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Ice cold shooting limits PA, WA girls teams

Lady Patriots, Lady Warriors combine for just 126 points in four losses

Pictured above, Wyoming Area’s Michelle Gitkos drives the lane against the Dallas defense. Below left, PA’s Jackie Rabender makes a pass upcourt against Valley West. Below right, WA’s Sara Radzwilka takes a shot against Dallas.

WA photos by BILL TARUTIS / PA photo by Charlotte Bartizek

Above, Pittston Area’s Mia Hopkins takes a shot against Wyoming Valley West on Thursday night in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium

photo by charlotte bartizek

It’s cold outside these days, but it is freezing in local girls’ basketball gyms across Greater Pittston.

The Pittston Area and Wyoming Area girls’ basketball teams average just 31.5 points per game in a combined four losses this week. And that includes the Lady Warriors 46-point effort in a loss to Tunkhannock or that average would be quite lower.

The Old Forge girls were not much better, scoring 41 in a win over Carbondale, but just 30 in a two-point loss to Dunmore.

WA 46, Tunkhannock 54

Becca Zielen scored a season-high 11 points but it was not enough as Wyoming Area lost to Tunkhannock, 54-46, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division II matchup in Exeter on Thursday night.

The Lady Warriors trailed 11-6 after the first eight minutes but cut the deficit to 21-20 with a 14-10 run in the second quarter. WA would get no closer as the Lady Tigers scored 33 second-half points to pull away with the win.

Serra Degnan and Aubrey Wargowsky added nine points each for the Lady Warriors, and Sara Radzwilka chipped in with seven points.

WA 24, Dallas 51

Wyoming Area struggled offensively right out of the gate in a 51-24 loss to Dallas on Monday night in Exeter.

The Lady Warriors managed just two points as Dallas took a nine-point lead after the first eight minutes before extending it to 25-7 at the half.

Serra Degnan scored nine points to lead Wyoming Area, and Katie Scalzo added seven points. Lauren Wysocki and Geena DiMattia chipped in with three each for the Lady Warriors.

PA 30, Valley West 46

Mia Hopkins scored a game-high 19 points but Pittston Area did not have another player score more than five points in a 46-30 loss to Wyoming Valley West in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium on Thursday night in Yatesville.

Hopkins cashed in on five field goals and 9-of-11 shooting from the free throw line to pace the Lady Patriots, but the Lady Spartans held second-leading scorer Grace O’Neill to just five points – and without a three-pointer. The junior sharpshooter has over 40 triples on the season.

Shannon Gilhooley also chipped in with five points for PA. Charley Zanta scored the other lone point for the Lady Patriots.

PA 26, Hazleton 41

Pittston Area trailed by just seven heading to the fourth quarter against Hazleton, but the Lady Patriots could managed just six points in the final stanza in a 41-26 loss to the Lady Cougars in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium on Monday night in Yatesville.

Mia Hopkins and Grace O’Neill combined for 21 of Pittston Area’s 26 points with Hopkins going for 11 and O’Neill. 10.

OF 41, Carbondale 24

Old Forge did not have a girl score double figures but it did not matter as the Blue Devils beat winless Carbondale, 41-24, on Senior Night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium on Thursday night.

Lindsay Regan scored nine points to lead the Blue Devils as Old Forge built a 22-8 lead at intermission.

Nicole Marianelli added seven points for Old Forge, and Dana Bilski and Andi Alsalahat scored six points each.

OF 30, Dunmore 32

Old Forge may have had its best opportunity ever to defeat Lackawanna League Division II powerhouse Dunmore on Monday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium. But if it wasn’t for bad luck, the Blue Devils might not have any luck at all.

The Blue Devils had a sure turnover turn into a buzzer-beating three-point basket against them at halftime, and two Andi Alsalahat free throws go in-and-out in the last five seconds of play while the Lady Bucks were able to find an open Alexa Gerchman at the foul line with less than three seconds left for the game-winner in a 32-30 loss.

Dunmore ran out to a 9-2 lead after the first quarter but Old Forge scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take a 12-9 lead with 4:25 left before halftime. The Blue Devils held onto that lead until there were 33 seconds remaining when Dunmore made 1-of-2 free throws to take an 18-17 lead before Ashley Murray canned a three-pointer at the buzzer after what the Old Forge coaching staff thought was a walk by another Dunmore player.

The Lady Bucks pushed its lead to 27-22 in the third quarter, but Old Forge scored the final six points of the quarter as Lauren Carey, Morgan Malia and Lindsay Regan all scored a basket for the Blue Devils.

Dunmore had chances to put the Blue Devils away in the fourth quarter as Old Forge managed just two Alsalahat free throws, but the Lady Bucks went 2-for-9 from the free throw line in the final eight minutes.

Murray gave Dunmore the lead, 30-28, at the 2:46 mark with a steal and a layup. Old Forge tied the game as Alsalahat made 1-of-2 with five seconds left, and then 1-of-2 with 3.4 seconds remaining as the Lady Bucks missed free throws in between.

With the score tied Dunmore passed the ball to halfcourt and called timeout before running an inbounds play with 2.3 showing on the clock for the game-winner.

Alsalahat finished with a team-high 10 points and six rebounds for Old Forge, and Lauren Carey added eight points.

The Blue Devils finished 10-for-19 from the free throw line on the night.

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA at Wyoming Area

OF at Holy Cross

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