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PLYMOUTH – Dallas was looking forward to its second chance with Honesdale, but 16 missed free throws later, the Mountaineers were in the same place they were in March.


Honesdale defeated Dallas in a rematch of the District 2 Class 3A semifinals 55-44 in the final of the 17th annual Plymouth Rotary Tip-Off Tournament.


And the Dallas players knew what was the difference.


We went to the locker room after the game and it was like they all said it at the same time – we didn't shoot the line, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said of her team's free-throw shooting. We were 10-of-26. We left 16 points on the line. We were 18-of-21 at the line against West Scranton the other night (a 72-36 win Saturday).


After Saturday's game, I was thrilled with how we shot at the line. Tonight, we didn't get it done.


The game had the same quick pace of the playoff meeting, won by the eventual district champion Hornets 53-51. Dallas led most of the first half, enjoying a 20-14 lead after one quarter for the Mountaineers' biggest lead of the night.


Our goals were to break their press, and we were comfortable against it tonight, take their key players out of the game offensively and shoot the line, Johnson said. In the first half, we did a good job pushing the ball and looking over the top.


After Honesdale took the lead in the last 90 seconds of the first half, Dallas took it back 45 seconds into the second half on a Katy Comitz drive, a Tanner Englehart free throw and an Ashley Dunbar layup.


She's not afraid to go after it, Johnson said of Englehart, who had the assist on Dunbar's bucket after pulling down an offensive rebound. She's not afraid to bang inside. She is aggressive, physical, and she's constantly looking for opportunities to improve as a player.


Englehart finished with a double-double, posting 10 points and 20 rebounds.


The Hornets closed the contest on a 22-8 run, eschewing the stall tactics they used in the playoff game. In March, Dallas closed its deficit and had a shot to either tie or win.


Honesdale kept going to the basket Tuesday, scoring the game's final six points.


Over the last year, we learned a lot about ourselves, Martin said. We are just way too aggressive to pull it out. We have to keep attacking.


We came into this game knowing a lot about them. We knew they're going to be tough and we knew it would be a fast-paced game. And we love that.


Martin, a standout field hockey player, seems to have her best games at Wyoming Valley West. She had a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals to earn tourney MVP honors.


Morgan Bremelin and Katie Miller each added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Natasha Hessling came off the bench to add eight points and 11 rebounds.


Natasha is just a sophomore, Martin said. I have personally been team-lifting with her. We all lift, and her and I are weight buddies. She's very determined on the court.


Dunbar had 12 points and earned the tourney's sportsmanship award. Jess Hiscox added 10 rebounds for Dallas.






DALLAS (44): Ashley Dunbar 4 4-10 12, Taylor Kelley 2 0-0 4, Tanner Englehart 4 2-10 10, Talia Szatkowski 0 1-2 1, Jess Hiscox 2 1-2 6, Sam Missal 3 0-0 7, Katy Comitz 1 0-0 2, Maggie Michael 0 2-2 2, Rachel Olszewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-26 44.



HONESDALE (55): Mary Martin 7 10-13 24, Libby Rickard 0 0-0 0, Morgan Bremelin 4 2-2 10, Katie Miller 3 4-4 10, Kacie Johannes 0 2-2 2, Stacey Hart 0 1-3 1, Natasha Hessling 3 2-6 8. Totals 17 21-30 55.























Dallas206108—44
Honesdale14141116—55


3-Point Field Goals — DAL 2 (Hiscox, Missal).



All-Tournament team – Honesdale: Mary Martin (MVP), Morgan Bremelin, Katie Miller; Dallas: Ashley Dunbar (Sportsmanship), Sam Missal; Wyoming Valley West: Olivia Hoffman; West Scranton: Jane Joyce.


Wyoming Valley West 34, West Scranton 32

Olivia Hoffman made a hook shot as time expired to lift the Spartans in their tournament finale.


Trailing by as many as five with three minutes remaining, Valley West chipped away at the Invaders' lead. Cassie Smicherko hit a driving layup to make it 32-30 with 2:20 remaining. With 37 seconds on the clock, Megan Kane's stickback tied the game at 32.


Cheyenne Reese pulled down a defensive rebound with 26 seconds to play to give the Spartans the final possession. Tara Judge set up Hoffman's winning bucket with an entry pass into the post.






WEST SCRANTON (32): Jane Joyce 5 2-2 12, Marissa Pazzaglia 5 1-2 11, Nina Hodanich 0 0-0 0, Jessie Pwianic 0 0-0 0, Maria Coyne 3 0-0 7, Alex Bolsar 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 3-4 32.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (34): Tara Judge 0 0-0 0, Cassie Smicherko 5 0-0 12, Emily Tyler 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Reese 2 3-4 7, Megan Kane 1 1-2 3, Savannah Piazza 1 1-1 3, Olivia Hoffman 3 3-4 9. Totals 12 8-11 34.
























West Scranton13667—32
Wyoming Valley West761011—34


3-Point Field Goals— WS 1 (Coyne); WVW 2 (Smicherko 2).


Meyers 49, GAR 34

Quinniea Gross and Quieterriua Gross each contributed 13 points for the Mohawks in the victory as the team led 30-19 at the break and never looked back.


Brea Seabrook led the Grenadiers with nine points.






GAR (34): Breana Mosier 3 1-2 8, Marena Spence 2 4-4 8, Sharell McCollum 1 0-0 3, Julianna Leco 0 0-0 0, Marie Skrepenak 2 2-2 6, Majeedah Nealy 0 0-0 0, Brea Seabrook 4 0-0 9. Totals 12 7-8 34.



MEYERS (49): Brianna DiMaggio 1 0-0 3, Cathy Quinones 2 0-0 4, Salimah Biggs 1 0-0 3, Alaena Lloyd 1 0-0 2, Quinniea Gross 5 3-4 13, Quieterriua Gross 4 5-8 13, Mackenzie Winder 5 1-1 11. Totals 19 9-13 49.
























GAR910411—34
Meyers1317127—49


3-Point Field Goals— GAR 3 (Mosier, McCollum, Seabrook); MEY 2 (DiMaggio, Biggs).


PLYMOUTH – Dallas was looking forward to its second chance with Honesdale, but 16 missed free throws later, the Mountaineers were in the same place they were in March.


Honesdale defeated Dallas in a rematch of the District 2 Class 3A semifinals 55-44 in the final of the 17th annual Plymouth Rotary Tip-Off Tournament.


And the Dallas players knew what was the difference.


We went to the locker room after the game and it was like they all said it at the same time – we didn't shoot the line, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said of her team's free-throw shooting. We were 10-of-26. We left 16 points on the line. We were 18-of-21 at the line against West Scranton the other night (a 72-36 win Saturday).


After Saturday's game, I was thrilled with how we shot at the line. Tonight, we didn't get it done.


The game had the same quick pace of the playoff meeting, won by the eventual district champion Hornets 53-51. Dallas led most of the first half, enjoying a 20-14 lead after one quarter for the Mountaineers' biggest lead of the night.


Our goals were to break their press, and we were comfortable against it tonight, take their key players out of the game offensively and shoot the line, Johnson said. In the first half, we did a good job pushing the ball and looking over the top.


After Honesdale took the lead in the last 90 seconds of the first half, Dallas took it back 45 seconds into the second half on a Katy Comitz drive, a Tanner Englehart free throw and an Ashley Dunbar layup.


She's not afraid to go after it, Johnson said of Englehart, who had the assist on Dunbar's bucket after pulling down an offensive rebound. She's not afraid to bang inside. She is aggressive, physical, and she's constantly looking for opportunities to improve as a player.


Englehart finished with a double-double, posting 10 points and 20 rebounds.


The Hornets closed the contest on a 22-8 run, eschewing the stall tactics they used in the playoff game. In March, Dallas closed its deficit and had a shot to either tie or win.


Honesdale kept going to the basket Tuesday, scoring the game's final six points.


Over the last year, we learned a lot about ourselves, Martin said. We are just way too aggressive to pull it out. We have to keep attacking.


We came into this game knowing a lot about them. We knew they're going to be tough and we knew it would be a fast-paced game. And we love that.


Martin, a standout field hockey player, seems to have her best games at Wyoming Valley West. She had a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds and three steals to earn tourney MVP honors.


Morgan Bremelin and Katie Miller each added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Natasha Hessling came off the bench to add eight points and 11 rebounds.


Natasha is just a sophomore, Martin said. I have personally been team-lifting with her. We all lift, and her and I are weight buddies. She's very determined on the court.


Dunbar had 12 points and earned the tourney's sportsmanship award. Jess Hiscox added 10 rebounds for Dallas.






DALLAS (44): Ashley Dunbar 4 4-10 12, Taylor Kelley 2 0-0 4, Tanner Englehart 4 2-10 10, Talia Szatkowski 0 1-2 1, Jess Hiscox 2 1-2 6, Sam Missal 3 0-0 7, Katy Comitz 1 0-0 2, Maggie Michael 0 2-2 2, Rachel Olszewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-26 44.



HONESDALE (55): Mary Martin 7 10-13 24, Libby Rickard 0 0-0 0, Morgan Bremelin 4 2-2 10, Katie Miller 3 4-4 10, Kacie Johannes 0 2-2 2, Stacey Hart 0 1-3 1, Natasha Hessling 3 2-6 8. Totals 17 21-30 55.























Dallas206108—44
Honesdale14141116—55


3-Point Field Goals — DAL 2 (Hiscox, Missal).



All-Tournament team – Honesdale: Mary Martin (MVP), Morgan Bremelin, Katie Miller; Dallas: Ashley Dunbar (Sportsmanship), Sam Missal; Wyoming Valley West: Olivia Hoffman; West Scranton: Jane Joyce.


Wyoming Valley West 34, West Scranton 32

Olivia Hoffman made a hook shot as time expired to lift the Spartans in their tournament finale.


Trailing by as many as five with three minutes remaining, Valley West chipped away at the Invaders' lead. Cassie Smicherko hit a driving layup to make it 32-30 with 2:20 remaining. With 37 seconds on the clock, Megan Kane's stickback tied the game at 32.


Cheyenne Reese pulled down a defensive rebound with 26 seconds to play to give the Spartans the final possession. Tara Judge set up Hoffman's winning bucket with an entry pass into the post.






WEST SCRANTON (32): Jane Joyce 5 2-2 12, Marissa Pazzaglia 5 1-2 11, Nina Hodanich 0 0-0 0, Jessie Pwianic 0 0-0 0, Maria Coyne 3 0-0 7, Alex Bolsar 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 3-4 32.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (34): Tara Judge 0 0-0 0, Cassie Smicherko 5 0-0 12, Emily Tyler 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Reese 2 3-4 7, Megan Kane 1 1-2 3, Savannah Piazza 1 1-1 3, Olivia Hoffman 3 3-4 9. Totals 12 8-11 34.
























West Scranton13667—32
Wyoming Valley West761011—34


3-Point Field Goals— WS 1 (Coyne); WVW 2 (Smi




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