2018-19 Neshannock Lady Lancers

2018-19 Neshannock Lady Lancers

The Neshannock High girls basketball team captured another championship Saturday.

The Lady Lancers pulled away for a 56-35 WPIAL Section 1-3A home win over Avonworth. The victory clinches at a least share of the section championship for Neshannock. It’s the sixth straight league crown for the Lady Lancers.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said of the championship. “You keep thinking every year you don’t know if you can do it. We need people to step up.

“We’ve responded positively all year. Six section titles in a row, that’s really neat. It’s nice for the younger kids to experience this. You always hope it will keep going. This year has been special. It’s really been an enjoyable year.”

Neshannock can lock up the crown outright with a home win tonight against Beaver Falls.

The Lady Lancers trailed 10-6 early in the first quarter. But Brie Dean hit three 3-pointers in a row to propel the hosts to an 18-14 lead after one period.

Dean led Neshannock with 14 points, to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

Defense took over the rest of the way for the Lady Lancers. The Lady Antelopes (9-3, 12-6) only managed 21 points the final three periods.

“We played really strong defensively the last three quarters,” Grybowski said. “The kids responded to what we were doing.”

Neleh Nogay and Kaylee George posted 12 points each for Neshannock. Nogay notched four steals and three assists, while George contributed six rebounds.

Bella Burrelli chipped in with eight points, 10 boards and three steals. Ellina DeLillo delivered six points, six assists and three steals for the winners. 

“I’m really happy with the way we’re playing right now,” Grybowski said. “We always seem to have three players in double figures; it’s good to see.

“That’s what makes us a little bit tougher to defend. We’re looking forward to finishing out strong to end the regular season.”

Kat Goetz led Avonworth with 17 points.

New Castle 66, Farrell 49

The Lady ‘Canes took control early in a nonsection road win over the Steelerettes.

New Castle built an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and 31-14 at the break.

“I thought we came out of the gate strong,” New Castle coach Kara Joseph said. “Playing at Farrell is a great atmosphere. Their fans are so intense.

“I thought our girls came out and worked hard. The girls are still working to get better. They definitely battled through everything throughout the game.”

Mia Graham scored a game-best 20 points for the Lady ‘Canes and Lindsay Frabotta followed with 19. Kerri Lyles chipped in with 12 tallies for the winners and Aayanni Hudson added.

Frabotta added 10 rebounds, 10 steals and five assists. Graham handed out 10 assists.

“Frabotta and Graham really set the tempo and took over,” Joseph said. “Just watching them play together, they’ve always worked well together.”

Laurel 57, Quigley Catholic 43

The Lady Spartans picked up their ninth win in a row with a verdict over Quigley Catholic in the Hoops for a Cure Tournament at Sewickley Academy.

“We’re playing well at the right time,” Laurel coach Matt Stebbins said. “We came ready to play in a morning game and we played well as a group.”

Caroline Gibson poured in 22 points to lead Laurel (15-4) and Makenna Collins contributed 10.

Hayley Drutarosky scored 13 points to lead Quigley Catholic.

“Collins had a great game on both ends of the floor,” Stebbins said. “Caroline Gibson held Taylor Kirschner to 10 points. It was a great defensive effort.

“Quigley is a good team. It was a great win for us and it keeps our momentum going.”

Kirschner ranks eighth in the WPIAL in scoring average. 

Ellwood City 41, Hopewell 39

The Lady Wolverines held on for the nonsection win over the visiting Lady Vikings.

Isabella Roth recorded a game-high 19 points for Ellwood City Lincoln (11-9).

Siara Conley collected 13 markers for Hopewell (6-12).

Ambridge 53, Mohawk 39

The Lady Warriors were outscored 27-15 over the second and third quarters in a loss to the Lady Bridgers at the Hoops for a Cure Tournament at Sewickley Academy.

The game was tied at 11 after one quarter. Mohawk (7-11) was outscored 16-8 in the second stanza to trail 27-19 at the half.

Hannah McDanel scored 11 points for the Lady Warriors and Nadia Lape added 10.

Aniya Walker and Dasha Jackson both scored 22 points to lead Ambridge (8-11).

Sharpsville 54, Wilmington 45

The Lady Greyhounds struggled from the free-throw line in a District 10, Region 4-2A home loss to the Lady Blue Devils.

Wilmington (2-5, 7-11) was just 3 for 13 at the line in the loss. The Lady Blue Devils were 15 of 24.

“The difference was at the free-throw line,” Lady Greyhounds coach Rick Holzworth said. “The biggest problem is we put them on the foul line 24 times.

“Our foul shooting, you could say that was the difference in the game. But it’s the turnovers that killed us.” 

Sharpsville (4-3, 6-10) led 17-12 after one quarter and 23-19 at the break. The Lady Blue Devils took charge in the third period, outscoring the Lady Greyhounds 18-7.

Wilmington trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter before cutting it to four with close to three minutes remaining. But four consecutive turnovers ended the comeback bid for the Lady Greyhounds. 

Nadia Huebner tallied 17 points, three rebounds and three steals for Wilmington. Sydney Ward pulled down 18 rebounds for the hosts.

Alli Davis led Sharpsville with 19 markers.

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com


NEW CASTLE (66)

Mia Graham 8 4-8 20, Alaya Respress 1 0-0 3, Lindsay Frabotta 7 2-5 19, Jada Pugh 0 0-2 0, Raquel Rivera 1 0-0 2, Kerri Lyles 6 0-1 12, Aayanni Hudson 4 2-2 10. Totals: 27 8-18 66.

FARRELL (49)

Parker 2 0-0  4, Hall 4 2-6  11, Stewart 2 3-6  7, Brodie 4 0-0  9, Crosby 5 6-10  16, Green 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 11-22 49.

NEW CASTLE  18  13  14  21 —  66

FARRELL  7  7   12  23 —  49 

3-point goals — New Castle 4 (Frabotta 3, Respress 1), Farrell 2 (Hall 1, Brodie 1).

JV score: No game.

LAUREL (57)

Faith Gibson 3 0-0 7, Caroline Gibson 7 7-8 22, Lucia Lombardo 3 0-0 7, Katie Vasalani 0 0-0 0, Savannah Hinkle 0 0-0 0, Anna McGee 1 0-0 2, Grace Enscoe 0 0-0 0, Makenna Collins 2 5-6 10, Aaliyah Locke 0 0-0 0, Breagan Fedrizzi 1 0-0 3, Mikyla Slater 3 0-0 6. Totals: 20 12-14 57.

QUIGLEY CATHOLIC (43)

Taylor Kirschner 5 0-1 10, Hayley Drutarosky 5 3-5 13, Haley Doyle 0 0-0 0, Clara Stephenson 5 1-3 11, Grace Lucci 0 0-0 0, Tamile Cunningham 2 1-2 5, Autumn Wheeler 2 0-0 4, Jocelyn Hanson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 5-11 43.

LAUREL  19  16  9  13 —  57

QUIGLEY  13  11  6  13 —  43

3-point goals — Laurel 5 (Fedrizzi 1, Collins 1, Lombardo 1, F. Gibson 1, C. Gibson 1).

JV score:  No game.

MOHAWK (39)

Nadia Lape 3 2-2 10, Jordan Radzyminski 2 0-0 4, Abby Shoaff 1 2-2 5, Paige Julian 2 3-4 7, Hannah McDanel 4 0-0 11, Isabella Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Alexis Shiderly 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 7-8 39.

AMBRIDGE (53)

Aniya Walker 6 9-11 22, Jordan Swartz 2 0-0 4, Sofia Chickos 1 0-0 2, Alexis Hitchens 0 0-0 0, Maddie Swartz 0 0-0 0, Rachel Guthrie 1 0-0 3, Dasha Jackson 9 2-2 22, Agelena Bratton 0 0-0 0, Riley Krol 0 0-0 0, Jaina Ilko 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 11-13 53.

MOHAWK  11  8  7  13 —  39

AMBRIDGE  11  16  11  15 —  53

3-point goals — Mohawk 6 (McDanel 3, Lape 2, Shoaff 1), Ambridge 4 (Jackson 2, Walker 1, Guthrie 1).

JV score: No game.

HOPEWELL (39)

Siara Conley 5 2-2 13, Jaiden Kosanovich 0 0-0 0, Marlee Mancini 1 0-0 2, Mallory Heranic 2 3-3 8, Alexis Thompson 1 3-4 5, Victoria Rotuna 3 0-0 8, Madison Mancini 1 0-0 3. Totals: 13 8-9 39.

ELLWOOD CITY (41)

Olivia Battaglia 2 0-0 6, Natalia Greco 2 4-6 8, Maria Ioanilli 0 2-12 2, Isabella Roth 7 1-3 19, Kyla Servick 3 0-0 6, Chloe Sturgeon 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 6-21 41.

HOPEWELL  7  10  7  15 —  39

ELLWOOD   7  17  11  6 —  41

3-point goals — Hopewell 4 (Rotuna 2, Heranic 1, Mad. Mancini 1), Ellwood City 6 (Roth 4, Battaglia 2).

JV score: Not reported.

AVONWORTH (35)

Harris Robinson 2 0-0 4, Hayden Robinson 3 0-2 7, Kat Goetz 7 2-4 17, Anastasia Heinold 1 0-2 2, Lexi Mankey 0 0-0 0, Lauren Pflueger 1 0-2 2, Alexa Davis 0 0-2 0, Alexia Heinold 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 2-14 35.

NESHANNOCK (56)

Neleh Nogay 5 0-0 12, Madison DeMatteo 0 0-0 0, Kaylee George 4 3-4 12, Bella Burrelli 3 2-5 8, Ellina DeLillo 2 2-2 6, Brie Dean 5 1-2 14, Jesse Fehrs 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 8-13 56.

AVONWORTH 14  6  8  7 —  35

NESHANNOCK  18  16  14  8 — 56

3-point goals — Avonworth 3 (Goetz 1, Al. Heinold 1, Hay. Robinson 1), Neshannock 6 (Dean 3, Nogay 2, George 1).

JV score: No game.

SHARPSVILLE (54)

Ady Kratko 1 0-1 2, Giulia Commisso 1 6-8 8, Maddie Wansack 1 0-0 2, Marley Blair 0 1-2 1, Alli Davis 7 2-2 19, Mariah Hopson 3 0-2 6, Claire Staunch 5 6-9 16. Totals: 18 15-24 54.

WILMINGTON (45)

McKenna Bucker 2 0-0 6, Meredith Glavach 3 0-0 7, Madison Graham 1 1-2 3, Nadia Huebner 7 0-0 17, Keegan McConaughy 2 1-4 5, Sydney Ward 1 1-4 3, Emily Withers 2 0-3 4. Totals: 18 3-13 45.

SHARPSVILLE  17  6  18  13 —  54

WILMINGTON  12  7  7  19 —  45

3-point goals — Sharpsville 3 (Davis 3), Wilmington 6 (Huebner 3, Bucker 2, Glavach 1).

JV score: Sharpsville 21, Wilmington 17. W — Keegan McConaughy 6.

Sports Writer

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

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