Herald Staff reports



Ball movement is big for the Brookfield High girls basketball team, and more often than not the intended target is Morgan Bonekovic.

The 6-foot Bonekovic benefitted from her teammates’ entry post passes Thursday night en route to a 25-point, 6-rebound effort in leading the Lady Warriors to a 54-43 non-league victory over visiting Maplewood.

Bonekovic bucketed 12 first-period points as Brookfield burst to a 22-4 lead. The junior turned in a perfect 9-for-9 shooting performance from the floor, including a trey, and converted 6 of 8 freebies. Bonekovic blocked 3 shots as well before exiting with 4:42 remaining.

Kari Haywood, Kelly Jones and Lauren Gentile were credited with 5, 5 and 4 assists, respectively.

“We knew (Bonekovic) was playing a good post girl (Maplewood’s 6-2 Kristen Schwartz), and we wanted her to go in and dominate, take advantage of what she does, use it and get good shots, and she did that,” Brookfield head coach Shawn Hammond assessed. “She worked on getting good position, and that’s what we wanted her to do.”

The Bonekovic-Schwartz matchup was a virtual stalemate — Schwartz also scored 25 points and snared 7 caroms. But the Rockets’ slender post picked up her third and fourth personal fouls within a 3-second span of the third quarter (5:31), by which time Brookfield’s bulge remained 35-24. Maplewood drew no closer than the final margin.

In perhaps Brookfield’s (3-0) best quarter of the young season the Lady Warriors were 10-for-12 from the field and coerced 9 Maplewood miscues during the game’s first 8 minutes. The Lady Rockets rallied to close within 27-20 on Jamie Rumple’s back-to-back buckets with 68 seconds remaining in the half before Bonekovic bucketed a conventional 3-point play. Schwartz’s reverse layin with 1.6 ticks to play enabled Maplewood to move with 30-22 at intermission.

Hammond harvested contributions from most of his 11-player rotation, and the Lady Warriors were 23 for 43 (53.4 percent) from the floor and Brookfield won the battle of the boards 29-23, led by Rachel Gentile’s 8 caroms. Ten turnovers during the final frame ballooned Brookfield’s total to 24.

Maplewood (2-2) made 23 miscues and ended 13 for 40 (32.5) from the field, 17 for 23 (73.9) from the free-throw line.

“We had to run our offense, and once we do that our people, they have to be more active for (Bonekovic) to get open,” Hammond said. “We’ve pounded our inside game for the last two years and their eyes go right to her. Tonight, we made some good passes, and she did a really nice job of getting to them, a lot better than the first two games.

“My first 15 minutes (of pre-game preparation) was getting everyone involved, spread it around and get more active: Make the extra pass, get the ball to somebody in shooting or score the ball themselves. Our offense had been stagnant. ... But when we get good (ball) movement, we’re a lot better; when we don’t then we start forcing it into double-teams, things that aren’t there,” Hammond concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor. GIRLS BASKETBALL

ä Sharon 54, Strong Vincent 43 — At the Girard Classic, the Lady Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season with an 11-point decision over Strong Vincent (1-3).

Sharon’s Brittany Csatlos registered 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 steals while Cara Dolci posted 17 markers.

Also for Sharon, Nikki Odem and Katie Kelly notched 7 steals apiece.

Sharon went 2-0 at the shootout event, beating East (44-42) on Wednesday. Strong Vincent was 0-2, falling to Girard (69-37) on Wednesday.

Strong Vincent was paced by Mable Manning (13), Shaneeka Jordan (10) and Jamera Wayne (10).

ä Kennedy Catholic 57, Wilmington 52 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles erased a 40-37 third-period deficit by pouring in 20 fourth-period points.

Dierdre Reimold rifled in 20 points for Kennedy (2-1), while Heather Brooks bucketed 14 and Ashley Kirkpatrick connected for 13.

Kirkpatrick also registered 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Brooks dished out 5 assists and Reimold added 5 assists and 4 steals.

Wilmington’s Julie Whiting went for a game-high 25 points, while Liz DeMedal mustered 11.

Kara Kendall grabbed 10 boards for Wilmington and DeMedal posted 5 assists.

Wilmington (1-3) was 24 for 30 (80 percent) from the free-throw line, compared with Kennedy’s 5-for-13 effort.

ä Reynolds 42, West Middlesex 28 — At Transfer, the Lady Raiders (1-0, 3-1) led 9-2 at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a Region 1-A/AA triumph over the Ms. Reds (0-1, 2-2).

Chelsea D’Urso (13), Brittany Nelson (11) and Stacy Black (10) registered double digits in scoring for Reynolds.

West Middlesex’s top point-getter was Danielle Thompson, who bucketed 13 markers.

ä Mercer 55, Commodore Perry 51 — At Sheakleyville on Thursday night, Kristen Jackal poured in a game-high 27 points as the Lady M’s (1-0, 3-1) registered a Region 1-A/AA victory over the Lady Panthers (0-1, 0-3).

For Commodore Perry, Stephanie Cattron bucketed 23 points, Molly Davison posted 11 and Lindsey McCartney notched 10 markers.

ä Heavy snow up north forced the postponement of three girls’ games on Thursday night. No make-up dates have been announced.

Postponed were:

´´ Sharpsville at Seneca in a non-region contest.

´´ A Region 3-A/AA contest as Lakeview visited Linesville.

´´ Jamestown at Maplewood, a Region 3-A/AA clash.

WRESTLING

ä Sharpsville 46, Slippery Rock 21 — At Sharpsville Wednesday, the Blue Devils of first-year coach Steve Fertig raised their season record to 6-0. Notching falls for Sharpsville were: Zack Bress (145), John Megyesi (171), Joe Joseph (189) and Phillip Catrucco (285).

Pinning for the Rockets were: Eric Beggs (140) and Jared Vinroe (160).

In the top match of the night, Chris Rowe topped Peter Didik, 7-4, at 125.

Sharpsville will compete in the McDowell Tournament Saturday in Erie.

ä Jamestown 44, Cochranton 27 — At Cochranton on Wednesday, coach Mike Menold’s Muskies (1-0, 1-0) opened Region 2 action with a victory over the Cardinals (0-1, 3-2).

Notching falls for Jamestown were Derek Roberts (145), Bryon Gearhart (160) and Adam Reisinger (215).

Cochranton earned pins from David Young (112), Mike Boughner (135) and Joe McElhinney (275). Also, standout Cody Northcott improved to 5-0 with a tech. fall in the 130-pound weight class.



GIRLS BASKETBALL

Girard Classic

SHARON 12 12 19 11 54

STRONG VINCENT 8 13 7 13 43

SHARON — Christman 1-0-2-2, Csatlos 9-3-4-21, Dolci 7-2-3-17, Kelly 4-0-1-8, Odem 2-0-0-4, Smith 1-0-2-2, Rahn 0-0-0-0, Taylor 0-0-0-0, George 0-0-0-0, Anderson 0-0-0-0. 3-pt. goal: Dolci 1. Totals: 24-5-12-54.

STRONG VINCENT — Jordan 4-0-0-10, Bender 0-0-2-0, Wayne 5-0-0-10, Manning 6-0-0-13, Gillium 2-0-0-4, Carroll 2-2-4-6. 3-pt. goals: Jordan 2, Manning 1. Totals: 19-2-6-43.

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MAPLEWOOD 4 18 5 16 43

BROOKFIELD 22 8 13 11 54

MAPLEWOOD — Mich. Sloan 2-3-3-7, Schwartz 8-9-11-25, Rumple 2-3-4-7, Mel. Sloan 0-0-0-0, Rice 0-0-0-0, Pruski 0-0-0-0, Snyder 1-1-3-3, Engstrom 0-1-2-1. Totals: 13-17-23-43.

BROOKFIELD — Haywood 4-0-0-8, L. Gentile 3-0-2-6, Bonekovic 9-6-8-25, Reiser 2-0-1-4, Jones 3-0-0-6, R. Gentile 2-0-0-4, Marmion 0-0-0-0, Brenner 0-0-0-0, Springs 0-0-0-0, Brennan 0-1-2-1, Hiner 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goal: Bonekovic 1. Totals: 23-7-15-54.

JV: Maplewood, 36-24.

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KENNEDY 15 6 16 20 57

WILMINGTON 8 14 18 12 52

KENNEDY CATHOLIC — Yatsko 0-0-0-0, Brooks 4-2-4-14, Cianci 1-0-0-2, K. Kirkpatrick 3-0-2-6, Lenhart 1-0-0-2, Nottingham 0-0-0-0, Reimold 9-2-6-20, A. Kirkpatrick 6-1-1-13. 3-pt. goals: Brooks 4. Totals: 24-5-13-57.

WILMINGTON — Garrett 0-2-2-2, Kendall 3-6-8-12, Kish 0-0-0-0, DeMedal 3-5-6-11, Whiting 8-9-11-25, Hanssen 0-2-3-2. Totals: 14-24-30-52.

JV: KC, 41-38. Katie Cianci 15, Caitlin Lenhart 14 for Kennedy. Leah Day 21 for Wilmington.

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W. MIDDLESEX 2 8 13 5 28

REYNOLDS 9 9 16 8 42

WEST MIDDLESEX — Young 0-1-2-1, David 2-2-2-6, Thompson 2-7-8-13, Lathrop 1-0-0-3, Pikna 2-0-0-5. 3-pt. goals: Thompson 2, Lathrop 1, Pikna 1. Totals: 7-10-12-28.

REYNOLDS — Stafford 0-1-2-1, Muscarella 3-1-1-7, Black 5-0-0-10, D’Urso 6-0-0-13, Nelson 5-1-2-11, Gaines 0-0-2-0. 3-pt. goal: D’Urso 1. Totals: 19-3-7-42.

JV: Reynolds, 34-32 (OT). Chauntel Kasbee 12 for Reynolds. Heather Lathrop 10 for WM.

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MERCER 16 9 15 15 55

COMM. PERRY 9 19 11 12 51

MERCER — Creasy 1-0-0-2, Ka. Jackal 4-1-2-9, Sagulla 0-1-2-1, Garthwaite 3-3-3-9, Kr. Jackal 11-5-11-27, Rymniak 2-2-2-6, Gadd 1-0-0-2. Totals: 22-12-19-55.

COMMODORE PERRY — Davison 4-3-8-11, McCartney 4-2-2-10, Bates 0-0-1-0, Cattron 7-9-10-23, Riley 2-0-2-4, Sterling 2-0-0-4, Wimer 1-0-0-3. 3-pt. goal: Wimer 1. Totals: 18-14-25-51.

JV: Mercer, 44-22.



WRESTLING

SHARPSVILLE 46, SLIPPERY ROCK 21

119 — Darren McAninch (S) forfeit; 125 — Chris Rowe (S) dec. Peter Didik, 7-4; 130 — David Shuster (S) forfeit; 135 — Adam Zola (S) major dec. Kyle Brendlinger, 9-1; 140 — Eric Beggs (SR) pinned Josh Sutley, 4:48; 145 — Zack Bress (S) pinned Adam Kummer, 5:48; 152 — Brandon Pikarsky (SR) major dec. Philip Bucher, 15-5; 160 — Jared Vinroe (SR) pinned Santino Mammarelli, 1:02; 171 — John Megyesi (S) pinned Chris Benniger, 0:46; 189 — Joe Joseph (S) pinned Tyler Beachem, 3:01; 215 — Justin Buchanan (S) dec. William Finkbeiner, 8-3; 285 — Phillip Catrucco (S) pinned Seth Drobney, 0:22; 103 — Ryan Gossett (SR) forfeit; 112 — double forfeit.

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JAMESTOWN 44, COCHRANTON 27

215 — Adam Reisinger (J) pinned Jesse Reinwald, :25; 275 — Joe McElhinney (C) pinned Brooke White, 3:59; 103 — double forfeit; 112 — David Young (C) pinned Mike Gross, 3:01; 119 — Nick Forcier (J) forfeit; 125 — Billy Kuhn (J) dec. Bradley Peterson, 7-2; 130 — Cody Northcott (C) tech. fall Robbie Harnett, 16-1, 5:12; 135 — Mike Boughner (C) pinned Tyler Harnett, 3:07; 140 — Travis Brenot (C) maj. dec. Justin Harthan, 17-8; 145 — Derek Roberts (J) pinned Louis McElhinney, 3:51; 152 — Kevin Williams (J) forfeit; 160 — Bryon Gearhart (J) pinned Brittan Ernst, 5:33; 171 — Matthew McElhaney (J) tech. fall Michael Macko, 17-2, 4:27; 189 — Jeff Pogher (J) forfeit.

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