GIRLS ROUNDUP: Lady Royals, Blue Knights win division titles

Holy Redeemer and Wyoming Seminary each secured Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball division titles with victories Friday night.

Unbeaten in WVC play this season, Holy Redeemer repeated its Division 2 championship with a 48-47 victory over second-place Lake-Lehman.

Wyoming Seminary edged Hanover Area, 41-37, to wrap up its Division 3 title. The title was the first for the Blue Knights since winning in 2009-10 when the WVC still had four divisions and Wyoming Seminary was in Division 4.

Holy Redeemer 48, Lake-Lehman 47

Julia Andrejko led Holy Redeemer to the title clinching win with 18 points.

Cameron Marcinkowski added 13 points and hit a late basket for a three-point lead off a long pass from Karissa Spade.

Sam Yencha had 12 points.

The Lady Royals are 15-0 in the WVC with two games left. The rest of the Division 2 teams all have at least three WVC losses.

Madison Borum led Lake-Lehman with 18 points. Savannah Purdy added 10.

“Lake-Lehman’s a great team,” Holy Redeemer coach John Jezorwski said. “Madison Borum’s a great player.”

Trailing by three in the closing seconds, Lake-Lehman mistakenly went for a two-point basket and Holy Redeemer did not have to in-bound the ball as the clock ran out.

Wyoming Seminary 41, Hanover Area 37

Ally Vezendy and Alex Wesneski each hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points as Wyoming Seminary clinched the WVC Division 3 title.

The teams were tied at halftime and after three quarters.

Vezendy then scored 11 of her points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

“Ally Vezendy had some big 3s to keep us in the lead,” Wyoming Seminary coach Abbey Rodway said.

Wyoming Seminary is 10-4 and 3 ½ games ahead with two games remaining. Northwest is 6-7 with three WVC games left.

“We’ve been working at this goal all year and we’ve been working toward this since my first year, which was four years ago here,” Rodway said. “We’ve just built this program. I think achieving this (division) championship is what we wanted and we achieved it this year through hard work.”

Wyoming Valley West 59, Pittston Area 32

Nicole Boutanos scored 15 points in the WVC Division 1 game to lead Wyoming Valley West to its fourth straight win.

Hazleton Area 55, Dallas 39

Faith Grula and Marissa Trivelpiece scored 13 points each to lead division champion Hazleton Area to the WVC Division 1 victory.

Berwick 44, Tunkhannock 27

Katie Starr scored 17 points in the WVC Division 2 victory to help Berwick finish its regular season 18-4 and improve its chances of being the wild-card team in the conference tournament.

Nanticoke 52, Wyoming Area 31

Bella Czeck scored 14 points while Jilann Baron and Lauren Casey added 12 each in Nanticoke’s WVC Division 2 game.

Aleah Kranson scored 11 points for the Lady Warriors.

Northwest 51, MMI Prep 17

Brenna Babcock scored 14 points to lead Northwest, which opened a 17-3 lead after one quarter of the WVC Division 3 game.

Scranton Prep 56, Susquehanna 46

Scranton Prep held Susquehanna to three first-quarter points in the non-league meeting of Lackawanna League division leaders.

Rachael Rose scored 12 of her team-high 16 points to help the Classics, who have clinched at least a tie for first place in Division 1, to a 27-13 halftime lead.

Maggie Mills and Cecelia Collins added eight points each in the win.

Taylor Huyck scored 19 of her 22 points for Division 4 champion Susquehanna in the second half.

Mackenzie Steele added 11 points.

Elsewhere

Crestwood edged Coughlin, 43-39, in the WVC Division 1 game. … Western Wayne defeated Honesdale, 37-28, in a Lackawanna Division 2 game. … Holy Cross routed Lakeland, 69-31, in Lackawanna Division 3.

 

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