WILKES-BARRE – Chris Parker had a rare advantage for a high school basketball all-star game coach – the ability to put five of his own players from a district championship and state quarterfinalist team together on their home floor one last time.
Parker used that advantage, particularly when it came time to protect a lead in the final 4:22 of the girls opener of the Dr. George P. Moses Wyoming Valley Conference Senior All-Star Classic doubleheader.
It was the contribution of two Hanover Area teammates, however, that helped give the Royals a lead to protect for their coach as Team Parker defeated Team Gavio, 60-50, at Holy Redeemer High School.
Haylee Bobos earned team Most Valuable Player honors with nine points and Hanover Area teammate Asdone Hooper added seven points and a game-high three steals in the win.
Taylor Montana from Berwick had 10 points, five rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the losing team, which was coached by Hazleton Area’s Joe Gavio.
“We definitely wanted to win as a team,” Bobos said. “And, I know I definitely wanted to come out and win and enjoy my last game.”
Part of that enjoyment came from hitting her only 3-point attempt, answering a 3-pointer by another infrequent long-range bomber, GAR’s Marie Skrepenak, to bring Team Gavio within five early in the fourth quarter.
“I made maybe three 3s in my career,” Bobos said. “It was great to be able to hit one.”
Bobos, who plans to play college softball on the NCAA Division II level, hit four of seven shots total in the game.
Team Parker made its first three shots – an inside move by Rebecca Prociak and a 3-pointer by Holy Redeemer teammate Lydia Lawson before a 15-footer from the left baseline by Bobos – to score the game’s first seven points.
With the two teams rotating a total of 31 players, that lead never went away.
Team Gavio cut a 15-5 deficit after one quarter to 24-20 on a 3-pointer by GAR’s Lindsay Quinn with 1:25 left in the half.
Nikki Wren from Dallas converted a rebound to make it 26-20 at the half, then Bobos and Hooper scored the first two baskets of the second half to again build a 10-point lead.
Team Gavio put together its best stretch of the game, a 10-1 run in which Montana took over, blocking three shots in two possessions, then powering her way inside for a basket that made it 31-30 with 4:15 left in the third.
“In the season, I just like to wait for them to go up and swat it,” Montana said. “It felt just like I was playing for Berwick.”
Montana drained all five of her shots.
“We had some plays that we put in that were designed to get (Crestwood’s) Maddie Ritsick and I, and a couple of other post players, involved,” Montana said.
The Pittston Area combination of Marley O’Brien and Jamie Chisdock helped Team Parker regain control.
O’Brien had two baskets and Chisdock, the Defensive Player of the Game award winner, made a steal to set up a Lawson layup, allowing Team Parker to score the last 10 points of the third quarter and take the game’s biggest lead, 41-30.
“I knew there were a lot of offensive scorers in the game,” Chisdock said. “I was more of a defensive player so I just tried to do what I did during the season.”
Skrepenak had seven points in the fourth quarter to match Montana for the game-high of 10.
O’Brien led rebounders with seven. Hazleton Area’s Mackenzie Yori had the most assists with four for Team Gavio.
Team Parker includes players from Coughlin and Wyoming Area in addition to Holy Redeemer, Hanover Area, Pittston Area and Dallas.
Team Gavio had players from Meyers, Northwest, Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke, Wyoming Valley West and Tunkhannock in addition to Hazleton Area, Berwick, Crestwood and GAR.
Lake-Lehman’s Julia Eneboe edged Hanover Area’s Hooper to win the 3-point shooting contest at halftime.
Team Parker 60, Team Gavio 50
GAVIO (50) — Mackenzie Yori 1 0-0 3, Molly Storz 0 0-0 0, Amber Grohowski 0 0-0 0, Taylor Montana 5 0-1 10, Maddie Ritsick 2 2-2 6, Tiffany Muniz 1 3-3 5, Liz Gurzynski 1 0-0 3, Amanda Scarcella 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Shamany 1 0-0 2, Julia Eneboe 0 0-0 0, Christine Rossi 1 0-0 3, Chaquanna Zendarski 0 0-0 0, Gianna Roberts 1 1-2 3, Marie Skrepenak 4 1-3 10, Lindsay Quinn 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 7-11 50.
PARKER (60) — Lydia Lawson 2 0-0 5, Haylee Bobos 4 0-0 9, Marley O’Brien 2 0-0 4, Rebecca Prociak 3 0-0 6, Nicole Wright 0 0-0 0, Asdone Hooper 3 1-3 7, Kayla Hons 1 0-0 2, Savanna Robinson 1 0-0 3, Courtney Hoats 0 0-0 0, Jamie Chisdock 3 0-0 6, Rachael Solano 1 0-0 2, Megan Cummings 2 0-0 4, Sara Flannelly 1 0-0 2, Meghan Corridoni 1 1-2 4, Nikki Wren 2 0-0 4, Miranda Pace 0 2-2 2. Totals 26 4-7 60.
Three-point goals — Gavio 5 (Yori 1, Gurzynski 1, Rossi 1, Skrepenak 1, Quinn 1), Parker 4 (Lawson 1, Bobos 1, Robinson 1, Corridoni 1).