By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
WILKES-BARRE – Alexa Noone led her team in scoring and led all players in assists in a game that featured more than 150 points, but when it came time to explaining the outcome of Friday night’s girls game at the 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic, the Pittston Area guard pointed to the other end of the court.
Team Johnson (Green), coached by Kelly Johnson from Dallas, overcame a seven-point halftime deficit by shutting down the outside game of Team Jezorwski (White), coached by Holy Redeemer’s John Jezorwski, in an 82-71 victory at Holy Redeemer High School.
The White shot 6-for-9 from three-point range in the second quarter when Sarah Holweg from Wyoming Area and Reese Mensinger from Berwick hit two each. It was just 3-for-16 in the second half while being outscored, 47-29.
“We were closing out on their shooters better,” said Noone, who received her team’s Most Valuable Player award after scoring 13 points and dishing out four assists. “On defense, we needed to stop the shooters. We had to stay closer.”
Grace Giza from Wyoming Valley West helped complete the comeback.
Giza’s 12-footer with 6:30 left put the Green ahead to stay, 63-62. It started a stretch in which she scored six points in 1:40 to key an 11-2 run.
Olivia Johnson from Dallas assisted Giza’s first basket, then hit a 3-pointer to complete the run.
Giza made her last four shots while scoring eight of her 10 points in the second half. She also had five of her seven rebounds in the second half.
Kelly Johnson was assisted by Gary Ferenchik from Wyoming Valley West and Ed Stepanski from Crestwood while leading the Green team that included their players, along with players from Pittston Area, Northwest, Hanover Area, Coughlin and GAR.
Crestwood’s Julia Makowski had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Jordan Harrison from Northwest had six points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Wyoming Area’s Chad Lojewski and Tunkhannock’s Joe Reno assisted Jezorwski with the White team. In addition to players from their teams, the squad also included players from Berwick, Hazleton Area, Meyers and Nanticoke.
Holweg scored a game-high 14 points and led her team with 4 offensive rebounds.
Mensinger had 13 points and 2 steals to earn team MVP honors.
Amanda Gray from Meyers grabbed eight rebounds.
During halftime, Holweg edged Nanticoke’s Lisa Radziak in an impressive final to the 3-Point Contest.
Both players scored 10 of a possible 18 points on 3-point shots in 45 seconds. Holweg went 9-for-15 plus one bonus point for hitting her final shot from one of the three spots. Radziak made eight shots and got two bonus points.
The players were given 30 seconds to try again and break the tie.
Holweg ended the original final and started the extra tiebreaker by making 18 of 23 shots from 3-point range while racing the clock. She edged Mensinger, 11-10, in the 30-second round to win the contest.