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February 5, 2013

Roundup: Lady Tigers beat Greenville; Sharpsville, Mercer, KC, Reynolds, Hickory all win

---- — A few weeks ago, Sharon High girls basketball team traveled into a troubling Lady Trojans’ trap game. Flu-stricken, perhaps, but the Lady Tigers were toppled at Greenville, 57-37.

But with Sharon seeking the District 10 playoffs, there was no repeat Monday night.

Tanayja Sanders’ 20-point, 9-rebound outing sparked Sharon to a 55-29 Region 2-AA rout.

The Lady Tigers’ triumph was their 5th in their last 7 outings as they push for the postseason.

Lexie Dabney and Mallory Torr tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Sharon (7-2, 11-7), which bounced back from a loss at Girard just 2 days previously.

“Once that game’s over, it’s a new day and you look toward the next game,” 1st-year Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Maria Joseph said. “They know what it’s all about now — it’s getting to the playoffs, and just playing hard every game from here on out.

“Hopefully, we’ll see (Girard) in the playoffs, and next time we’ll be ready for them,” Joseph continued, admitting, “When you play back-to-back, you’re not really able to prepare for your (inter-region) games. But we’ll be ready next time. From here on out, we’ve gotta take care of business in our region.”

In a wire-to-wire win Sharon surged to leads of 17-9, 31-15 and 45-21 at the conclusion of each quarter.

Sharon shot only 23 for 57 (40.3 percent) from the floor and 7 for 20 from the free-throw line, but the Lady Tigers took turns trading buckets. Torr tallied a game-high 5 assists, ’Tina Jacoway joined her with 4 and Janaiya Chester 3. Also, Jacoway jumped for a game-high dozen rebounds to augment the stout Sanders, while Kelsie McGranahan snared 7 as Sharon dominated the boards, 42-25.

The Lady Tigers turned over the ball just once during the 1st frame, but finished with 14.

“It’s like we go on ‘cruise-control,’ and I told them at halftime, ‘That’s not good enough,’” Joseph related. “We’ve gotta play harder and smarter, then get it done. You let teams hang in there and hang in there, you give them a chance, and you never know.

“So we definitely have to take care of the turnovers. That’s something I’ve been emphasizing at practice for the last couple weeks now,” Joseph added.

Greenville (3-7, 5-11) suffered its 7th setback in its last 8 outings.

The Lady Trojans were led by Jess Burnett, who bucketed 16 points, including 6-for-6 free-throw marksmanship. However Greenville gave away 25 turnovers, and consequently attempted only 31 floor shots, sinking 10. Burnett brought down a handful of caroms and Molly Montalvo mustered 4 rebounds and handed out a couple assists. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

ä Hickory 68, Titusville 29 —
At “The Hive” in Hermitage, Holly Grober tallied a career-high 31 points, had 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists as the Hornettes (7-2, 15-3) rolled past the Lady Rockets (0-10, 2-17) in a Region 5-AAA clash.

Also for Hickory, Nikki Arbanas fired in 24 points, grabbed 5 boards and had 4 assists, Megan Chess dished out 4 assists, Shawna Moore and Jasmine Shephard had 4 rebounds each and Brandi Beader ripped down 4 rebounds and tallied 4 steals.

Grace Champion led the way for Titusville with 9 points.

ä Sharpsville 56, Wilmington 22 — At Sharpsville, coach Jeff Hanley’s Blue Darlings improved to a perfect 9-0 in Region 2-AA and 12-6 overall with the win over the Lady Hounds (4-6, 6-12).

McKenzie Popatak poured in 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Sharpsville, Megan Davis scored 14 and Natalie Henwood dished out 6 assists.

Tess Sikora paced Wilmington with 14 points.

ä Mercer 61, Lakeview 21 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady M’s mustered the Region 2-AA road rout. Mercer mounted a 41-12 margin at intermission.

For the Lady M’s (7-2, 14-5), Megan McKinney manufactured a game-high 21 markers and Adelyn Cook connected for a trio of treys en route to 15 points for her father, 2nd-year Mercer mentor Aaron Cook.

Leading Lakeview (1-9, 5-14) was Casey Stringer, who scored 10.

ä Kennedy Catholic 75, Commodore Perry 27 — At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles eased to the Region 1-A win by building a 49-15 bulge by the break.

On Senior Night, Alex Ricketts rifled in a game-high 20 points to key Kennedy Catholic (8-0, 18-2) and her classmate, Rachel Burns, bucketed 11, as did Courtney Sargent. Also for the Lady Golden Eagles, underclassman Taylor Hood had 16.

Burns also brokered a dozen assists and snared 7 caroms, Ricketts ripped down 9 caroms and handed out a half-dozen assists, and Sargent snared 10 rebounds.

Sargent had missed 7 consecutive games due to a stress fracture of teh ankle, coach Tom Burns reported.

Commodore Perry had its region record squared at 4-4 and fell to 8-11 overall.

ä Reynolds 43, Farrell 31 — At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders rolled to the Region 1-A upset in a wire-to-wire win.

Rose Stoyer scored 10 to lead Coach Wilbur Juranovich’s Lady Raiders (3-4, 5-12), a figure matched by Whitney Murray of Farrell (4-4, 10-9).

ä Rocky Grove 62, Jamestown 41 — At James-town, the host Lady Muskies mounted a 5-4 first-quarter lead before Rocky Grove garnered 58 points during the final 24 minutes.

Haley Nerlich notched a game-high 18 points and Natasha Lepley lent 17 for the Grove (4-3, 9-10). Also, Christina Schiffer scored 13.

For Jamestown (0-8, 0-19), Isabella Greenawalt got 13 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

ä Central Tech 85, George Junior Republic 73 —
At Grove City, the Falcons led 23-18 after 8 minutes, 46-32 at halftime and went on to notch the non-region win over GJR (5-12).

Eugene Husband rifled in 4 treys en route to 32 points for Central Tech, Josh Wells bucketed 13 and Deishaaron Gilmore added 12 markers.

Dominic Barnes led GJR with 22 points, Quamere Boggs scored 17, Ron Pearson tallied 13 points and O’Shay Toney added 12.

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