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The Neshannock High girls basketball team picked up a key victory last night.

Brie Dean posted 14 points to lead the Lady Lancers to a 42-39 WPIAL Section 1-3A road win over Beaver.

Neshannock (7-1 section, 12-2 overall) dropped a 47-46 decision to the Lady Bobcats (6-2, 11-3) in the section opener for both schools at home.

“It was a big win considering section play,” Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski said. “It was a great high school basketball game and it was a great crowd; it was packed.

“The game was back and forth all night.”

Beaver jumped out to a 14-4 lead before Neshannock scored the last three points of the opening quarter to trail 14-7. The Lady Lancers, though, roared back in the second quarter to knot the count at 25 at the break.

“We played a great second quarter,” Grybowski said.

The Lady Lancers took a 37-30 lead going the fourth quarter and hung on. Beaver didn’t get an opportunity at a shot in the closing seconds.

“We played much better defensively in the second half,” Grybowski said. “I knew we had to be under 12 turnovers and keep them under 40 for us to have a shot to win.

“I was changing defenses and trying to keep them off track.”

Dean added six rebounds, three steals and three assists for the winners.

“It’s a good win,” Grybowski said. “We talk about everybody stepping up; dean stepped up tonight.”

Bella Burrelli notched 13 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Kaylee George scored seven points and Ellina DeLillo handed out five assists.

Emma Pavelek paced Beaver with 20 points.

 “Pavelek was hard to guard. She did a lot of good things,” Grybowski said.

Quaker Valley 49, New Castle 36

The Lady ’Canes struggled offensively in the first three quarters in a Section 2-4A home loss to the Lady Quakers.

New Castle (1-6, 6-9) fell behind 10-5 after the first quarter and 17-14 at the half. The Lady ’Canes trailed 33-18 after three.

“We couldn’t buy a shot in the first three quarters,” New Castle coach Kara Joseph said. “We had the looks and the opportunities.

“We just couldn’t finish around the rim, especially in the third quarter. We came out flat in the third quarter. We couldn’t get anything to fall. Once you dig a hole against a team like Quaker Valley, it’s hard to get back in the game.”

Lindsay Frabotta netted 16 points for New Castle to go along with six rebounds, five steals and a pair of blocks. Aayanni Hudson added nine markers and eight boards.

“The girls are working hard,” Joseph said. “We have to get back to the basics and start putting the ball in the hoop. We have to finish at the rim, too. That’s something we’re not doing right now.”

Corinne Washington scored 20 points for Quaker Valley (3-4, 7-6).

Laurel 73, Northgate 18

Caroline Gibson poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the Lady Spartans to a Section 1-2A road win over the Lady Flames.

Gibson garnered 17 of her points in the second quarter and she had 24 at the half.

Laurel (7-1, 10-4) led 25-1 after the first quarter and 55-10 at the break.

“We played great first-half defense,” Lady Spartans coach Matt Stebbins said. “We got a good section road win and we played a lot of girls.

“We were trying to get up and pressure the opponent. It was a great effort from the girls.”

Gibson added 11 steals as well.

Faith Gibson, Caroline’s sister, contributed 13 points and Lucia Lombardo tossed in 11.

Savannah Livingston led Northgate (2-6, 7-8) with five points.

Riverside 42, Mohawk 39

Free-throw shooting stung the Lady Warriors in a Section 1-3A road loss to the Lady Panthers.

Mohawk (4-4, 5-9) was just 6 for 15 at the foul line in the setback.

The Lady Warriors led 24-12 at the half but couldn’t hang on.

Nadia Lape led Mohawk with 21 points. Paige Julian and Hannah McDanel chipped in with eight apiece.

Lauren Bettencourt tallied 14 points to lead Riverside (1-7, 6-9).

Shenango 47, New Brighton 35

The Lady Wildcats pulled away in the second half to earn the Section 1-2A home win over the Lady Lions.

The teams were tied at 17 at the half. Shenango (2-6, 5-11) forged a 27-21 lead going to the final frame.

“We were able to pressure them and create some turnovers,” Lady Wildcats coach Kevin Zona said. “We stayed disciplined on the defensive end.

“Our energy was great from start to finish. I thought we executed well.”

Addie George recorded 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half for Shenango.

“George really had the hot hand, especially in the second half,” Zona said.

Brianna DeSalvo delivered 12 points to lead the Lady Wildcats.

Alyssa Hunt netted 20 points for New Brighton (0-8, 1-12).

Eden Christian 48, Union 37

The Lady Scots were blanked in the second quarter in dropping a Section 1-1A home game to Eden Christian.

Union (1-6, 1-13) led 13-8 after the first quarter, but was outscored 12-0 in the second period to trail 20-13 at the break.

“The girls played really hard,” Lady Scots coach Brian Heaney said. “We just had that rough second quarter; it was very hard to overcome.

“We played really hard in the fourth quarter. I was proud of the girls, they played hard.”

LaDaisja Fitzpatrick recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks for Union. Nina Casalandra collected nine markers. Sanaa Gregory followed with seven tallies and Madison Wynn added six markers and six boards.

Hayley Fleischman tossed in a game-best 19 points for Eden Christian (4-3, 9-6).

Lakeview 44, Wilmington 26

Turnovers proved costly for the Lady Greyhounds in a District 10, Region 4-2A home loss to the Lady Sailors.

Wilmington (1-3, 5-8) turned the ball over 27 times, compared to 12 for Lakeview (3-1, 8-5).

“I have to coach better,” Lady Greyhounds coach Rick Holzworth said. “It’s a turnover situation we have here, game in and game out.

“That’s an issue we have. Until we correct it, we’ll struggle to win.”

Nadia Huebner paced Wilmington with 17 points.

Sports Writer

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

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