The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


January 8, 2013

Roundup: GC, Sharon, KC girls grab region wins

---- — Only in high school basketball can a team misfire on its first 9 floor shots, then rally on the road to win by double figures.

Monday night at Sharpsville, visiting Conneaut Area’s advantage from the free-throw line enabled the Eagles to earn a 67-52 District 10 inter-region win.


ä Conneaut Area 67, Sharpsville 52 —
At the Devils’ Den, the visiting Eagles emerged from that 0-for-9 first-quarter shooting funk and 10-4 deficit.

Danny Holcomb hit 9 of his 17 points during the 2nd stanza as the Eagles erupted for 22 points en route to a 26-22 margin at intermission.

Then during the 2nd half Conneaut converted 22 of 31 free-throw attempts, led by Holcomb’s 6-for-8 marksmanship.

“We had a slow start ... we always start slow, but don’t give up. We switched to a zone defense, and it really kind’ve slowed (the Blue Devils) down and helped us out,” summarized Conneaut head coach Bob Leupold.

Class AAA Conneaut Area (6-5) is a merger of the former Linesville, Conneaut Valley and Conneaut Lake schools. Leupold served as Conneaut Valley’s head coach during the past 6 seasons.

“The kids are getting along great,” Leupold related. “We did a lot this past summer to get this kids together, and it’s been great so far.

“I think once we do our numbers again, we’ll probably be double-A, and I think we’ll be in the same region. And I’ve got a good group of younger kids I’m looking forward to working with the next couple of years.”

Keying Conneaut was 6-foot-4 senior post Noah Uplinger’s game-high 24-point, 12-rebound double-double, while Holcomb his for 17 and Sid Smith scored 16 while hauling down 9 caroms. Also, point guard Stephen Martini musterd a handful of assists.

Conneaut connected on 19 of 45 floor shots  (42.3 percent) and converted 26 of 37 freebies (70.2). The Eagles ended with 16 turnovers.

Kyle Kennedy keyed Sharpsville (5-4) with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double, Jalen Mockabee manufactured 14 points and 9 caroms, and Tyler Luchey lent 11 poitns, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

But the Blue Devils did not shoot well from the field (20 of 66, 30.3 percent) and did not get to the line nearly as frequently as Conneaut (13 for 20, 65 percen). Sharpsville made 13 miscues and outrebounded Conneaut Area, 43-41. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Maplewood 60, Jamestown 39 — At Jamestown, the Tigers (3-8) led 15-10 after the 1st quarter, 30-20 at the break and went on to top the Muskies (0-8) in the non-region affair.

Miller Peters (12), Josh Lake (11) and Justin Dahl (10) scored in double digits for Maplewood.

Alex Boylan rifled in a game-high 24 points to lead the way for the Muskies.


ä Franklin 48, Hickory 36 —
At Franklin’s Castle, the host Lady Knights notched the Region 5-AAA win by limiting Hickory to 18 points during the game’s first 24 minutes.

Franklin is the defending District 10 Class AAA titlist, having hurdled Hickory (48-38) a year ago.

Hickory harvested 18 fourth-period points, but fell short in its comeback bid.

“We have to have short-term memory now,” Lady Hornets’ head coach Jeanette Whitehead said following her club’s initial setback of the season.

Jenna Placzek’s 14 points, Nikki Arbanas’ 11 and Holly Grober’s 8 points and handful of rebounds led Hickory (1-1, 8-1). Also, Jackie White, Brandi Beader and Nicole LaCava lent 5, 4 and 4 rebounds, respectively.

For Franklin (3-0, 8-1), Haley Andres’ 13 points, matched by Angelina Starr, led the Lady Knights.

ä Grove City 53, Titusville 23 — At Titusville, the visiting Lady Eagles eased to the Region 5-AAA road rout.

Grove City (3-0, 9-2) was led by Jordyn Wyillie, who went for a game-high 16 points, Corianna Hyduchak, who hit 13, and Ariana Sprando, who scored 11.

Titusville (0-3, 1-9) did not tally in double figures until the 4th frame, and the Lady Rockets were scoreless during the 3rd period.

ä Mercer 45, Wilmington 36 — At Mercer, the game was tied at 10-all after the opening 8 minutes, but the Lady M’s (2-0, 7-3) posted a 15-8 second-half scoring advantage to pull away for the Region 2-AA win.

Alexis Arkwright scored 14 to lead Mercer, while Megan McKinney added 12 markers.

Carly Christofferson led the way for Wilmington (1-2, 3-8) with 11 points.

A full boxscore was not submitted to The Herald.

ä Kennedy Catholic 72, Jamestown 14 — At Hermitage, coach Tom Burns’ Lady Golden Eagles (1-0, 8-1) led 25-3 after the 1st quarter and rolled to the Region 1-A win.

Rachel Burns rifled in 18 points to key KC, while Courtney Sargent bucketed 17, Alex Ricketts had 14 and Rebekah Kish added 10.

Isabella Greenawalt and Loghan Sankey had 4 points each for winless Jamestown (0-1, 0-9).

ä Sharon 68, Lakeview 44 — At Stoneboro, coach Maria Joseph’s visiting Lady Tigers (2-0, 6-3) led 23-8 at the end of the 1st quarter and cruised past the Lady Sailors (0-3, 2-8) in the Region 2-AA contest.

Tanayja Sanders tickled the twine for 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Sharon and Delisia Smith scored 14.

Casey Stringer rifled in a career-high 22 points for Lakeview.

ä Farrell 65, Commodore Perry 34 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium the host Lady Steelers secured the Region 1-A rout. Farrell forged a 31-16 margin at intermission and never was challenged.

For Farrell (1-0, 7-3), Bria Gambill garnered a game- and career-high 23 points and Whitney Murray mustered 11 points.

For Commodore Perry (0-1, 3-6), Lexi Grinnell got 16 points, but was the visiting Lady Panthers’ lone double-figure scorere.


ä Sharon 5, Kennedy Catholic 1 —
Sharon was led by Nick Carlo (219), Brent Elliott (211) and Shane Young (209), while keying Kennedy were Isaiah Basham (191) and Daniel Fill (187).

ä Brookfield 1947, Youngstown Christian School 1936 — At Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, the Warriors edged YCS.

Nick Kerr (382), Bradley Bridge (320) and Adam Brooks (314) were the top rollers for Brookfield.

Bobby Houston (381), Chase Miles (369) and Joel Stockslager (301) led YCS.

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