ä Hickory 74, Franklin 23 — Minimizing miscues ... making the extra pass ... memorable milestones. Hickory High girls’ basketball team was Mmm, Mmm, good Wednesday night.
Nikki Arbanas annexed the career 1,000-point milestone and she and Holly Grober garnered 23 points apiece, as the Lady Hornets humbled Franklin, 74-23, at The Hive in a Region 5-AAA affair.
Hickory humbled Franklin, the perennially proud program that has been the Lady Hornets’ District 10 nemesis in recent years.
The Lady Hornets (2-0, 10-0) led from the outset: 23-4 at the quarter, 42-12 by the break, and 62-19 through 3 periods. The clock continued winding with 3:44 left in the 3rd quarter and Hickory leading, 56-14.
Arbanas (1,020) joined Grober (1,243) in reaching scoring milestones thus far this season. Arbanas’ moment occured at the 4:27 mark of the 1st frame on the first of her trio of treys. After misfiring on her first 4 floor shots, she shot 8 for 17.
Grober grabbed 7 rebounds, as did teammate Nicole LaCava, who also lent 15 points, and Jasmine Shephard distributed a team-high 6 assists, 1 more than Arbanas and 2 more than Megan Chess. Arbanas annexed another 8 rebounds, also.
Grober garnered all 10 of her field-goal atempts, leading Hickory to a 29-for-55 (527 percent) shooting performance.
And Brandi Beader could be excused for contributing only one triple to Hickory’s offense, as she stymied Franklin’s 23-points-per-game scorer Angelina Starr, who scored 7 points on 2-for-14 shooting.
Eight Hickory players were credited with at least 1 assist, and Lady Hornets Head Coach Jeanette Whitehead said.
“Jasmine’s done that throughout the season. ... but that initial eight (player rotation), the girls are focused and it’s just a tribute to their discipline and where they’re at.
“We’re just working and practicing for one game at a time, and just hope the chips fall where they may,” Whitehead said. “The kids are working really hard, and it’s a credit to their overall focus and determination.”
For Franklin, 79-9 over the last several seasons and having lost just 2 games a year ago, post Abby Jones scored 10 points and hauled down a handful of rebounds, while Becca Gravatt gave out 3 assists. Hovever Franklin (1-2, 5-5) was frigid from the field, forging a 7-for-33 (21.2 percent) shooting performance. The Lady Knights were knocked off for the 3rd consecutive contest, and have lost games to Mercer County clubs Hickory, Kennedy Catholic and Grove City, as well as Slippery Rock and Canevin Catholic.
Hickory had 9 turnovers, compared with 21 for Franklin.—By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Sharon 71, Lakeview 32 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady Tigers (1-1, 4-5) only led 17-13 after the opening 8 minutes, but outscored the hosts 16-7 in the 2nd quarter to pull away in the Region 2-AA clash.
Mallory Torr fired in 20 points to lead Sharon, Tanayja Sanders tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds, Kristina Jacoway registered 12 points and 10 boards and Maggie Torr added 11 points.
Raygen Fischer was the leading scorer for the Lady Sailors (0-3, 3-5) with 10 points.
ä Commodore Perry, 45, Youngsville 43 — At Sheakleyville, Coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers prevailed in the inter-region affair.
Autumn Campbell converted a pair of free throws to knot the count at 43, then teammate Emily Kitchen connected for another pair with 9 ticks to play to propel Perry.
Stephanie Vaughn vaulted victorious Perry (6-4) with 12 points, equalling Kitchen’s output, and Sarah Nagy notched another 10. Campbell collected 8 caroms and Vaughn dished out 4 assists, Messina reported.
Youngsville (3-7) was led by a trio of double-digit scorers in Kennedy Cratty (16), Katie Chuzie (12) and Carissa Cratty (10). Chuzie chucked in 4 from beyond the arc. However visiting Youngsville shot 8 for 12 from the free-throw line, compared with Commodore Perry’s 12-for-20 performance.
ä Mercer 55, Wilmington 52 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Lady M’s made only 5 of 13 free-throw attempts, but survived the Region 2-AA affair as Wilmington went just 7 for 18 from the sin stripe.
The teams were tied at 33 at intermission, but Mercer mustered a 12-8 margin in the 3rd period, and weathered Tessa Sikora, who scored 8 of her game-high 19 points during the 4th frame.
Mercer (2-0, 7-3) and mentor Aaron Cook was led by Megan McKinney’s 13 markers, Aubrie Angermeier, who added 12, and Lexie Arkwright and Adelyn Cook, who claimed 10 apiece.
Wilmington (2-1, 8-3) was led by Sikora, while Dakota Naples notched another 10.
ä Kennedy Catholic 85, Jamestown 25 — At Jamestown, KC (1-0, 4-3) and the Muskies (0-1, 0-6) opened their Region 1-A schedules against each other with the Golden Eagles rolling to victory.
Andrew Campbell rifled in 21 points for KC, Sam Crow bucketed a dozen and Carmen Schuville tallied 11.
Kyle Melton paced the Muskies with 7 points.
ä Reynolds girls basketball — at Rocky Grove, Feb. 5 (varsity only), 7 p.m.; vs. Conneaut Area, Feb. 14.
ä Reynolds boys basketball — vs. Wilmington, Jan. 25 (JV 6 p.m.; varsity, 7:30); at Northwestern, Feb. 1, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
ä Reynolds wrestling — at Canton Central Catholic, Jan. 13, 5 p.m.
ä Commodore Perry girls basketball — vs. Farrell, Friday.
ä Greenville boys basketball — at Mercer, Saturday (JV, 1 p.m.; varsity, 2:30).
ä Farrell girls basketball — at Commodore Perry, Friday at 5:30 p.m. Varsity only.
ä Farrell boys basketball — at Franklin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ä Farrell swimming — vs. Titusville Jan. 14; at Oil City Jan. 21.
FRANKLIN 4 8 7 4 23
HICKORY 23 19 20 12 74
FRANKLIN — Starr 2-3-4-7, Gravatt 0-2-3-2, A.Jones 3-4-5-10, Hoover 0-0-0-0, Peiffer 2-0-0-4, Fiorentino 0-0-0-0, Turnipseed 0-0-0-0, Gabrys 0-0-0-0, Powers 0-0-0-0, B.Jones 0-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0-0. Totals: 7-9-12-23.
HICKORY — Arbanas 8-4-4-23, Chess 1-0-0-3, Holly Grober 10-1-3-23, LaCava 6-3-4-15, Beader 1-0-0-3, Moore 1-0-0-3, Shephard 0-0-0-0, O’Brien 1-0-0-2, Whitehead 0-0-0-0, DeJulia 0-0-0-0, Wilson 0-0-0-0, Greenburg 1-0-0-2, Heather Grober 0-0-0-0, Groom 0-0-0-0, Rush 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 3, Hol. Grober 2, Chess 1, Beader 1, Moore 1. Totals: 29-8-11-74.
JV — Hickory, 54-18. Marissa DeJulia 13 points, Heather Grober, Reganne O’Brien 10 apiece for H;ckory; Morgan Powers 9 for Franklin.
YOUNGSVILLE 6 12 18 7 43
COMM. PERRY 10 13 15 7 45
YOUNGSVILLE — Hendrickson 2-0-0-5, C.Cratty 2-6-10-10, Katie Chuzie 4-0-0-12, K..Cratty 7-2-2-16, Jameson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Chuzie 4, Hendrickson 1. Totals: 15-8-12-43.
COMMODORE PERRY — Campbell 3-2-3-8, Kitchen 4-2-2-12, Nagy 0-1-2-1, Vaughn 4-3-7-12. S.Nagy 3-4-6-10, Stringert 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Kitchen 2, Vaughn 1. Totals: 15-12-20-45.
JV — Commodore Perry, 18-7
SHARON 17 16 18 20 71
LAKEVIEW 13 7 6 6 32
SHARON — Mal. Torr 8-3-3-20, Mag. Torr 5-0-0-11, Jacoway 6-0-0-12, L. Smith 1-0-0-2, Hopson 1-2-2-4, Reed 0-1-2-1, D. Smith 1-4-4-6, Sanders 6-1-2-13, Coryea 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Mal. Torr 1, Mag. Torr 1. Totals: 29-11-13-71.
LAKEVIEW — Fischer 4-2-2-10, Foster 2-0-0-6, Casciotti 1-0-0-2, M. Kasbee 1-1-2-3, Holland 1-0-0-2, Womer 4-1-4-9. 3-pt. goals: Foster 2. Totals: 13-4-8-32.
JV — No game.
MERCER 17 16 12 10 55
WILMINGTON 16 17 8 11 52
MERCER — Arkwright 3-4-6-10, Mills 2-0-0-5, McKinney 6-1-7-13, Cook 5-0-0-10, Angermeier 5-0-0-12, Glass 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: Angermeier 2, Mills 1, Glass 1. Totals: 23-5-13-55.
WILMINGTON — Sikora 8-3-3-19, Elliott 3-1-2-7, Marett 3-2-7-8, Drake 1-1-2-3, Thompson 1-0-2-2, McCown 1-0-0-3. Naples 4-1-2-10. 3-pt. goals: McCown 1, Naples 1. Totals: 21-7-18-52.
JV — No score reported.
KENNEDY 24 16 29 16 85
JAMESTOWN 10 8 1 6 25
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Campbell 7-6-7-21, Zachar 1-1-2-3, Schuville 4-2-3-11, Stanek 1-0-0-2, N. Cianci 3-0-1-7, Feeney 1-1-2-3, Quinones 3-0-0-7, Perrico 2-0-0-5, G. Cianci 1-2-3-4, Crow 6-0-0-12, Keay 1-0-0-2, Lima 2-2-2-8. 3-pt. goals: Lima 2, Campbell 1, Schuville 1, N. Cianci 1, Quinones 1, Perrico 1. Totals: 32-14-20-85.
JAMESTOWN — Moss 0-0-1-0, Stacy 1-3-5-5, Depree 1-0-0-2, Melton 1-5-10-7, Graham 2-1-1-5, Kilgore 0-0-2-0, Potter 1-1-2-4, Lorigan 1-0-1-2. 3-pt. goal: Potter 1. Totals: 7-10-22-25.
JV — Kennedy, 77-23. Nick Lima 12, Carmen Schuville 11 for KC. Cadman 11 for Jamestown.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
Raiders win 17th region title; 11 locals to Hershey
When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
KC beats Cochranton for 4th straight D-10 crown
MEADVILLE — Everybody is on April Bocian’s bandwagon — and rightly so. But Tatum Kress helped keep Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program atop District 10’s Class A competition.
Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
McLane rallies to beat Mercer in AA title tilt
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
WM captures 3rd straight D-10 crown
EDINBORO — The West Middlesex Big Reds did it again! For the third straight year, the Big Reds, under the leadership of head coach Chad Mild, the winningest coach in West Middlesex school history, won the District 10 title with a thrilling 55-54 victory over the Fairview Tigers on Friday night at McComb Field House.
Farrell beats East for D-10 Class AAA title
MEADVILLE — Malik Miller was playing with a broken hand, but broke the hearts of East High’s basketball team.
Sophomore sharpshooter Miller mustered 19 markers — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — helping forge Farrell to the District 10 Class AAA championship, 83-78.
Raiders hold lead at Northwest AA Region Tourney
Reynolds coach Casey Taylor had a simple, but fitting comment after the opening night of the Northwest AA Region Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School Friday:
“So far; so good!”
The defending champion Raiders, who are seeking a 17th region crown in school history, jumped into the team lead with 45 points Friday, heading second place Brookville with 35.
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