No matter what age or competition level, it still boils down to putting the ball in the basket.
Brookfield High girls basketball team played well in virtually every facet Monday night against visiting Newton Falls, and the Lady Warriors could have won against the 1-loss Lady Tigers.
But Brookfield brokered just 8-for-38 shooting and suffered a 32-24 setback.
Kayla Boyer’s basket from the right wing with 4:45 remaining to intermission was Brookfield’s initial bucket. Remarkably, the Lady Warriors were trailing only 8-6 at that juncture.
“Defensively, we can play with anybody; offensively ... we don’t have anybody averaging in double figures, and that’s hurting us,” summarized Brookfield bench boss Shawn Hammondm, who wistfully added, “Finding ways to score ...”
Despite the Lady Warriors’s shooting woes, they were knotted at 17 with 1:39 remaining in the 3rd quarter on Brooke Hiner’s pair of free throws. But Brookfield, after commiting 7 first-half turnovers, made 9 second-half miscues, 6 during the 4th frame.
“We’ve played everybody tough. We’re just getting turnovers at the wrong times ... at the worst possible times we’re getting turnovers,” Hammond summarized regarding the 16 his club committed. “We missed some layups early. ... We’re just struggling to score.”
“The Brookfield team always plays extremely well defensively. They’re very well coached, and I have a lot of respect for Coach Hammond and his program,” 8th-year Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Mark Baker praised. “Any time these two teams get together you can eliminate the records ... and you can expect a close, defensive battle.
“They play an aggressive style of defense, we play an aggressive style of defense, and both teams, it seems every year, struggle to shoot the basketball against each other because of the defensive intensity,” Baker added.
During the final frame, while the Lady Warriors went 2 for 9 from the floor, Newton Falls finished 4 for 8, though the Lady Tigers turned overall the ball 5 times and missed 4 of 5 free-throw attempts.
For the Falls (15-1) — which has lost only to OHSAA Division I Austintown-Fitch — Brooke Barreca bucketed a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to emerge as the lone double-figure scorer for either squad.
Owing to Baker’s point regarding Brookfield’s defense, the Falls finished 11 for 39 from the field (28.2 percent), 7 for 18 from the charity stripe, and committed 18 miscues. But the Lady Tigers’ outrebounded Brookfield, 38-23, as Hannah Zelle corralled 9 more caroms.
A member of the All-American Conference National Division and headed to the Mineral Ridge Sectional, Baker’s benchmark for a single season is 18 wins, so he’s hopeful his youthful Lady Tigers (2 seniors) can continue their success.
Ashley Kirila copped a game high-equalling 9 caroms and scored 6 points — all on freebies — for Brookfield (5-8). The Lady Warriors were 8 for 14 from the line, also.
“Team are playing us zone, and you’ve gotta make some shots, it’s that simple” Hammond said. “When we get the ball inside, we need to work it inside, and we’re not. No rhythm in that. A couple sessions we did, threw it inside and kicked it out and had some outside shots. ... But we just can’t consistently do it.
“We’ve just gotta hope within the next three weeks it starts clicking and we can start making some outside shots, ’cause that changes everything. We’re able to press and do some other things. we’d like to do. But when you’re not scoring, you can’t do it,” Hammond concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Kennedy Catholic 72, Jamestown 13 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, KC (6-0, 16-2) led 37-3 after the opening quarter and rolled to the Region 1-A win over the winless Lady Muskies (0-6, 0-17).
Alex Ricketts rifled in 23 points to key KC while Taylor Hood scored a dozen and Tatum Kress added 11. Rachel Burns had 6 points and is now at 976 for her career.
Isabella Greenawalt paced Jamestown with 5 points.
ä Commodore Perry 42, Farrell 29 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina earned his 1st-ever win versus Farrell in his 6 years of coaching the Lady Panthers.
CP (3-3, 6-10) led 13-9 after 8 minutes of play and outscored the Lady Steelers 12-2 in the 2nd quarter to pull away in the Region 1-A clash.
“It was a much-needed win,” said Messina. “It gets us even in the region and back in the hunt. We still have a lot of work to do, but it was a nice win.”
Kate Powell scored 15 to lead CP while Emily Kitchen grabbed 10 rebounds and Lexi Grinnell dished out 8 assists.
Whitney Murray notched 7 points for Farrell (3-3, 9-8).
ä Sharpsville 32, Greenville 18 — At Greenville, the visiting Blue Darlings drove to their 9th victory in their last 10 outings with the Region 2-AA road rout.
McKenzie Popatak produced a 12-point, 17-rebound double-double to stoke Sharpsville (8-0, 11-6), while Megan Davis drilled 11 points, including a trio of treys, and Natalie Henwood handed out 7 assists for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
For Greenville (3-5, 5-10), which has dropped 4 of its last 5 games, Jessica Burnett bucketed 10 tallies.
ä Mercer 50, West Middlesex 32 — At Mercer, Alexis Arkwright fired in a career-high 33 points in leading the Lady M’s (5-2, 12-5) past WM (1-7, 6-11) in the Region 2-AA encounter.
Mercer led 25-7 after 8 minutes of play, 37-13 at halftime and cruised to the win.
Molly Stitt and Alexis Summers both had 9 points each for the Ms. Reds.
ä Wilmington 56, Lakeview 34 — At Stoneboro, the Lady ’Hounds (4-4, 6-10) were up 32-17 at the break and cruised to the Region 2-AA victory against the Lady Sailors (1-7, 5-12).
Alanna Elliott fired in 18 points for Wilmington while Tess Sikora and Cassidy Marett had 9 points each.
Casey Stringer led Lakeview with 9 points.
ä Hickory 62, Cochranton 35 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Region 5 Lady Hornets (14-2) led 23-7 after 8 minutes of play and rolled to the non-region win against the Region 3 Lady Cardinals (10-7).
Nikki Arbanas fired in 22 points had 9 steals and 5 assists for Hickory while Holly Grober registered 21 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 4 blocks. Also for Hickory, Brandi Beader had 6 rebounds, Megan Chess posted 3 boards and 2 assists, Julie White dished out 3 assists, Jasmine Shephard collected 3 steals and 5 assists and Katie Gustas grabbed 3 rebounds.
Madison Bernarding led the way for Cochranton with 14 points.
ä Monday’s Oil City-at-Grove City game has been postponed to Wednesday while the Reynolds-at-Rocky Grove game was moved to Feb. 6.
NEWTON FALLS 6 6 11 9 32
BROOKFIELD 2 8 9 5 24
NEWTON FALLS — Abraham 0-0-0-0, Barreca 7-0-5-14, Zelle 0-4-6-4, King 3-0-1-7, Workman 1-0-0-2, Kline 1-2-4-4, Hobson 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goal: King 1. Totals: 12-7-18-32.
BROOKFIELD — Boyer 1-0-0-2, DiCristofaro 1-2-2-4, Kirila 1-4-8-6, Thompson 2-0-0-4, Foster 0-0-0-0, Harpster 0-0-0-0, Hawley 2-0-0-4, Corns 0-0-00, Gauding 0-0-0-0, Hiner 0-2-4-2, Saxton 1-0-0-2. Totals: 8-8-14-24.
JV — Newton Falls, 28-27. Destiny May 11 points for Brookfield; Devan Houshour 6 for Newton Falls.
KENNEDY 37 19 8 8 72
JAMESTOWN 3 4 2 4 13
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — O’Brien 3-0-0-6, Kress 4-3-4-11, Hood 4-3-5-12, Kish 3-0-0-6, Burns 2-2-2-6, Ricketts 8-4-5-23, Bocian 4-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Ricketts 4, Hood 1. Totals: 28-12-16-72.
JAMESTOWN — Harnett 1-0-0-2, Liszka 0-0-0-0, McLaughlin 0-0-0-0, Miller 1-0-0-2, Mitchell 0-0-0-0, Robinson 0-0-0-0, Greenawalt 2-1-2-5, Kell 0-0-0-0, Keyser 1-0-0-2, Sankey 1-0-0-2. Totals: 6-1-2-13.
JV — KC, 57-15. Tatum Kress 12, April Bocian 12, Olivia O’Brien 10, Taylor Hood 10 for KC.
FARRELL 9 2 12 6 29
COMM. PERRY 13 12 4 13 42
FARRELL — Scott 2-1-3-6, Oatis 2-1-6-5, Polk 2-0-0-4, Page 2-1-2-5, Sharper 1-0-0-2, Murray 3-1-5-7. 3-pt. goal: Scott 1. Totals: 12-4-16-29.
COMMODORE PERRY — Powell 5-5-9-15, Campbell 4-0-0-8, L. Grinnell 3-0-0-6, Kitchen 3-1-2-7, A. Nagy 0-0-0-0, S. Grinnell 0-0-0-0, Vaughn 3-0-0-6. Totals: 18-6-11-42.
JV — Farrell, 40-24. Jacque Chambers 10 for Farrell.
SHARPSVILLE 7 4 9 12 32
GREENVILLE 4 2 8 4 18
SHARPSVILLE — Davis 4-0-0-11, Przicina 1-5-6-7, Popatak 4-4-4-12, Scurpa 0-2-6-2, Henwood 0-0-4-0, Kurelko 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Davis 3. Totals: 9-12-20-32.
GREENVILLE — Fagley 1-2-5-4, Williams 1-0-0-2, Burnett 4-0-0-10, Healy 1-0-0-2, Fenton 0-0-0-0, Marini 0-0-0-0, Montalvo 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Burnett 2. Totals: 7-2-5-18.
JV — Sharpsville, 33-31. Maddie Przicina 11 for Sharpsville. Jessica Fenton 10 for Greenville.
COCHRANTON 7 6 8 14 35
HICKORY 23 15 12 12 62
COCHRANTON — Offi 0-1-2-1, Ke. Dickson 2-1-2-6, Quickel 1-0-0-2, Bernarding 7-0-0-14, Ecli 1-0-0-2, Clulow 1-0-0-2, Ka. Dickson 3-2-2-8, Knauf 0-0-0-0, Vincent 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Ke. Dickson 1. Totals: 15-3-6-35.
HICKORY — Bible 0-0-0-0, Arbanas 7-6-6-22, Chess 2-1-2-5, Moore 1-0-0-2, Gustas 0-0-0-0, Marchand 0-0-0-0, Shephard 0-0-2-0, Zreliak 1-0-0-2, Beader 3-0-0-8, White 1-0-0-2, Grober 8-5-7-21. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 2, Beader 2. Totals: 23-12-17-62.
JV — Hickory, 41-26. Lexi Bible 12 for Hickory.
WILMINGTON 32 56
LAKEVIEW 17 34
WILMINGTON — Sikora 9, Christofferson 8, Drake 6, Elliott 18, Slonaker 6, Marett 9.
LAKEVIEW — Stringer 9, Adams 2, Scott 4, Fischer 2, Ruediger 4, Davis 5, Womer 8. 3-pt. goal: Davis 1.
JV — Lakeview, 35-18.
W.MIDDLESEX 7 6 4 15 32
MERCER 25 12 4 9 50
WEST MIDDLESEX — Murray 8, Atterholt 1, Stitt 9, Summers 9, White 5.
MERCER — Arkwright 33, Mills 2, McKinney 3, Ryder 4, Zacherl 2, Whenry 6.
JV — No score reported.
No matter what age or competition level, it still boils down to putting the ball in the basket.
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
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