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February 20. 2013 12:32AM
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WRIGHT TWP. – Two teams hoping for big things brought their Wyoming Valley Conference opener right down to the final seconds.


And after eight lead changes and five ties, it was Dallas getting a 53-50 road win at Crestwood in girls basketball play Wednesday night.


We kept our composure down the stretch, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. They have some outside shooting, but overall we match up very well with them. I'm happy with the win.


A streaky first half turned into a virtual prizefight in the second, with the teams trading baskets seemingly throughout. Taryn Wojnar made a three-pointer from the right corner to give the Comets a 25-24 halftime lead.


The second half began with threes from Dallas' Jess Hiscox, Crestwood's Carina Mazzoni and Dallas' Samantha Missal in the first 63 seconds before the Mountaineers took control of the inside. Forward Tanner Englehart had five consecutive points for Dallas and Missal added a short pull-up jumper to establish a 37-30 lead.


They hit another three and another three, Crestwood coach Isiah Walker said. That turned things a bit. Both teams played hard and were really aggressive. We were winning the rebounding and turnovers but then Rebecca (Rutkowski) got her second foul and they jumped on us.


The Comets clawed back behind the game's final run, a 7-0 burst that knotted the game at 42 early in the fourth quarter on another Wojnar three, a little hook shot by Rutkowski and a stickback by Sydney Myers.


But after shooting 36 percent from behind the arc for three quarters, the Comets went cold down the stretch, making just one of their final seven tries.


We knew Rutkowski and Syd Myers would look to attack, Johnson said. We talked a lot about our guards doubling down in the low blocks. But in shutting down those two positions, we opened the outside (where Crestwood made nine three-pointers).


Meanwhile, the Mountaineers continued to assert themselves inside, with consecutive putbacks before Ashley Dunbar led the break to give Dallas a 48-44 lead with six minutes remaining. From there, the game bogged down into a defensive battle and test of precision from the free-throw line.


Englehart finished with 17 rebounds for Dallas, while Missal had eight rebounds and Dunbar had seven boards and five steals.


Myers had a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – while Rutkowski added eight rebounds and five blocks for Crestwood. Maury Cronauer had seven assists.



DALLAS (53): Ashley Dunbar 1 6-6 8, Taylor Kelley 1 0-0 2, Tanner Englehart 3 2-4 8, Talia Szatkowski 2 0-1 4, Jess Hiscox 5 1-3 12, Samantha Missal 5 0-0 12, Katy Comitz 1 0-0 3, Maggie Michael 1 2-2 4, Rachel Olszewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 11-16 53.



CRESTWOOD (50): Sydney Myers 3 4-4 10, Carina Mazzoni 3 0-0 9, Rachael Ritz 0 0-0 0, Gabby Lutz 0 0-0 0, Deidra Ciavarella 1 0-0 2, Rebecca Rutkowski 3 1-2 7, Taryn Wojnar 4 0-0 12, Maury Cronauer 1 0-0 2, Maddy Ritsick 3 0-0 8. Totals 18 5-6 50.























Dallas6181811—53
Crestwood12131510—50


3-Point Field Goals— DAL 4 (Missal 2, Hiscox, Comitz); CRE 9 (Wojnar 4, Mazzoni 3, Ritsick 2).


Pittston Area 53, Berwick 46

Pittston Area stymied Berwick in the third quarter to break away from the Bulldogs and held off a fourth quarter charge to secure the win at home.


Liz Waleski scored a game-high 16 points for the Patriots, while Mia Hopkins tossed in 14 and Allie Barber added 12.


Kelly Sheptock's 16 points led Berwick, which also got 11 points from Gabby Kishbaugh.



BERWICK (46): Caty Davenport 0 1-2 1, Kylene Welsh 0 0-0 0, Gabby Kishbaugh 4 1-2 11, Margaret Bridge 0 0-0 0, Kelly Sheptock 4 8-9 16, Taylor Montana 2 1-3 5, Bri Floryshak 0 3-3 3, Allison Rinehimer 0 1-2 1, Alexis Steeber 3 1-2 9. Totals 13 17-23 46.



PITTSTON AREA (53): Allie Barber 3 4-4 12, Liz Waleski 7 2-5 16, Kelly Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Jacqueline Rabender 0 3-4 3, Mia Hopkins 5 4-7 14, Cales Owens 0 0-0 0, Ali Brady 0 0-0 0, Eastin Ashby 1 5-6 8. Totals 16 18-26 53.























Berwick912619—46
Pittston Area9171512—53


3-Point Field Goals— BER 2 (Kishbaugh); PA 3 (Barber, Ashby).


Hazleton Area 48, Tunkhannock 29

Hazleton Area held Tunkhannock to just four first-half points in a win on the road.


Keanna Schoennagle and Alyssa Sitch each scored nine points to lead a Hazleton Area team that placed 11 players in the scoring column.


Katie Proulx's eight points led Tunkhannock.



HAZLETON AREA (48): Mackenzie Yori 2 1-2 6, Keanna Schoennagle 3 1-2 9, Lexi Wolk 1 0-0 2, Angie Marchetti 1 0-0 2, Becky Marchetti 2 0-0 5, Alyssa Sitch 4 1-2 9, Christie Kaschak 3 1-2 7, Brianna Woznicki 2 0-2 4, Briannie Silva 1 0-0 2, Sydney Walser 1 0-0 2, Justine James 0 0-0 0, Grazia DeVita 0 0-0 0, Justine James 0 0-0 0, Maria Trivelpiece 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-10 48.



TUNKHANNOCK (29): Maegen Wrubel 1 1-2 3, Cheyenne Brown 1 0-0 2, Haylee Underwood 0 0-0 0, Ashleigh Nafus 2 1-2 5, Katie Proulx 4 0-0 8, Amanda Grundman 0 1-2 1, Gabby Alguire 0 2-8 2, Molly Hampsey 0 0-0 0, Kenesha Bonner 2 3-4 7, Ashley Knott 1 0-0 2, Amanda Nole 0 0-0 0, Sheguoya Bonner 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-18 29.























Hazleton Area13121213—48
Tunkhannock221510—29


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 4 (Schoennagle 2, Yori, B. Marchetti); TUN 0.


Wyoming Valley West 56, Coughlin 18

Wyoming Valley West ran out to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter and earned a win on the road against Coughlin.


Cassie Smicherko and Alicia Moore each scored 10 points to pace the Spartans.


Marissa Ross led the Crusaders with nine points.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (56): Tara Judge 2 0-2 4, Cassie Smicherko 3 2-2 10, Emily Tyler 1 0-2 2, Cheyenne Reese 3 0-0 6, Megan Kane 3 0-0 7, Amanda Scarcella 0 0-0 0, Lauren Lupinski 2 0-0 6, Alicia Moore 4 2-2 10, Savannah Piazza 2 1-3 5, Olivia Hoffman 3 0-0 6. Totals 23 5-11 56.



COUGHLIN (18): Savanah Robinson 0 2-5 2, Cami Ivey 1 0-0 3, Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Mary Tona 0 0-1 0, Calie Reed 0 1-2 1, Bre Georgetti 0 0-0, Kim Martinez 1 1-2 3, Dayzonia Gibson 0 0-0 0, Marissa Ross 3 3-3 9. Totals 5 7-13 18.























Wyoming Valley West2091413—56
Coughlin2754—18


3-Point Field Goals— WVW 5 (Smicherko 2, Lupinski 2, Kane); COU 1 (Ivey).




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