Testing the waters of a competitive non-conference schedule ultimately benefits a basketball team.
Such was the case during Thursday night’s District 10 Region 1-A girls tilt, as host Kennedy Catholic conquered Commodore Perry, 69-32.
Taylor Hood had a game-high 17-point, 9-assist, 7-rebound line to key Kennedy Catholic (2-0, 9-2), which has lost to Neshannock and Hollidaysburg, but beaten Franklin, Ursuline and Grove City, as well as Keystone, Ford City, Rochester and Beaver.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Lady Golden Eagles, who erupted for a 25-4 first-quarter lead and were not challenged.
“I’m happy with where we’re at,” 1st-year KC Head Coach Chris Mele mused. “We’ve played a lot of road games, and that’s made us a better team. Our (non-conference) schedule’s been brutal, which has really, really helped us in the region, which has been good.”
In addition to Hood, Bekah Kish connected for a trio of treys to fire in 15 points, while April Bocian brokered an 8-point, 8-rebound, 6-blocked shots line. Also, Tatum Kress contributed 9 points, 5 caroms and 2 assists, and Liv O’Brien, who scored 6 and distributed another 4 assists.
“That’s one thing about this club — a very, very unselfish team ... sometimes to a fault,” assessed Mele. “Sometimes we’ll pass up a shot to get it to someone else. But that’s the mark of a good team. It’s fun coaching them.”
Kennedy Catholic connected on 24 of 56 floor shots (42.8 percent), but also sometimes became cavalier with its ballhandling. KC committed 15 miscues.
“(Thursday) night, we were a little bit sloppy at times, but Commodore Perry had a lot to do with that,” Mele said in praise of the Lady Panthers. “They’re always hustling and they play hard, so I tip my hat to them. They’re gonna be a team to reckon with in the (region).
“If we limit our turnovers, I think we’re a better basketball team,” Mele continued. “And that’s one thing we’ve gotta come out of this win with: Limit your turnovers. ... But, yeah, I’m very pleased with where we’re at.”
Commodore Perry (2-1, 8-5) had a 5-game win skein snapped.
“Commodore Perry’s a very good team,” Mele praised. “Coach Bob Messina does a really nice job with them. I’ve watched some of the opponents they’ve played. They’re for real, so give them credit. They work hard, have got some good players.
“I told coach before, ‘One thing we’re not gonna do is take Commodore Perry lightly,’ ” Mele continued. “(Messina’s) built a nice program there, the girls believe in him, and I think it was a credit to our girls, not losing focus on this team. It was good.”
The Lady Panthers were paced by Sarah Nagy, who notched 11 points and snared 7 caroms, Steph Vaughn, who scored 9 points, while Emily Kitchen collared a game-high 9 caroms and dished out a team-high 3 assists. However CP produced only 9-for-46 shooting from the field and was guilty of 20 turnovers. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Slippery Rock 33, Grove City 32 — At Grove City Thursday night, the visiting Rockets improved to 4-1 in Region 5-AAA by holding off Grove City (2-2, 7-5).
Grove City had a chance to win on the final possession of the game but a short runner in the lane by Hailey Hall missed with four seconds left and Slippery Rock's Jenna Whitmer secured the defensive rebound to seal the win.
“I thought the last possession, we played very well,” Slippery Rock head coach John Tabisz said. “This is Grove City-Slippery Rock. I knew it would be close. We did what we had to do to get the win and I’ll take that.”
Nicole Papley led Slippery Rock (8-2 overall) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Slippery Rock led 16-12 at halftime and did not trail in the second half.
Sophomore Brenna Deyarmin paced Grove City with 12 points while Alexis Deyarmin added six points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Grove City shot 13 for 38 (34 percent) from the floor while Slippery Rock went 12 of 35 (34 percent). Slippery Rock did hit four of its eight three-point attempts, led by Papley’s 3-for-5 effort. Grove City missed each of its five three-point attempts.
Slippery Rock owned a 27-23 edge in rebounds. Grove City committed just 10 turnovers while Slippery Rock had 16. Riley McGonigle recorded three assists for Slippery Rock and Grove City senior Arianna Sprando had three assists for the Eagles.
The setback marked Grove City’s second one-point defeat of the week. Monday night, Franklin earned a 45-44 win at Grove City after the Eagles could not covert on the final possession of the game.
“We knew that the region was going to be like this coming into the season,” Grove City head coach T.L. Eller said. “Obviously, it’s been a tough week for us, losing two close region games like that. We’ve proven that we can play with these teams. We’re seeing great improvement.” — By Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.
ä Hickory 68, Oil City 35 — At Oil City’s “House of Hustle,” coach Jeanette Whitehead’s visiting Lady Hornets (5-0, 13-0) continued to roll past Region 5-AAA competition.
Nikki Arbanas drained 4 treys and finished with 30 points for Hickory. She also had 8 steals and 4 assists.
Also for the Lady Hornets, Holly Grober registered 8 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks, Jasmine Shephard dished out 3 assists and Nicole Lacava grabbed 9 rebounds. As a team, Hickory had 15 steals.
Riley Davis led the Lady Oilers (1-4, 8-4) with 10 points.
ä Reynolds 42, Farrell 28 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders recorded the Region 1-A rout, as Brooke Bresnan bucketed a game-high 11 points, Rose Stoyer scored 10, Alex Napadano notched a team-high 7 rebounds, and Kayla Thompson dished out a handful of assists for Reynolds (1-1, 2-10).
“We’re finally starting to play some Class A teams. We had a brutal schedule, playing double-A and triple-A,” related Reynolds Head Coach Wilbur Juranovich. “The girls always give the effort, and they believe in themselves.
“We’re realistic,” Juranovich continued. “We know we can play and win eight out of ten games in our region, and we’re gonna battle to try to win all eight of those. If it doesn’t work out, it won’t be for lack of effort.”
For Farrell (1-2, 3-9), Tatyana Page produced 9 points.
ä Sharpsville 45, Lakeview 36 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Blue Devils decisioned the Lady Sailors in the Region 2-AA affair.
Sharpsville outscored the Lady Sailors 16-9 during the final frame.
Emily Anderson annexed a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Blue Devils (2-3, 5-7), while Madison Przicina produced a 17-point, 4-steal outing and Eugena Davies distributed a half-dozen assists for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
Leading Lakeview (0-6, 3-8) Hailee Foster fired in 10 and Sam Womer went for another 9.
ä Wilmington 74, West Middlesex 57 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Lady Greyhounds garnered the Region 2-AA road rout, outscoring the Ms. Reds 41-22 after intermission.
For Wilmington (4-1, 10-3), Tessa Sikora scored a game-high 20 points, Cassidy Marett mustered 14, and Hannah Drake drilled 13, while Alana Elliott and Dakota Naples evenly divided another 16.
For Middlesex (2-2, 7-7), Morgan Atterholt annexed 15 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double, Noelle Murray manufactured 10 markers, and Alyson Pierce produced a 7-point, 8-assist, 5-steal line.
ä Pymatuning Valley 43, Brookfield 34 — At Brookfield, the visiting Lady Lakers remained undefeated.
Py Valley produced a 30-17 lead through 3 periods before Brookfield burst for 17 points in an ill-fated 4th-frame comeback bid.
Geena Gabriel garnered a game-high 15 points for PV (13-0), while Kelsea Brown bucketed another 15. Gabriel and Brown collaborated for 20-for-27 free-throw shooting.
Brookfield (10-4) was led by Ashley Kirila, who connected for 14 points, but the Lady Warriors were guilty of 17 miscues and shot just 14-for-40 from the floor. Delaney Saxton secured a 6-point, 8-rebound, 3-assist line for Brookfield, also.
ä Mercer 34, Lakeview 30 — In the County Seat, the host Mustangs mustered the Region 2-AA win, outscoring the visiting Sailors 13-5 during the decisive 4th frame.
Logan Clarke collected a game-high 14 points for Mercer (2-4, 6-7) and mentor Doug Schmid.
Brandon Rice recorded a dozen points to lead Lakeview (1-4, 5-8)
ä Greenville 73, Ashtabula-Edgewood 6 — At Greenville, the Trojans rolled to the win.
Brandon Moss (120), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Jacob Rickert (152), Gage Gladysz (160), James Wilkerson (195) and Randall Peabody (220) posted falls for the Trojans.
ä West Middlesex 39, Commodore Perry 36 — At Sheakleyville, the Big Reds (2-8) edged the Panthers.
Jason Ash (160) and Joey Trippy (170) registered falls for WM.
Austin Armagost (106) and John Herman (132) had falls for CP.
ä Hickory 52. Lakeview 24 — At Stoneboro Wednesday, the visiting Hornets of coach Carl Wombacker notched 5 pins and a couple of forfeits en route to the victory.
Recording falls for Hickory were John Sims (170), Robbie Thomas (182), Dominic Vadala (106), Justin Walter (113) and Mason Dean (126).
Picking up pins for the Sailors of coach Tom Tingley were Owen Clayton (120), Marquis Spence (195), Andrew Clayton (220) and Sam Breese (285).
ä Warren Harding 1897, Brookfield 1456 — At Crest Lanes, Harding was led by Briana Nolen (202 high game). For Brookfield it was: Jessica Neral (150), Kourtney Husnick (123) and Christine Lowers (138).
ä Warren Harding 2097, Brookfield 1585 — At Crest Lanes, Jason Nolen notched games of 234 and 277 and James Nolen rolled 267 and 214 for Harding. Also, Addison Daugherty delivered a 244 game for the Raiders.
Brookfield was led by Nick Kerr, Bradley Bridge and Michael Katko, who rolled respective high games of 179, 176 and 173, while Adam Brooks threw a 162.
ä Titusville 122, Sharon 39 — At Sharon, the Rockets rolled past the Tigers.
200 MR: Deeter Leach, Pettit Mehlenbacher (T), 2:01.40.
200 free: Luke Tomasello (S), 2:07.10.
200 IM: Dylan Cerroni (S), 2:09.59.
50 free: Ryan Burton (T), 25.75.
100 fly: Pettit (T), 59.28.
100 free: Cerroni (S), 50.85.
500 free: Pettit (T), 5:26.03.
200 relay: Mac Coat, Cody Sines, Logan Sines, Leach (T), 1:49.88.
100 back: Austin Deeter (T), 1:04.57.
100 breast: Jay Bleday (T), 1:12.13.
400 relay: Deeter, Sines, Mehlenbacher, Pettit (T), 4:01.96.
ä Titusville 128, Sharon 31 — At Sharon, the Lady Rockets completed the boys-girls sweep of the Tigers.
200 MR: Foley Hutchinson, Leach Klingler (T), 2:14.69.
200 free: Ava Young (T), 2:13.81.
200 IM: Megan Bowser (T), 2:39.03.
50 free: Tori Baldwin (T), 29.72.
100 fly: Cara Hutchinson (T), 1:12.62.
100 free: Brienna Roys (S), 1:04.75.
500 free: Sarah Hasbrouck (T), 6:32.
200 relay: Foley, Young, Bowser, Leach (T), 1:52.75.
100 back: Natalie Klingler (T), 1:15.12.
100 breast: Anna Beckert (S), 1:20.47.
400 relay: Whiting, Neely, Seib, Kinney (T), 3:52.89.
Testing the waters of a competitive non-conference schedule ultimately benefits a basketball team.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
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Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
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Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
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The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
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WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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