The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


February 4, 2014

Roundup: Farrell girls beat Reynolds; Hickory, Mercer roll

- — 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.

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