Toni Amato led a balanced attack and Wyoming Valley West made the most out of advantages in the fourth quarter and at the foul line Thursday night to defeat visiting Berwick, 47-42, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game.
Berwick’s loss reduced the tie at the top of Division 1 from three teams to two. Hazleton Area and Dallas are 5-1 in the division and Berwick is 4-2.
The Lady Bulldogs carried a 32-31 lead into the fourth quarter, but Amato went 4-for-4 from the line in the quarter to finish with a team-high 10 points.
The Lady Spartans were 5-for-7 from the line in the fourth quarter and 8-for-13 in the game to counter a 7-for-17 effort by Berwick.
Trinity Johnson made her only free throw as part of a three-point play to finish with nine points and Aubrey Boyd hit a 3-pointer during the fourth quarter.
Katie Starr led Berwick with 19 points.
Dallas 62, Nanticoke 40
Dallas recovered from its first conference loss Monday to hold on to a share of the lead with the home-court win.
Lauren Charlton scored 13 points and Deanna Wallace added 11 to lead the balanced attack.
The Mountaineers opened leads of 8-4 after one quarter, 29-19 at halftime and 49-28 through three quarters.
Riley Baird led Nanticoke with 22 points.
Hazleton Area 54, Wilkes-Barre Area 37
Hazleton Area held Wilkes-Barre Area to 10 second-half points while rallying for its third victory in four nights to remain in the tie for first place.
Marissa Trivelpiece scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half and was also a big part of the defensive effort. She finished with five steals, three blocked shots and three assists.
Trivelpiece was 9-for-10 from the line in the second half.
Olivia Wolk finished with 15 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when the Lady Cougars outscored the Wolfpack, 18-5, to break the game open.
Kyra Antolick made five steals.
Allycia Harris scored 16 points. She had 10 in the second quarter to key a 15-8 advantage that put Wilkes-Barre Area ahead 27-23 at halftime.
Pittston Area 46, Crestwood 25
Emma Coles and Jada Sharp combined for seven 3-pointers and 29 points to lead Pittston Area past host Crestwood in a WVC Division 1 game.
Pittston Area led just 14-10 at halftime.
Coles had 13 of her 16 points and three of her four 3-pointers in the second half. Sharp had 8 of her 13 points after halftime.
Jill Taleroski made three 3-pointers to lead Crestwood with nine points.
Wyoming Area 56, Hanover Area 37
Nicole Silinskie scored 16 points while Cassidy Orzel and Maria Amato controlled the inside to lead Wyoming Area to the victory over host Hanover Area in the WVC Division 2 game.
Silinskie made four 3-pointers.
Orzel had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Amato had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Morgan Janeski chipped in 7 rebounds.
Wyoming Area trailed, 10-9, after one quarter, but held Hanover Area to two second quarter points. The Lady Warriors moved ahead with 6:44 left in the half, built the advantage to 23-12 at the break and remained in front from there.
Madison Hooper led Hanover Area with 18 points.
Lake-Lehman 71, Tunkhannock 36
Lia Keefe and Sarah Salus scored 18 points each to lead visiting Lake-Lehman to the WVC Division 2 romp.
Wyoming Seminary 48, Northwest 47
Wyoming Seminary pulled out the one-point WVC Division 2 win at home.
Holy Redeemer 63, MMI Prep 19
Holy Redeemer remained unbeaten and on top of the WVC Division 2 standings with the home-court romp.