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Lady Vikes get even with Blue Devils

Old Forge allows seven treys in 51-41 loss

Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan goes in for a layup against Holy Redeemer on Friday night in Exeter.

WA guard Aubrey Wargowsky (13) handles the ball while being pressured by a Lady Royals defender

photos by charlotte bartizek

Above, Old Forge’s Lindsay Regan (25) makes a move on Riverside’s Morgann Haduck (24) Friday night at Old Forge. Below left, Blue Devils guard Lauren Carey (21) is fouled as she goes to the basket against the Lady Vikes. Below right, Old Forge’s Dana Bilski (35) drives past Riverside’s Danielle Segilia.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

There would be no sweep for Old Forge over arch-rival Riverside this season as the Lady Vikes buried seven three-pointers on their way to a 51-41 victory over the Blue Devils on Coaches v. Cancer night Friday in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium.

The teams played evenly for much of the first three quarters with neither leading by more three until Danielle Segilia hit her second straight three-pointer to give Riverside a 33-27 lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. Segilia scored all 12 of her points – including three triples – in the final 9:08 of the game.

Andi Alsalahat cut the lead back to three with a three-pointer from the left wing before the fourth quarter started, but Old Forge would get no closer than 40-36 with 4:10 left.

Kellie Nash scored a layup and Kayla Cavanaugh drilled a triple with 2:39 to put Riverside ahead 45-38 and put the game out of reach.

Alsalahat finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils, and Nicole Marianelli and Laure Carey added nine a piece. Riverside held Marianelli without a point in the second half. Carey also hauled in seven rebounds.

Lindsay Regan chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and three assists for Old Forge.

Riverside outrebounded the Blue Devils, 39-25 with a 26-12 advantage at the half.

Cavanaugh led the Lady Vikes with 16 points. Morgann Haduck added 14, and Nash six.

OF 56, Mid Valley 70

Senior guard Nicole Marianelli poured in a career-best 26 points but it was not enough as Old Forge lost its Lackawanna League Division II second-half opener to Mid Valley, 70-56, on Wednesday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium.

The Blue Devils hung tough with the Spartanettes for the first quarter as freshman Lauren Carey scored nine of her 15 points during the 14-14 opening stanza.

But Mid Valley pulled away with a 13-4 run to start the second quarter before Marianelli canned her second three-pointer of the game to get Old Forge within 27-21 with 2:08 before halftime.

The Spartanettes opened their lead to 12 before a bucket by Marianelli before the end of the half kept the Blue Devils deficit at 33-23.

Mid Valley opened the third strong with a 12-3 run, and pushed its lead to 49-29 before Marianelli led a 10-0 spurt by Old Forge to end the quarter with six points.

A free throw by Carey to start the fourth got the deficit to 49-40, but the Blue Devils got no closer despite seven points from Marianelli in the final frame.

Marianelli canned five three-pointers on her way to her career-high, and Carey added four rebounds and four steals for Old Forge. Lindsay Regan chipped in with eight points and four rebounds, and Andi Alsalahat added seven points, four rebounds and three assists.

It was the third time this season the Spartanettes beat the Blue Devils.

OF 59, Susquehanna 13

Old Forge put Susquehanna away early on its way to a 59-13 victory in an exhibition game held Monday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium.

The Blue Devils ran out to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter, and held a 33-7 lead at halftime.

Brittany Souryavong led Old Forge with 10 points as 12 different players scored for the Blue Devils.

Taylor Nemetz added a career-best eight points, and Nicole Marianelli chipped in with seven points.

OF 59, Lakeland 49

Old Forge stormed back from a double-digit deficit to win its third straight game as it beat Lakeland, 59-49, in an exhibition game last Saturday afternoon in Chapman Lake.

The Blue Devils trailed by 13 after the first eight minutes of action before slowly getting back within 41-36 to start the fourth quarter.

Old Forge capped its comeback with a 23-8 fourth quarter run behind the play of Lindsay Regan and Nicole Marianelli.

The duo combined for 32 points on the afternoon with Regan dropping in 17 and Marianelli coming up with 15.

Freshmen Lauren Carey and Rhyan Barnic added nine and eight points respectively for the Blue Devils, and Morgan Malia also chipped in with eight points.

PA 32, Crestwood 63

Prolific Pittston Area scorer Mia Hopkins was held 13 points below her season average as the Lady Patriots lost to first-half champ Crestwood, 63-32, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I matchup in Mountain Top on Friday night.

Two nights after scoring a career-high, the Lady Patriots sophomore forward was held to just six points by the Lady Comets defense. Crestwood also held PA second-leading scorer and sharpshooter Grace O’Neill to just seven points.

Shannon Gilhooley led the Lady Patriots with eight points.

Pittston Area trailed by just 12 at the half, but Crestwood went on a 22-7 run to open the second half and put the game out of reach.

PA 57, Tunkhannock 69

Mia Hopkins scored a career-high 34 points but it was not enough as Pittston Area trailed from the start in a 69-57 loss on the road to Tunkhannock in a Wyoming Valley Conference second-half crossover in Wyoming County.

Hopkins, a sophomore, made 11 field goals, including her first three-pointer of the season, and added 11 free throws for her total.

The Lady Patriots trailed by 15 at halftime but got the deficit to 43-26 entering the fourth quarter. However the Lady Tigers posted a 26-point quarter to end the game and any PA comeback hopes.

Grace O’Neill buried four three-pointers for 15 points for the Lady Patriots.

No other PA player had more than four points.

WA 32, Holy Redeemer 56

The Lady Warriors scoring woes continued as they posted just seven points in the first 16 minutes of play in a 56-32 loss to first-half champ Holy Redeemer in WVC Division II action on Friday night in Exeter.

Wyoming Area trailed 29-7 at halftime.

Serra Degnan led the Lady Warriors with a season-high 14 points. Becca Zielen and Sara Radzwilka each added six points for WA.

The Lady Royals held Lady Warriors leading scorer Katie Scalzo to just one point.

WA 24, Berwick 41

Wyoming Area managed just four points in each of the second and third quarters in a 41-24 loss to Berwick on Wednesday night in the WVC Division II second-half opener in Columbia County.

The Lady Warriors led 10-7 after the first eight minutes but were unable to hold on as the Lady Dawgs went on a 27-8 run over the middle quarters.

Serra Degnan and Katie Scalzo led WA with six points each. Becca Zielen added four.

District 2 Standings

Class 3A (Top 5 qualify)





Pittston Area…9.5


Wyoming Area…8.0


Class 1A (All qualify)

Forest City…8-1

Old Forge…4-5


Blue Ridge…2-7

Freeland MMI…0-9


*Denotes divisional first-half champion

This week’s schedule


PA v. Dallas

WA at Valley West

OF at Western Wayne


PA v. Coughlin

WA at Hazleton

OF at Valley View

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