Ritz led Team Healey to victory

Tunkhannock's Abby Ritz (left) and Holy Redeemer's Julia Andrejko.
Tunkhannock's Abby Ritz (left) and Holy Redeemer's Julia Andrejko.

By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE – Tunkhannock’s Abby Ritz scored all 10 of her points in the second half Friday night to earn Most Valuable Player honors for Team Healey in its 74-68 victory over Team Wolfpack in the girls game to open the 50th annual Dr. George P. Moses Wyoming Valley Conference Senior All-Star Classic.

Northwest’s Brenna Babcock scored a game-high 14 points and was named MVP of Team Wolfpack.

Ritz shot 5-for-8 in the second half.

“I was honestly just coming to have fun,” Ritz said. “I didn’t know I would do as well as I did and I didn’t know I’d have so much fun with girls I have played against on other teams.”

Virginia Yurchak from Hazleton Area led Team Healey in scoring with 12 points, including nine in the first half. She helped the team overcome a 20-10 deficit, twice putting Team Healey in front, once on a 3-pointer to cap an 11-point streak to a 24-23 lead and again later in the half on the way to a 29-27 lead at intermission.

Diane Garnett, also from Hazleton Area, and Nicole Boutanos, from Wyoming Valley West, added nine points each.

Samantha Kern from Dallas scored eight points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and made a pair of steals.

Emily O’Brien from Pittston Area blocked three shots while Julia Andrejko from Holy Redeemer dished out five assists.

Team Healey, coached by Pittston Area’s Kathy Healey and her assistants Mark Casper and Joe Chacke, included players from Tunkhannock, Pittston Area, Hazleton Area, Wyoming Valley West, Holy Redeemer, Dallas, Crestwood and Hanover Area.

Team Wolfpack was led by the coaches from the three schools combining to make up the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack next season. Phil Schoener, who completed the season as Coughlin’s head coach, ran the team while Mary Mushock from Meyers and Hattie Caruso from GAR served as assistants.

In addition to players from Coughlin, Meyers and GAR, Team Wolfpack also got its roster from Northwest, Nanticoke, Lake-Lehman and Berwick.

Lake-Lehman’s Madison Borum had eight points and three blocked shots.

Savannah Purdy from Lake-Lehman, Ashley Bruno from Meyers and Jilann Baron from Nanticoke all added seven points.

Babcock wound up with five rebounds, three assists and two steals to share the team lead in each of those categories.

Andrejko won the 3-Point Contest at halftime, beating GAR’s Olivia Prato, 7-6.


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