Halle Murcko

Reynolds’ Halle Murcko drives around a Lakeview defender. Murcko scored 26 points to lead the Lady Raiders to a 53-41 upset win over the Sailors.

HERMITAGE – While winning the regular-season Region 1 championship is gratifying for the Lady Golden Eagles, being able to compartmentalize will be key for Kennedy Catholic High girls basketball team.

Malia Magestro and Bellah DiNardo combined for 48 points Monday night, keying KC to a 70-38 win over Farrell.

Although the Lady Eagles swept the home-and-home region rivalry, the date circled on the calendar is Feb 29 when the teams will meet for the District 10 title. KC has captured 9 consecutive crowns, but celebrating the sweep of the Lady Steelers will be short-lived, according to Kennedy Head Coach Justin Magestro. 

“Basically, my thought-process is this: We take every game at face value – we don’t look ahead, we don’t look backwards. I think, if you want to be a great team – which our kids are aspiring to want to be – you have to come in every night and take care of business,” mentor Magestro mused. “This game is no different than our game Thursday or our game on February 29th. We have to come out and compete.

“In the game of basketball, especially once you’re done with the regular season, it’s a one-and-done season and our kids know that,” Magestro continued. “And I take a lot of pride, they take a lot of pride, in understanding that they’ve gotta bring their game every day.”

Echoed Lady Steelers’ skipper Eddie Turosky, “I’ve said this since day one: These are all like glorified scrimmages. If you’re not playin’ for the region title, you’re just tryin’ to get better to play one game at the end of the year. And honestly? I know Kennedy was adamant about winnin’ the region title, but I think they’re thinkin’ the same thing now: We’ve played twenty-two games; now we’ve gotta square off in seventeen days and play for a district championship.

“The sad part,” Turosky added, “is both of us are good enough to go to the state playoffs and make a run. But unfortunately one of us is gonna be stayin’ home.”

Monday was a wire-to-wire win for Kennedy: 19-11 at the quarter, 34-17 by the break, and 50-24 through 3 periods.

The chemistry between Magestro and DiNardo is unique and prosperous. Though shooting just 11 for 26 from the floor, Magestro dished out a game-high 10 dimes, while DiNardo, despite missing a couple lay-ins off back-door cuts, ended 9 for 16 from the field and also collected 8 caroms.

Also for Kennedy Catholic (12-0 region, 18-3 overall), frosh post Alaina Suhar snared a game-high 13 rebounds and added 8 points and Addie Flanders finished with 8 more rebounds. Seniors Magestro, Flanders and Mariah Vincent were playing their final home game.

KC connected on 28 of 57 floor shots, assisting on 18 of those buckets, with 8 different players credited with at least one helper.

For Farrell (8-4, 13-9), Deryah Stewart scored 13. But the Lady Steelers shot just 14 for 57 from the field, though they cut their 2nd-half turnovers (7) somewhat from the 1st half (12) when senior stalwart Kyra Crosby was saddled with 3 personal fouls. Crosby and Mariah Hopson had 3 assists apiece, while Turosky noted McKayala Hall was unable to play.

Mentor Magestro summarized, “I’m blessed to have three wonderful seniors, (and) my underclassmen, they’re growing up and accepting all of the guidance that they’re getting from our seniors. And I think that’s why our team’s getting better every day.”

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In other action:

GIRLS HOOPS

• Reynolds 53, Lakeview 41 – At Transfer, Coach Doug Dorio’s Lady Raiders (3-7, 5-17) closed out the season with a Region 4 upset win over Lakeview (7-3, 17-4).

Lakeview was up 10-7 after 8 minutes, but the Raiders took a 21-16 lead into the locker room at the break. Reynolds outscored the Lady Sailors 32-25 in the 2nd half.

Halle Murcko rifled in 26 points to lead Reynolds, which has opted out of the playoffs, while Abby Miller and Isabella McCollum contributed 9 points each.

Reese Gadsby paced Lakeview with 15 points and Carlin Ligo added 8 markers.

• Greenville 51, Sharpsville 37 – At Greenville, the Region 4 champion Lady Trojans went 10-0 in region play for the 2nd straight season and improved to 15-5 overall with the win over the Devils (5-5, 10-11).

Greenville led 11-9 after 8 minutes and 25-23 at the break. The Trojans outscored Sharpsville 12-8 in the 3rd quarter and 14-6 in the 4th en route to the win.

Amy Batt scored 17 points to lead Greenville, Skyler Swartz bucketed 10 and Anna Harpst chipped in 9 points.

Alli Davis led Sharpsville with 12 points and Tori Kimpan contributed 9.

• Sharon 44, Wilmington 36 – In Hounds Town, the visiting Lady Tigers triumphed in the Region 4 contest. Wilmington led 7-4 after 8 minutes, but the Lady Greyhounds were outscored 40-29 during the game’s final 24 minutes.

Jaysina Sellers scored a game-high 25 points for Sharon (5-5 region, 7-14 overall), which has won 5 of its last 7 games. In addition to tossing in a trio of treys, Sellers also snared 9 caroms, and Gabby Heard and Jordi Murphy mustered an additional 8 caroms apiece for Coach Kevin Washington. Also, Kamouree Williams went for 9 points.

Wilmington (0-10, 4-18) was led by Nadia Huebner, who had 15 points, and Meredith Glavach, who garnered 8.

• Slippery Rock 60, Meadville 47 – At The Launch Pad, the Rockets (11-1, 15-6) earned their fourth straight region championship under coach Amber Osborn and fifth overall dating back to the 2015-16 season.

SR opened the contest with a 10-1 run and extended its cushion to 26-14 late in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs closed the half on an 8-1 run.

The Rockets turned its 27-22 lead at the break into a 13-point lead by sandwiching three’s from Kelly Benson and Ella McDermott around a long jumper from Hallie Raabe and never looked back. SR lead by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter (58-38).

McDermott (15 points, 7 rebounds), Benson (15 points, 6 boards), Bronwyn McCoy (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Anna Kadlubek (13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) led four Rockets in double figures. Hallie Raabe chipped in 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block.

For Meadville (6-6, 8-14), Jaida Speed led the way with a 17-point, 7 rebound effort, while Jailyn Gilbert tacked on 11 markers.

After hosting West Middlesex tonight, the Rockets are off until February 22 when they will meet Region 6 fourth seed Corry (2-19) in the District 10 5A quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined – Information submitted by Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.

• Hickory 41, Conneaut Area 29 – On Senior Night at “The Hive” in Hermitage, senior Reanna Daniels scored 14 points to lead the Hornets (8-4, 13-9) to the Region 5 win over CASH (3-9, 5-17).

Hickory jumped out to a 13-4 lead after 8 minutes of play, but CASH rallied to tie the game 19-all going into the locker room. The Hornets led 28-27 after 3 and outscored the Eagles 13-2 in the 4th quarter to seal the win.

Aniyah Anderson added 12 points for Hickory.

Mya Stone led Conneaut Area with 15 points and Emma Stevenson contributed 9.

• Commodore Perry 41, Mercer 35 – At Sheakleyville, Kate Hildebran bucketed a dozen points and Mackenzie Hause and Grace Jones had 10 each as the Lady Panthers (5-7, 10-11) picked up the Region 1 win over Mercer (5-7, 12-10).

Brooke Shrock added 9 points for the Lady Panthers, who led 18-11 at halftime. Mercer outscored Commodore Perry 24-23 in the 2nd half.

Julia Balaski bucketed 14 points for Mercer and Delaney Fisher and Darby Miller chipped in 6 points each.

• United Local 37, Brookfield 33 – At Hanoverton, the host Lady Golden Eagles eeked out the non-conference win, outscoring Brookfield, 24-23 during the 2nd half, including 13-11 during the final frame.

United also almost doubled the visiting Lady Warriors from the free-throw line 13 of 24 compared with 9 for 15.

Sophia Hook had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double for Brookfield (6-13), while Katie Logan lent 4 assists. Bailey Boosz brokered a big game from the free-throw line to tally 10 points for United Local (13-9).

BOYS BASKETBALL

• New Castle 74, Sharpsville 58 – At New Castle, the Blue Devils led 18-16 at the end of the opening quarter, but were outscored 24-10 in the 2nd frame and the WPIAL’s Red Hurricanes (15-7) went on to grab the win.

The 2nd half was mostly even as New Castle held a 23-20 scoring advantage in the 3rd quarter and 11-10 in the final frame.

Sophomore Michael Wells rifled in 32 points to lead New Castle, Isiah Boice drained 5 treys en route to 17 points and Sheldon Cox added 13 markers.

New Castle, which beat Lincoln Park (73-65) on Sunday night in the “Bash With The Bronx” at Lincoln Park High in Midland, drained 11 treys in the game.

Jackson Doyle drained 5 treys and finished with 22 points for Sharpsville (13-8), Mack Staunch and Noah Flaherty added 9 points each and Brayden Fry contributed 8 points.

BOYS SWIMMING

Sharon competed in Saturday’s inaugural Region 1 Southern Tier Invitational at Grove City College.

Nolan Songer set a school record in the 100-yard Breaststroke. No time was submitted. The previous record was set in 2001. He also won the 100 Butterfly and took 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke.

Songer was also part of the relay teams that took 2nd in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay. His teammates for both were Jake Cattron, Nikoli DoBosh and Ty Chartraw.

Cattron placed 4th in the 200 IM, 6th in the 100-yard Breaststroke, Chartraw finished 6th in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle.

Sharon results were submitted to The Herald on Monday.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Sharon’s Ella Labbiento placed 3rd in the 500-yard Freestyle and 6th in the 200 Freestyle on Saturday at Grove City College.

Ava McLaughlin took 3rd in the 100 Freestyle and 4th in the 50 Free for the Lady Tigers and the foursome of Labbiento, McLaughlin, Abby Douglas and Rachael Sadowski placed 5th in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay.

INDOOR

TRACK & FIELD

The Hickory High teams competed at the TSTCA Meet at Edinboro University on Saturday and at the SPIRE Showcase in Geneva, Ohio, on Sunday.

At Edinboro Saturday, Aniyah Anderson won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.23 and Daphne Borowicz finished 8th in 9.51. Also, Braedon Allen finished 1st in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.26.

At the SPIRE Showcase Sunday, Anderson broke her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a 9.20 clocking. The time broke her record of 9.49 earlier this season.

Cole Frazier clocked in at 1:58.38 in the 800, which shattered his school record of 2:00.21 set earlier this season.

Also at SPIRE Institute Sunday, Borowicz took 3rd in the pole vault (9-6) and Paige Griffith finished 5th in the high jump (5-2).

Allen finished 3rd in the 60-meter hurdles (8.23), Alexander Fustos placed 4th in the pole vault (12-0) and Luke Bishop placed 7th in the shot put (45-9).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

FARRELL         11  6    7   14  38

KENNEDY        19  15  16  20  70

FARRELL – Brodie 1-2-2-5, Green 3-1-4-7, Stewart 5-1-2-13, Hopson 1-0-0-2, Crosby 2-2-2-6, G.King 1-1-2-3, Burns 1-0-0-2, Scott 0-0-0-0, Jackson 0-0-0-0, N.King 0-0-0-0, Harden-Mann 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Stewart 2, Brodie 1. Totals: 14-7-12-38.

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – Magestro 11-2-2-25, DiNardo 9-5-5-23, Al. Suhar 3-2-2-8, Flanders 2-0-0-4, Vincent 1-0-0-2, An. Suhar 0-0-0-0, McConahy 0-0-0-0, Keith 1-2-2-5, Bianco 0-0-0-0, Lombardi 1-0-0-3, Peltonen 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Magestro 1, Keith 1, Lombardi 1. Totals: 28-11-11-70.

JV: Kennedy Catholic, 50-28. Hayden Keith 17, Keegan McConahy 11, Isabella Bianco 10 points for KC; Sanaa Brodie 10 for Farrell.

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LAKEVIEW       10  6   13  12  41

REYNOLDS        7  14  16  16  53

LAKEVIEW – Gadsby 5-3-5-15, A. Sefton 0-0-0-0, Sontheimer 1-0-2-2, Burke 1-0-0-2, A. Reed 1-3-4-5, DiMaria 2-0-0-4, Chaffee 2-1-1-5, Ligo 4-0-0-8. 3-pt. goals: Gadsby 2. Totals: 16-9-10-41. 

REYNOLDS – Murcko 7-9-12-26, A. Hillyer 0-0-2-0, Zachrich 1-1-5-3, McLaughlin 2-2-2-6, A. Miller 3-3-6-9, McCollum 4-1-6-9, L. Miller 0-0-0-0, Herman 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Murcko 3. Totals: 17-19-30-53.

JV: Lakeview, 30-24.

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SHARPSVILLE   9   14   8    6  37

GREENVILLE    11  14  12  14  51

SHARPSVILLE – Kratko 2-0-1-5, Kimpan 3-3-3-9, Dancak 1-4-4-6, Davis 5-0-0-12, Hanley 1-1-4-3, Staunch 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Davis 2, Kratko 1. Totals: 13-8-12-37.

GREENVILLE – Serrano 3-0-0-6, Batt 5-7-9-17, Harpst 2-3-4-9, Swartz 4-2-2-10, Lewis 3-0-0-7, Wentling 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Harpst 2, Lewis 1. Totals: 18-12-15-51.

JV: No score reported.

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SHARON          4  17  12  11  44

WILMINGTON     7  6   11  12  36

SHARON – Heard 0-2-4-2, K.Williams 3-3-5-9, Sellers 7-8-19-25, Dary. Nixon 0-1-4-1, McGee 0-0-2-0, Murphy 2-0-1-5, Diav. Nixon 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Sellers 3, Murphy 1. Totals: 13-14-35-44.

WILMINGTON – Glavach 3-2-4-8, Huebner 5-3-4-15, Graham 0-0-0-0, Flick 1-3-4-5, Gardner 0-0-0-0, Ward 0-2-3-2, Withers 1-2-4-4, Ealy 1-0-0-2, Boyle 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Huebner 2. Totals: 11-11-18-36.

JV: No game.

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MEADVILLE        5  17  10  15  47

SLIPP.ROCK      10  17  21  12  60

MEADVILLE –– Longo 0-0-0-0, Fontanez-Waid 3-2-2-9, Gilbert 4-0-0-11, Johnson 5-0-0-10, Speed 6-3-6-17, McCoy 0-0-0-0, Buzzard 0-0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Gilbert 3, Speed 2, Fontanez-Waid 1. Totals: 18-5-8-47.

SLIPPERY ROCK –– Kadlubek 5-3-6-13, Raabe 1-0-3-2, McDermott 5-2-2-15, McCoy 5-2-4-13, Benson 5-2-4-15, Bedel 0-2-4-2, Book 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Benson 3, McDermott 3, McCoy 1. Totals: 21-11-23-60.

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CONN. AREA       4  15  8  2   29

HICKORY           13  6  9  13  41

CONNEAUT AREA – Stevenson 4-0-0-9, Jones 0-0-0-0, Blood 1-0-0-2, Seman 0-0-0-0, Fuhrer 1-1-1-3, Stone 6-3-5-15. 3-pt. goal: Stevenson 1. Totals: 12-4-6-29.

HICKORY – Beach 1-0-0-3, Gustas 3-0-2-7, Anderson 5-2-2-12, Daniels 4-6-10-14, Duncan 1-0-0-3, Frances-Jones 0-0-0-0, Jones 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Beach 1, Gustas 1, Duncan 1. Totals: 15-8-14-41.

JV: Conneaut Area, 30-22. Kaelyn Fustos 11 for Hickory.

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MERCER            7  4  14  10  35

COMM. PERRY   12  6  11  12  41

MERCER – Fisher 2-0-0-6, P. Miller 1-0-0-2, Balaski 6-2-4-14, Grossman 1-0-0-2, D. Miller 3-0-2-6, Baker 1-0-0-3, Fedorchak 1-0-0-2, Morneweck 0-0-0-0, Godfrey 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Fisher 2, Baker 1. Totals: 15-2-6-35.

COMMODORE PERRY – Clevenger 0-0-0-0, Hause 5-0-2-10, Hildebran 2-8-8-12, Jones 5-0-0-10, Kimball 0-0-1-0, Shrock 2-4-8-9. 3-pt. goal: Shrock 1. Totals: 14-12-19-41.

JV: No score reported.

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ROCKY GROVE     10  6  6  9   31

JAMESTOWN       10  2  5  12  29

ROCKY GROVE – Ruditis 5-2-2-12, Winslow 2-0-1-4, Reed 1-0-0-2, Williams 2-3-4-7, Taylor 2-0-0-4, Ripple 1-0-0-2. Totals: 13-5-7-31.

JAMESTOWN – L. Keener 1-0-2-2, McElhinny 6-2-4-14, Messai 1-0-0-2, Johnson 2-2-6-7, Smith 1-2-4-4, Cowher 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Johnson 1. Totals: 11-6-16-29.

JV: No game.

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BROOKFIELD       3  7  12  11  33

UNITED LOCAL     5  8  11  13  37

BROOKFIELD – Marek 0-2-2-2, Reardon 1-0-2-3, Morora 0-2-2-2, Hook 8-4-6-21, Gibson 0-0-0-0, Logan 2-0-1-4, Litz 0-0-0-0, DeJoy 0-1-2-1, Ken. Jumper 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goals: Hook 1, Reardon 1. Totals: 11-9-15-33. 

UNITED LOCAL – Kibler 1-0-0-2, Hovorka 3-0-0-7, Doggy 0-1-2-1, Powers 1-1-2-3, Boosz 1-8-16-10, Burkhaus 0-3-4-3, Hill 0-0-0-0, Cope 0-0-0-0, Hofmeister 2-3-5-8. 3-pt. goals: Hovorka 1, Hofmeister 1. Totals: 8-13-24-37.

JV: No score reported.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

SHARPSVILLE   18  10  20  10  58

NEW CASTLE    16  24  23  11  74

SHARPSVILLE – Flaherty 4-0-0-9, Ladjevich 2-0-2-4, Doyle 8-1-1-22, Thomas 3-0-0-6, Fry 3-1-2-8, Staunch 4-1-1-9, Townsend 0-0-0-0, Kratko 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goals: Doyle 5, Flaherty 1, Fry 1. Totals: 24-3-6-58.

NEW CASTLE – Graham 1-1-2-3, Cade 1-0-0-2, Wells 12-6-7-32, McCarter 1-1-4-4, Boice 6-0-0-17, Cox 4-2-2-13, Anderson 0-1-2-1, Perkins 0-0-0-0, Carter 1-0-0-2. 3-pt. goals: Boice 5, Cox 3, Wells 2, McCarter 1. Totals: 26-11-17-74.

JV: New Castle, 57-32. Jon Anderson 19 for New Castle. Jadan Townsend 10 for Sharpsville.

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