Mercer County Area —
ä Slippery Rock 36, Grove City 31 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, the Lady Rockets trailed 14-8 at the end of the 1st quarter, 21-16 at halftime and 25-24 after 3, but outscored GC 12-6 in the 4th to pull out the Region 5-AAA win.
Riley McGonigle and Jenna Whitmer had 8 points each for Slippery Rock (7-2, 13-4).
Brenna Deyarmin scored a game-high 14 points for coach T.L. Eller’s Lady Eagles (6-5, 12-9).
ä Mercer 59, Sharon 56 — At Sharon, the visiting Lady M’s mustered 8 missiles from beyond the arc en route to the Region 2-AA road win.
Sharon stormed to a 30-23 margin at intermission, but the host Lady Tigers tallied only 8 third-period points and trailed 42-38 entering the final frame.
Sharon actually outscored Mercer, 18-17, during the final 8 minutes as Tanayja Sanders scored 6 of her game-high 20 and Amarah Reed recorded 6 of her 11. However that was offset by 5, 4, 3 and 3 points, respectively, from Lexie Arkwright, Alexis Mills, Aubrie Angermeier and Jordyn Fisher.
For Mercer (9-2, 15-5), Arkwright annexed 15 points, Mills 13 and Megan McKinney 11. Also, Mercer’s marksmanship from the free-throw line was 10 for 15 (66.7 percent).
Sanders secured a game-high 20 points and hauled down 9 rebounds for Sharon (9-2, 14-7), while Reed recorded 11, as did Delisa Smith. The Lady Tigers tallied 11 of 18 free-throw attempts.
ä Sharpsville 46, Lakeview 19 — On Senior Night at Sharpsville, the Lady Blue Devils (5-6, 9-10) led 14-2 after the opening 8 minutes and 28-6 at the break and cruised to the Region 2-AA victory.
Madison Przicina scored 12 points for Sharpsville, Madison Sloan had 11 points and 4 steals, Eugena Davies contributed 5 assists and Izzy Schell grabbed 8 rebounds.
Sharpsville’s lone senior is Megan Davis, who has not played all year after tearing her ACL during volleyball.
Sam Womer scored 6 points to pace the Lady Sailors (0-12, 5-15).
ä Hickory 70, Oil City 30 — On Senior Night at “The Hive” in Hermitage, coach Jeanette Whitehead’s undefeated Lady Hornets (11-0, 20-0) flew out to a 21-4 lead after the opening 8 minutes and never looked back in posting the Region 5-AAA win.
Nikki Arbanas posted 15 points and 6 steals to lead Hickory, Nicole LaCava registered a 14-point, 10-rebound, 3-steal double-double, Megan Chess had 10 points, Holly Grober added 10 points and 6 boards and Jasmine Shephard tallied 4 steals.
“My seniors (Shephard, Shawna Moore, Arbanas and Holly Grober) are an outstanding group of girls,” said Whitehead.
Steph Stevenson and Carlee Wenner had 8 points for Oil City (4-7, 12-8). Standout Riley Davis was held to only 4 points.
ä Slippery Rock 43, Indiana 30 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon, coach John Tabisz’s Lady Rockets
improved to 12-4 with a 13-point non-region win vs. WPIAL Section 3-AAA Indiana (13-4).
Nicole Papley rifled in 21 points to lead the way for Slippery Rock.
Lucy Bujdos scored 10 for Indiana.
ä Kennedy Catholic 74, Farrell 32 — At Hermitage, 1st-year coach Chris Mele’s Lady Golden Eagles (8-0, 17-2) secured the Region 1-A crown with the win over the Lady Steelers (4-5, 6-14).
Taylor Hood rifled in a career-high 27 points for KC. She also had 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 6 steals. April Bocian tallied 13 points, 7 boards and 4 steals. Also for KC, Rebekah Kish dished out 8 assists, Mckayla Fusco posted 5 assists and 3 steals and Tatum Kress added 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.
Whitney Murray led Farrell with a dozen points.
ä Reynolds 49, James-town 22 — On Senior Night in Transfer, coach Will Juranovich’s Lady Raiders improved to 5-4 in Region 1-A and 6-13 overall with the victory over the winless Lady Muskies (0-8, 0-20).
Brooke Bresnan fired in 20 points to lead Reynolds while seniors Rose Stoyer had 9 points, Danielle Babcock bucketed 6 and Rachel Toy had 7.
Emily Robinson and MiKayla Keyser had 6 points each for Jamestown.
ä Rocky Grove 44, Commodore Perry 34 — At The ’Grove, Coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers procured a 22-13 margin at intermission; however, the Lady Orioles outscored Perry 31-12 during the 2nd half of the Region 1-A affair.
Rocky Grove garnered 16 of 20 free throws, compared with Commodore Perry’s 4-for-9 shooting.
Steph Vaughn led Commodore Perry (3-6, 11-10) with 10 points.
Kellianne Nerlich notched a game-high 14 points for Rocky Grove (6-3, 12-8), while Aleece Schiffer scored 11.
ä Kennedy Catholic 38, Girard 37 — At Girard, the Lady Golden Eagles (16-2) trailed by 4 points with 28 seconds left, but Rebekah Kish scored all 5 of her points in a 10-second span to lift KC past Region 4-AA Girard (14-5).
With Girard leading 37-33 with 28 ticks left, Kish buried a 3-pointer and then made a steal on Girard’s possession and was fouled, reported 1st-year KC coach Chris Mele. Kish sank both free throws with 18 seconds left and then the Lady Yellowjackets failed to get off a shot under their own basket.
Tatum Kress led the way for Kennedy Catholic with 13 points and 4 rebounds while Taylor Hood registered 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Also for the Lady Golden Eagles, Kish had 5 points and dished out 3 assists, April Bocian posted 6 points, 4 boards and 2 assists, McKayla Fusco had 2 assists and Alivia O’Brien contributed 2 steals.
Maria Welsh paced Girard with 12 points.
ä Sharpsville 50, James-town 16 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Lady Muskies (0-19) held a slim 7-6 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but Sharps-ville (8-10) fought back to take a 25-11 lead at halftime and cruised to the non-region win.
Madison Przicina paced Sharpsville with 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals while Izzy Schell scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
ä West Middlesex 43, Greenville 25 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds improved to 4-6 in Region 2-AA and 9-11 overall with the win over the Lady Trojans (5-6, 8-11).
Allie Staunch had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals to pace WM while Morgan Atterholt registered 12 points and 8 boards.
Cameron Leary scored 7 points to lead Greenville, Jessica Fenton grabbed 7 rebounds and Rebecca Fagley added 3 steals.
ä Sharon 57, Farrell —Sharon High senior standout Tanayja Sanders surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau Friday night, leading the Lady Tigers to a 57-33 inter-region win over neighboring Farrell.
Sanders secured a game-high 18-point, 16-rebound double-double for District 10 Class AA playoff-bound Sharon (14-6).
In addition to Sanders, Mal Torr tallied a 12-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist line.
For Class A Farrell (6-13) and veteran skipper Eddie Turosky, Bria Gambill got 18 points.
ä Hickory 69, Meadville 32 — At Meadville’s House of Thrills, all the thrills belonged to undefeated Hickory after the first quarter in the Region 5-AAA clash.
Meadville stayed with Hickory, trailing only 13-10 at the close of the opening frame, but the Hornets pumped in 26 points to only 5 in the second period and the rout was on.
“I thought that first quarter, Meadville came out with great intensity,” said Hickory coach Jeannette Whitehead. “But then we settled in and started clicking on all cylinders.”
Nikki Arbanas drilled in 7 treys en route to a 33-point performance for the Lady Hornets (10-0, 19-0). She also had 4 steals. Holly Grober hit for 14 points and had 4 steals, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Megan Chess had 3 steals and 3 assists; Nicole Lacava 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
For Meadville (2-7, 5-14), Kiashia Newsom had 14 points.
ä Mercer 61, Greenville 26 — At Mercer, coach Aaron Cook’s Lady M’s (8-2, 14-5) jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the opening quarter and rolled past the Lady Trojans (5-5, 8-10) in a Region 2-AA clash.
Alexis Arkwright and Jordan Fisher led the way for Mercer, which drained 12 three-pointers.
Arkwright had 5 treys en route to 25 points while Fisher, who drained 5 treys and scored 17 in a 59-21 win against Lakeview earlier this week, also fired in 5 from beyond the arc for 15 points.
Cameron Leary and Kayla Beilstein paced Greenville with 8 points each.
ä Commodore Perry 51, Lakeview 46 — At Stoneboro, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers improved to 11-9 with the non-region win against Lakeview (5-14).
Emily Kitchen and Stephanie Vaughn had 16 points each for the Lady Panthers. Kitchen also had 8 rebounds and Autumn Campbell tallied 8 boards.
For Lakeview, Sam Womer had a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double and Raygen Fischer also scored 10 points.
ä Central Tech 34, Grove City 24 — At Erie, the Lady Eagles (12-8) suffered through a 2nd straight night of low scoring and dropped a 10-point non-region loss to the Lady Falcons (11-9).
Brenna Deyarmin scored 10 points to lead Grove City, which only scored 25 points on Thursday night in a 39-25 loss at “The Castle” in Franklin.
Courtney Barney and Abby Klemm had 11 points each for Central Tech.
Mercer County Area —
THE CHECKERED FLAG: April should bring welcome return of local racing
MOTHER NATURE’S last stronghold on winter may slowly be releasing her grip as the calendar changes to April and racing begins to get under way throughout the region.
Locally, nothing has happened yet, but that may soon be changing. Mercer had to postpone their “Chiller Thriller” to this Saturday (April 5), weather permitting, featuring the NDRL Northeast Super Late Models, NDRL E-Mods, Crate Late Models, and Stock Cars. Mercer’s regular season opener featuring their weekly divisions of “410” Sprints, “358” Modifieds, “305” Sprints, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks has now been pushed back to April 12.
Mercer boys bow in Guerino finals
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
EXTRA INNINGS: Bonds ruined opening day for Pirates fans
As this column begins today its 47th year, longtime readers no doubt expected to find what they have found at the beginning of every baseball season — predictions for upcoming summer.
And as I sat down last week to start to put together some ideas for today’s entry, that is fully what I anticipated would fill this space.
Well, I’m as surprised as you are; 2014’s season prognostications must wait until next week.
I just can’t get past the fact that club president Frank Coonelly thought the celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years should include Barry Bonds.
You gotta be kidding me!
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
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