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WVW holds off Comets for OT win

Nicole Maslowski of Wyoming Valley West gather up a rebound in front of Rachel Ritz of Crestwood during Monday’s WVC high school girls basketball game Wright Twp.


WRIGHT TWP.—Wyoming Valley West survived two missed shots by Crestwood in the final five seconds in regulation, and then took control of the game in overtime to post a hard-earned 45-38 victory over the Comets on Monday night.

“I was really scared that one of those shots was going to go in,” said Spartans junior forward Tara Zdancewicz. “It all happened fast, but we played great defense to keep them from scoring.”

With the scored tied at 36-36, the Comets put the ball in a deep freeze for the final minute of regulation. When the clock showed only five seconds remaining, 6-foot senior forward Chelsea Cornelius drove down the line and launched up a five-footer.

She missed the shot, but teammate Rebecca Rutkowski grabbed the rebound and put up another shot—which hit the rim. Rutkowski managed to rebound her own shot and banked it in the basket.

But her second shot didn’t count because time had expired.

“When Chelsea put up her shot, we really defended her well,” Zdancewicz added. “But Rebecca got the rebound and almost scored. We knew time had run out when she put the ball back in.”

The Spartans (6-3, 1-0 WVC) took full advantage of being given a second life. They outscored Crestwood, 9-2, to seal the deal in overtime.

Wyoming Valley West went ahead to stay on a three-point shot by reserve forward Nicole Maslowski that give the Spartans a 41-38 lead with 1:43 remaining. They went on to score the final four points of the game.

“I was open and I knew I had a good shot, so I took it,” said Maslowski. “When I let it go it felt it might go in, and it did.”

Maslowski said she didn’t feel any pressure because the shot was uncontested. “It felt really great when I made it.”

Wyoming Valley West threatened to take control in the first quarter. The Spartans jumped out to a 17-9 lead at the end of the period, thanks mainly to nine points by Zandcewicz, who wound up scoring a game-high 15 points.

The Spartans led 29-17 at halftime but Crestwood caught fire in the third quarter. The Comets (2-6, 0-1 WVC) quickly trimmed the lead to 29-23 on two straight three-point baskets from the right wing by sophomore guard Carina Mazzoni.

Crestwood took its first lead at 29-28 on a driving layup by Cornelius with 2:48 left in the stanza. The Spartans surged ahead 32-30 entering the fourth quarter, but Crestwood rallied to take a 34-26 lead on a basket by Andrews with 5:55 left in regulation.

The Spartans cut the lead to 34-32 on a three-pointer by Jamie Swaboski, and drew even at 34-34 on a pair of free throws by Maslowski at the 2:10 mark.

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (45): Swaboski 4 203 12, Reilly 1 4-6 6, Smilcherko 3 1-2 7, Maslowski 1 2-4 5, Zdancewicz 4 7-7 15. Totals 13 16-23 45.

CRESTWOOD (38): Cornelius4 2-2 10, Andrews 4 1-4 9, Mazzoni 2 0-0 6, Rutkowski 3 4-6 10,Cronauer 2 1-2 5. Toals 14 8-8 30.

Wyoming Valley West 17 12 3 4 9 45
Crestwood 9 8 13 6 2 38

3-Point Field Goals—WVW: Swaboski 2, Maslowski. CRE Mazzoni 2.

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