The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


February 5, 2014

Roundup: KC beats Devils; Farrell, Hickory, Sharon lose in 5-AAA action

- — “I’m happy we won — I don’t ever want to act like I’m not happy — but we’ve gotta be getting better, and I thought we didn’t get better that fourth quarter,” admitted KC Head Coach Rick Mancino. “As a coaching staff, as a team, we didn’t get better.”

At Red Johnston gymnasium, the Golden Eagles’ execution of their time-consuming motion offense was shaky, and Sharpsville capitalized as Kyle Kennedy connected for 7 points and Tanner Morris and Dayne Smith evenly split another 8 during the 4th frame.

“We missed a couple shots where I thought, maybe we go, instead of from sixteen to twenty (points), we went from sixteen to twelve, and that’s a big difference,” Mancino mused. “I think our guys didn’t understand the difference between getting a good shot and not shooting.

“We don’t ever tell our guys to pass up open shots, but we just forced some stupid shots, I thought,” Mancino admitted.

The early going resulted in a handful of lead changes and pair of deadlocks. The 1st frame ended in an 11-all stalemate.

Smith, in his 1st start in lieu of injured Greg Popatak, secured a 1st-half double-double, dominating the boards for 11 rebounds and a similar number of points. He ended with a game-high 15-point, 17-rebound twin-killing. However Kennedy’s ’Dre Campbell — after missing his first 4 shots — offset Smith by scoring 9 and Sam Crow contributed 5.

Four different Golden Eagles etched 1st-half 3-point fielders as KC coasted to a 26-18 margin at intermission. And with Campbell and Crow connecting for 7 and 6 points, respectively, the Golden Eagles eased to a 43-28 lead through 3 quarters.

At the outset, Campbell continually got to the rim but didn’t finish. Ultimately, though, he keyed Kennedy (11-7) with a 16-point, 4-assist, 3-rebound outing. Also, Crow contributed 11 points and 6 rebounds, Gerald Zachar an 8-point, 5-assist, 3-rebound line, and Nolan and Gavin Cianci collaborated for 15 points and 15 rebounds.

KC committed only 3 first-half miscues, but ended with 11. Also Smith and Sharpsville secured a 41-29 edge on the glass. Sage Barringer bounded 7 times while bucketing 11 points and Kennedy — quiet for 3 quarters — copped a half-dozen caroms.

However Sharpsville (7-11) shot only 17 for 49 from the floor (34.6 percent) and 11 for 20 from the line, the Blue Devils were guilty of 13 turnovers, though only 1 during the 4th frame.

It was the 3rd consecutive setback and 5th in the last 6 outings for Sharpsville and skipper Jim Smiley.

“We’re smaller than every team we play,” Mancino said, “and it showed (Tuesday) night. We got pounded. ... For us to go anywhere ... if we don’t block out, if we don’t start rebounding as a team, it’s gonna be a long night and a short playoff run — it’s that simple.

“I’ve been telling our team from day one when I saw what we had, ‘If we don’t have five guys who block out, as a team, we’re not beating nobody. We were fortunate to win (against Sharpsville); they just killed us on the boards, it seemed like,” Mancino concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.


ä Oil City 62, Hickory 56 —
At Oil City’s “House of Hustle,” the Oilers (9-2, 14-2) avenged a 55-51 loss earlier this season in Hermitage with a 6-point Region 5-AAA win over the Hornets (8-4, 13-4).

Oil City held a slim 16-13 lead after the opening 8 minutes and 25-22 at halftime. The Oilers pulled away by outscoring Hickory 18-11 in the 3rd quarter.

Andrew Williams fired in a game-high 20 points for Oil City. Fifteen of those points were in the 4th quarter, which included 12 from the free-throw line. Also, Devon Geib scored 15 and Jackson McFall bucketed 12.

Andrew Pryts led Hickory with 14 points, Donté Green scored a dozen and Aaron Conley added 10 markers.

Both Hickory and Oil City are tabbed as “teams to watch” in the latest state basketball rankings from from the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

ä Franklin 76, Sharon 70 (OT) — At “The Castle” in Franklin, the Knights and Tigers battled in another thriller, but the Knights (4-8, 7-10) notched the Region 5-AAA victory over Sharon (5-7, 8-10).

Franklin edged Sharon 73-68 in overtime earlier this season at Tiger Gymnasium.

The Tigers led 24-12 after the opening quarter, but Franklin battled back and had a 3-point lead with 5 seconds left in regulation before Sharon’s ’Bray Jennings drained a trey to force OT.

The Knights then outscored the Tigers 20-11 in overtime as they were 11-of-11 from the charity stripe in OT and 16-of-17 in both the 4th quarter and the extra session.

Clayton Maxon fired in a game-high 24 points for Franklin while Kyle Ritchey scored 13, Isaac Drain had 12 and Isaiah Rutherford added 11 points.

Jennings finished with 18 points for Sharon, Mark Henry scored 17, Carnell Hawkins registered 13 markers and Jason Austin posted 10 points.

ä Grove City 66, Slippery Rock 46 — At Grove City, the host Eagles eased to the Region 5-AAA rout.

The ’Grovers garnered a wire-to-wire win, leading 18-13 after the 1st frame before Slippery Rock rallied to close within 28-24 by the break. However the Eagles erupted for 38 second-half points, while Slippery Rock scored just 22.

Spencer Marnich and Derek Turner evenly divided 28 pionts for Grove City (7-6, 12-6) and Brendan Record rifled in 13.

For Slippery Rock (1-10, 5-12), Jake Whitmer, Brady Kadlubek and Camren Neal notched 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

ä Meadville 56, Farrell 50 — At Meadville Area Senior High’s “House of Thrills,” the Bulldogs (5-7, 7-10) pulled off the Region 5-AAA upset over the Steelers (10-2, 16-2).

The game was tied at 9-all after the 1st quarter and Meadville led 23-19 at the break. The Bulldogs went up 38-31 after 3 and held on for the win.

Jason Clune rifled in 31 points to lead the way for Meadville, which lost earlier this season at Farrell 86-70.

Jamel Brown was the leading scorer for Farrell with 19 points.

ä Reynolds 62, Wilmington 59 (OT) — At New Wilmington, Coach Dan Kilgore’s Raiders (6-4, 13-5) trailed by 17 points in the 3rd quarter, but stormed back to force overtime, then captured the Region 2-AA clash.

“It was a great win,” said an excited Kilgore. “I’m very proud of our guys to be tough enough to come back. Wilmington was dominating, but the tide slowly turned and started to work in our favor, and my guys had the guts to win the game.

“(Jake) Leipheimer came up big. He hit two threes in the last minute of the game.”

Cory Woods fired in 21 points for the Raiders, Garhett Frable posted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and Leipheimer drained 4 treys en route to 16 points.

Spencer DeMedal scored 16 points to pace the Hounds (6-3, 11-8), Jordan Smith tallied 15 and Rocco Fagan added 14 markers.

ä Mercer 62, Greenville 33 — At the County Seat, the host ’Steads stampeded Greenville during the Region 2-AA affair’s final 24 minutes.

The teams were tied at 9 after the 1st frame, but John Scheidhauer and Nate Guiler garnered 9 and 6 points, respectively, during the 2nd stanza as Mercer mustered a 27-15 margin at intermission. With Jake Schmid scorching 2 triples and Scheidhauer hitting for 5 more markers, the ’Steads secured a commanding 45-24 lead through 3 quarters.

Scheidhauer scored a game-high 24 points for Mercer (5-4, 10-8), while Logan Clarke, Guiler and Schmid scored 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

The Mustangs’ marksmanship from the free-throw line was a factor, also, as Mercer made 16 of 24, compared with Greenville’s 6-for-12 output. Clarke converted 9 of 13.

Greenville (2-7, 8-9) was led by Ben Reiser’s 8 points, but the Trojans never tallied in twin figures in any one quarter.


ä Redbank Valley 37, Greenville 28 —
At Redbank Valley Monday in a PIAA wrestle-in match to advance to the state duals tourney in Hershey, the host team prevailed in a tough clash.

Coach John Reynolds’ Trojans jumped out to a 19-3 lead in a match that started at 145, but couldn’t hold off Redbank the rest of the way. The Trojans also led 28-19 after Jase Paxson’s pin at 113, but Redbank won the last four weights to pull out the triumph and move on to the state tourney Thursday.

Notching pins for Greenville were Gage Gladysz (160) and Paxson, while tech falls were recorded by Jacob Rickert (152) and Justin Reynolds (182).


ä Grove City 44, Conneaut Area 39 —
At Linesville Monday night, coach T.L. Eller’s Lady Eagles (12-6) posted an impressive non-region win against Region 3 leader Conneaut Area (15-2, 9-0 in region).

CASH led 10-4 at the end of the 1st quarter and 20-18 at the break, but GC clawed back and outscored the hosts 15-6 in the 3rd quarter to take the lead.

Arianna Sprando scored 10 to lead GC while Challen Litwiler fired in 20 for Conneaut Area.

ä Rocky Grove 55, Jamestown 17 — At Franklin Monday night, the Lady Muskies fell to 0-7 in Region 1-A and 0-17 overall with the loss to RG (4-3, 10-8).

Aleece Schiffer (15), Amber Nerlich (14) and Lauren Swatzler (10) all scored in double digits for the Lady Orioles.

MiKayla Keyser had 6 points for the Lady Muskies.


ä Rocky Grove 115, Sharon 36 —
At the Franklin YMCA Monday, the Tigers fell to the Orioles.

Dylan Cerroni led the way for Sharon with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:54.92) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.86). He also swam the opening leg of the 200 relay team which placed 2nd (1:57.85). His teammates were Mike Wareham, Luch Tomasello and David Gee.


ä Sharon 59, Rocky Grove 55 —
At the Franklin YMCA Monday, the Lady Tigers edged RG.

Anna Beckert won the 100 freestyle (1:01.24) and 100 breaststroke (1:23.93) to lead the Lady Tigers. Brienna Roys captured the 200 IM (2:52.83) and swam on the 1st-place 400 relay team (5:58.21). The other 3 team members were Monique Lopez, Delaney Ser and Savannah Barber.

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