The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


January 15, 2013

Roundup: Sharpsville girls beat Sharon; Hickory, WM girls grab region wins

---- — Sharpsville and Sharon girls basketball teams took turns trading turnovers during Monday night’s District 10 Region 2-AA rivalry.

The difference was that the Blue Darlings were undaunted, and capitalized on the clean possessions they had, posting a 54-37 victory to remain unbeaten in the region.

After a 1-4 outset to the season, Sharpsville (3-0, 6-5) surged to its 5th win in its last 6 outings. Conversely, Sharon (2-2, 6-5) suffered its 3rd setback in 4 games.

Sharpsville was guilty of 26 turnovers, 2 more than Sharon. Understandably, the miscues frustrated both coaches.

“I think Sharon did a really nice job pressuring us full court, and that’s what we’ve seen in the playoffs. And we’ve seen it (this season) with Slippery Rock and some of the other teams,” said Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.

“I thought our defense was really good, especially  in the first half,” Hanley continued. “We were able to stay in man-to-man, not worry about too many ‘gimmicky’ things, other than our press in the second half. So I thought our defense was excellent. Our press caused some turnovers on Sharon’s half.

“But we have to clean up offensively. The amount of turnovers we had was absolutely ridiculous, and that needs cleaned up, cut in half, or obviously we’re gonna have a hard time,” Hanley admitted, adding, “But when you win by fifteen, you can’t complain with twenty-some turnovers, we’ll take it.”

Sharpsville’s wire-to-wire win was fueled by McKenzie Popatak’s game-high 25-point, 17-rebound double-double; Natalie Henwood, who handed out 8 assists and added a dozen points — 8 during the 2nd half — Paige Scurpa, who snared 10 of the Blue Darlings’ 50 caroms, and Maddie Przicina, who scored 8 points off the bench without missing a shot.

First-year Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Maria Joseph said,

“We’d get a steal, then we’d turn it right back over, and it’s unacceptable. I asked them in the locker room, ‘What’s it gonna take to get over this hump?’

“We play hard, we play fast, Do we get tired quick?” Joseph rhetorically asked. “Absolutely. But I told them, ‘We’re too good to be turning over the ball like that.’ I undertand it comes with maturity, but ... We’ll get there, we’ll get there,” Joseph promised. “We just didn’t convert. Instead of getting the basket, we turned it over when we got a steal. It happens, but we’ve got to start eliminating those.”

Sharon shot only 13 for 61 (21.3 percent), with only Tanayja Sanders’ 17-point, 14-rebound twin-killing as a plus. Mallory Torr and Kristina Jacoway split 10 rebounds and Torr tallied 8 points.

However, though Sharpsville shot only 19 for 51 from the floor (37.2 percent), the Blue Darlings drained 16 of 22 free throws (72.7), led by Popatak’s 7-for-8 marksmanship. Meanwhile the Lady Tigers tallied only 9 of 15 freebies.

Also, Sharpsville outrebounded Sharon, 50-37. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Franklin 81, Grove City 46 — At Franklin, the host Lady Knights annexed 25 second-period points en route to a 42-27 margin at intermission, then put the contest out of reach via a 22-point third quarter.

For Franklin (5-9, 10-1) in the Region 5-AAA rout, Angelina Starr scored a game-high 17 points, Maria Benvenuti bucketed 15, Tenasia Law lent 13, and Haley Andres added 12.

Grove City (3-1, 9-4) was led by Haley Hall, who had 14 points.

ä West Middlesex 41, Lakeview 30 — At Stoneboro, coach Jody Anthony’s Ms. Reds (1-3, 6-7) outscored Lakeview 16-0 in the 1st quarter and rolled to the Region 2-AA win.

Alexis Summers fired in a game-high 18 points for West Middlesex.

Raygan Fischer and Samantha Womer had 10 points each for the Lady Sailors (0-5, 2-10).

ä Rocky Grove 50, Farrell 36 — At Franklin, the Lady Steelers (1-1, 7-4) led 10-4 after the opening quarter and 18-17 at halftime, but the Lady Orioles (2-0, 7-6) outscored Farrell 16-3 in the 3rd quarter and pulled away for the Region 1-A win.

Haley Nerlich rifled in 21 points to lead RG while Christina Schiffer scored 12 and Natasha Lepley bucketed 10.

Johntae Scott led the way for Farrell with 12 points.

ä Mercer 41, Greenville 30 — At Mercer, coach Aaron Cook’s Lady M’s improved to a perfect 4-0 in Region 2-AA and 10-3 overall with the 11-point win over the Lady Trojans (3-2, 4-6).

Alexis Arkwright bucketed 15 points to lead Mercer while Megan McKinney contributed 12 markers.

Jessica Burnett led Greenville with 11 points.

A complete box was not submitted to The Herald.

ä Commodore Perry 37, Jamestown 20 — At Jamestown, the visiting Lady Panthers pounced, producing a 19-11 halftime lead en route to the Region 1-A rout.

For Commodore Perry (1-1, 4-6) and head coach Bob Messina, Lexie Grinnell garnered a game-high 17 points and Katie Powell pumped in 13. Also. Autumn Campell collaroted 11 caroms.

Jamestown remained winless (0-2, 0-11)


ä Greenville 65, South Side Beaver 18 —
At South Side Beaver, the Trojans of coach John Reynolds rolled to an easy victory Saturday.

Notching falls for Greenville were Jake Riffe (138), Jacob Brown (145), Gage Gladysz (160), Braden Gladysz (285), Nick Derr (113) and Craig Trumbell (126). Justin Reynolds (182) added a technical fall.

ä Ellwood City 46, West Middlesex 27 — At West Middlesex, the Big Reds fell to 1-4 with the loss.

Mitchell Murray (106) and Brandon Dick (126) posted pins for WM while Aidan Bellucci (113), Eric Lucich (170) and Jeffery Spencer (220) all won via decision.

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