valley View matched Holy Cross in winning both boys and girls tournaments and each school crossed one unbeaten team off the list during a championship game win. The Montrose boys took care of two other unbeatens on the way to the championship of the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament.
“I thought our game against Dunmore was the most complete game we played all year,” Holy Cross coach Al Callejas said after the Crusaders rolled up a 30-point lead on the way to a 68-47 victory in the boys final of the Lynett Memorial Tournament. “Although we’re undefeated, I think we hadn’t played a full 32 minutes up to that point.”
Louis Cipriano scored 19 points with the help of four 3-pointers in the final to make the all-tournament team along with tournament Most Valuable Player Mark Bevacqua, who had 12 points.
“Mark has got to score for us inside,” Callejas said. “That gives us great balance. We have some nice shooters and he’s 6-6 and gives us that presence inside.
“He worked with weights and really strengthened himself over the summer. He’s really important to us.”
Eric O’Hara and Brett Podhyski each added 10 points in the final.
Julie Kosin followed up a 28-point effort in the league opener by scoring 52 points for the Holy Cross girls in two North Pocono Boosters Tournament games, including 22 in the 48-45 championship game victory over Wyoming Valley West.
“She’s relentless on the offensive boards,” Holy Cross coach Barry Fitzgerald said of Kosin, who is averaging more than 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The unbeaten record is the result of Kosin leading the way and getting support from a balanced lineup.
“We’ve had at least three in double figures in five of our seven wins,” Fitzgerald said.
Point guard Maria Durdach averages 10 points per game, while Sara Keegan and Lauren Fitzgerald join Kosin in a frontline that has produced strong team rebounding. Kayla Sileo and Mary Grace Sempa have also been a big part of the unbeaten start.
Riverside swept both of the Taylor Lions Tournaments at home.
The Vikings held West Scranton to 12 second-half points while handing the Invaders their first loss, 38-30.
Riverside did not score for more than six minutes as West put up the first seven points. The Vikings used an 11-1 run to take a 16-12 lead before the Invaders scored the last six points of the half for an 18-16 lead.
The Vikings broke away from the last tie with six straight points to end the third quarter and start the fourth, then ended the game with six more in a row. Defense did the rest.
“Basically, we shut down their driving game and kept them from getting to the offensive boards,” said tournament Most Valuable Player Chris Bergamino, who had 14 points and six rebounds.
The Lady Vikes turned back a series of rallies by Nanticoke to win the final, 53-45.
“We put the ball in our guards’ hands and made them foul,” first-year Riverside coach Jack Mekilo said. “We shot about 80 percent at the line for the tournament.
“We handled the pressure well down the stretch.”
Sophomore point guard Morgann Haduck led the way, scoring 14 points and taking the MVP award. Haduck had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 56-43 semifinal victory over Montrose.
Nicole Borowski had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the final and also made the all-tournament team.
Jess Segilia scored 13 points and Angela Dente 12 to give Riverside four double-figure scorers in the final.
Both Riverside teams came into the tournament with losing records, but improved to 5-4.
Rebecca Keegan led the Valley View girls from beginning to end, helping them pull out the title of their Lou Camoni Memorial Tournament.
Keegan had eight of her 14 points in the first quarter of the semifinal to get the Cougars out to a five-point lead on the way to a 47-41 victory over Lakeland.
She saved her best for last. Keegan grabbed her own rebound and beat the final buzzer to hand Mid Valley its first loss, 40-39, in the championship game.
Keegan had 18 points in the final and was named MVP.
Abbey Rodway added 10 points and made the all-tournament team.
Freshman Danielle Terranella gave Mid Valley a title shot and also made the all-tournament team.
Terranella had seven of her 16 points in the fourth quarter of the semifinal to rally Mid Valley from a deficit to a 45-31 victory over Carbondale. The Spartanettes escaped the first tournament threat to their perfect record.
Terranella had 15 points in the final, including the basket that gave Mid Valley a late lead before Keegan scored the winner.
All-tournament choices Kyle Colachino and John Strauss provided 21 and 18 points as the Valley View boys won the Peter Turonis Memorial Tournament final over host Carbondale, 68-41.
The Cougars broke open what had been a one-point game during the second quarter and were not threatened in the second half.
Four league schools had a champion and a runner-up finish during the holiday tournaments.
Abington Heights and Forest City won boys titles while finishing second in girls tournaments.
Dunmore and Mountain View won girls titles while finishing second in boys events.
Old Forge, Lackawanna Trail and Honesdale were the other Lackawanna League girls teams to win tournaments.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Scranton Prep used 3-point shooting to beat Scranton, 58-55, in the boys consolation game of the Lynett Tournament. Tim Lavelle had three 3-pointers and 19 points while Adam Schroth had four 3-pointers and 16 points.
Dunmore’s Matt Maldinado, Scranton Prep’s Lavelle and Scranton’s Willie Knight were the other all-tournament choices.
Ross Danzig had 17 points for Abington Heights in the 54-46 win over the host Crusaders in the Coughlin Tournament and was named tournament MVP.
Allison Walsh, who scored in double figures in each game, also had seven points during Mid Valley’s 18-2, fourth-quarter rally over Carbondale.
The Old Forge girls won a tournament for the second time this season and again beat Pittston Area in the final. Chrissy Belko had 11 points to lead the Lady Devils to a 33-23 victory in the final of the Joyce Veterans Tournament at Pittston Area.
Kelsey Deveney had 17 points and took the MVP award as Lackawanna Trail defeated St. Rose Academy, 50-26, in the Feeney Tournament final at West Side Tech.