Some pre-holiday humble pie ultimately may serve Sharon High girls’ basketball team well during the season’s second half.
During December the Lady Tigers tumbled to Gen. McLane, Franklin, Hickory and Wilmington, and were scuffling at 1-4. Since then Sharon has secured success in 4 of its last 5 games, including Saturday’s 48-27 Region 2-AA rout of Greenville.
The host Lady Tigers’ Tanayja Sanders scored a game-high 19 points — 13 after intermission — and snared 7 rebounds, while Mallory Torr tallied 13 points, a half-dozen caroms and dished out 3 assists. Also supplying Sharon (2-1, 5-5) with substance were ’Tina Jacoway (4 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds), Delsia Smith (6 points, 4 rebounds), Lexi Dabney (3 assists, 5 rebounds) and Maggie Torr (3 assists).
Sharon shot only 18 for 47 (38.2 percent), but converted 11 of 12 free-throw attempts, led by Mal Torr’s 4-for-4 marksmanship, matched by Delsia Smith.
Prior to Saturdays’ matinee 2nd-season Sharon skipper Maria Joseph — sounding not unlike San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers — told her Lady Tigers, “‘We start our playoff run now — each day, each game. We want to make the playoffs, but it starts with the game ahead of us.’ ”
Trading 7 and 6 turnovers, respectively, the Lady Tigers led the Lady Trojans after 8 minutes, though Cameron Leary’s putback with approximately 9 ticks to play drew Greenville within 9-8.
Leary lent a pair of free throws 22 ticks into the 2nd stanza, giving Greenville a 10-9 lead. However 16 seconds later Jacoway fed Sanders on the low block, securing Sharon an 11-10 lead. The Lady Tigers never trailed again.
Regarding Sanders, Joseph said, “She finished, and that’s been a big thing for us, getting her to finish. And you know what? She finished (Saturday). She’s been a trooper. We ‘beat’ on her at practice, we get the pads out, but she handles it really well, and I like how she played (Satur)day,” Joseph praised.
Twenty-five turnovers tormented the Lady Trojans (1-2, 4-5). When they were able to get into their half-court sets they were effective; however after taking that early lead, they tallied only 17 more points during the game’s final 23-plus minutes. Greenville garnered only 12 of 44 floor shots.
Leary led with 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Molly Montalvo manufactured 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists, Jillian Herrick had a 6-point, 4-rebound, 2-assist line, and Michaela Marini mustered a game-high 10 rebounds, giving Greenville Coach Jen Fagley a 32-30 margin on the boards.
The Lady Tigers turned over the ball 23 times, but Joseph said,
“We’re trying to just take care of ourselves, getting back to the basics, really working on our defense, cracking down on some of the little things. We were playing so fast and we we wanted to do so much ... now we’re just kind’ve slowing down and taking care of ourselves.”
Reflecting back on Sharon’s early-season struggles, Joseph said, “It’s gotta be a team effort if you want to get to the next level; playing Hickory kind’ve showed us that — the ability that they have, and what they do as a team. We want to work on that.
“You always want to play good teams, and we’ve been fortunate enough, we played four really good teams in-a-row,” Joseph continued. “It didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but it was a learning process for us, and it’s making us better.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Mercer 49, Reynolds 31 — At Transfer, the Lady M’s (9-3) jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the opening quarter and went on to cop the non-region contest over the Lady Raiders (1-9).
Adelyn Cook fired in 13 points to lead Mercer and Aubrie Angermeier bucketed 10.
Rose Stoyer was the leading point-getter for Reynolds with 12 points.
ä Brookfield 49, Jefferson Area 29 — At Brookfield, the Lady Falcons (2-9) held a slim 8-7 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but the Lady Warriors (10-3) owned a 16-6 scoring advantage in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the win.
Danielle DiCristofaro rifled in 20 points (3 treys) for Brookfield while Autumn Kirila added 10 markers.
Emily Smock was the leading scorer for Jefferson Area with 10 points.
ä Conneaut Area 47, West Middlesex 28 — At West Middlesex, the Ms. Reds (6-6) fell to .500 with the non-region loss.
Kristen Baker rifled in 19 points for Conneaut Area and Challen Litwiler scored 10 markers.
Alyson Pierce and Noelle Murray had 7 points each for WM and Gretchen Elsey tallied 6. Also, Murray had 11 rebounds, Morgan Atterholt grabbed 13 boards and Pierce added 3 rebounds. — Stats submitted by Herald correspondent Madeline Williams.
ä Hollidaysburg 52, Kennedy Catholic 39 — In the opener of a tripleheader at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Hollidaysburg (7-1) drained 8 treys and were 10-of-13 from the charity stripe in the win over KC (7-2).
Ashley McClain buried 4 treys en route to 20 points for the Lady Golden Tigers, who went 22-3 last season, while Courtney Storm scored a dozen points.
April Bocian led the way for Kennedy Catholic with 13 points and Alivia O’Brien scored 9 markers.
In the other 2 games at the event, Gateway beat Upper St. Clair, 53-48, and Bishop Canevin edged Shaler, 44-43.
ä Sharon 71, Slippery Rock 41 — At Tiger Gymnasium, Sharon led 18-2 after the opening quarter and that was all she wrote for the Rockets as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in Region 5-AAA and 6-3 overall with the win over the Rockets (1-5, 4-6).
Sharon’s Mark Henry fired in 11 field goals and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe for a career-high 31 points. Jamal Waller added 13 points for the Tigers.
Ryan Dutton led the way for Slippery Rock with 12 points.
ä Lakeview 50, Cambridge Springs 31 — At Stoneboro, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors improved to 5-6 with the non-region win over the Blue Devils.
Brandon Rice rifled in 25 points to lead Lakeview while Jake Doddo drained 3 treys for 9 points.
Jarred Ferris had 8 points for Cambridge Springs.
ä Maplewood 70, Jamestown 44 — At Guys Mills, the Tigers (2-10) led 20-5 at the end of the 1st quarter and cruised past the winless Muskies (0-8) in a non-region encounter.
Randy Maloney (16), Miller Peters (12), Ronnie Klingensmith (10) and Dane Barker (10) all scored in double digits for Maplewood.
Kyle Melton had 7 points for Jamestown while Todd Depree, Williams Graham, Shannon Potter and Austin Kilgore all notched 6 points.
In Friday’s recap of the Wilmington at Mercer boys basketball game in Saturday’s edition of The Herald, Alex VanWoert was inadvertently credited with scoring 14 points. John Scheidhauer should have been credited with the 14 markers.
Note: Friday’s West Middlesex at Greenville box was not included in Saturday’s edition. All that appeared was a game recap. The box is included in today’s boxes.
South Side Beaver Duals
Coach Dave Ciafre’s Sharon High mat squad went 3-2 Saturday at South Side Beaver. The Tigers beat Ambridge (69-3), Kittanning (37-33) and East Liverpool (50-30) and lost to South Fayette (54-16) and Seneca Valley (53-10).
Austin Alfreno went a perfect 5-0 for Sharon at 126 pounds while Markus Coxson (113), Troy Hejazi (138) and Beau Dignall (182) were all 4-1. Andrew Campbell was 1-0 at 132 pounds.
D.J. Templeton (120) and Nick McClimans (152) were 3-2; Jordan Templeton went 2-2 at 132; Jules Hicklin (106), Jason Clark (145), Cory Buchanan (160) and Giovanni Volpe (170) all posted 2-3 ledgers and Brice Laughlin (195) and Tom Flanders (220) went 1-4.
Some pre-holiday humble pie ultimately may serve Sharon High girls’ basketball team well during the season’s second half.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
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Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
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Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
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.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
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Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
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).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
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