Faith Gibson

Laurel's Faith Gibson shoots a layup during the first half of a home game against Shenango last night.

Momentum continues to build for the Laurel High girls basketball team.

The Lady Spartans made history Saturday with a 53-37 win over Westinghouse in the Pittsburgh Classic at Ambridge.

Laurel (18-4) won its 12th straight game, which is a program record. The 18 wins are just one short of tying a single-season program record as well.

“We’re playing great basketball right now,” Lady Spartans coach Matt Stebbins said. “I don’t think anyone thought we’d win 18 games. Hopefully we can keep this thing rolling.

“The girls are playing well at the right time. It was a nice win for us. We have different girls stepping up, too.”

Laurel erased a 12-11 deficit after one quarter and grabbed a 32-16 halftime advantage.

Caroline Gibson tickled the twine for a game-best 23 points. Mikyla Slater was next with 10 markers and 11 rebounds.

New Castle 55, Lincoln Park 41

The Lady ‘Canes closed the season in impressive fashion with a nonsection road win over the Lady Leopards.

New Castle (9-13) led 13-4 after the first quarter and 25-19 at the break. The Lady ‘Canes were up 40-33 after three periods.

“We played Lincoln Park back in the beginning of the season. It was a tight game the whole way,” New Castle coach Kara Joseph said. “It shows where we started and where we finished.

“Our section is definitely one of the tougher ones. We exceeded what we did last year. The rebuild is definitely in progress. We can see it as a whole improving. It’s going to take time. But, overall, the girls came and played hard. They represented the school and themselves in the highest standard.”

Lindsay Frabotta, a Slippery Rock University recruit, closed her high school career with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Teammate Aayanni Hudson also added 16 markers.

Kerri Lyles followed with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Mia Graham handed out eight assists to go with her three points.

“Unfortunately for our seniors (Frabotta and Olivia Valenti), it’s hard to part ways with them,” Joseph said. “The program has just grown over the last few years. We’ll keep pushing forward. Come next year, I think we’ll scare a lot of people.”

Riley Arrigo tossed in a game-high 24 points for Lincoln Park (6-15).

Beaver 44, Mohawk 41

The Lady Warriors lost a big early lead and eventually the game in dropping a WPIAL Section 1-3A home overtime decision to the Lady Bobcats.

Mohawk (6-8, 7-14) led 15-4 after one quarter and 18-14 at the half. The teams were tied at 34 going to the extra session. Beaver (11-3, 16-4) won the overtime, 10-7.

Paige Julian netted 14 points for the Lady Warriors and Nadia Lape was next with 13.

Emma Pavelek posted 22 tallies to lead all scorers for the Lady Bobcats.

Mohawk is headed to the playoffs despite the loss. The setback propels Ellwood City Lincoln (6-8, 13-9) by virtue of a season split with the Lady Warriors. Both teams finished tied for fourth in the loop.

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com


NEW CASTLE (55)

Mia Graham 1 1-1 3, Alaya Respress 2 2-2 6, Dashonna Drew 0 0-0 0, Lindsay Frabotta 6 1-6 16, Jada Pugh 1 0-0 3, Raquel Rivera 1 0-4 2, Kerri Lyles 3 3-4 9, Aayanni Hudson 6 0-0 16. Totals: 20 7-17 55.

LINCOLN PARK (41)

Imani Roseberry 1 0-0 2, Riley Arrigo 7 8-14 24, Paige Brown 2 0-0 6, Morgan Fox 1 0-0 2, Herda 1 2-2 5. Totals: 12 10-16 41.

NEW CASTLE  13  12  15 15  —  55

LINCOLN PARK  4  15  14  8  —  41 

3-point goals — New Castle 8 (Frabotta 3, Pugh 1, Hudson 4), Lincoln Park 5 (Arrigo 2, Brown 2, Herda 1).

JV score: No game.

LAUREL (53)

Faith Gibson 1 4-4 7, Caroline Gibson 7 5-5 23, Lucia Lombardo 0 0-0 0, Katie Vasalani 0 0-0 0, Savannah Hinkle 0 0-0 0, Anna McGee 2 0-0 4, Grace Enscoe 0 0-0 0, Makenna Collins 0 4-4 4, Aaliyah Locke 0 0-0 0, Breagan Fedrizzi 1 2-2 4, Mikyla Slater 3 5-8 10. Totals: 14 20-23 53.

WESTINGHOUSE (37)

Bovens 3 2-2 9, Epperson 2 2-4 6, Glover 6 0-0 12, Stephens 2 0-0 4, Richardson 1 0-3 2, Bradburg 0 0-2 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Floyd 0 4-4 4, Allen 0 0-0 0, McClain 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 8-15 37. 

LAUREL  11  21  10  11 —  53

WESTINGHOUSE  12  4  8  13 —  37

3-point goals — Laurel 5 (C. Gibson 4, F. Gibson 1), Westinghouse 1 (Bovens 1).

JV score: No game.

BEAVER (44)

Emma Pavelek 5 10-16 22, Qhamille Monteiro 0 0-0 0, Kenzie Weiland 1 2-3 5, Anna Blum 3 0-0 7, Payton List 3 0-0 7, Natalie Priest 1 0-0 3. Totals: 14 12-19 44.

MOHAWK (41)

Nadia Lape 3 6-8 13, Jordan Radzyminski 1 0-0 3, Abby Shoaff 1 0-0 3, Paige Julian 4 6-6 14, Hannah McDanel 3 0-0 8, Isabella Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Alexis Shiderly 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 12-14 41.

BEAVER  4  10  12  8  10  —  44

MOHAWK  15  3  11  5  7 —  41

3-point goals — Beaver 6 (Pavelek 2, Blum 1, Priest 1, Weiland 1, List 1), Mohawk 5 (Lape 1, Radzyminski 1, Shoaff 1, McDanel 2).

JV score: Mohawk 39, Beaver 29. M — Jordan Radzyminski 9.

Sports Writer

Ron Poniewasz Jr. is a sports writer at the New Castle News. Email him at rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com.

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