The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 20, 2013

Roundup: Ms. Reds edge Sharpsville; Arkwright reaches 1,000 points

- — While it was not an artistic success, it nonetheless was a “program-building win,” according to West Middlesex High girls basketball coach Mike Williams.

Noelle Murray made both ends of a 1-and-1 bonus free-throw situation with 9.4 ticks to play Thursday night, and the Ms. Reds recorded a 34-32 District 10 Region 2-AA win over visiting Sharpsville.

The teams traded 51 turnovers, but compensated with competitiveness.

West Middlesex was up 2 with 5.5 seconds remaining, but an errant inbounds pass was recovered by Sharpsville’s Eugena Davies. Her subsequent court-length pass to Emily Anderson at the buzzer was not in time for a potential game-tying attempt.

“That’s a nice program win,” 1st-year Middlesex mentor Williams said. “We’re trying to build a program here, and it’s been a while since we beat Sharpsville.

“Sharpsville is one of those teams you measure yourself against every year. We want to be able to play with the Sharpsvilles, Sharons and Mercers. They’re good programs,” Williams praised.

In addition to Murray, Williams started two other freshmen, Allie Staunch and Gretchen Elsey.

“We made a lot of freshman and sophomore mistakes,” Williams admitted. “We already were a young team. ... We’d take the lead, give it back; take the lead, give it back. But we did a decent job late in the game, controlling the tempo. And there was a lot of pressure on a freshman to knock down those free throws.”

For Sharpsville (0-1, 1-4) and skipper Jeff Hanley, an injury-plagued season grew worse.

Already without senior standout Megan Davis (ACL tear), the Blue Devils lost versatile junior Maddie Przicina a minute-and-a-half into the game due to a sprained left ankle. She did not return.

Davies also sustained a mild ankle sprain during the 2nd stanza, but returned and drilled a game-high 13 points, tossing in 2 treys as part of 7 third-period points as the Blue Devils drew within 23-22 entering the 4th frame.

Murray mustered a dozen points for Middlesex (1-0, 4-2), and Morgan Atterholt added 8 points and a game-high 8 rebounds, while Alyson Pierce distributed 4 assists. But the Ms Reds recorded just 13-for-46 shooting from the field (28.2) and committed 24 miscues.

 Sharpsville shot just 13 for 32 (40.6) and the Blue Devils were guilty of 27 turnovers. Anderson added 9 points and Kayla Kurelko facilitated Davies and other Blue Devils for a game-high 7 assists.

“This is just really a program-building victory for us, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Big Red,” Williams concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.


ä Mercer 74, Reynolds 46 —
At the County Seat, Alexis Arkwright annexed the career 1,000-point plateau via game-high 26-point performance.

Arkwright has scored 1,002 points during her scholastic career for Mercer mentor Aaron Cook.

Also for Class AA Mercer (4-2), Alexis Mills mustered a dozen markers.

The Lady M’s manufactured a 23-6 first-quarter lead and extended their edge to a 50-22 margin at intermission.

For Class A Reynolds (0-6), Rose Stoyer and Brooke Bresnan buck eted 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Lady Raiders recorded 14-for-19 free-throw marksmanship.

ä Hickory 69, Slippery Rock 42 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, coach Jeanette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets (1-0, 6-0) rolled in their Region 5-AAA opener and remained unbeaten with a win over the host Lady Rockets (0-1, 2-2).

Hickory led 24-6 after the opening 8 minutes and buried 11 three-pointers during the game.

YSU recruit Nikki Arbanas rifled in 6 treys en route to 26 points for Hickory. Also, Holly Grober scored 16, Shawn Moore had 11 and Brandi Beader added 10 markers. Grober had 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists, Arbanas tallied 3 steals, Nicole Lacava grabbed 5 rebounds, Beader had 4 steals and Megan Chess registered 4 assists.

“It was a great, total team effort,” said Whitehead. “I thought the girls shared the ball well and gave a great defensive effort. I need to credit Shawna, Reganne (O’Brien) and Jasmine (Shephard) for good role play. It was all significant to our win.”

Marissa Siebka and Nicole Papley had 13 points each for Slippery Rock.

ä Wilmington 57, Sharon 49 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds held Sharon to 8 fourth-frame points in securing the Region 2-AA opening win.

Wilmington went out to a 34-27 halftime lead and maintained a 46-41 margin through 3 quarters.

Hannah Drake drilled 17 points for Wilmington (1-0, 5-1), Tessa Sikora scored 14, and Alanna Elliott ended with 11.

Tanaija Sanders scored 16 for Sharon (0-1, 1-4), which dropped its 4th consecutive contest. The Lady Tigers tallied only 4 of 10 free throws, also, though Wilmington was only 6 for 15.


ä Farrell 89, George Junior Republic 55 —
At Grove City, the visiting Steelers stormed to the Region 5-AAA road rout — their 2nd within 48 hours.

Ike Jones jolted GJR for 16 points, Malik Miller mustered 15 markers, Chris James joined in with 14, Terrance Holloway hit for 12, and Dewayne Burns burst for a season-best 10.

Farrell fashioned a 28-11 first-quarter lead and never was challenged.

For GJR (1-2, 2-3), Malik Gibson garnerd a game-high 21 points and Eric Fuller fired in 12.


ä Sharon 37, Sharpsville 25 —
At Tiger Gymnasium, coach Dave Ciafre’s Sharon High squad improved to 2-0 with the win.

Jason Clark (138), Troy Hejazi (145) and Beau Dignall (182) registered falls for Sharon.

P.J. Campoli (195) and Jacob Llewellyn (220) posted pins for Sharpsville.

ä Grove City 55, Slippery Rock 24 — At Grove City, the host Eagles (1-3) picked up their 1st win of the season.

Alex Brochetti (132), Jared Sample (145) and Chet Simoni (152) earned falls for Grove City, which received 5 forfeits from the Rockets.

Dave Huselton (126), Shane Slater (195) and Zane Wolf (220) posted pins for Slippery Rock.

ä Greenville 57, Jamestown 16 — At Greenville, the Trojans rolled to the Region 2 win over the Muskies.

Blake Reynolds (132), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Derek Watt (145), Zachary Miller (170), Justin Reynolds (182) and Randall Peabody (285) notched pins for the Trojans.

Mohamed Messai (195) and Jason Shappee (220) had falls for Jamestown and Faris Messai won by major decision at 120 pounds.

ä Franklin 36, Mercer 33 — At Franklin, the visiting Mustangs mustered 7 wins, but were forced to forfeit 5 bouts to Franklin.

For Mercer (0-1), Chris Micsky (113), Preston Hoover (120), Colton Smith (22) and Brian Phillips (285) posted pins.

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