It was the most opportune time for the Lady Tigers to tighten up.
Sharon High girls basketball team played its best and highest scoring 1st half of the season en route to a 70-38 District 10 Region 2-AA rout of Mercer Thursday night.
The visiting Lady M’s had mustered 7 straight successes, while the Lady Tigers had tumbled to 3 setbacks in their last 4 outings. However Sharon shot 19 for 38 from the floor in building a 45-27 bulge by the break. Equally as significant, the Lady Tigers turned over the ball just 4 times by intermission.
“I told the girls it’s a comeback. We worked hard in practice those last two days, broke a lot of things down, pinpointed what we needed to work on, and we executed well (Thursday) night,” assessed 1st-year Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Maria Joseph.
“We’ve been talking about teamwork, that we need to start playing together as a team, working as a team, pushing each other at practice,” Joseph continued, “and, you know, it showed (Thursday) night.
“It was a good win for us and I’m proud of them. It was definitely well deserved and definitely needed in the region.”
Sharon surged to a 28-16 first-quarter lead as Lexi Dabney distributed 4 assists. She and Mallory Torr tallied 2 treys apiece, while post presence Tanayja Sanders scored 8. Mercer, meanwhile, committed a handful of miscues, offsetting 7-for-10 shooting and Megan McKinney’s 7 markers.
Dabney deposited 9 second-period points and Kristina Jacoway joined in with 4 points and 6 of her game-high 11 rebounds as the Lady Tigers took an 18-point margin at intermission.
Sanders’ 6-point, 5-rebound 3rd period, augmented by Jacoway’s 7 points and 3 caroms, staked Sharon to a 65-28 lead entering the 4th frame. Mercer misfired on all 14 of its field-goal attempts during the period. When Sharon’s Kayla Reardon recorded a left-wing triple 20 ticks into the 4th quarter, the Lady Tigers took a 40-point lead.
For Sharon (3-2 Region 2-AA, 7-5 overall), Dabney dented the scoreboard for a game-high 18 points and dished out a half-dozen assists, Sanders secured 9 rebounds and evenly split 32 points with Jacoway, while Mal Torr tallied an 8-point, 6-assist, 5-rebound line. Sharon shot 30 for 65 from the field (46.1 percent), collected 44 caroms, and the Lady Tigers turned over the ball only 9 times.
“We worked on our offense against every (defensive scheme) ... we broke the press, we literally worked on everything, and it panned out for us,” Joseph said. “It boosted our confidence, hitting some of those shots early, and once we started making a few shots, everything clicked.”
Mercer (4-1, 10-4) was led by Lexie Arkwright, who annexed 14 points, McKinney’s 8 markers, and Alexis Mills’ 3 assists. But the Lady M’s made 13 miscues.
“We’re gonna keep working, keep pushing. The girls see what they’re capable of,” Joseph, eyeing the season’s 2nd half, said. “I think it’s a good confidence-boost for them.”—By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Slippery Rock 32, Grove City 29 — At Slippery Rock, Haley Angerett scored all four of the Lady Rockets’ points in the extra session to give Slippery Rock (3-2, 8-4) a half-game lead over rival Grove City (3-2, 9-5) in the battle for third place behind Region 5-AAA frontrunners Franklin and Hickory.
In a game that featured 7 ties and 10 lead changes neither team, the biggest lead either team enjoyed was Slippery Rock’s 28-23 lead late in the fourth quarter, but a triple from Danyelle Lucido and a bucket from Jenn Ferguson with 11 seconds left in regulation knotted the score at 28-all.
Both teams committed turnovers in the waning 9.3 ticks of the fourth quarter, forcing overtime and Angerett’s heroics.
The final statistics bear out the overall equality between the two squads with both teams pulling down 30 rebounds. Grove City had 17 turnovers to SR’s 16.
Both struggled mightily from the field with the Lady Eagles making just 11-of-34 shots, while Slippery Rock knocked down 13-of-40.
Angerett led all scorers with 11 points, while collecting 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Jordyn Wyllie led Grove City with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists, while Ferguson tacked on 7 markers and 4 boards — Information submitted by sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.
ä Kennedy Catholic 66, Commodore Perry 35 — At Sheakleyville, freshman April Bocian fired in 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in leading KC (3-0, 12-1) past the Lady Panthers (1-2, 4-8) in a Region 1-A contest.
Also for Kennedy, Rachel Burns scored a game-high 21 points and Alex Ricketts bucketed 15.
Kate Powell and Emily Kitchen scored 7 points each for CP.
ä Farrell, 41, Reynolds 26 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Lady Steelers stormed to 20 second-period points en route to the Region 1-A rout.
Bria Gambill garnered a game-high 15 points for Farrell (2-1, 8-5), which bounced back from a non-league road loss 24 hours previously. Also, Johnta Scott scored a dozen, tossing in 2 treys.
Rose Stoyer scored 10 for Reynolds (0-3, 2-11).
˝ Gambill was inadvertently referred to as Brian Gambill in Thursday morning’s daily Winter Sports Roundup.
ä Sharpsville 65, Lakeview 16 — At the Devils’ Den the host Blue Darlings dominated the Region 2-AA affair, led by Megan Davis’ game-high 21-point performance that included a handful from beyond the arc.
Also for Sharpsville (5-0, 7-5) and skipper Jeff Hanley, McKenzie Popatak produced a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double, Natalie Henwood had an 8-point, 10-steal, 6-assist line, and Paige Scurpa scored 10.
Lakeview dropped to 0-6, 2-11, respectively.
ä Wilmington 50, West Middlesex 48 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Greyhounds garnered the Region 2-AA win at the buzzer.
Tessa Sikora scored after taking an inbounds pass from midcourt with 2.7 ticks to play and the count knotted at 48, West Middlesex mentor Jodi Anthony reported.
For Wilmington (2-3, 4-9), Alanna Elliott ended with a game-high 18 points, Carly Christofferson collected 14, and Sikora scord 11.
Kelsey Murray mustered a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double for West Middlesex (1-4, 6-8), while Alexis Summers scored 12 points and Molly Stitt 11.
ä Hickory 73, Oil City 31 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Hornettes improved to 4-1 in Region 5-AAA and 11-1 overall with the rout over the Lady Oilers (1-4, 6-7).
Nikki Arbanas buried 5 treys en route to a career-high 31 points for Hickory. She also had 5 steals and dished out 3 assists. Holly Grober tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists.
Also for Hickory, Nicole Lacava had 8 boards, Brandi Beader collected 4 rebounds, Jenna Placzek had 7 boards and Megan Chess had 3 steals and 3 assists.
Oil City did not have a player reach double digits in scoring.
ä Rocky Grove 53, Jamestown 13 — At Franklin, the Lady Orioles (3-0, 8-6) led 15-4 after the 1st quarter and rolled past the Lady Muskies (0-3, 0-12) in the Region 1-A affair.
Christina Schiffer rifled in 22 points for RG while Haley Nerlich added 14 markers.
Kaitlin Liszka, Savannah Miller, Amanda Robinson, Allison Kell, Mikayla Keyser and Loghan Sankey all had 2 points for Jamestown.
ä Greenville 37, Commodore Perry 34 — At Sheakleyville Wednesday, the Lady Trojans (5-6) edged the Lady Panthers in a non-region contest.
Jessica Burnett scored 20 to lead Greenville while Stephanie Vaughn buried 4 treys for 12 points and Lexi Grinnell added 11 for CP.
A complete boxscore was not reported to The Herald.
ä Lakeview 42, Hickory 27 — At Hickory Wednesday, the Sailors of coach Tom Tingley recorded the victory.
Notching falls for the winners were: Dustin Schleifer (132), Marquis Spence (170) and Jake Heim (120). For the Hornets, copping pins were Noah Bianco (145), Shane Beatty (160) and Robbie Thomas (182).
ä Mercer 31, Greenville 30 (Crit. H) — At the County Seat, the host Mustangs (7-2) won via criteria in the competitive contest.
Austin King (113) and Colton Smith (220) posted pins for Mercer mentor Rick Whenry.
For Greenville, Blake Horne (152) notched the Trojans’ lone fall.
ä Brookfield 1,904, Mineral Ridge 1,854 — At McKinley Lanes in Niles, Adam Brooks (354), Bradley Bridge (322) and Nick Kerr (299) led the Warriors to victory.
Josh Durig (349), Brandon Bukofchan (308) and Todd McCormick (267) were the top rollers for MR.
ä Sharon 6, Hickory-B 0 — At Ten-pin Alley, Brent Elliott (244), Nick Carlo (213), Dan Spanos (199) and Shane Young (194) led Sharon. Brad Hunyadi (172) and Austin Ghiates (170) led Hickory-B.
ä Brookfield 1,671, Mineral Ridge 1,535 — At Niles, Heather Stanish bowled a 366, Kourtney Husnick rolled a 281 and Nicole Johnston had a 262 for the Lady Warriors.
Rachael Chenoweth (249), Jen Celli (235) and Amanda Prusha (217) led the way for Mineral Ridge.
It was the most opportune time for the Lady Tigers to tighten up.
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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Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
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