Neshannock huddle

Neshannock coach John Corey talks to his players during a timeout.

The Neshannock High boys basketball team nailed down the Section 1-3A championship outright with a 69-36 victory over Mohawk on Wednesday night.

“To win the section outright, I’m very happy for our players,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “We were hoping to get it Tuesday (against Beaver Falls), but we’re happy to get it Wednesday.

“It’s a great experience. We had a good vibe coming into the game and I felt really confident with where we were mentally.”

The Lancers (9-1, 14-1) buried a school-record 18 3-pointers, including nine in the second quarter to account for all 27 of the team’s points in the period. Neshannock netted 12 trifectas in the opening half.

The Lancers led 14-9 after one stanza and 41-17 at the half.

“We missed some shots early,” Corey said. “Once a couple started falling, a lot more followed.

“I felt we may have been pressing a little too much in the first quarter. I told them to relax.

“I’m proud of our effort tonight.” 

Liam Kosior scored 15 points to pace Neshannock and Johnpaul Mozzocio was next with 12. Russell Kwiat and Mike Sopko recorded 11 markers apiece for the victors. Sopko also pulled down eight rebounds.

Jay Wrona recorded 14 points for Mohawk (1-9, 3-13). 

Union 46, Nazareth Prep 35

The Scotties picked up their third consecutive victory with a Section 1-1A road win over the Saints. The game was played at A Giving Heart, which is a community center in Pittsburgh.

It also marked the second straight game Tyler Staub played for Union. Staub sat out the start of the year while recovering from a football injury, followed by a quarantine period.

Staub tossed in seven points for the Scotties in the win.

“It was a good team win tonight,” Union coach Mark Stanley said. “Getting Tyler back helps quite a bit, too; he’s a regular.

“We’ve played without him all year. I like where we’re at right now as a team.”

The Scotties (6-2, 6-3) held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 20-13 at the half. Union carried a 36-22 margin into the fourth quarter.

Anthony Stanley, a son of the coach, posted 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Scotties. He scored six pivotal points in the fourth frame to counter a run that Nazareth Prep made in an attempt to get back in the game.

Matthew Stanley, also a son of the coach, led Union with 15 points. Mark Stanley, a son of the coach, contributed eight markers and a team-best 12 rebounds.

“We started off a little sluggish,” Coach Mark Stanley said. “Anthony picked us up in the fourth quarter.

“We have different guys doing different things for us every night and that’s great to see.”

Anthony Jagers recorded a game-high 18 points for Nazareth Prep (2-4, 3-10).

Mars 65, Shenango 48

The Wildcats battled but fell short in dropping a nonsection road verdict to the Planets.

Ryan Lenhart recorded 10 points to pace Shenango (11-7) and Vince Sibeto was next with nine.

The Class 2A Wildcats were down 17-14 after the first quarter and 38-27 at the half.

Mars, a Class 5A school, is now 12-1.

“We knew it would be a good test at their place,” Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said. “That’s the type of competition you want to see. That’s a good, physical team. If you can take something away from it, it’s a good game for us.”  

Girls

Quaker Valley 51, New Castle 21

Neena Flora netted 11 points for the Lady ‘Canes in a Section 2-4A road defeat to the Lady Quakers.

Aayanni Hudson chipped in with nine tallies for New Castle (2-7, 4-7).

Quaker Valley (8-2, 10-4) opened up a 16-2 lead after one quarter and increased it to 31-8 at the break.

Laurel 52, Seneca Valley 47

The Lady Spartans held on for a nonsection road win over the Lady Raiders.

Laurel (12-2) broke a 15-15 tie after one quarter by forging a 22-19 halftime buffer. The Lady Spartans went up 36-28 going to the fourth period.

Reese Bintrim paced Laurel with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Regan Atkins was next with 12 tallies and 10 boards. Lucia Lombardo added 10 markers.

Danielle Pontius handed out seven assists for the winners.

“Reese had a huge game for us,” Laurel coach Matt Stebbins said. “She got us started early and was consistent the entire game; great game on both ends.

“Johnna Hill had a big second half for us off the bench. It was a great team win over a (Class) 6A team on the road.” 

Karns City 28, Wilmington 20

The Lady Greyhounds’ rally fell short in a District 10, nonregion home loss to Karns City.

Wilmington (1-13) fell behind 11-3 after the first quarter and trailed 13-3 in the second quarter before cutting the deficit to 16-11 at the break.

“We really battled; we chipped away,” Lady Greyhounds coach Mike Jeckavitch said. “I liked the way our girls battled throughout the game.”

Renee Ealy scored eight points to lead Wilmington. Maelee Whiting pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds. 

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com

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

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