Riverside girls, Western Wayne boys seek to build momentum

The Riverside girls and Western Wayne boys are each coming off much-needed wins as they head into games that will be broadcast in audio on the Internet by NEPABasketball.com tonight.

Riverside heads to Carbondale for a 7:15 p.m. Lackawanna League Division 3 girls game.

Western Wayne hosts Honesdale in a 6:45 p.m. Lackawanna League Division 2 boys game.

The Lady Vikes routed Mid Valley, 62-30, Monday night.

They had won 13 straight to climb to second among Small School Girls teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings before suffering their first two losses of the season.

Between those losses, Riverside lost its point guard and second-leading scorer for the season when freshman Kylie Lavelle fell on the ice and broke her leg.

Senior leader Julia Antoniacci scored 13 points in the first half Monday to get the Lady Vikes headed to their win.

“Julia has taken her game to another level,” Lady Vikes coach Jack Mekilo said. “She’s shooting the ball incredibly well and she buried some shots coming off screens.”

Already, the team’s leading scorer, Riverside may need even more from Antoniacci. She is 9-for-12 from 3-point range in the two games since Lavelle’s injury.

Mekilo also praised the play of Alese Karpinski, who finished strong last season and is showing signs of being ready to do the same this season. She had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals Monday.

Bella McKeefery stepped into the starting lineup and Morgan Antoniacci, Julia’s younger cousin, has responded to an increase in playing time.

“Morgan Antoniacci is a testament to player development and wanting to get on the floor,” Mekilo said. “She’s a determined individual and she’s making her teammates better.

“You know what you are getting from her and that she’s going to play hard and do her job.”

Morgan Antoniacci has 10 points in the last two games.

Riverside is 5-2 and second in Division 3, looking to rebuild momentum in the game at last-place Carbondale.

Honesdale shares the Division 2 boys lead at 4-3 and is 9-7 overall.

Western Wayne can disrupt the race. The Wildcats are 2-6 and 9-8. They started 7-2, lost six in a row, but have won two straight, including Monday’s 68-63 overtime win over Scranton in which Dahlton Frisbie scored 31 points and Zach Rovinsky added 30.