Jaylie Green

Farrell’s Jaylie Green puts up a shot against Hickory during Wednesday's non-region game at "The Hive" in Hermitage.

HERMITAGE – Farrell High girls’ basketball team was three-quarters of the way to an easy Shenango Valley rivalry win at Hickory Wednesday night. Then the host Hornets, virtually invisible for 24 minutes, fought furiously during the final frame before falling, 48-42.

It’s all part of the process of playing through a pandemic. Fits and starts. Games and practices paused for 3 weeks, thereby coercing cage coaches into making up for lost time by squeezing extra games into an abbreviated schedule.

“I thought they played really well to start the game, and I thought I saw a sign of us bein’ in shape. ... I don’t know what happened there in the fourth quarter. Some things changed, I don’t know if it was substitutions, a change in personnel, the mix (of players) on the floor,” admitted Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky, who added, 

“But they were resilient. I won’t say that we made plays when we had to, but we continued to grind it out and executed the things we needed to to come out of Hickory with the win.”

At The Hive, Farrell forged a 42-27 lead 54 ticks into the 4th frame, then Hickory out-hustled and outscored the Lady Steelers, 15-8. Kenzie Gustas’ bucket with 57 seconds remaining drew the Hornets within what proved to be the final margin.

Gustas grabbed 6 of her 10 rebounds and scored 7 of her 12 points during the final frame. She and teammate Aniyah Anderson (11 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for Hickory (3-3). Also, sharpshooting Emily Duncan drained a trio of treys en route to 11 points, and she, Gustas and Kaelyn Fustos finished with 3 assists apiece, while Malana Beach bucketed a pair of triples.

However the Hornets’ 12 first-half turnovers dug themselves a 29-17 halftime deficit. Hickory had 23 miscues in all. 

“Kudos to Coach (Matt) Fabian and his staff, too,” Turosky graciously said. “They came out with the fight in the second half and made us uncomfortable and continued to hustle and do the things it takes to get better.”

For Farrell (5-1), Deryah Stewart dished out a game-high 8 dimes to go with 8 points, while Jaylie Green garnered a dozen points and 9 rebounds and Gabby King contributed 8 points and snared 7 rebounds before being DQ’d on personal fouls with 2:03 remaining. Sanaa Brodie bucketed 9 points.

Of Stewart, who stuck a pair of treys, Turosky praised, “She’s been comin’ on, gettin’ her confidence as the season grows. Right now we’re askin’ a lot of her. She’s runnin’ the ‘one’ (point) and we’re also askin’ her to score ... “  

It was a wire-to-wire win for Farrell: 14-8 at the quarter, 29-17 by the break, and 40-27 through 3 quarters. But during the latter period the Lady Steelers shot just 4 for 13 from the floor, missed 4 free throws including the front end of a pair of 1-and-1 bonuses, and committed 6 miscues (17 total).

Farrell finished 21 for 56 from the field and converted just 2 of 7 free throws, compared with respective totals of 15-for-48 and 7-for-12 for Hickory.

“I told ‘em (the Hornets), ‘Listen, if you would’ve played that way for all thirty-two minutes, we would’ve probably easily won that game,” Fabian began. “Lot of growin’ pains, and we’re still getting used to playing with each other. But the biggest thing is, we fought hard to the end. ... We had a couple (late) looks, but they didn’t fall ... 

“Basketball is a game of bounces, and a couple bounces didn’t go our way,” a frustrated Fabian admitted.

Hickory hit just 7 of 23 first-half floor shots and committed a dozen miscues.

“We’ve gotta figure out a way to come out quicker, and that’s on me,” Fabian admitted. “We knew what (the Lady Steelers) were gonna come out and do – either come with the hard, half-court full denial pressure, or show the 1-2-2 full-court press. So we were ready for it. I think the execution just wasn’t there. We’ve been workin’ on our timing at practice, but we’re still tryin’ to find it.

“But the way we ended this game is a big help, in terms of the game Monday against Grove City,” Fabian forecasted. “We could’ve easily packed it in, lost the game by twenty-five, felt sorry for ourselves. We didn’t. We fought, we clawed back, we had a chance, but didn’t do it. It’s a good lesson. We’ve just gotta come harder to practice the next three days and get after it, ‘cause that game on Monday means a lot.”

“I know people are frettin’ about playin’ three games or four games in five days, but at this point, with the way things are, we’ve gotta get ‘em in, as many as we can,” Turosky explained. “You never know when this thing (COVID-19) can us shut down immediately.

“But without a doubt, I think the kids have been receptive to everything we’ve been tryin’ to do in the gym (at practice),” Turosky related. “It’s been a long learning process in a short amount of time. The things that we’re tryin’ to get in and the things that we’re tryin’ to develop we would have had two-and-a-half weeks before the season to get these things where we need to be. But we’re progressing. We’re a youthful team, and there’s some kids takin’ on bigger roles ... I think we’re playin really well and getting better each day.”

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In other action:

GIRLS HOOPS

• West Middlesex 53, Sharpsville 23 – At West Middlesex, the Region 1 Ms. Reds improved to 2-3 on Wednesday with the win over Region 4 Sharpsville (0-2).

Coach Mike Williams’ West Middlesex squad jumped out to a 19-7 lead after 8 minutes of play and were up 32-14 at halftime en route to the victory.

Emily Anthony led the way for West Middlesex with 18 points and 5 assists, Carlie Beatty posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Taylor Tomko contributed 7 points and 5 steals.

Also for the Ms. Reds, Kennedy Beatty grabbed 8 rebounds and Caitlin Stephens had 7 boards.

Cassie Dancak scored 5 points for Sharpsville and Ady Kratko, Tori Kimpan, and Alli Davis chipped in 4 points each.

• Reynolds 74, Sharon 53 – At Transfer, Halle Murcko fired in 28 points as Coach Doug Dorio’s Region 1 Lady Raiders (5-2) past Region 4 Sharon (3-5).

Reynolds led 13-8 after 8 minutes and 32-21 at the break. The Raiders outscored the Tigers 42-32 in the 2nd half.

Mackenzie Herman added 15 points for Reynolds, Victoria Mull bucketed 13, and Chloe McLaughlin chipped in 8 points.

Jaysina Sellers paced Sharon with 14 points, Tay Chester and Thoniece Ripley scored 13 points each and Jayla Walls contributed 8 markers.

• Kennedy Catholic 82, Commodore Perry 22 – At Sheakleyville, visiting Kennedy Catholic coasted to the Region 1 road win.

Bellah DiNardo, Paris Gilmore and Keegan McConahy collected 17, 15 and 14 points, respectively, to key Kennedy Catholic (5-0, 8-0), while Isabella Bianco and Hayden Keith contributed 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Grace Jones tossed in 2 treys and posted 13 points for the host Lady Panthers (0-3, 0-3).

• Brookfield 51, Newton Falls 24 – At Brookfield, Sophie Hook rifled in 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Coach Ken Forsythe’s Lady Warriors (6-1, 10-1) to a win in a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference encounter.

Audrey Reardon had 13 points and 4 steals for Brookfield, Katie Gibson added 10 points and Katie Logan contributed 4 points and dished out 5 assists.

Bree Hutson led Newton Falls with 11 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

• Sharon 50, Shenango 47 – At Tiger Gymnasium, senior Shawn Hill drained a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to lift the Tigers (3-6) to a win over the WPIAL’s Wildcats (8-4).

Coach Zach Sarver’s Sharon squad trailed 12-7 at the end of the opening quarter, but battled back to tie the game 22-all at halftime. The Tigers led 37-34 after 3 and Hill’s heroics in the 4th sealed the win.

Brett Salsgiver, who rifled in 32 points in Monday’s loss to Greenville, scored 18 against Shenango while Brayden Coxson posted 14 points. Also for Sharon, Hill had 7 points and Connor Porterfield contributed 6.

Reis Watkins (13 points), Brody McQuiston (12), Zach Herb (7), and Dalton Peters (6) were Shenango’s top scorers.

• Mercer 60, Maplewood 36 – At Guys Mills, Coach Joe Venasco’s Region 1 Mustangs improved to 4-3 with the rout over Region 2 Maplewood.

The game was tied 22-all at halftime. The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 20-7 in the 3rd quarter and 18-7 in the final frame.

Logan Turton led the way for Mercer with 17 points, Woody Nickel and Jake Mattocks scored 11 each and Dom Pugh contributed 8 points.

Kaleb Donor had 11 points for Maplewood, Brandon Snell chipped in 8 points and Logan Kennedy added 6.

WRESTLING

• Reynolds 70, Lakeview 6 – At Stoneboro, Reynolds’ Cole Toy won his 100th career match as the Raiders rolled in the Region 2 match.

Dreyvin Livingston (138), Kaeden Berger (152), Brayden McCloskey (160), Jalen Wagner (172), Toy (189), and Rocco John-Daniello (285) won by fall for Reynolds. Also, Clayton Rhoades picked up a win by major decision.

Isaac DeVault (215) posted a pin for Lakeview, which forfeited 5 matches.

• Sharpsville 36, Slippery Rock 33 – At Sharpsville, the Blue Devils edged the Rockets in the Region 1 clash.

Sharpsville, which won 4 weight classes by forfeit, got pins from Alex Rueberger (126) and Josh Divens (152).

Justin Pearce (160), Robert Foster (189), and Tony Pilosi (215) earned falls for Slippery Rock and William Mokel won by decision at 172 pounds.

• Commodore Perry 45, Franklin 21 – At Franklin, Gage Musser (172), Jonathon Rodgers (189), Zane Grinnell (138), Wyatt Lazzar (126), and Clayton Smith (160) posted pins for the visiting Panthers. Kadin Karns (215), Dallas Ross (113) and Travor Hamilton (120) forged falls for Franklin.

ICE HOCKEY

• Neshannock 11, Trinity 3 – At Printscape Arena, Canonsburg, Neshannock notched 7 second-period goals to break open an otherwise tight tilt.

Patrick Cionni started the scoring for Neshannock with help from Lex Moses (Hickory) and Davey Cochenour (Kennedy Catholic). Forty seconds later Mathew Ioanilli took a feed from Giovanni Valentine and put the Lancers up 2-0. Trinity closed the gap to 2-1 to close out the 1st-period scoring.

Midway through the 2nd period the Lancers started a stretch of 7 unanswered goals. Hunter Harris (Grove City) notched his 1st with a shorthanded effort; Ioanilli added his 2nd goal 3 minutes later; Gio Valentine, with and assist from his brother Emilio, made it 5-2. Santino Multari (Kennedy Catholic) scored with 14 seconds left in the 2nd on an assist from Tommy Malvar (Kennedy Catholic).

Sixteen seconds into the 3rd period Multari tallied his 2nd, with assists from Malvar and Harris. Harris and Cionni added their 2nd goal each to put the Lancers up, 9-1. Colton Chamberlain assisted on Harris’ goal. After a Hillers’ goal, Multari netted his hat trick goal with help from Cochenour and Brandon Boyles. Harris picked up his hat trick goal to close out the scoring, assisted by Ioanill.

Andrew Bovo stopped 17 of 20 shots to secure the victory in goal for Neshannock.

Currently, Wilmington, Bishop Canevin and Neshannock all have 14 points at the top of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Class B North Division. Neshannock is idle in league play until Feb. 16 when its hosts Avonworth, 7 p.m. at Hess Ice Rink.

GIRLS SWIMMING

• Titusville 92, Sharon 59 – At Titusville, winners for Sharon included Ella Labbiento, 200-yard IM, 100 backstroke; Ava McLaughlin, 50 and 400 freestyle; Abby Douglas, 200 ‘free, and Rachael Sadowski,100 freestyle. Also, the 200 ‘free relay (Douglas, Medvec, McLaughlin, Sadowski). Sharon runners-up included the 200 medley relay (McLaughlin, Sadowski, Labbiento, Douglas), and Sadowski, 200 ‘free.

BOYS SWIMMING

• Titusville 116, Sharon 42 – At Titusville, Sharon’s Mark Cattron copped a sweep of the 200 and 400 freestyle events, Also for the Tigers, Ty Chartraw won the 100 ‘free and ended as runner-up in the 50 ‘free. Also for Sharon, the 200 medley relay (Cattron, Cattron, Auchter, Chartraw) and the 200 ‘free relay (Cattron, Auchter, Chartraw, Kirsch) ended as runners-up.

PIAA NOTES

The PIAA voted on Wednesday to move the PIAA Swimming Championships from Bucknell University to Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

Capacity limits and building limitations are the reason for the move.

The PIAA championships in diving are scheduled for March 13 (district champs only). The swimming championships are March 19-20.

• There will be no regionals in golf, just like last season. Golfers will go from districts straight into the state tourney.

• The PIAA passed a proposal to allow teams to compete in regular season events while still in a district tournament. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

FARRELL         14  15  11  8   48

HICKORY          8   9   10  15  42

FARRELL – Burns 2-0-2-5, Brodie 4-0-1-9, King 3-2-2-8, Green 6-0-0-12, Stewart 3-0-1-8, Hall 3-0-1-6, Scott 0-0-0-0, Jackson 0-0-0-0, Harden-Mann 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Stewart 2, Burns 1, Brodie 1. Totals: 21-2-7-48.

HICKORY – Beach 2-0-0-6, Gustas 4-4-6-12, Anderson 4-3-6-11, Duncan 4-0-0-11, Fustos 1-0-0-2, Jones 0-0-0-0, Swanson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Duncan 3, Beach 2. Totals: 15-7-12-42.

JV: No game.

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SHARPSVILLE      7    7    7  2  23

W. MIDDLESEX   19  13  13  8  53

SHARPSVILLE – Doyle 0-0-0-0, Kratko 1-1-2-4, Fry 1-0-0-2, Kimpan 2-0-0-4, Messett 0-0-0-0, Dancak 2-0-0-5, Davis 0-4-4-4, Hanley 0-0-0-0, Grandy 1-0-0-2, Ritenour 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Kratko 1, Dancak 1. Totals: 8-5-6-23.

WEST MIDDLESEX – Tomko 2-1-2-7, Babcock 2-0-0-4, Anthony 6-5-6-18, Hemminger 0-0-0-0, K. Beatty 2-0-0-4, C. Beatty 6-5-6-17, Kalp 0-0-0-0, Briggs 0-0-0-0, Mild 1-0-0-2, Bowers 0-0-0-0, Blaze 0-0-0-0, Stephens 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Tomko 2, Anthony 1. Totals: 19-12-16-53.

JV: No score reported.

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SHARON           8  13  13  19  53

REYNOLDS       13  19  22  20  74

SHARON – Chester 4-1-4-13, Sellers 3-5-6-14, Walls 4-0-0-8, Ripley 5-0-1-13, McGee 0-0-0-0, Di. Nixon 2-0-0-5, Gash 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goals: Chester 4, Sellers 3, Ripley 3, Di. Nixon 1. Totals: 18-6-13-53.

REYNOLDS – McLaughlin 2-4-4-8, Murcko 12-2-2-28, Zachrich 1-4-8-6, L. Miller 0-1-2-1, Herman 6-3-5-15, Mull 6-1-5-13, A. Miller 1-1-2-3. 3-pt. goals: Murcko 2. Totals: 28-17-27-74.

JV: No game.

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KENNEDY         31  27  19   5  82

COMM. PERRY   0   11   0  11  22

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – DiNardo 7-2-3-17, Bianco 4-0-0-9, Keith 3-0-0-8, Gilmore 7-0-2-15, Jones 3-3-5-9, Utlak 0-0-0-0, Lombardi 0-0-0-0, Al. Suhar 2-0-0-4., Ochweri 1-0-0-3, McConahy 7-0-2-14, An. Suhar 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goals: Keith 2, DiNardo 1, Bianco 1, Gilmore 1, Ochweri 1, An. Suhar 1. Totals: 35-5-12-82.

COMMODORE PERRY – Jones 3-3-6-13, Hause 0-4-8-4, Rielly 0-0-0-0, Boozer 0-2-2-2, Eber 1-0-0-3, Meyer 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Jones 2, Eber 1. Totals: 5-9-16-22.

JV: No game.

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NEWTON FALLS      9  4   2   9  24

BROOKFIELD        17  8  18  8  51

NEWTON FALLS – Albert 1-0-0-3, Hankins 1-0-0-2, Hutson 3-3-4-11, Drake 1-0-0-3, Bryner 0-0-0-0, Hadet 0-2-2-2, Fowler 0-3-4-3. 3-pt. goals: Hutson 2, Albert 1, Drake 1. Totals: 6-8-10-24.

BROOKFIELD – Wellman 0-0-0-0, Reardon 6-0-0-13, Logan 1-2-2-4, Hook 7-3-3-21, Gibson 5-0-0-10, Mi. Jumper 0-0-0-0, DeJoy 1-0-0-2, Sirochman 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goals: Hook 4, Reardon 1. Totals: 20-6-7-51.

JV: No score reported.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

SHENANGO      12  10  12  13  47

SHARON           7  15  15  13  50

SHENANGO – Watkins 5-3-3-13, McQuiston 5-2-2-12, Sibeto 1-0-0-3, Peters 2-2-2-6, Butchelle 1-0-0-2, Lenhart 2-0-0-4, Herb 2-1-2-7, Pagley 0-0-0-0, Marosky 0-0-0-0, Zeiglar 0-0-0-0, D’Angelo 0-0-0-0, Lenhart 0-0-0-0, Lively 0-0-0-0, Schry 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Herb 2, Sibeto 1. Totals: 18-8-10-47.

SHARON – Nixon 0-0-0-0, Salsgiver 9-0-1-18, Driver 0-0-0-0, Messina 1-2-2-5, Wilder 0-0-0-0, Hoffman 0-0-0-0, Hill 2-2-2-7, Ham 0-0-0-0, Porterfield 2-2-2-6, Piccirilli 0-0-0-0, Austin 0-0-0-0, Coxson 5-2-3-14, Hacker 0-0-0-0, Justice 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Coxson 2, Messina 1, Hill 1. Totals: 19-8-10-50.

JV: Shenango, 34-31. Brayden Zeigler 14 for Shenango. Garret Hoffman 12 for Sharon.

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MERCER           14  8  20  18  60

MAPLEWOOD     12  10  7   7   36

MERCER – Nickel 4-0-0-11, Turton 7-1-2-17, Co. Grossman 2-0-0-6, Ferrans 0-0-0-0, J. Mattocks 5-1-2-11, Pugh 4-0-0-8, Ellison 3-0-0-7. 3-pt. goals: Nickel 3, Turton 2, Co. Grossman 2, Ellison 1. Totals: 25-2-4-60.

MAPLEWOOD – Donor 5-0-0-11, Kennedy 2-1-1-6, Burns 2-0-0-4, Snell 2-2-4-8, Peterson 0-0-0-0, Beuchat 0-0-0-0, Sleeman 2-1-2-5, Doolittle 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Snell 2, Donor 1, Kennedy 1. Totals: 14-4-7-36.

JV: No score reported.

 

WRESTLING

REYNOLDS 70, LAKEVIEW 6

106 – Logan Hammerschmidt (R) forfeit; 113 – Chase Bell (R) forfeit; 120 – Gary Steen (R) forfeit; 126 – Liam Foore (R) forfeit; 132 – Kane Kettering (R) forfeit; 138 – Dreyvin Livingston (R) pinned Nate Martin, 2:30; 145 – Clayton Rhoades (R) maj. dec. Ryan O’Polka, 12-2; 152 – Kaeden Berger (R) pinned Danick Hinkson, 1:53; 160 – Brayden McCloskey (R) pinned Aiden Osborne, 3:28; 172 – Jalen Wagner (R) pinned Luke Klonowski, :59; 189 – Cole Toy (R) pinned Zach Pullium, :48; 215 – Isaac DeVault (L) pinned Owen Miller, 1:50; 285 – Rocco John-Daniello (R) pinned Mason Bevan, :38.

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SHARPSVILLE 36, SLIPP. ROCK 33

106 – double forfeit; 113 – Ryan Double (SR) forfeit; 120 – Nick Ayres (SR) forfeit; 126 – Alex Rueberger (Sv) pinned Thomas Foster, :52; 132 – Caullin Summers (Sv) forfeit; 138 – Dalton Byerly (Sv) forfeit; 145 – Joey Barber (Sv) forfeit; 152 – Josh Divens (Sv) pinned Konrad Kozminski, (time not submitted); 160 – Justin Pearce (SR) pinned David Moyer, 1:36; 172 – William Mokel (SR) dec. Wyatt Sternthal, 6-1; 189 – Robert Foster (SR) pinned James Back, 1:51; 215 – Tony Pilosi (SR) pinned Michael Brenneman, 1:49; 285 – Noah Turuck (Sv) forfeit.

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COMMODORE PERRY 45, FRANKLIN 21

172-Gage Musser (CP) pinned Mason Criado, 1:36; 189-Jonathon Rodgers (CP) pinned Hunter Stevens, 0:52; 215-Kadin Karns (F) pinned Hunter Yeager, 2:12; 285-Ethan Fritz (CP) forfeit; 106-Hunter Geibel (CP) dec. Cael Dailey, 5-0; 113-Dallas Ross (F) pinned Ben Kammes, 0:08; 120-Trevor Hamilton (F) pinned Gage Gilmore, 0:25; 126-Wyatt Lazzar (CP) pinned Kavin Boitnott,1:42; 132-double forfeit; 138-Zane Grinnell (CP) pinned Logan Gavin, 2:04; 145-Ashten Armagost (CP) forfeit; 152-Cael Ziegler (F) dec. Kolton  Heeter, 5-0; 160-Clayton Smith (CP) pinned Jonah Heckathorne, 2:43.

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