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HERMITAGE – Gene Sarazen devoted decades to coaching area basketball players. His last stop was with the Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball program, and he is not far from the minds of the Lady Golden Eagles.

“Yes, we are dedicating this season in memory of Coach Sarazen,” related KC Head Coach Justin Magestro, whose Lady Golden Eagles eased to a 62-23 Region 1 win over Farrell on Monday night.

Sarazen recently passed away from COVID-19 and coronary complications. He hinted late last winter that had Kennedy Catholic copped the commonwealth crown – the season was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, with Lady Golden Eagles in the PIAA Class 1A Elite Eight – he was considering calling it a day.

He would have been pleased as Kennedy Catholic coasted in a rematch of last season’s District 10 championship game.

“Words can’t express how saddened our ‘KC Family’ and I are over the loss of Coach Sarazen,” Magestro admitted. “He was one of my best friends, mentors and such a huge part of our coaching staff that can’t be replaced.”

Bellah DiNardo keyed Kennedy Catholic (1-0, 2-0) with an 18-point, 5-assist, 5 rebound line. Serving as spokesperson she said regarding Sarazen,

“It was a hard loss and definitely out of nowhere. So we’re definitely dedicating this season to Coach Sarazen. He meant a lot. He really touched everyones’ hearts. He was a great coach. He pushed us, he made sure we all were okay and working as hard as we could. He was always there for us, and we’re really gonna miss him.”

DiNardo dominated in a new role. Serving as Malia Magestro’s sidekick during the past 2 seasons, DiNardo has accepted the leadership mantle this year.

“It feels great. Malia really taught me a lot about how to lead a team, and I’m really trying this year. All the girls are behind me, and we’re doing great,” summarized DiNardo, who was complemented by point guard Paris Gilmore’s 15 points and game-high 7 assists.

KC led 15-13 late in the 1st quarter before Gilmore’s buzzer-beating jumper jump-started the Lady Golden Eagles, who embarked on a 24-5 spree to assume a commanding 39-19 margin at intermission.

Also contributing for Kennedy Catholic were Keegan McConahy (8 points, game-high 10 rebounds), Hayden Keith (9 points, 3 assists), and Alayjah Jones (3 assists) and Isabella Bianco, with 3 and 4 points, respectively. However the latter pair were linchpins as KC coerced Farrell into 34 turnovers.

“We’re a great team. We know how to share (18 assists on 28 made field goals). We know how to give each other opportunities. We are really good athletes, so we know how to get up and down the floor and do everything together,” DiNardo summarized.

Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky said once his squad gets more acclimated to wearing masks and spends more consistent time in the gym it will not only improve, but thrive.

“I thought the first quarter we played really well, I thought we handled (the Lady Golden Eagles’) pressure pretty well. But we struggled at times to find people open – defensively – to close out, and we gave ‘em some wide-open looks,” Turosky began. “But I think a lot of that comes with conditioning, and I think as the season goes on ... we start conditioning more and get our legs underneath us, we’re gonna be way more competitive. But we’ve gotta learn ‘four (quarters)’; we only gave (one) quarter, I thought.

“ But as we go down the road here I think we’ll get better and we’ll be back in contention,” Turosky added.

For Farrell (0-1, 0-1), DeMariah Burns bucketed 7 points, Deryah Stewart dished out 5 dimes, and Jaylie Green garnered 6 rebounds and 4 points. 

Adding in regard to Sarazen Magestro, “We will be having a ceremony before one of our home games, either January eighteen18 or twenty-one, with Mrs. Sarazen and their daughter Michelle in attendance.” 

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Also Monday:

GIRLS HOOPS

• Mercer 49, Commodore Perry 20 – In the county seat, the Lady M’s opened the 2020-21 season in fine fashion forcing the undermanned Panthers into 29 turnovers and 22 percent shooting from the field (6-of-27) in the Region 1 clash.

Mercer (1-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter and extended it to 35-5 on a 25-2 run late in the first half.

Lady M’s coach Aaron Cook went to his bench early and often with all 14 dressed players making an appearance by early in the second quarter. Ten of his players were able to dent the scoreboard during that stretch.

Junior Julia Balaski paced Mercer with a 12-point, 7-rebound effort, while Peyton Miller and Merrick Morneweck evenly split another 12 tallies.

For Commodore Perry (0-1, 0-1), Grace Jones led the way with 7 points – Information submitted by Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.

• Hickory 55, Wilmington 23 – At “The Hive” in Hermitage, Emily Duncan fired in 19 points and Aniyah Anderson scored 16 as the Hornets (1-0) opened the season with a win over the Hounds (0-2).

McKenzie Gustas added 11 points for Hickory and Malana Beach contributed 8 markers.

“We came out ready to play and were pleased with our stamina and shooting,” said Hickory Coach Matt Fabian. “Being back only six days, you always wonder how much rust is really there. We played really well, but had our moments of mental lapses. All in all we played great as a single unit.”

Madison Graham led Wilmington with 7 points and Jadyn Flick and AnnaLee Gardner chipped in 4 points each.

• Greenville 42, Harbor Creek 29 – At Harborcreek, Coach Kristin Richards’ Region 4 Lady Trojans improved to 2-0 with the win over the Region 6 Huskies (0-2).

Jaidah Rosario scored a dozen points for Greenville, Josie Lewis added 11 and Amy Batt chipped in 8.

Lily Pulvino led Harbor Creek with 11 points and Samantha Zank bucketed 9.

Greenville opened the season last week with a win in Transfer against Reynolds while Harbor Creek lost its opener to Kennedy Catholic last Friday.

• Beaver Falls 42, Sharon 39 – At Sharon, the Lady Tigers (0-2) of Sharon rallied from an 18-3 deficit at the end of the 1st quarter, but just came up short against WPIAL opponent Beaver Falls (1-0).

Sharon, which opened the season with a loss at Franklin Saturday, trailed 27-15 at halftime and 37-25 after 24 minutes of play. The locals outscored Beaver Falls 14-5 in the final frame.

Justice Bunn-Mason led Beaver Falls with 19 points and J’La Kizart bucketed 10.

Jaysina Sellers scored 17 points for Sharon and Jayla Walls added 8 points.

First-year Sharon Coach Kellie O’Brien has missed the first 2 games of the season due to possible COVID-19 exposure. 

• West Middlesex at Jamestown – Monday’s game was postponed. No makeup date was announced.

• Lakeview at Franklin – Monday’s non-region game was canceled by Lakeview.

• Brookfield 51, Campbell Memorial 36 – At Campbell, the Lady Warriors improved to 2-0 in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference and 5-0 overall with the win over the Red Devils.

Sophie Hook had 13 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for Brookfield, Audrey Reardon scored 11 points and Katie Gibson posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Also, Cailee Wellman added 8 points.

Cayla Marshall drained 5 treys en route to a game-high 19 points for Campbell and Madison Shugar contributed 8 markers.

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

FARRELL         13   6    0  4  23

KENNEDY        17  22  17  6  62

FARRELL – Burns 3-0-1-7, Brodie 2-0-0-4, King 2-0-0-4, Stewart 1-0-0-2, Green 2-0-1-4, Thomas 0-0-0-0, Harden-Mann 0-0-0-0, Jackson 0-0-0-0, Moore 1-0-1-2, Scott 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Burns 1. Totals: 11-0-3-23.

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – DiNardo 9-0-0-18, McConahy 4-0-0-8, Keith 3-1-2-9, Gilmore 7-0-0-15, Jones 1-0-0-3, Bianco 2-0-0-4, Al. Suhar 1-0-0-2, Lombardi 1-0-0-3, An. Suhar 0-0-0-0, Utlak 0-0-0-0, Chambers 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Keith 2, Jones 1, Gilmore 1, Lombardi 1. Totals: 28-1-2-62.

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COMM. PERRY   3    5    6  6  20

MERCER          16  19  10  4  49

COMMODORE PERRY –– Jones 2-2-4-7, Hause 1-3-8-5, Riley 0-0-0-0, Boozer 1-0-0-2, Eber 2-0-0-6, Myer 0-0-0-0. 3-point goals: Eber 2, Jones 1. Totals: 6-5-12-20.

MERCER –– Balaski 3-5-5-12, Fisher 1-3-3-5, Baker 0-1-2-1, G. Godfrey 1-0-0-2, P. Miller 2-2-3-6, Grossman 2-0-0-4, Morneweck 3-0-0-6, McCracken 0-0-0-0, Allen 0-0-0-0, Brown 2-0-1-4, A. Godfrey 0-0-1-0, Washil 0-3-4-3, Russell 2-0-0-4, M. Miller 1-0-0-2. 3-point goal: Balaski 1. Totals: 17-14-19-49.

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WILMINGTON     4    8  5   6   23

HICKORY         19  17  7  12  55

WILMINGTON – M. Gardner 0-0-0-0, Black 0-0-0-0, Dieter 0-0-0-0, Flick 2-0-1-4, A. Gardner 2-0-3-4, Ward 1-1-2-3, Klamut 1-0-0-2, Ealy 1-1-1-3, Whiting 0-0-0-0, Graham 2-3-4-7. Totals: 9-5-11-23.

HICKORY – Beach 3-0-1-8, Gustas 3-4-5-11, Fustos 0-0-0-0, Anderson 7-2-3-16, Duncan 5-5-5-19, Jones 0-0-0-0, Swanson 0-0-0-0, Koerth 0-1-3-1. 3-pt. goals: Duncan 4, Beach 2, Gustas 1. Totals: 18-12-17-55.

JV: Hickory, 24-23.

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GREENVILLE     12  10  9  11  42

HAR. CREEK      9   4   4  12  29

GREENVILLE – Mallek 1-0-0-2, Campbell 0-0-0-0, Batt 4-0-0-8, Harpst 2-1-2-5, Rosario 5-2-2-12, Cano 2-0-0-4, Lewis 4-0-0-11. 3-pt. goal: Lewis 3. Totals: 20-3-4-42.

HARBOR CREEK – East 0-0-0-0, Humphreys 1-0-0-2, Weber 0-0-0-0, Sidelinger 2-0-0-4, Pulvino 5-1-4-11, Smith 0-0-2-0, Zank 3-2-2-9, Born 1-0-0-3, Kapsar 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Zank 1, Born 1. Totals: 12-3-8-29.

JV: No score reported.

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BEAVER FALLS  18  9   10   5   42

SHARON           3  12  10  14  39

BEAVER FALLS – Kizart 3-4-7-10, Bunn-Mason 9-0-1-19, Conley 2-0-0-4, Norman 0-2-2-2, Legzdin 1-0-0-3, Price 2-0-2-4. 3-pt. goals: Bunn-Mason 1, Legzdin 1. Totals: 17-6-12-42.

SHARON – Sellers 8-0-1-17, McGee 1-0-0-2, Walls 4-0-0-9, Gash 3-0-2-6, Da. Nixon 1-0-0-2, Di. Nixon 1-1-2-3. 3-pt. goals: Sellers 1, Walls 1. Totals: 18-1-5-39.

JV: No game.

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BROOKFIELD     18  8  13  12  51

CAMPBELL       13  0   5   18  36

BROOKFIELD – Wellman 4-0-0-8, Reardon 5-0-0-11, Hook 5-2-2-13, Gibson 6-0-0-12, Lindholm 1-0-0-2, Miller 0-0-0-0, Nale 1-0-0-2, DeJoy 1-1-2-3. 3-pt. goals: Reardon 1, Hook 1. Totals: 21-3-4-51.

CAMPBELL MEMORIAL – Cay. Marshall 7-0-0-19, Cha. Marshall 1-0-0-2, Ca’M. 1-0-0-2, Valentine 1-0-0-2, Indio-Diaz 1-0-0-3, Shugar 3-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Cay. Marshall 5, Shugar 2, Indio-Diaz 1. Totals: 14-0-0-36.

JV: No score reported.

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