The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 15, 2013

Roundup: Hickory rolls past Sharon; WM boys beat Strong Vincent

- — Hickory High Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead had a unique problem Saturday afternoon: Trying to find flaws with her Lady Hornets’ 64-25 humbling of Sharon.

“Hickory’s going to take it one game at a time, and hope to improve in each practice and each game. We’re trying to get that balance ... just trying to tweak,” Whitehead summarized.

So dominant was Hickory (1-0, 5-0) in its Region 5-AAA opener, Youngstown State University-bound Nikki Arbanas missed her first 5 shots and did not score until 11 seconds into the 2nd half — by which time the Lady Hornets held a 34-10 lead.

Hickory had double-doubles from its two bigs, as Nicole Lacava led with a game-high 15-point, 13-rebound twin-killing, while Holly Grober garnered 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ultimately, Arbanas annexed an 11-point, 7-rebound, 6-assist line, while Megan Chess checked in with 9 points and 3 assists. Every Stingers’ starter was credited with at least 1 assist, led by Arbanas, Chess and Grober (5).

“As a team, when I make reference to ‘balance,’ that’s what I’m hoping for. If an (opposing) team is scouting, they just take a careful look to know that we have more than Nikki and Holly,” Whitehead observed. “Certainly, Nikki and Holly are leading the way, but we’re looking for that balance.

“I thought that there were great contributions from the bench — Reganne O’Brien, Jasmine Shephard and Shawna Moore — that gives us that balance. And with Nicole Lacava and Megan Chess playing so well, and Brandi (Beader, who scored 6 and had a half-dozen rebounds), it will keep (opponents) on guard,” Whitehead continued, admitting.

“But we’re moving the ball well, and hopefully we can just continue to tweak some things on the defensive end. I’ll review the film just to see some of the areas that are glaring at me. Hopefully, we can fix those by (next) Thursday.”

Thus far this season, Hickory has outscored a handful of opponents by a nightly norm of 67.8 to 28.

Hickory had its hands in the passing lanes and jumped Sharon’s screens to double-team ball-handlers. Consequently, Sharon shot just 9 for 52 from the field and the Lady Tigers turned over the ball 18 times. Tanayja Sanders scored 10 tallies for Sharon (0-1, 1-3), which suffered its 3rd consecutive setback.

Whitehead, in assessing Sharon, said, “(Saturday) afternoon was a good test for us. The score, certainly I don’t think is indicative of the capabilities for Sharon. They’re solid inside (with Sanders and Kristina Jacoway), they have shooters on the outside (Mallory and Maggie Torr, Lexie Dabney, Kelsie McGranahan, Kayla Reardon). So we were just trying to focus on what we’ll see in the future on makeups of (teams) like Sharon. But there’s still some things ... definitely, I can tweak those,” Whitehead concluded.

Notes: Hickory finished 25 for 60 from the floor (41.7 percent), committed 13 miscues, and outrebounded Sharon, 52-31. Mallory Torr took down 6 caroms for Sharon and Sanders secured a handful. ... Four different players knocked down triples for Hickory, led by Beader, who tossed in 2. ... Hickory led 58-18 with 5:13 remaining. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.


United Way Classic

ä West Middlesex 50, Strong Vincent 48 —
At Poland High School in Ohio, Trey Staunch grabbed a rebound and passed it to Isaac Williams for a fast-break layup at the buzzer as the Big Reds (1-3) grabbed their 1st win of the season in a thriller over the Colonels.

Staunch rifled in a game-high 27 points to lead the way for WM and Josh Porterfield and Matt Dogan had 8 points each.

David Morris led the way for Strong Vincent with 18 points.

ä Saturday’s Brookfield at Grand Valley game, which had already been rescheduled once, was canceled.


Coach Casey Taylor’s Reynolds High mat team did not have a placewinner on Saturday at the rugged Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

“The kids wrestled hard and I was impressed with the talent there,” said Taylor. “Going into the final round, we were in 25th place out of 63 teams. It’s a really high level of competition and the No. 1 tourney in the nation.”

Reynolds wrestlers and records: Gage Saylor (106) 2-2, Seth Hogue (113) 1-2, Mike Bartolo (120) 0-2, Alec Ryder (126) 0-2, Joel Leice (132) 0-2, Alex DiGregorio (138) 1-2, Levi Stoyer (145) 0-2, Mason McCollum 1-2, Keegan Miller (160) 0-2, Mike Millero (170) 4-2, Austin Moffett (182) 1-0 inj. default, Trevor Griswald (195) 1-2, Robert Fullcrod (220) 1-2, Gene Ringer (285) 4-2.


ä Mercer-White 5, West Middlesex 1 —
At Sunset Lanes, Tim Lang (203), Brandon Anderson (186), Brayden Ryan (179), Tyler Marsh (169) and Cody Nespor (151) led Mercer. Chase Smith (221) and Billy Daniels (226) led Middlesex.

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