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.
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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