High school winter sports action is in full swing for Mercer County area teams. Following are recent results submitted to The Herald or The Allied News:
Hickory 50, Sharpsville 36 — Hickory High girls basketball team is situated 7th in a Class AAA statewide poll for a reason, and it’s not because of the Lady Hornets’ laurels from last season. Even on a sub-par shooting night Hickory is a handful, as its evidenced by its defense dominating the Blue Devils at Sharpsville Monday night, 50-36, in an inter-region affair. The Lady Hornets’ senior backcourt of Brandi Beader and Megan Chess checked in at intermission a combined 4 for 15 shooting from the floor. Though Hickory held a 19-14 halftime edge, te Lady Hornets hit only a third of their 27 field-goal attempts. But Beader — despite a contact lens issue — bucketed 16 of her game-high 22 points during the 2nd half, while Chess dished out 4 dimes. Chess also chucked in a trio of free throws to conclude the 3rd quarter after she was fouled attempting a desperation heave at the buzzer. That hoisted Hickory’s lead to 38-23 entering the 4th frame. Sharpsville sliced its deficit to 45-36 with 2:50 remaining on Emily Grandy’s runner, but the Blue Devils drew no closer. Ultimately, Class AA Sharpsville (3-2) shot just 13 for 35 from the field and converted only half of its 14 free-throw attempts, while making 18 miscues. Grandy garnered a team-high 9 points and dished out 3 assists while Emily Anderson added 8 points and a team-high half-dozen rebounds.
In addition to Beader, Nicole Lacava lent a 15-point, 6-rebound, 3-blocked shots line for Hickory (5-0), which hit only 19 of 46 from the field, but converted 10 of 14 freebies and outrebounded Sharpsville, 30-23. The Lady Hornets had 17 turnovers. “We’re still tryin’ to tweak it,” Hickory Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead said regarding her club’s collapsing — and confusing — zone defense.
“What really bothered us,” admitted Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley, “was their length on the wings. With Lacava and Beader, they put them on the wings and is caused some problems for us when we were passing over the top. Then when we were trying to get the ball down low they were trapping in the corners, also.” “We picked up the pace in the second half,” Whitehead added. “But I still think we’ve got some “speed bumps” we’ve gotta get over. We have some youthful experience, but we’re still trying to find our identity.”
Farrell 50, West Middlesex 49 — At West Middlesex, Farrell freshman Marissa Hopson drained a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to lift the Lady Steelers (1-4) to their 1st win of the season and handed the Ms. Reds away and cut the lead to 25-24 at halftime. The Ms. Reds went up 39-35 after 3 quarters of action, but the Lady Steelers outscored WM 15-10 in the final frame.
Matyra Evans fired in 20 points to lead Farrell while Jacque Chambers scored 19. Alyson Pierce led the way for West Middlesex with 14 points while Gretchen Elsey bucketed 11.
Sharon 66, Commodore Perry 27 — At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, Tamia Hopson drained 4 treys en route to 16 points in leading the Lady Tigers (3-2) to the win over the previously-unbeaten Lady Panthers (4-1). Sharon held a 14-11 lead after the opening quarter, 39-16 at the break and rolled to the non-region win. Kiara Wade scored 14 for Sharon while Maggie Torr tallied 12 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Also, Delisa Smith grabbed 9 boards, Kristina Jacoway registered 8 rebounds and 3 assists and Amarah Reed added 5 boards. Stephanie Vaughn rifled in a game-high 18 points to lead Commodore Perry.
Kennedy Catholic 64, Lakeview 20 — At Stoneboro, coach Chris Mele’s Lady Golden Eagles improved to a perfect 5-0 with the win over the Lady Sailors (0-5). KC led 20-5 after the opening 8 minutes, 40-15 at halftime and rolled to the non-region win. Tatum Kress led the way for Kennedy with 14 points and 3 assists while April Bocian scored 13 points. Also for the Lady Golden Eagles, Raygen Fischer had 10 points and dished out 3 assists, Alivia O'Brien posted 3 assists and McKayla Fusco registered 4 steals. Sam Womer paced Lakeview with 8 points.
Hickory 68, Lowellville 8 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Lady Hornets improved to a perfect 4-0 with the rout over Lowellville. Hickory led 24-0 after the opening 8 minutes and cruised to its 31st straight regular season win. Nicole LaCava fired in 16 points to lead Hickory while Brandi Beader bucketed 13. Lydia Mashburn led the way for Lowellville with 3 points.
West Middlesex 66, Northwestern 54 — At West Middlesex, coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds improved to 4-0 with the 12-point non-region win over the Lady Wildcats of Northwestern.
Alyson Pierce rifled in 16 points to lead WM while Delaney Dogan scored 15 and dished out 12 assists. Also, Gretchen Elsey scored 15 for the Ms. Reds, Morgan Atterholt bucketed 10 points and had 8 rebounds and Allie Staunch grabbed 13 boards. Morini (14), Brown (12) and Wheeler (12) scored in double digits for Northwestern. The 4-0 start is the best for a WM girls basketball team since 1983.
Reynolds 52, Saegertown 31 — At Transfer, Kayla Thompson buried 5 treys for 15 points and Alex Napodano broke her own school record with 13 blocked shots as the Lady Raiders (1-3) picked up their first win of the season. Taylor D’Urso scored 10 points for coach Will Juranovich’s Reynolds High Lady Raiders. No players for Saegertown scored in double digits.
Kennedy Catholic 55, Sharon 26 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles erupted for a 19-3 first-quarter lead and rolled to the inter-region rout. KC copped a 31-14 margin at intermission and the Lady Golden Eagles extended their edge to 51-17 entering the final frame. April Bocian bucketed a game-high 16-point, 9-rebound, 3-assist line and Bekah Kish contributed 14 points to key Kennedy Catholic (4-0). Also, Makayla Shannonhouse had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Kayla Fusco finished with 4 assists and 4 points. For Sharon (1-2), Delisa Smith scored 9 points and hauled down a handful of caroms and Tamia Hopson had 8 points. Also, Kiara Wade snared a team-high 7 rebounds. However the Lady Tigers turned over the ball 26 times and connected on only 8 of 36 floor shots. Conversely, Kennedy converted 22 of 58 field-goal attempts and the Lady Golden Eagles ended with 14 miscues..
Sharpsville 48, Farrell 29 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the visiting Blue Devils’ defense denied Farrell, yielding only a dozen 1st-half points in building a 28-12 builge by the break. Maddie Przicina pumped in a game-high 14 points, Emily Grandy garnered a game-high 12 points and Emily Anderson added 11 for veteran Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley. Anderson and Przicina had 10 rebounds each, Izzy Schell had 4 steals and Eugena Davies dished out 4 assists. Matyra Evans ended with 11 points for Farrell (0-3). Sharpsville improved to 3-1.
Hickory 55, Venango Catholic 28 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, Nicole LaCava posted an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double in leading the Lady Hornets (3-0) to the rout. Neely Whitehead had 15 points and dished out 4 assists, Brandi Beader registered 12 points and 5 steals and Megan Chess added 4 assists. Taylor Moltz led the way for Venango Catholic with 15 points.
West Middlesex 58, Jamestown 7 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds (3-0) led 14-0 after the opening 8 minutes and cruised to the non-region win. Alyson Pierce drained 3 treys en route to 22 points to lead WM. It is WM’s first 3-0 start since 1983 reported Williams.
Rocky Grove 64, Lakeview 28 — At Franklin, Aleece Schiffer buried 5 treys en route to 25 points as the Lady Orioles rolled past the Sailors (0-3). Amber Nerlich (13) and Alexa Larson (10) also scored in double digits for RG. Roni Gravatt scored 10 points to pace Lakeview.
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West Middlesex 70, Canfield 67 — At Poland Seminary High School, Isaac Williams drained a 3-pointer from the deep right wing off an inbounds play at the buzzer to lift the Big Reds (4-1) to a thrilling win over Canfield. Williams scored 17 points and dished out 6 assists while Trey Staunch rifled in 29 points and ripped down 17 rebounds. Also for coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds, Ryan Dogan scored 15 points and had 3 assists and Josh Porterfield and Gino Demonaco also had 3 assists each. Mason Mangapora had 20 points to lead the Cardinals, Mike Yourstowsky drained 4 treys en route to 18 points and Jake Cummings had 15 markers. - Stats submitted by Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
Poland 77, Farrell 68 — At Poland High School, the Bulldogs handed the Steelers (4-1) their first loss of the season. Farrell held a slim 19-18 lead after the opening 8 minutes and led 36-34 at halftime, but Poland outscored the Steelers 20-13 in the 3rd quarter and 23-19 in the final frame. Malik Miller was on fire from downtown, draining 8 treys en route to a game-high 32 points for Farrell. He also dished out 5 assists and pulled down 6 rebounds. Also for Farrell, Jamel Brown scored 11 points and handed out 7 assists and Terrence Holloway notched 10 points. Danny Black scored 21 to lead Poland, Jared Burket and Tate Duarte registered 14 points each and Nick Gajdos posted 11 points and dished out 9 assists.
Reynolds 46, Saegertown 31 — At Transfer, Shayne Reimold fired in 15 points in leading the Raiders (2-2) past the Panthers in the nightcap of a girls-boys doubleheader against Saegertown. Garhett Frable had 14 points for Reynolds. Peter Mattocks led Saegertown with 10 points.
Mercer 51, Cochranton 45 — At Cochranton, the visiting Mustangs manufactured the road win over the defending District 10 Class A titlists. Jake Schmid scored a game-high 21 points and Logan Clarke collected another 14 for Mercer (1-4), which outscored the Redbirds 13-10 during the decisive 4th frame. Cochranton (3-2) was led Nate Wigton’s 13 tallies, but the Birds were only 3 for 8 from the free-throw line, compared with Mercer’s 6-for-13 effort.
Kennedy Catholic 67, First Christian Academy 62 — At Erie, the visiting Golden Eagles edged a past playoff nemesis, avenging last year’s District 10 tournament loss at Sharon High. For KC Head Coach Rick Mancino, Drew Magestro, Nick Tantuo and Sag Konate scored 17, 14 and 12 points, respectively, to key Kennedy Catholic, which rallied from a 48-42 deficit entering the 4th frame. Magestro mustered 4 from beyond the arc, while Tantuo tallied some clutch free throws. For Erie’s First Christian Academy, S. Kobango collected an 18-point, 15-rebound, 5-blocked shots line, while R. Kobango bucketed a game-high 20 points. However, Kennedy Catholic outscored its hosts 25-13 during the decisive final frame.
Farrell 83, Strong Vincent 75 — At Gannon University's Hammermill Center on Wednesday night, the Steelers improved to a perfect 4-0 with the win over the Colonels (1-2). Farrell was 29-of-36 from the charity stripe, including 13-of-17 in the 4th quarter, in the victory. Malik Miller drained 4 treys en route to 28 points for the Steelers, Jamel Brown bucketed 20 and Terrence Holloway added 18 points. David Morris fired in a game-high 32 points to pace Strong Vincent, Simeal Wofford tallied 18 and Kyle Pointer added 11 markers.
Union City 49, Jamestown 33 — At Union City Wednesday, the Bears jumped out to a 16-9 lead after the opening 8 minutes and never looked back in beating the Muskies (0-2). Lonnie Maynard fired in 24 points to lead the Bears while Justin Miller scored 13. Todd Depree (14) and Cameron Stacy (13) scored in double digits for Jamestown.
Slippery Rock 32, Greenville 23 — At Slippery Rock on Wednesday, Ryan Dutton deposited a game-high 18 points to lead the host Rockets (2-1) to the inter-region win.
Greenville 65, Cambridge Springs 12 — At Greenville, the Trojans dropped the opening 2 matches but rallied to win the other 12. Aarron Galvin (106), Braydon Knauf (113), Cody Tumpak (145), Blake Reynolds (160), Brenden Calvin (170) and Zachary Miller (195) notched falls for Greenville. Michael Lineman (120) and Jase Paxton (138) won their matches by technical fall and Brandon Moss (126) picked up a major decision. Zach Stafford (220) and Blaine Wolfrom (285) posted pins for Cambridge Springs.
Reynolds 48, Greenville 21 — At Thiel College, coach Casey Taylor’s Raiders captured 10 matches in earning the win over the Trojans. Ryan Harnett (106), Gage Bayless (113), James Slater (145), Mike Millero (170) and Cole Rickert (220) posted falls for Reynolds. Gavin Wilkerson (152), Blake Reynolds (160) and Gage Gladysz (182) earned pins for Greenville.
Franklin 45, Grove City 33 — At Franklin, the host Knights notched the win, as Derek Steetle (145), Tyler Carey (160), Hunter Exley (170), Dakota Geer (195) and Mykel McCool (285) forged falls. For Grove City (0-2), Jack Smith (113), Colin Meals (120), Alex Brochetti (132), and Jared Reppart (220) notched pins.