It’s been a sometimes trying season for the Farrell and Reynolds girls’ basketball teams; however the Lady Steelers’ perseverence paid off Monday night.
The visiting Lady Raiders rolled to a 22-19 margin at intermission, but Farrell forged 42 second-half points en route to a 61-35 Region 1-A win.
At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, Bria Gambill, Key-Asia Oatis and Tatyana Page produced 11 points apiece for Farrell (4-4, 6-12) — 26 after intermission.
“It’s a great victory! The kids’ season was on the line,” summarized Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky. “I told ’em, ‘If you lose, the best you can do is five-and-five.’ But we’ve gotta go to Kennedy, which is a tough opponent up there
“So, realistically, the way we were looking at it is we had to get this one (Monday) night in order to give ourselves any chance of getting into the (District 10) playoffs.”
Turosky got the balanced contributions he had been seeking from the Lady Steelers. In addition the the aforementioned trio, Whitney Murray mustered 9 points and snared 6 caroms Matyra Evans ended with 8 points and a handful of rebounds, Oatis snared a team-high 7 rebounds and Page and Gambill garnered 4 and 3 assists, respectively.
“They came out and showed great senior leadership — Whitney, Bria and ‘Peanut’ (Janee Avery),” Turosky praised.
“It’s just amazing the team effort they showed. They never got discouraged,” Turosky continued, relating, “We’ve had moments this season where things went down and we never got back up; (Mon)day they stayed the course and got a great win against a great Reynolds team.”
With Kayla Thompson tallying 2 treys, Rose Stoyer another, and Brooke Bresnan bucketing 8 points, the Lady Raiders recorded 6-for-16 first-half shooting, while Farrell labored through a 5-for-19 performance, resulting in Reynolds’ 3-point halftime edge.
However Farrell’s athleticism, in the form of half- and three-quarter court traps, resulted in Reynolds turning over the ball 26 times — 14 during the 2nd half.
“We were tryin’ to play their game for a while there in a little half-court set. But my coaches and I talked and decided to get a little pressure on them, and the second half we went full-court pressure,” Turosky explained. “It seemed as though (Lady Raiders’ Head Coach Will Juranovich) was adjusting, so we went back to a half-court trap, and it gave them some trouble.”
For Reynolds (4-3, 5-12), Bresnan brokered a 13-point, 7-rebound, 2-assist line, while Thompson tallied 10, tossing in a trio of treys. Stoyer scored 8, twice tripling, while Alex Napadano notched a half-dozen rebounds in spite of game-long personal-foul problems.
Farrell finished 20 for 48 from the floor (41.7 percent) and battled on the boards as Reynolds outrebounded the Lady Steelers by a slight 32-31 margin. Also, the Lady Steelers were guilty of only 13 miscues, 5 during the 2nd half.
“That’s what I’ve been looking for all year,” Turosky admitted. “We have talent, but it’s just been a matter of them all jelling together and getting it done.
“Hat’s off to every kid on this team. They’ve stayed in the gym every day with me, working hard. I couldn’t be prouder of this team, and congrats to my staff (Tieshia Stubbs, Jordan Snyder, Jermaine Holden) ’cause they did a great job (Monday) night.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Mercer 59, Lakeview 21 — At the County Seat in Mercer, Coach Aaron Cook’s Lady M’s improved to 7-2 in Region 2-AA and 13-5 overall with the win over the Lady Sailors (0-10, 5-12).
Mercer led 10-2 after the opening 8 minutes and 27-12 at the break. They scored 13 unanswered points to start the 3rd quarter to put the game away.
Jordan Fisher drained 5 treys en route to season-high 17 points for Mercer and Alexis Arkwright scored 15.
Sam Womer led the way for Lakeview with 8 points.
The Lady Sailors had 18 turnovers while the Lady M’s had 8. — Information submitted by Herald correspondent Madeline Williams.
ä Hickory 71, Titusville 9 — At Titusville, coach Jeanette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets moved to a perfect 9-0 in Region 5-AAA and 18-0 overall with the rout of the Lady Rockets (0-10, 3-15).
Hickory led 30-0 after the opening quarter and 51-5 at halftime and cruised to the win.
YSU recruit Nikki Arbanas fired in 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 5 steals to lead Hickory while Walsh recruit Holly Grober added 10 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 2 blocks.
Also for Hickory, Nicole LaCava pulled down 9 rebounds, Reganne O’Brien and Brandi Beader had 4 rebounds each, Jasmine Shephard tallied 5 steals and Megan Chess dished out 4 assists.
Kaylee Deeter led Titusville with 5 points.
ä Kennedy Catholic 61, Commodore Perry 32 — At Sheakleyville, the visitng Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A road rout, building a 59-19 bulge through 3 quarters.
Taylor Hood had a game-high 19 points and handed out a half-dozen assists, and Tatum Kress contributed a 7-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist line to key Kennedy (7-0, 15-2). Also, April Bociacn bucketed 13 points and snared a team-high 7 rebounds.
Kennedy connected on 26 of 57 field-goal attempts (45.6 percent), according to 1st-year Head Coach Chris Mele.
For Commodore Perry (3-5, 10-9), Steph Vaughn and Shae Grinnell garnered a dozen points apiece.
ä Sharon 63, Greenville 25 — At Greenville, the visiting Lady Tigers mauled Greenville, building a 51-19 bulge entering the final frame en route to the Region 2-AA road rout.
For Sharon (9-1, 13-6), Mallory Torr and Tanayja Sanders scored 16 and 15 poitns, respectively, and Maggie Torr tallied 9. Also, ‘’Tina Jacoway contributed a 6-point, 3-steal, 3-assist, 4-rebound line, and Delisa Smith 8 points and 5 rebounds. Sanders snared a team-high 8 caroms, also, as Sharon swept the home-and-home regular-season series against Greenville (5-4, 8-9).
ä Wilmington 42, Sharpsville 36 (OT) — At New Wilmington, Sharpsville (4-6, 7-10) rallied to tie the game in the 2nd half, but fell in OT to the Lady Hounds (6-4, 12-7) in Region 2-AA action.
Sharpsville led 12-11 after the opening 8 minutes, but Wilmington charged back and took a 22-17 lead at halftime. The Blue Darlings then outscored Wilmington 19-14 in the 2nd half to force OT and then the Lady Hounds outscored the visitors 6-0 in the extra session.
Eugena Davies fired in a game-high 16 points, which included 4 treys, for the Blue Darlings, Emily Anderson added a dozen points and Maddie Przicina posted 4 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.
Tessa Sikora had 15 to lead Wilmington and Cassidy Marett scored 12.
ä Girard 38, Brookfield 27 — At Girard, the visiting Lady Warriors were only 11 for 54 from the field and suffered the road loss.
Bree Bishop bucketed 13 points to lead Girard.
For Brookfield (13-5), Delaney Saxton secured 22 rebounds and Autumn Kirila connected for 11 points, while Lauren Hawley handed out 3 assists.
ä McDonald 2131, Brookfield 1923 — At Bell-Wick Lanes in Hubbard, McDonald notched the win over the Warriors.
No names were submitted for McDonald. Devon Lamb (272), Billy Sullinger (213) and Matt Johnson (203) led Brookfield.
ä McDonald 1511, Brookfield 1393 — At Bell-Wick Lanes, the Lady Warriors fell to McDonald.
No names were submitted for McDonald. Jessica Neral rolled a 264 for Brookfield, Christine Lowers had a 244 and Sam Neral bowled a 194.
REYNOLDS 15 7 8 5 35
FARRELL 12 7 17 25 61
REYNOLDS — Stoyer 3-0-0-8, Bresnan 3-7-8-13, Napadano 0-0-2-0, Thompson 3-1-2-10, Babcock 0-0-0-0, Cadman 0-0-0-0, Toy 1-0-2-2, Yahner 1-0-0-2, Foster 0-0-0-0, Taylor Cutshaw 0-0-0-0, Alyssa Cutshaw 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Thompson 3, Stoyer 2. Totals: 11-8-14-35.
FARRELL — Gambill 4-2-2-11, Smith 2-3-4-7, Murray 4-1-4-9, Oatis 2-7-8-11, Page 4-3-5-11, Sharper 0-2-2-2, Avery 0-2-2-2, Evans 4-0-2-8, Wade 0-0-0-0, Barber 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Gambill 1. Totals: 20-20-31-61.
JV — No game.
HICKORY 30 21 14 6 71
TITUSVILLE 0 5 0 4 9
HICKORY — DeJulia 0-0-0-0, Arbanas 10-1-1-25, He. Grober 2-0-1-4, Chess 1-1-2-4, Moore 2-0-0-5, Whitehead 1-0-0-2, Shephard 0-0-0-0, O’Brien 2-0-1-4, Beader 3-0-0-8, LaCava 4-1-1-9, Ho. Grober 5-0-0-10. 3-pt. goals: Arbanas 4, Beader 2, Chess 1, Moore 1. Totals: 30-3-6-71.
TITUSVILLE — S. Moore 1-0-0-2, S. Galmish 1-0-0-2, Deeter 2-0-0-5, J. Moore 0-0-0-0, Herberg 0-0-0-0, Gates 0-0-0-0, Donovan 0-0-0-0, Jacobs 0-0-0-0, Foltz 0-0-0-0, N. Galmish 0-0-0-0, Kosten 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Deeter 1. Totals: 4-0-0-9.
JV — Hickory, 57-34. Paige Rush 12, Neely Whitehead 11, Jillian Greenburg 11 for Hickory.
SHARON 14 20 17 12 63
GREENVILLE 7 4 8 6 25
SHARON — Mallory Torr 6-2-3-16, Maggie Torr 4-0-0-9, Jacoway 2-2-3-6, McGranahan 1-0-0-2, Hopson 2-0-0-5, Reed 1-0-0-2, D. Smith 4-0-0-8, Sanders 5-5-8-15. 3-pt. goals: Mal. Torr 2, Mag. Torr 1, Hopson 1. Totals: 25-9-14-63.
GREENVILLE — Fagley 0-7-10-7, Leary 0-0-1-0, Marini 1-3-4-5, Montalvo 1-2-2-4, Herrick 3-0-0-6, Fenton 1-1-4-3. Totals: 6-13-21-25.
JV — No game.
LAKEVIEW 2 10 2 7 21
MERCER 10 17 20 12 59
LAKEVIEW — Fischer 1-2-4-5, Foster 2-0-0-5, Womer 3-2-4-8, S. Riddle 0-0-2-0, Gravatt 1-1-2-3, M. Kasbee 0-0-0-0, Holland 0-0-0-0, McIntire 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Fischer 1, Foster 1. Totals: 7-5-12-21.
MERCER — Arkwright 7-0-0-15, Mills 1-0-0-2, McKinney 4-0-0-9, Cook 2-0-2-5, Angermeier 1-0-0-2, Glass 2-1-1-6, Swartz 1-0-0-3, Fisher 6-0-0-17, Fedorchak 0-0-0-0, Edwards 0-0-0-0, Conner 0-0-0-0, Thompson 0-0-0-0, Haight 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Fisher 5, Arkwright 1, McKinney 1, Cook 1, Glass 1, Swartz 1. Totals: 24-1-3-59.
JV — Mercer, 33-23. Haley Glass 17 for Mercer.
KENNEDY 23 13 23 2 61
COMM. PERRY 2 9 8 13 32
KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Zacherl 0-0-0-0, Shannonhouse 2-0-0-4, Kress 2-3-4-7, Hood 8-2-2-19, Kish 5-0-0-11, O’Brien 2-0-0-4, Moroco 0-0-0-0, Burns 0-0-0-0, Fusco 1-1-2-3, Bocian 6-1-2-13, Volkay 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Kish 1, Hood 1. Totals: 28-7-10-61.
COMMODORE PERRY — Beachy 0-0-0-0, Stringert 1-2-2-4, Campbell 1-0-0-2, Grinnell 5-2-4-12, Vaughn 5-1-2-12, Sernik 0-0-0-0, Kitchen 0-0-0-0, A. Nagy 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goal: Vaughn 1, Totals: 13-5-8-32.
JV — Kennedy Catholic, 48-17. Taylor Zacherl 15, Shannonhouse 13, Fusco 11.
SHARPSVILLE 12 5 9 10 0 36
WILMINGTON 11 11 7 7 6 42
SHARPSVILLE — Davies 5-2-4-16, Przicina 1-2-2-4, Sloan 2-0-0-4, Anderson 5-2-2-12, Schell 0-0-2-0, Shuttleworth 0-0-0-0, Falconi 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Davies 4. Totals: 13-6-10-36.
WILMINGTON — Sikora 7-1-2-15, Elliott 1-0-0-2, Marett 5-2-7-12, Drake 1-2-2-4, Thompson 1-0-0-2, McCown 0-0-2-0, Naples 3-0-0-7, Romeo 0-0-0-0, Hahn 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Naples 1. Totals: 18-5-13-42.
JV — Wilmington, 35-31. Dakota Naples 14 for Wilmington. Madison Sloan 22 for Sharpsville.
BROOKFIELD 7 9 4 7 27
GIRARD 10 6 11 11 38
BROOKFIELD — Hawley 1-0-0-3, Autumn Kirila 5-0-0-11, Quinlan 1-0-0-2, DiCristofaro 0-0-0-0, May 3-0-1-6, Saxton 1-3-6-5, Hiner 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Hawley 1, Kirila 1. Totals: 11-3-9-27.
GIRARD — Payich 0-3-4-3, Trebella 1-1-4-4, Ciminero 0-0-0-0, Berry 1-0-0-2, Alasija Dykes 3-1-3-7, Shymara Dykes 2-1-2-5, Bishop 5-3-6-13, Thomas 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goal: Trebella 1. Totals: 14-9-19-38.
JV — Girard, 35-29. Camille Stoffick 12 points for Girard; McKenzie Drapola 12 for Brookfield.
It’s been a sometimes trying season for the Farrell and Reynolds girls’ basketball teams; however the Lady Steelers’ perseverence paid off Monday night.
Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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