Friday nights usually are not reserved as “Ladies’ Night” in scholastic basketball, but this week was an exception.
Sharon High senior standout Tanayja Sanders surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau Friday night, leading the Lady Tigers to a 57-33 inter-region win over neighboring Farrell.
At Sharon, Sanders was served up a low-post pass by Mallory Torr with 1:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter. She converted — then following a brief ceremony in recogition of the milestone — added the subsequent free throw to complete the traditional 3-point play.
Sanders secured a game-high 18-point, 16-rebound double-double for District 10 Class AA playoff-bound Sharon (14-6).
“Not too many girls or boys get to that point. That’s a milestone for her and I’m just glad I was part of it,” said 2nd-season Sharon skipper Maria Joseph. “It’s difficult to get a thousand points, and you know, I think she’s number sixteen in Sharon to get it now, and I’m proud of her. I couldn’t be more happy for her. It’s well-deserved.
“I didn’t tell her how many (points) she was away, though she kept asking,” Joseph added with a sheepish smile. “But I told her, ‘Go out and get it.’ It’s an honor to do something like that, and she got it done.”
At the outset, Sharon was not so much concerned with ceremony, as the Lady Tigers found Farrell formidable. Bria Gambill garnered 13 first-period points, staking the visiting Lady Steelers to a 15-14 lead.
However during the 2nd stanza Kelsie McGranahan garnered game-tying buckets at 17 and 19. The teams traded leads once more before Sharon surged on Sanders’ 7 points, McGranahan’s handful — she and Mallory Torr tallied triples — and Delisa Smith’s 3.
In the 1st half’s waning seconds Smith passed to McGranahan, who subsequently found Mal Torr for a trey at the buzzer that enabled the Lady Tigers to take a 32-20 margin at intermission.
With Sanders scoring 6 points and Farrell misfiring on 14 of 16 floor shots, Sharon secured an insurmountable 43-26 edge through 3 quarters.
“Once we settled down and started playing our game, then we kind’ve made better passes, got some layups, and just got back to what we need to do,” Joseph said. “(McGranahan) comes to practice and works on those jumpers, because she knows that’s where she is on the floor She works at it every day, knocks ’em down, and I was happy for her. She played really well and knocked down some big shots for us.”
In addition to Sanders, Mal Torr tallied a 12-point, 5-rebound, 3-assist line, McGranahan grabbed 9 rebounds and scored 7, and ’Tina Jacoway joined in with a game-high 7 assists to go with a handful of rebounds and 5 points.
For Class A Farrell (6-13) and veteran skipper Eddie Turosky, Gambill got 18 points — tossing in 4 from beyond the arc — and snared 7 rebounds, while Whitney Murray mustered a team-high 11 rebounds and scored 7. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Hickory 69, Meadville 32 — At Meadville’s House of Thrills, all the thrills belonged to undefeated Hickory after the first quarter in the Region 5-AAA clash.
Meadville stayed with Hickory, trailing only 13-10 at the close of the opening frame, but the Hornets pumped in 26 points to only 5 in the second period and the rout was on.
“I thought that first quarter, Meadville came out with great intensity,” said Hickory coach Jeannette Whitehead. “But then we settled in and started clicking on all cylinders.”
Nikki Arbanas drilled in 7 treys en route to a 33-point performance for the Lady Hornets (10-0, 19-0). She also had 4 steals. Holly Grober hit for 14 points and had 4 steals, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Megan Chess had 3 steals and 3 assists; Nicole Lacava 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
For Meadville (2-7, 5-14), Kiashia Newsom had 14 points.
ä Mercer 61, Greenville 26 — At Mercer, coach Aaron Cook’s Lady M’s (8-2, 14-5) jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the opening quarter and rolled past the Lady Trojans (5-5, 8-10) in a Region 2-AA clash.
Alexis Arkwright and Jordan Fisher led the way for Mercer, which drained 12 three-pointers.
Arkwright had 5 treys en route to 25 points while Fisher, who drained 5 treys and scored 17 in a 59-21 win against Lakeview earlier this week, also fired in 5 from beyond the arc for 15 points.
Cameron Leary and Kayla Beilstein paced Greenville with 8 points each.
ä Commodore Perry 51, Lakeview 46 — At Stoneboro, coach Bob Messina’s Lady Panthers improved to 11-9 with the non-region win against Lakeview (5-14).
The score was knotted at 10-all after the opening 8 minutes, but Lakeview took a 20-14 lead into halftime. The Lady Sailors led 37-29 after 3 quarters, but CP fought back and outscored the Lady Sailors 22-9 in the final frame for the win.
Emily Kitchen and Stephanie Vaughn had 16 points each for the Lady Panthers. Kitchen also had 8 rebounds and Autumn Campbell tallied 8 boards.
“I really challenged the girls at halftime,” said Messina. “We were playing a little bit flat, but they stepped it up and came through and I’m proud of them.”
For Lakeview, Sam Womer had a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double and Raygen Fischer also scored 10 points.
ä Central Tech 34, Grove City 24 — At Erie, the Lady Eagles (12-8) suffered through a 2nd straight night of low scoring and dropped a 10-point non-region loss to the Lady Falcons (11-9).
Brenna Deyarmin scored 10 points to lead Grove City, which only scored 25 points on Thursday night in a 39-25 loss at “The Castle” in Franklin.
Courtney Barney and Abby Klemm had 11 points each for Central Tech.
ä West Middlesex 67, Greenville 51 — At West Middlesex, the Trojans came out red hot in taking a 26-16 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds (9-0, 14-5) battled back to earn the Region 2-AA win.
Trey Staunch led WM by rifling in 27 points while Christian Porterfield bucketed 12 and Isaac Williams and Jake Porterfield added 11 each.
Luke Houpt scored 15 to lead Greenville (2-8, 8-10) and Trent McErlane scored 11 markers. But the Trojans tallied only 25 points during the game’s final 24 minutes.
ä Lakeview 56, Rocky Grove 46 — At Rocky Grove in the non-region clash, the Rice was cookin’ — the Rice basketball brothers, that is. Austin Rice drilled in 20 points and Brandon Rice 18 to power the Sailors (9-12) to victory.
For Rocky Grove (7-11), Garrett Gannoe had 15 points and Casey Young 12.
ä Kennedy Catholic 43, Commodore Perry 37 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Golden Eagles escaped with the Region 1-A road win, erasing a 22-19 halftime deficit.
KC copped a 33-31 edge entering the 4th frame, then outlasted the pesky Panthers during the final 8 minutes.
The backcourt of ’Dre Campbell and Gerald Zachar keyed Kennedy Catholic (7-0, 12-8) with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Commodore Perry (1-4, 8-10) was led by Cody Beachy, who bucketed 17, and Tanner Hildebran, who hit for 11.
The free-throw line was Kennedy Catholic’s salvation, as the Golden Eagles ended 15 for 24, led by Campbell’s 6-for-7 marksmanship and Gavin Cianci’s 6-for-8 outing.
Conversely, Commodore Perry converted only 2 of 5 freebies.
ä Mercer 62, Wilmington 61 — At New Wilmington, Logan Clarke converted a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to lead the visiting Mustangs to the Region 2-AA upset.
Clark’s clutch freebies completed a 15-point, 11-rebound, 6-assist, 2-steal evening for Mercer (6-4, 11-8). Also, Jon Scheidhauer secured a game-high 20-point, 10-rebound double-double for the ’Steads, while Nate Guiler garnered 14 points.
Mercer’s marksmanship was a mediocre 12 for 20 overall, but the Mustangs made 5 freebies during the finale frame, including Clarke’s 4-for-6 shooting.
Wilmington (6-4, 11-9) was led by double-digit scorers Travis Brumbaugh and Spencer DeMedal, who divided 26 points, Jordan Smith scored 12, and Rocco Fagan fired in 2 treys and finished with 11.
The Greyhounds hit 14 of 20 free-throw attempts, but were 2 for 4 during the final canto.
ä Reynolds 61, Sharpsville 52 — At Transfer, the host Raiders won the Region 2-AA contest that saw a wild scoring 4th quarter.
Reynolds led 10-5 after one period and 22-11 at halftime. At the 4th-quarter turn, the Raiders were on top 35-15. In the final frame, both teams were scoring almost at will as Sharpsville tallied 27 points and Reynolds 26.
For Reynolds (7-4, 15-5), Garhett Frable seet the pace with 22 points, while Cory Woods added 18.
For Sharpsville (3-7, 7-12), Kyle Kennedy hit for 19 points, Mitch Fyffe 12 and Sage Barringer 10.
ä VisionQuest 64, Jamestown 37 — At Franklin, VQ improved to 4-3 in Region 1-A and 5-12 overall with the win over the Muskies (0-7, 1-14).
Jessie Robinson rifled in 27 points for the Eagles.
Kyle Melton led the way for Jamestown with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Also, Todd Depree had 10 boards, William Graham grabbed 7 rebounds and Andrew Moss collected 5 steals.
ä Brookfield 55, Conneaut 39 — At Conneaut, the “Road Warriors’ were wire-to-wire winners.
Brookfield burst to a 13-9 first-quarter lead, then built its bulge to 29-16 by the break and 38-28 through 3 periods.
For Brookfield (10-7), Brian Hiner hit for 14 points.
Conneaut (0-12) — coached by Tim Tallbacka, who was Brookfield’s bench boss back in 2005-06 (ending 6-15) — was led in scoring by Jacob Spees’ 13 points and Ryan Oatman’s 11.
Friday nights usually are not reserved as “Ladies’ Night” in scholastic basketball, but this week was an exception.
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Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
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Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
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Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
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It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
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Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
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“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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