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Shenango's Jordan Smith dribbles by a South Side Beaver defender during a home game last night.

The Laurel High girls basketball team is in a good place.

The Lady Spartans rolled to a 69-32 WPIAL Section 1-2A road rout of Sto-Rox.

Mikyla Slater led Laurel (2-0, 4-2) with 20 points and 10 rebounds,  followed by Faith Gibson with 14 points and her sister, Caroline Gibson, with 12.

The Lady Spartans led 17-5 after one quarter and 42-11 at the half.

“Mikyla Slater really stepped up tonight,” Laurel coach Matt Stebbins said. “We were consistent and really had a balanced effort. We also played great defense all night long.”

Sto-Rox slipped to 0-2, 2-3.

South Side Beaver 59, Shenango 36

South Side improved to 2-0  in Section 1-2A and 4-2 overall with the road win.

Shenango is now 1-1, 3-3. Alexis Chiccarello fired up 21 points, all on 3-pointers, for the victors.

Addie George scored 13 points and Johanna Kramer added 11 for the Lady Wildcats, who continued to play without Allison Schotsch, who was on crutches after suffering a knee injury last week. Schotsch is awaiting results of an MRI.

Hopewell 55, New Castle 40

The Lady ’Canes were outscored 21-11 in the fourth quarter in a Section 2-4A road loss to the Lady Vikings.

New Castle (0-2, 3-3) was 8 of 21 from the foul line as well.

“We were battling from behind the whole time,” Lady ’Canes coach Kara Joseph said. “Hopewell has always defended well. We got the shots. We got to the hoop. But we couldn’t finish.

“We were lucky we were in the game at the start of the fourth quarter. We’ll use this as a learning experience. We have to keep pushing forward and working on ourselves.”

Aayanni Hudson posted 13 points for New Castle and Kerri Lyles was next with 10. Mia Graham handed out eight assists to go with her seven points, while Raquel Rivera recorded seven markers and eight rebounds.

Siara Conley collected 18 points to lead Hopewell (1-1, 3-2).

Neshannock 64, Riverside 34

The Lady Lancers put the game away with a strong second half in a Section 1-3A road win over the Lady Panthers.

Neshannock (1-1, 4-1) led 32-19 at the half before forging a 52-28 lead going to the final frame.

The Lady Lancers started slow, trailing 10-4 early before rallying for a 15-10 buffer after the first quarter.

“We didn’t perform well to start the game,” Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said. “We really played well in the third quarter.”

Bella Burrelli netted a game-high 24 points for the Lady Lancers. Burrelli also added 10 rebounds and three steals. She scored eight of her points in the third quarter.

Neleh Nogay notched 12 tallies for Neshannock with four steals and four assists. Brie Dean delivered nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Ellina DeLillo handed out eight assists to go with her five markers.

Lauren Bettencourt paced 13 points for Riverside (0-2, 3-3).

Vincentian Academy 73, Union 33

The Lady Scots trailed 28-20 at halftime but struggled in the second half in dropping a Section 1-1A home decision to the Lady Royals.

Vincentian Academy (1-1, 3-3) outscored Union (0-2, 0-5) 22-4 in the third period to take control.

“We played a great first half,” Lady Scots coach Brian Heaney said. “We come out in the second half and had a bad start.”

Adrienne Wimberly scored nine points for Union and LaDaisja Fitzpatrick followed with eight markers and nine rebounds. Madison Wynn snared a team-best 11 rebounds to go with her six points.

Hannah Katz tossed in 16 points to lead the Lady Royals.

Avonworth 46, Mohawk 43

The Lady Warriors were outscored 13-10 in the fourth quarter by the Lady Antelopes in dropping a Section 1-3A road matchup.

Nadia Lape scored 16 points to lead Mohawk (1-1, 2-4) and Paige Julian was next with 12. Hannah McDanel tossed in 10.

Kay Goetz garnered a game-best 13 points for Avonworth (2-0, 3-1).

Beaver 49, Ellwood City 33

The Lady Wolverines struggled in dropping a Section 1-3A road matchup to the Lady Bobcats.

Maria Ioanilli scored 13 points to lead Ellwood City Lincoln (1-1, 3-2).

Madison Weiland led Beaver (2-0, 5-0) with 11 points.


Central Valley 50, Mohawk 41

The Warriors slipped to 0-5 with the nonleague loss on the road.

Joey Hervatine scored 17 points and Braydon Cameron added 12 for Mohawk. Josh Kurtz took three charges for the Warriors.

Central Valley is now 2-2 overall.

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Ron Poniewasz Jr. is a sports writer at the New Castle News. Email him at

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