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December 12, 2012

Roundup: Rankin gets 1st win at Sharon; Fee wins 400th; Sailors stun KC

---- — Sharon High boys basketball team was far from flawless during its 2012-13 opener Tuesday night. But the Tigers also were too quick and athletic for visiting Mercyhurst Prep.

Khalil Hopson had a game-high 25 points, as the Tigers tamed the Lakers, 68-53, in new head coach Jason Rankin’s debut on the Bengals’ bench.

The Tigers’ defensive quickness pressured Prep (1-2) into 21 turnovers in a wire-to-wire win for Sharon, which surged to leads of 15-9, 32-16 and 52-38 at the conclusion of each quarter.

When Hopson hit a triple with 4:42 remaining in the 3rd period the Tigers took a 45-26 lead. From that juncture, however, Sharon seemed to lose its focus.

“One of the things we talked about at halftime was we needed to stay mature and keep playing at the same level. But we kind’ve let things go,” Rankin related. “They scored 16 in the first half, then 22 in the third quarter.

“Sometimes when you get up, take a big lead, you just assume, ‘I can start taking bad shots or do whatever I want to do.’ So we’ve got to work on our discipline and get better at that, because a good team’s gonna make you pay,” Rankin admitted.

Hopson had plenty of help as Rankin’s rotation included 10 Tigers. Mark Henry had 14 points — his back-to-back triples commenced the 2nd half — and dished out 4 assists, sharing Sharon’s team-high with Hopson. Also, Mike Porterfield pulled down a team-high 9 caroms, while Darrell Stovall snared 7 caroms.

Led by Hopson’s 8-for-19 outing, Sharon shot 24 for 57 (42.1 percent) from the floor. But while Hopson hit 7 of 9 freebies, collectively the Tigers tallied only 12 of 20.

For Prep, 6-foot-6 senior post Alex Borges bucketed 21 points, despite misfiring on all 6 free-throw attempts. Borges also bounded a team-high 9 times. Also, Rocco Agnello annexed 10 tallies, tossing in a trio of treys.

“We really try to preach defending man-to-man,” Rankin related, “pressure defense and trying to really work on the press, and that was our strength, and I think we played to it, for the most part, except a couple times they were able to get it down low.”

The Tigers turned over the ball only 5 times during the 1st half, but had 9 second-half miscues.

“There was some sloppiness,” Rankin admitted. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can play. I’m trying to find some combinations of guys, see who fits where. We had a couple extra days (of practice), but we’ve still got some work to do.

“We have a deep bench, but we just have to find a way to mix and match the right way,” Rankin said, concluding.

“It’s a good feeling to get a win against a good team. But we’ve got a lot of work to do. But the kids played hard for the most part.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

Grove City 69, Sharpsville 50 — At “The Eagle’s Nest” in Grove City, longtime GC coach Don Fee picked up his 400th win as bench boss of the Eagles (1-2) in a 19-point non-region win over the Blue Devils (1-2).

Grove City jumped out to a 14-5 lead after 8 minutes of play and held a 36-24 lead at the break. GC then outscored Sharpsville 15-10 in the 3rd quarter and 18-16 in the 4th.

Danny Torok drained 4 three-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points for Grove City while Matt Thrasher scored 16 and Foster Reznor bucketed 15.

Jalen Mockabee led the way for Sharpsville with 17 points.

ä Lakeview 46, Kennedy Catholic 43 (OT) — At Stoneboro, coach Gary Burke’s Sailors (3-0) stunned the Golden Eagles (2-1) in an early-season non-region battle of unbeatens.

Casey Greggs rifled in 23 points to pace Lakeview while Dalton Boggs added 10 markers.

Mac Hartman had 13 points for KC and Chris James tallied 11.

ä Conneaut Area 49, Greenville 47 (OT) — At Greenville Monday, the visitors rallied from a scoreless 1st period to pull out an overtime win.

Greenville led 12-0 after 1 period, but in the 2nd frame Conneaut came back to outgun the hosts 16-3 and lead by 1 at intermission. The last two quarters were tight battles, but in the OT period, the visitors outscored Greenville, 11-9, for the victory.

Lipling had 14 points and Noah Uplinger 13 for the victors. For Greenville, Matt Jones pumped in 16 markers, while Tyler Fattman added 13.

ä Brookfield 95, Mathews 44 — At Brookfield, Jeremy Quinlan connected for a game-high 29 points to lead the host Warriors (2-0).

Also for Brookfield, Jimmy Quinlan contributed a 13-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist line, while Ryan Morosa mustered 15 points, Jamar Tarver tallied 10, and Seth Wallace went for 7 rebounds.

Aaron Suchajek and Wyatt Ford each scored 11 points for the visiting Mustangs (0-3).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

ä Reynolds 46, Northwestern 38 —
At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders recorded new head coach Wilbur Juranovich’s initial win at the helm.

“It was nice to be at home after opening with two on the road in a tipoff tournament,” Juranovich said. “The girls played hard. We’re learning from our mistakes, hopefully.”

Morgan McDanel mustered a 10-point, 9-rebound outing for Reynolds (1-2), Rose Stoyer secured a dozen points and dished out a handful of assists, and Brooke Bresnan notched 5 steals, while Maggie Ringer recorded 7 pionts and 7 caroms.

For Northwestern, Wheeler went for a game-high 15 points and Benton and Taylor evenly divided 20.

Reynolds’ Thursday night game against Wilmington has been postponed, Juranovich noted, adding, “We’ll have five practices before our next game, so we’ll just keep trying to get better every day. But the girls work hard and they’re great kids.”

ä Kennedy Catholic 62, Greenville 23 — At Hermitage, the Lady Golden Eagles (2-1) flew out to a 21-7 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back in posting the non-region win.

Akron University recruit Alex Ricketts drained 4 treys en route to 18 points, Taylor Hood bucketed 14 and Courtney Sargent added 10 markers for KC.

Jessica Burnett led the way for Greenville (0-3) with 9 points.

ä Hickory 42, Rochester 16 — At Rochester, coach Jeanette Whitehead’s Hornettes improved to 3-0 as they dismantled the Lady Rams of the WPIAL.

Hickory, which won the team title at the Kittanning Tipoff Tourney over the weekend, only led 7-6 after 8 minutes of play and 13-10 at halftime, but outscored the hosts 29-6 in the 2nd half.

Holly Grober rifled in 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for Hickory, Nikki Arbanas bucketed 12 points and had 6 steals and 4 assists, Jenna Placzek posted 3 steals and 4 rebounds, Megan Chess registered 3 steals and Brandi Beader and Nicole Lacava both had 6 rebounds.

Rochester did not have a double-digit scorer.

ä Farrell 52, Wilmington 45 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in Farrell, the Lady Steelers (2-1) led 15-4 after the 1st quarter and 26-11 at the break and held off a Lady Hounds’ (0-3) rally in the 2nd half to earn the non-region victory.

Johntae Scott fired in a game-high 21 points for Farrell and Mykayla Washington bucketed 14.

Tessa Sikora led Wilmington with 14 points and Cassidy Marett added 10 markers.

ä Mercer 49, Grove City 27 — At Mercer, the Lady Eagles (2-1) held a slim 21-20 lead at halftime, but was outscored 15-1 in the 3rd quarter and fell to the Lady M’s (2-1).

Lexie Arkwright rifled in 27 points for Mercer while Corianne Hyduchak paced GC with 9 points.

ä Iroquois 58, Lakeview 37 — At Iroquois, the Lady Braves boasted a trio of double-digit scorers in Ashley Cavaday (18), Rosemary Campbell (17) and Allie Kaliszewski (10).

Leading Lakeview (0-3) was Rachel McKean, who fired in 14, and Chelsea Davis, who drilled 10.

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