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Lady Patriots only team to win on hardwoods

Wyoming Area, Old Forge both lose twice

PIttston Area’s Kristen Fereck gets her shot blocked in a game against Crestwood last week.

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Serra Degnan of Wyoming Area goes to the basket, past Dallas’ Sam Martin on Thursday night.

Wyoming Area’s Ashley Blannett struggles for control of the ball with two Dallas Defensive players.

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Pittston Area battled for all 36 minutes of its matchup with Hazleton Area but just could not get over the hump as it fell 52-48 to the perennial Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 power on Thursday night in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville.

The Lady Patriots trailed by just one point, 25-24, at halftime but could not overcome the Lady Cougars in the second half.

Mia Hopkins scored a game-high 22 points to lead Pittston Area on the offensive end. Grace O’Neill added 12 points for PA, and Shannon Gilhooley chipped in with eight points.

PA 55, Coughlin 30

Pittston Area used a stifling first-half defense to run away from Coughlin, 55-30, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I game on Monday night in Wilkes-Barre.

The Lady Patriots held the Lady Crusaders to just nine points in the first 16 minutes as they shot out to a 29-9 halftime lead.

Mia Hopkins led Pittston Area with a game-high 19 points. Grace O’Neill added 12 points, including two three-pointers for the Lady Patriots, and Shannon Gilhooley chipped in with eight.

WA 40, Dallas 62

Wyoming Area remained winless since Christmas as it lost 62-40 to WVC Division II co-leader Dallas on Thursday night in the Back Mountain.

The 10-win Lady Mountaineers blew open a close game at the half with an 18-3 third-quarter outburst to take a 45-25 heading into the final stanza. Dallas also held Warriors leading-scorer Katie Scalzo without a point on the night.

Sara Radzwilka led Wyoming Area with 11 points. Ashlee Blannett added six points for the Lady Warriors, and Serra Degnan chipped in with five points.

WA 33, Berwick 45

Wyoming Area dropped its fifth straight game, a 45-33 loss to Berwick in a WVC Division II game on Monday night in Exeter.

The once-beaten Lady Dawgs held the Lady Warriors to just three points in the first quarter as they took a 7-3 lead after the first eight minutes on their way to a 18-10 halftime lead.

Serra Degnan led Wyoming Area with 10 points, and Ashlee Blannett added eight. Berwick held Lady Warriors leading scorer Katie Scalzo to just five points.

OF 15, Dunmore 41

Old Forge posted its lowest offensive output in at least 15 years as it failed to reach 20 points in a 41-15 loss to Dunmore in a Lackawanna League Division II matchup on the road Thursday night. The Lady Bucks have won 67 consecutive LLD2 games.

The Blue Devils managed just seven points in the first half, but only trailed by 13 at intermission, 20-7.

Dunmore though put the game away in the third quarter with an 18-4 run to go ahead, 38-11, entering the final stanza.

Lindsay Regan led the Blue Devils with six points, and Lauren Carey added three. Andi Alsalahat returned to the lineup after suffering a shoulder injury against Western Wayne which caused her to miss the Valley View game. She was held scoreless.

OF 29, Valley View 48

Playing without injured point guard Andi Alsalahat, Old Forge struggled against a Valley View halfcourt trap in losing to the Cougars, 48-29, in Lackawanna League Division II game on Tuesday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium. The loss broke a three-game losing streak for the Blue Devils.

Old Forge trailed just 12-7 after Nicole Marianelli’s bucket with 2:03 left in the first quarter. But Valley View nailed four of its next five shots from beyond the arc to take a 29-10 lead with 3:27 left before halftime.

From there the Blue Devils never got closer than 15 points late in the fourth quarter as the Cougars held Old Forge to 10-for-34 shooting on the night.

Lindsay Regan led Old Forge with 12 points and Marianelli chipped in with seven. Freshman Lauren Carey added four points and four rebounds.

This week’s schedule


PA at Holy Redeemer

WA v. Coughlin

OF at Carbondale


OF v. Holy Cross


PA at Valley West

WA v. Crestwood


OF at Lakeland

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