The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


December 11, 2013

Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56

- — When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.

The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.

The host Tigers (1-1) turned over the ball 9 times and Sharon shot 11 for 31 en route to a 29-24 halftime deficit. But during the 2nd half Sharon shared the basketball and parlayed its athleticism to outrace the Big Reds on Sharon’s spacious floor.

“They’re big and strong — pretty much the antithesis of what we are — so we had to be able to force our game on them, rather than them force their game on us,” summarized 2nd-season Sharon skipper Jason Rankin.

“I think, once we get out and get goin’, I don’t think anybody’s gonna be able to run with us, except maybe Farrell,” Rankin remarked. “But the thing is, we’ve gotta get that kind of confidence, and guys just gotta get all over the floor, use it as as asset, to be able to get up and down and use all ninety-four feet.”

After intermission, Sharon shot 17 for 30, with several Tigers’ tallies via transition, with only 5 turnovers. With Mark Henry and Carnell Hawkins handing out 6 and 5 assists, respectively, offensive balance resulted in a handful of double-figure scorers. Henry and Jamal Waller went for 13 points apiece, while Hawkins had a dozen, Jason Austin added 11, and Aubray Jennings joined in with 10. Sharon scored on 7 shots from beyond the arc, 6 of which occurred during the 2nd half.

“We play Meadville Friday (in the Region 5-AAA opener). Last year we started out going up there and losing,” Rankin recalled. “We were chasing them for a while. We finally caught up, but we don’t want to be in that situation. We want to be able to get out and build some confidence and, hopefully on Friday, keep things rolling.”

For West Middlesex (0-3), Josh Porterfield provided a team-high 14-point performance, while fellow post Trey Staunch secured a game-high 12 rebounds to go with 9 points and 5 assists, while Ryan Dogan delivered 11 points, 7 caroms and 3 assists.

Sharon shot 26 for 61 (42.6 percent) from the floor, while West Middlesex went 19 for 43 (44.1).

Led by Staunch, Dogan and Christian Porterfield (6), the Big Reds outrebounded Sharon 34-30. Hawkins, Henry, Jennings and Waller evenly divided 20 caroms. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Kennedy Catholic 49, Lakeview 35 — At Hermitage, Matt Hurton fired in 5 treys en route to 19 points in leading the Golden Eagles (2-1) past the Sailors (0-3) in a non-region encounter.

Andre Campbell added 14 points for coach Rick Messina’s KC squad.

Brandon Rice scored 16 points to lead Lakeview.

ä Grove City 60, Sharpsville 43 — At the Devils Den in Sharpsville, the visiting Eagles soared to the inter-region road rout by tossing in 9 triples.

The trio of Derek Turner, Danny Torok and Foster Reznor rifled in 21, 12 and 19 points, respectively. Reznor recorded 4 from beyond the arc and Turner tossed in a trio of treys.

Grove City (3-0) got out to an 11-8 first-quarter lead, extended its edge to 29-12 by the break, then the Eagles erupted for 22 third-period points en route to a 51-27 lead entering the final frame.

Sage Barringer bucketed 12 points and Kyle Kennedy and Dayne Smith evenly split 20 additional points for Sharpsville (1-2).

ä Brookfield 67, Mathews 40 — At Vienna Center, the Warriors (3-0) jumped out to a 21-12 lead after 8 minutes of play and cruised to the win.

Seth Wallace fired in 17 points to lead Brookfield and Caleb Hunkus contributed 11 markers.

Corey Pratt (12) and Walt Ford (11) scored in double digits for Mathews (2-2).


ä Hickory 79, Rochester 26 —
At The Hive in Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets were humming.

Nikki Arbanas annexed a 30-point, 12-steal, 5-assist line for Hickory (3-0). Also, Raganne O’Brien rifled in 16 points; Brandi Beader boasted an 11-point, 5-rebound, 3-steal, 5-assist line; Jaz Shephard secured 4 rebounds and 5 assists; Megan Chess checked in with 3 steals, and Nicole Lacava lent 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

McFrazier fired in 10 tallies for Rochester (1-3).

ä Grove City 57, Mercer 55 — At Grove City, the host Lady Eagles edged their backyard rivals in the inter-region affair.

The Lady Eagles erased a 17-13 first-quarter deficit by erupting for 22 second-period points. However Mercer mustered a 4th-frame rally from a 47-38 deficit by outscoring Grove City 17-10 before falling short.

Jordyn Wyllie went for 11 points to lead a balanced scoring output for Grove City (3-0), while Hailey Hall and Corianna Hyduchak evenly divided 18 additional points.

Mercer (1-2) was led by Megan McKinney’s 16 markers, Lexie Arkwright annexed 12, and Adelyn Cook connected for 11.

ä Lakeview 48, Iroquois 31 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors coasted to the inter-region home rout.

Sam Womer went for a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead Lakeview (1-2), while Raygen Fisher fired in 13 points.

For Iroquois (0-1), Rosemary Campbell collected 10 points, but the Lady Braves did not break double digits in any one quarter.

ä Wilmington 58, Farrell 34 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Greyhounds garnered the inter-region win. Wilmington went out to a 16-6 first-quarter lead and never trailed.

Tessa Sikora scored a game-high 18 points and Hannah Drake drilled 17 for Wilmington (2-1), while Alanna Elliott ended with 14.

For Farrell (1-2), Whitney Murray mustered 10 points, but was the loen Lady Steeler in double figures.

ä Saegertown 55, Jamestown 10 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, the Lady Muskies fell to 0-3 with the non-region loss to the Lady Panthers (2-1).

Tori Eckart and Mikayla Newman had 13 points each for Saegertown.

Loghan Sankey and Mikayla Keyser had 4 points each for Jamestown.

ä Commodore Perry 37, Maplewood 18 — At Guys Mills, coach Bob Messina’s visiting Lady Panthers (1-2) led 16-4 after the opening 8 minutes and cruised past the Lady Tigers (0-3) in a non-region clash.

Stephanie Vaughn and Sarah Nagy led the way for Commodore Perry with 10 points each.

Lauren Covine bucketed 8 points to pace Maplewood.

ä Northwestern 45, Reynolds 37 — At Albion, the Lady Wildcats held a slim 6-2 lead after the opening quarter, 22-20 at the break and 29-27 after 3, and outscored the Lady Raiders 16-10 in the 4th to earn the non-region win.

Makayla Marini fired in 19 points for Northwestern (1-0) and Elizabeth Havican scored 10.

Brooke Bresnan scored 12 to lead Reynolds (0-3) and Rose Stoyer and Alex Napadano posted 10 points each.

ä Newton Falls 56, Brookfield 43 — At Newton Falls Monday, the Lady Warriors of coach Shawn Hammond fell behind 34-18 at the intermission and never recovered.

Brooke Barreca nailed 18 points, Alissa Abraham 13 and Destinee Hutson 11 for the winners (4-1). For Brookfield (3-2), Ashley Kirila had 19 points.

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