Nanticoke Area tops Lake-Lehman to take sole possession of first place in WVC Division 2


Roberts scores 25 points as Nanticoke Area gains sole possession of first place

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com



Nanticoke’s Kayla Aufeiro drives to the basket on a fastbreak as Lake-Lehman’s Miranda Perry defends during a girls basketball game on Monday night.


Lake-Lehman’s Savannah Purdy grabs a rebound away from Nanticoke’s Alexis Pyzia.


Nanticoke’s Gianna Roberts eyes the basket as Lake-Lehman’s Janelle Cawley moves in to slap the ball away.


Nanticoke’s Chaquanna Zendarski chases after a loose ball to keep in play.


Lehman’s Julia Eneboe passes the ball off as she goes down court against Nanticoke.


Roberts scores 25 points as Nanticoke Area gains sole possession of first place

By Paul Sokoloski

psokoloski@timesleader.com

Nanticoke’s Kayla Aufeiro drives to the basket on a fastbreak as Lake-Lehman’s Miranda Perry defends during a girls basketball game on Monday night.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Nan_leh1_faa.jpgNanticoke’s Kayla Aufeiro drives to the basket on a fastbreak as Lake-Lehman’s Miranda Perry defends during a girls basketball game on Monday night.

Lake-Lehman’s Savannah Purdy grabs a rebound away from Nanticoke’s Alexis Pyzia.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_nan_leh2_faa.jpgLake-Lehman’s Savannah Purdy grabs a rebound away from Nanticoke’s Alexis Pyzia.

Nanticoke’s Gianna Roberts eyes the basket as Lake-Lehman’s Janelle Cawley moves in to slap the ball away.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_nan_leh3_faa.jpgNanticoke’s Gianna Roberts eyes the basket as Lake-Lehman’s Janelle Cawley moves in to slap the ball away.

Nanticoke’s Chaquanna Zendarski chases after a loose ball to keep in play.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_nan_leh4_faa.jpgNanticoke’s Chaquanna Zendarski chases after a loose ball to keep in play.

Lehman’s Julia Eneboe passes the ball off as she goes down court against Nanticoke.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_nan_leh5_faa.jpgLehman’s Julia Eneboe passes the ball off as she goes down court against Nanticoke.

NANTICOKE — If this is the way Nanticoke Area is going to play once it senses some urgency, the Trojans may soon find themselves running out of challenges.

Especially after the way they ran away from their latest one.

Gianna Roberts scored a season-high 25 points Monday as Nanticoke Area roared out of the gates and to a double-digit lead, then cruised past Lake-Lehman, 67-37 in a Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball game between two Division 2 unbeatens.

Now there’s only one undefeated team in the division.

“We want to go undefeated,” said Roberts, one of three returning starters on the floor from last year’s Division 2 championship team. “We wanted to be the first (-place) team.

“We came out with a lot of fire.”

It burned out of control all night.

Kayla Aufeiro scored five points and Roberts added three as Nanticoke Area stormed out to a 10-1 lead during the first half of the first quarter. Then Chaquanna Zendarski got going inside, pounding home seven straight points for the Trojans to give them a 17-5 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

Lehman never got much closer.

“It was something we spoke about at practice — get off to a little better starts on the offensive end,” said Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski, whose team improved to 10-2 overall and to 3-0 atop of the WVC’s Division 2. “I thought our kids did a really good job of that.”

The job was far from finished.

Aufeiro, who wound up with 16 points, drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to increase the gap even more. Her first trey of the period put the Trojans up by 16 points and her second made it a 19-point lead.

And when Roberts added six points in the second quarter and Amber Grohowski scored all of her five points, Nanticoke Area coasted into halftime with a 37-16 advantage.

“I thought because we got off to a good start offensively, that helped us a tremendous amount,” Yendrzeiwski said.

The Trojans weren’t about to let up in the second half.

Roberts helped keep them safe, showing off a handful of quick spins and head fakes inside to score eight points in each of the third and fourth quarters.

“My teammates get me the ball when I’m open,” Roberts shrugged. “We have good teamwork together. We’re working as a team. We want to be back-to-back (division) champions.”

The 5-foot-11 forward also showed off some of her ball-handling skills while bringing the ball up court a few times and even using a behind-the-back dribble to fake one defender.

“She really had a little extra hop in her step,” Yendrzeiwski said. “I thought she had a really nice game for us.”

Wyoming Area 70, GAR 56

Sarah Holweg scored 20 points and Katie Wolfgang chipped in with 14 as Warriors beat GAR.

Teammates Jordan Kelley finished with 12 and Lydia Edwards had 10 in the win.

GAR’s Marie Skrepenak led all scorers with 28 points.

Crestwood 51, Dallas 38

Maddie Ritsick’s 25 points set the tone in the Comets’ win over Dallas.

Abby Macko scored nine points for Crestwood.

Dallas’ Nikki Wren finished with a team-high 16 points and Maddie Kelley finished with 12.

Holy Redeemer 70, Northwest 18

Rebecca Prociak scored 35 of the Royals’ 70 points in a win over Northwest.

Sara Flannely finished with nine points and Lydia Lawson had eight for Redeemer.

Hannah Wisniewski led Northwest with eight points.

Wyoming Valley West 46, Coughlin 29

Valley West used a 16-point first quarter and a 17-point fourth quarter to top Coughlin.

Erin Gibbons led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Amanda Scarcella chipped in with eight points.

Coughlin was led by Claire Curtis’ and Savanna Robinson’s 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Pittston Area 33, Berwick 19

Marley O’Brien finished with nine points and Kirsten Durling added eight as the Patriots topped Berwick.

Taylor Montana scored six points for Berwick.

Hanover Area 55, MMI Prep 6

Asdone Hooper scored a game-high 16 points and Haylee Bobos chipped in with 10 in the Hawkeyes’ win over MMI Prep.

Meyers 57, Wyoming Seminary 47

Gia Skaff scored a game-high 26 points, with 18 coming in the second half, as Meyers defeated Wyoming Seminary.

Tiffany Muniz added nine for the Mohawks.

Miranda Pace had 20 and Maya Kornfeld added 15 to pace Seminary.

Hazleton Area 76, Tunkhannock 51

Hazleton Area took control with a 24-point second quarter to post a road victory.

Mackenzie Yori scored 29 for Hazleton Area. Maddie Morochko added 24.

Christine Rossi paced Tunkhannock with 13.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nanticoke Area 67, Lake-Lehman 37

LAKE-LEHMAN (37) — Madison Borum 4 1-2 9, Mackenzie Love 3 1-2 7, Janelle Cawley 0 0-0 0, Molly Storz 1 0-0 2, Julie Eneboe 6 0-4 13, Miranda Parry 0 1-2 1, Savannah Purdy 1 1-1 3, Corrina Scoblick 1 0-0 2, Kyra Grzymski 0 0-0 0, Lauren Cunius 0 0-0 0, Hailey Kubiski 0 0-0 0, Devin Lindley 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 4-11 37.

NANTICOKE AREA (67) — Katie Butczynski 1 0-1 2, Kayla Aufeiro 6 1-2 16, Amber Grohowski 2 0-1 5, Chaquanna Zendarski 3 7-11 13, Gianna Roberts 9 7-8 25, Miranda Dunn 0 0-0 0, Alexis Pyzia 0 0-0 0, Jordan Bavitz 0 0-0 0, Lisa Radziak 2 0-0 6, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0, Taylor Zebrenski 0 0-0 0, Cody Hornlein 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 15-23 67.

Lake-Lehman`5`11`12`9`—`37

Nanticoke Area`17`20`15`15`—`67

Three-point goals —LL 1 (Eneboe); NAN 4 (Aufeiro 3, Grohowski).

Hanover Area 55, MMI Prep 6

MMI PREP (6) — Kryslyn Postupack 1 0-0 2, Maddie Perchak 0 0-0 0, Jessie McClellan 1 0-0 2, Bailey Slusser 1 0-0 2, Jessica Smith 0 0-0 0, Emily Mundorf 0 0-0 0, Maddie Dryfoos 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 0-0 6.

HANOVER AREA (55) — Asdone Hooper 6 4-6 16, Tiana Davis 0 0-0 0, B.B. Meyer 1 0-0 2, Mary Slusser 1 1-2 3, Alesha Dennis 3 1-1 7, Lauren Blazaskie 3 0-0 6, Genesis Rodriguez 3 1-2 7, Haylee Bobos 5 0-0 10, Sara Whitesell 0 0-0 0, Eriak Merth 1 0-0 2, Cassie Stoffel 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 7-11 55.

MMI Prep `0`4`2`0`—`6

Hanover Area`23`17`11`4`—`55

Three-point goals — None.

Wyoming Valley West 46, Coughlin 29

COUGHLIN (29) — Emily Cicon 2 1-2 5, Savanna Robinson 3 3-5 10, Casey Salinas 0 0-0 0, Molly Poray 0 0-0 0, Claire Curtis 5 1-6 11, Victoria Phillips 0 0-0 0, Niasha Sherry 0 0-0 0, Amber Carnell 0 0-0 0, Kira Meager 1 0-0 3 Totals 10 5-13 29.

VALLEY WEST (55) — Erin Gibbons 7 2-2 19, Andi Blaski 0 0-0 0, Natalie Gruver 0 1-2 1, Katie Mackiewicz 0 0-0 0, Amanda Scarcella 4 0-1 8, Katie Johnson 0 0-0 0, Kiersten Wiedwald 2 0-0 4, Gabby Smicherko 1 2-2 4, Colleen Cwalina 0 3-6 3, Grace Giza 0 0-0 0, Jordan Reilly 2 3-4 7. Totals 16 11-17 46.

Coughlin `6`5`14`4`—`29

Valley West`16`9`4`17`—`46

Three-point goals — COU (Meager 1); WVW (Gibbons 3).

Pittston Area 33, Berwick 19

Pittston Area (33) — Kirsten Durling 4 0-0 8, Jamie Chisdock 2 0-0 4, Megan Cummings 2 0-0 4, Portia Weidick 0 0-0 0, Rachel Ferrance 0 0-0 0, Cherokee Musto 0 0-0 0, Alexa Noone 2 0-0 5, Andrea Ruby 0 0-0 0, Marley O’Brien 4 0-0 9, Brooke Gorey 0 0-0 0, Taryn Ashby 1 1-3 3 . Totals 15 1-3 33.

BERWICK (19) — Reese Mensinger 1 0-0 3, Hannah Woodshick 1 0-0 3, Tori Talanca 1 0-0 2, Raina Goulstone 0 0-0 0, Roni Isenberg 0 0-0 0, Taylor Montana 2 2-7 6, Karen Boone 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Davis 0 0-0 0, Mallory Pinterich 0 0-2 0, Payden Montana 0 3-4 3, Megan Dalo 0 2-2 2. Totals 5 7-15 19.

Pittston Area`11`5`12`5`—`33

Berwick`5`4`5`5`—`19

Three-point goals — PA 2 (Noone, O’Bren); BER 2 (Mensinger, Woodeshick).

Holy Redeemer 70, Northwest 18

REDEEMER (70) — Lydia Lawson 4 0-0 8, Rebecca Prociak 12 11-13 35, Megan Corridoni 2 2-2 6, Samantha Carr 0 1-2 1, Talia Kosierowski 1 0-0 3, Sara Flannelly 4 1-2 9, Kayla Hons 1 0-0 2, Julia Andrejko 1 0-0 3, Randy Kuhar 1 0-0 3, Madison Guido 0 0-0 0, Sara Kuderka 0 0-0 0 . Totals x x-x x.

NORTHWEST (18) — Brooke Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Trista Babcock 0 4-8 4, Brenna Babcock 0 0-0 0, Liz Gurzynski 1 2-5 4, Jackie Jones 0 0-0 0, Jill Kondrosky 1 0-0 2, Danielle Bowman 0 0-0 0, Hannah Wisniewski 2 4-6 8, Maddi Gregorio 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 10-19 18.

Redeemer`4`24`27`15`—`70

Northwest`8`2`2`6`—`18

Three-point goals — HR 3 (Kosierowski, Kuhar, Andrejko).

Crestwood 51, Dallas 38

DALLAS (38) — Maddie Kelley 5 1-2 12, Courtney Hoats 0 0-0 0, Hanna Johnson 1 1-2 3, Sara Lojewski 2 0-0 5, Kendra Saba 1 0-0 2, Nikki Wren 7 2-3 16. Totals 16 4-7 38.

CRESTWOOD (51) — Marlee Dillon 1 3-4 5, Andrea Shipton 1 0-0 2, Sarah Hopkins 2 2-2 6, Kate Snipas 0 0-0 0, Abby Macko 4 0-0 9, Emily Shiplett 1 0-0 2, Julia Makowski 1 0-0 2, Maddie Ritsick 8 8-12 25. Totals 17 13-18 51.

Dallas`14`12`5`7`—`38

Crestwood`12`13`13`13`—`51

Three-point goals — DAL 2 (Kelley, Lojewski); CRE (Macko).

Meyers 57, Wyo. Seminary 47

WYO. SEMINARY (47) –– Mary Theresa Lehman 1 0-0 3, Amarinske Reitsman 0 1-2 1, Maya Kornfeld 6 1-6 15, Julie Gabriel 0 0-0 0, Cobie Wise 0 0-0 0, Brenna Satkowski 0 0-00, Miranda Pace 9 1-2 20, Paige Allen 3 2-5 8. Totals 19 5-15 47.

MEYERS (57) – Erin Morris 3 0-0 8, Amanda Gray 0 0-0 0, Tiffany Muniz 3 3-4 9, Bella Skeff 3 1-4 8, Alaena Lloyd 1 0-2 3, Devon Keiper 0 0-0 0, Gia Skaff 8 6-7 26, Cameron Daughtry 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 11-19 57.

Wyoming Seminary`8`12`16`11`—`47

Meyers`14`12`18`13`—`57

Three-point goals – WS 4 (Kornfeld 2, Lehman, Pace). MEY 8 (Erin Morris 2, B.Skaff, Lloyd, G.Skaff 4).

Hazleton Area 76, Tunkhannock 51

HAZLETON AREA (76) – Kendra Pfeil 0 0-0 0, Ally Yale 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Yori 11 5-6 29, Maddie Morochko 8 4-4 24, Lauren Putaki 0 0-0 0, Rachel Wech 0 0-0 0, Erika Book 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Shamany 1 0-0 2, Ashley Martincek 4 0-0 8, Alexis Sheeto 1 0-0 2, Jessica Zapotocky 4 0-0 9, Megna Trivelpiece 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 9-10 76.

TUNKHANNOCK (51) – Sydney Faux 1 0-0 3, Kelly Barber 0 0-0 0, Jess Ell 2 0-1 4, Josie Frisco 3 2-5 8, Faith Jones 1 0-0 2, Megan Manglaviti 2 0-0 5, Quinlan Hammersley 0 0-0 0, Amanda Hardy 4 1-2 9, Hope Jones 0 0-0 0, Christine Rossi 5 1-3 13, Katie Hawley 0 0-0 0, Sam Generotti 2 0-0 4, Racquel Sickler 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Avery 1 1-3 3. Totals 21 5-14 51.

Hazleton Area`23`24`12`17`—`76

Tunkhannock`16`5`21`9`—`51

Three-point goals – HA 7 (Yori 2, Morochko 4, Zapotocky), TUN 4 (Faux, Manglaviti, Rossi 2).

Wyoming Area 70, GAR 56

WYOMING AREA (70) — Jordan Kelly 5 0-0 12, Aleah Kranson 2 0-0 6, Rachel Solano 0 0-0 0, Sarah Holweg 6 5-6 20, Lydia Edwards 4 0-1 10, Jessica Sorick 0 0-2 0, Katie Wolfgang 6 1-3 14, Addison Orzel 1 1-4 3, Nicole Wright 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 8-18 70.

GAR (56) — Lindsey Quinn 3 0-0 8, Alexis Whiting 3 2-2 8, AAliyah Braham 0 0-4 0, Cheyanne Taylor 2 0-2 4, Shealynn Taylor 4 0-0 8, Marie Skrepenak 11 6-8 28. Totals 23 8-16 56.

Wyoming Area `26`19`18`7`—`70

GAR`13`16`20`7`—`56

Three-point goals — WA 10 (Kelly 2, Holweg 3, Edwards 2, Wolfgang); GAR 2 (Quinn 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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