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January 23, 2013

Roundup: WM, Lakeview boys roll; Sharon stuns Meadville in OT

---- — Add Tueday night’s District 10 Region 2-AA showdown in Sharpsville to the annals of unusual circumstances and unintended consequences.

Or as one court-side observer said, “Hell finally froze over” at the Devils’ Den.

That glib remark, however, was not so humorous early on. Owing to the slippery hardwood, players’ safety became a concern at the outset, so the officials halted play just 41 ticks into a scoreless tilt.

When play resumed at 7:57 p.m., however, it was business as usual for the West Middlesex High boys’ basketball team.

The Big Reds rolled to their 8th consecutive conquest, as led by Matt Dogan’s game-high 31-point performance West Middlesex won, 99-51.

Dogan, whose point total matched his uniform numeral, went down hard in front of Sharpsville’s bench just before the offiicials conferred with coaches and Sharpsville School District employees. However Middlesex mentor Chad Mild said,

“We were ready to play, and it didn’t matter what was going on. I have confidence in my guys, and I told them, ‘As soon as we’re allowed to play, let’s get after ’em.

“The biggest concern was as long as the floor was playable and no one got hurt,” Mild continued. “I asked my kids, ‘Do you want to play?’ and they said it felt pretty good to them, so we played.”

In addition to the dominant Dogan, who dished out 6 assists, West Middlesex (7-0, 12-3) was led by Trey Staunch’s 17-point, 8-rebound, 6-assist line, Jeremy Jancso’s 18-point, 5-rebound outing, Jerrod Palmer’s handful of treys en route to 15 points, and Roman Klaric, who collected 7 more assists.

“That’s what we’ve been preaching, and especially Matt’s been getting people the ball,” Mild mused. “He’s not forcing the issue, and I like the way our guys are starting to come together for each other.

“I feel good. I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Mild said, rhetorically asking, “Do I think we’ve peaked yet? No. But we’re just gonna go one game at a time and hope to peak at the right time.

Taylor Lenzi led Sharpsville (4-3, 8-7) with 15 points, tossing in a trio of treys, while Tyler Luchey lent a 13-point, 7-rebound, 7-assist line, and Kyle Kennedy contributed 10 tallies and a half-dozen rebounds and Sage Barringer bucketed 7 points and distributed another 4 dimes.

 However the Blue Devils turned over the ball 17 times during the 1st half and trailed 40-17 at intermission. Sharpsville concluded the contest with 2 dozen turnovers, while Middlesex made only 11 miscues — 6 during the 1st half. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

BOYS BASKETBALL

ä Reynolds 54, Mercer 48 —
At Transfer, the Raiders improved to 3-4 in Region 2-AA and 9-6 overall with the 6-point victory over the Mustangs (2-5, 5-8).

Garrett Frable fired in 22 points for Reynolds and Cory Woods drained 4 treys en route to 17 points.

Logan Clarke registered 17 for Mercer, Nate Guiler notched 13 and Danny Miller scored a dozen.

ä Lakeview 64, Greenville 41 — At Greenville, the visiting Sailors coasted to the Region 2-AA road win by securing a commanding 32-21 margin at intermission. A 23-point 3rd-period outburst extended Lakview’s lead to 55-27 through 3.

Dalton Boggs bucketed a game-high 22 points to lead Lakeview (6-1, 13-2), Casey Greggs garnered 20 and Coty Gander got another 10.

For Greenville (1-6, 4-10), Luke Houpt hit for 11, but the Trojans tumbled for the 4th consecutive tilt.

ä Sharon 81, Meadville 75 (OT) — At Sharon, the host Tigers triumphed in the Region 5-AAA tilt.

“It’s a very big win, beating a good team like (MASH). I’m happy we’re able to escape,” admitted 1st-year Tigers’ taskmaster Jason Rankin.

Khalil Hopson hit a game-high 28 points to stoke Sharon (5-4, 7-7), Darrell Stovall scored 17, while Mark Henry had 12 points.

For MASH (6-3, 10-4), Zak Price pumped in 20, Jason Clune contributed 17, Donté Hollingsworth had 14, and Trevor Clune connected for 13 for the Bulldogs.

ä George Junior Republic 90, Slippery Rock 45 — At Slippery Rock, GJR (3-6, 5-8) led 21-8 after the opening 8 minutes and cruised to the Region 5-AAA win over the Rockets (1-8, 2-13).

Nafis Brown rifled in 26 points for GJR, Malik Gibson bucketed 17 and had 7 rebounds, Eddie Pena had 8 points and 8 boards and Qayshawn Oliver ripped down 8 rebounds.

Shane Karl led the way for SR with 11 points.

ä Kennedy Catholic 71, Rocky Grove 38 — At Franklin, KC (4-0, 9-3) led 12-9 after the 1st quarter and 37-14 at halftime and rolled past the Orioles (2-2, 4-10) in the Region 1-A encounter.

Jeff Thompkins scored 14 to lead KC while Mac Hartman and Chris James had 12 points each.

Garrett Gannoe bucketed 11 to lead Rocky Grove.

ä VisionQuest 70, Commodore Perry 39 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Eagles eased to the Region 1-A road rout.

The Eagles (3-1, 4-10) soared to leads of 13-2 at the quarter and 39-13 by the break.

Demetrius McClennan collected a game-high 33 points, Izeem Hunter hit for 14, and  and Jaleel Adams added 10.

For Commodore Perry (0-4, 2-13), Brandon Stringert scored 10 and Phil Stringert tallied a trio of treys for the Panthers.

ä Maplewood 60, Commodore Perry 48 — At Guys Mills Monday, the non-region contest was tied at 33-all heading into the 4th quarter, but the Tigers (4-11) outscored CP 27-15 in the final frame.

Josh Lake scored 15 to lead Maplewood while Ray Maloney drained 4 treys en route to 14 points and Logan Battin added 11 markers.

Brandon Stringert scored a game-high 17 for CP (2-12) while Sean Britton bucketed 12.

ä The Campbell Memorial-at-Brookfield boys’ basketball game scheduled for Tuesday was postponed and rescheduled for tonight.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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ä Canfield 40, Hickory 30 —
At Covelli Centre Monday night, the Lady Cardinals held Hickory to only 16 points during the game’s final 24 minutes.

Keying Canfield was Sabrina Mangapora, who mustered a game-high 22 points, and Rachel Tinkey, who tallied 12.

Holly Grober garnered 14 points for Hickory (11-2).

Non-Tourney

ä Wilmington 46, Greenville 38 —
At New Wilmington Monday, the host Lady ’Hounds built a 25-13 lead by intermission and never looked back.

Tessa Sikora had 13 points and Alanna Elliott 12 to pace the winners. For Greenville, Jessica Burnett led with 15 markers.

ä Lakeview 37, Maplewood 33 — At Stoneboro Monday, coach Jodi Seddon’s Lady Sailors improved to 4-11 with the 4-point non-region win over the Lady Tigers (4-10).

Casey Stringer (11) and Chelsea Davis (10) scored in double digits for Lakeview while Madalyn Nicols posted 12 points for Maplewood.

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