H.S. girls basketball: Determined Dallas remains on top


By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com



Berwick’s Tori Talanca (5) goes by Nikki Wren (24) of Dallas and in for a layup in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.


Berwick’s Hannah Woodeshick, right, and Kendra Saba of Dallas wrestle for the ball as Raina Goulstone (15) of Berwick looks on during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.


Kendra Saba (22) of Dallas takes a shot during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.


Nikki Wren (24) of Dallas drives the baseline and passes Berwick’s Tori Talanca (5) in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.


By Paul Sokoloski

psokoloski@timesleader.com

Berwick’s Tori Talanca (5) goes by Nikki Wren (24) of Dallas and in for a layup in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_berwickdallas01.jpgBerwick’s Tori Talanca (5) goes by Nikki Wren (24) of Dallas and in for a layup in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.

Berwick’s Hannah Woodeshick, right, and Kendra Saba of Dallas wrestle for the ball as Raina Goulstone (15) of Berwick looks on during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_berwickdallas02.jpgBerwick’s Hannah Woodeshick, right, and Kendra Saba of Dallas wrestle for the ball as Raina Goulstone (15) of Berwick looks on during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.

Kendra Saba (22) of Dallas takes a shot during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_berwickdallas03.jpgKendra Saba (22) of Dallas takes a shot during Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.

Nikki Wren (24) of Dallas drives the baseline and passes Berwick’s Tori Talanca (5) in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_berwickdallas04.jpgNikki Wren (24) of Dallas drives the baseline and passes Berwick’s Tori Talanca (5) in Friday’s WVC girls high school basketball game in Berwick.

BERWICK — The game was quickly getting away.

And just like that, Maddie Kelley and the rest of the determined Dallas Mountaineers pulled it right back.

Kelley scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the second half Friday as Dallas rallied to remain unbeaten after the first week of Wyoming Valley Conference play with a spirited 49-42 victory over Berwick at the Berwick Middle School.

“We don’t give up,” Kelley said.

Because they didn’t, the Mountaineers moved to the top of the WVC Division 1 at 3-0 with a third consecutive league victory that went down to the wire.

“It feels awesome, definitely,” Kelley said. “We couldn’t do it without our hard work in practice and in the offseason. Teamwork, definitely. Nobody was selfish. We were struggling in the first half. We talked in the locker room about what was going wrong and fixed it in the second half.”

Dallas needed all the camaraderie and adjustments it could get to overcome a much bigger Berwick team.

The Mountaineers started the game strong enough, using 3-point field goals by Kelley, Sara Lojewski and Courtney Hoats to build a 15-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.

But when that outside shooting cooled down some, the Bulldogs began to take control.

Led by 6-foot Taylor Montana, who scored nine of her team-high 13 points over the first two quarters, Berwick forged a 24-19 advantage by halftime.

And that swelled to 10 points when her sister, Payden Montana, drove the lane for a layup midway through the third quarter.

In an instant, though, Dallas darted right back in the game. The Mountaineers rolled off the next six points — four by Kelley — and eventually pulled within 32-31 with a quarter to play.

“I just have a lot of pride in my players,” Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. “They’re hard to break. They don’t give up.”

Then, the Mountaineers’ teamwork really took off.

Lojewski took over in the end, swishing her second trey to give Dallas a 35-34 lead, then dropping a pair of foul shots to move the Mountaineers’ lead to four points.

But Kendra Saba’s clutch 3-pointer put Dallas ahead to stay, 38-36 with 5:29 remaining. And Courtney Hoats hit five of her 10 points to help the Mountaineers get close in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nikki Wren matched Lojewski with 10 points while providing some crucial leadership at critical times in the game.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Johnson said. “It says a lot about their character.”

Pittston Area 49, Wyoming Valley West 41

Three players for the Patriots reached double figures as Pittston Area edged Wyoming Valley West.

Jamie Chisdock led the Patriots with 15 points, Taryn Ashby had 11 and Kirsten Durling pitched in with another 10.

Both Erin Gibbons and Amanda Scarcella had 10 points to lead the Spartans.

Hazleton Area 57, Crestwood 45

Hazleton Area, led by Maddie Morochko (14), Mackenzie Yori (12) and Ashley Martincek (10), rolled past Crestwood.

The Comets were 14 of 16 from the foul line and Maddie Ritsick had a game-high 23 points.

Tunkhannock 49, Coughlin 39

Tunkhannock’s Christine Rossi’s team-high 16 points powered the Tigers’ win over Coughlin.

Sydney Faux had 11 points while Amanda Hardy pitched in with 10 to help the Tigers’ cause.

Savanna Robinson was the offensive leader for the Crusaders, scoing 19 total points that included four 3-pointers.

Dallas 49, Berwick 42

DALLAS (49) — Maddie Kelley 4 4-7 13, Courtney Hoats 3 2-4 10, Sara Lojewski 2 4-8 10, Kendra Saba 2 1-2 6, Nikki Wren 3 4-5 10, Leah Gorr 0 0-0 0, Hanna Johnson 0 0-0 0, Olivia Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 15-26 49.

BERWICK (42) — Reese Mensinger 1 1-1 3, Tori Talanca 4 1-2 9, Taylor Montana 5 3-4 13, Mikalyn Davis 2 0-0 4, Payden Montana 4 1-5 11, Karen Boone 0 0-0 0, Hannah Woodeshick 1 0-0 2, Raina Goulstone 0 0-0 0, Roni Isenberg 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-12 42.

Dallas`15`4`12`18`—`49

Berwick`12`12`8`10`—`42

Three-point goals — DAL 6 (Lojewski 2, Hoats 2, Kelley, Saba); BER 2 (P. Montana 2).

Pittston Area 49, Wyoming Valley West 41

Wyoming Valley West (41) — Erin Gibbons 3 2-2 10, Natalie Gruvver 2 0-2 4, Katie Mackiewicz 0 0-2 0, Amanda Scarcella 4 2-2 10, Gabby Smicherko 1 0-0 3, Colleen Cwalina 2 3-4 7, Jordan Reilly 2 3-5 7. Totals 14 10-17 41.

Pittston Area (49) — Kirsten Durling 5 0-0 10, Jamie Chisdock 6 1-3 15, Megan Cummings 1 1-2 3, Alexa Noone 0 2-2 2, Marley O’Brien 3 1-2 8, Taryn Ashby 4 3-6 11. Totals 19 8-15 49.

Wyoming Valley West`11`4`10`16`—`41

Pittston Area`17`12`8`12`—`49

Three-point goals — WVW 3 (Gibbons 2, Smicherko 1); PIT 3 (Chisdock 2, O’Brien 1).

Hazleton Area 57, Crestwood 45

Crestwood (45) — Marlee Dillion 0 1-2 1, Sarah Hopkins 3 0-0 7, Alyssa Cuono 1 0-0 3, Gianna Uhl 0 0-0 0, Kate Snipas 2 0-0 5, Abby Macko 0 0-0 0, Emily Shiplett 0 0-0 0, Julia Makowski 2 2-2 6, Abby Murphy 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ritsick 6 11-12 23. Totals 14 14-16 45.

Hazleton Area (57) — Kendra Pfeil 3 2-4 8, Ally Yale 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Yori 2 8-8 12, Maddie Morochko 6 1-3 14, Lauren Pataki 0 1-2 1, Alyssa Shamany 4 0-0 8, Ashley Martincek 5 0-0 10, Jessica Zapotocky 1 0-0 2, Megan Trivelpiece 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-17 57.

Crestwood`8`11`12`14`—`45

Hazleton Area`12`16`16`13`—`57

Three-point goals — CRES 3 (Hopkins 1, Cuono 1, Snipas 1); HAZ 1 (Morochko 1).

Tunkhannock 49, Coughlin 39

Coughlin (39) — Emily Cicon 2 0-0 5, Savannah Robinson 7 1-3 19, Claire Curtis 4 1-4 10, Niasha Sherry 1 0-0 2, Kira Meager 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 2-7 39.

Tunkhannock (49) — Sydney Faux 5 0-0 11, Kelly Barber 1 0-0 2, Josie Frisco 3 1-3 7, Megan Manglaviti 1 1-2 3, Amanda Hardy 4 2-8 10, Christine Rossi 5 4-7 16. Totals 19 8-20 49.

Coughlin`10`12`8`9`—`39

Tunkhannock`15`10`16`8`—`49

Three-point goals — CGH 7 (Cicon 1, Robinson 4, Curtis 1, Meager 1); TUNK 3 (Faux 1, Rossi 2).

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

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