Nanticoke broke open a one-point game midway through the third quarter to defeat Lake-Lehman, 60-42, in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division III girls basketball championship Monday at Holy Redeemer High School.
There were four lead changes and three ties in a tightly-contested first half. The game stayed close well into the third quarter, and the Black knights (17-67) worked a five-point play to cut the Nanticoke lead to 25-24.
Emily Sutton put home an offensive rebound and earned a free throw which she sank. On the ensuing inbound play, a miscommunication between the Trojanettes put the entry pass directly into Nikki Sutliff's hands for an uncontested layup.
The miscue sparked Nanticoke, which scored 14 of the next 17 points and the Nanticoke lead was extended to 37-25.
Sutton paced Lake-Lehman with 14 points and had seven rebounds. Cayle Spencer added 12 points and eight rebounds and Sutliff posted 11 points. Carol Mosier had six rebounds for the lady Black Knights.