The Mohawk High girls basketball team bumped Neshannock from the ranks of the unbeaten Monday night.
The Lady Warriors clamped down defensively and captured a 50-41 WPIAL Section 1-3A home win over the Lady Lancers.
“Our kids played as hard as we have all year,” Mohawk coach Mike O’Lare said. “You have to play that hard to beat Neshannock. I’m proud of how hard they played.
“Our defense was good but our rebounding was outstanding. Neshannock has a distinct size advantage against our kids.”
The Lady Warriors (6-2 section, 10-4 overall) allowed seven points in each of the first three quarters before the Lady Lancers (7-1, 13-1) erupted for 20 in the final frame.
Mohawk scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed.
“They played harder than us and they deserved to win,” Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said. “I thought (Caitlin) Carnuche probably played the best game of her career.
“They were everywhere. It was their night.”
Carnuche collected a game-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds for Mohawk and Karly McCutcheon was next with 14 markers and a team-best 11 rebounds. Megan Meyer chipped in with nine boards.
Bella Burrelli paced Neshannock with 13 points and Carmie Matarazzo was next with 12 markers and 11 rebounds. Brie Dean added 10 tallies.
The Lady Lancers won the first matchup, 57-36.
“They didn’t do anything different against us,” Grybowski said. “We didn’t attack like we did the last time; they stayed in a 2-3 zone.
“We missed a lot of short shots. If it’s not a wakeup call, something is wrong. You either win or you learn. There’s no losing here. If you don’t learn from it, then you don’t gain anything from it. All-around, it was probably the worst game I’ve seen from this group of girls.”
The Lady Lancers were 16 of 50 from the floor.
Cornell 46, Union 23
Amorae Waters and Sanaa Gregory recorded six points each for the Lady Scots in a Section 1-1A home loss to the Lady Raiders.
Britney Lemmon chipped in with four tallies for Union (1-5, 1-14).
Hayley Lightner led all scorers with nine points for Cornell (3-3, 4-12).
Blackhawk 69, New Castle 54
Lindsay Frabotta netted 22 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and four steals for the Lady ‘Canes in a Section 2-4A home loss to Blackhawk.
Mia Graham chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for New Castle (0-7, 3-10).
“The effort was definitely there,” New Castle coach Kara Joseph said. “The last time we played them it was early in the season and we were still coming together and we only scored 14 points. So we kind of used that as our motivation. It wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, but I thought we put out a fantastic effort.”
Joseph also praised the play of Frabotta, who has been a leader for the Lady ‘Canes all season.
“She definitely sets the tone for us,” Joseph said. “She can score, she can get to the basket, she can dish, she can shoot the three. She can just do it all and she’s such a coachable player.”
The second-year coach said despite the winless section record, she can sense her team making strides.
“We’re getting there,” she said. “We’re working hard in practice and some of the younger girls are chipping in. (Mia) Graham and (Olivia) Valenti did a great job of defending (Mady) Aulbach and (Mackenzie) Amalia and making them work for their points tonight.”
Aulbach and Amalia are widely regarded as one of the WPIAL’s best backcourts. Aulbach led the way with 19, while Amalia had 16 for the Lady Cougars (7-1, 13-1).
Wilmington 36, Franklin 30
Katie Hahn’s 13 points led the Lady Greyhounds to a District 10, Region 2-3A win over host Franklin.
Meredith Glavach followed with eight points for Wilmington (4-4, 6-7).
Karlie Hoffman’s 13 points led the way for the Lady Knights (1-7, 3-12).
Shenango 30, Aliquippa 25
Madison Harden scored a game-high 15 points as the Lady Wildcats went on the road to defeat Section 1-2A foe Aliquippa.
Olivia Rich tallied seven points and Addie George five for Shenango (4-5, 6-10).
Jazmin Walker scored 11 points to lead the Lady Quips (0-9, 0-14).
Riverside 46, Laurel 42
The Lady Spartans came up short in a Section 1-3A home contest against the Lady Panthers.
Both Gibson sisters scored in double figures for Laurel (4-4, 9-7). Faith paced the Lady Spartans with 13 points, while Caroline followed closely behind with 10.
Sydney Wolf led all scorers with 19 points for Riverside (5-2, 10-4).