Trojanettes bring back memories in victory
Nanticoke Area looks like strong teams of the past against Meyers.
For 16 magical minutes Friday night, the Nanticoke
Area girls basketball team brought back memories of the outstanding
Trojanette teams during the Aly Byorick era.
After facing a 6-2 deficit against Meyers in
the opening minutes, Nanticoke countered with an explosive 29-6 run
to take control of the game and coasted to an impressive 52-36 victory
in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division III game.
The Trojanettes (13-8, 4-1 Division III) blitzed
Meyers with their suffocating full-court defense, and were red-hot from
the field. Led by all-star senior guard Jenn Harnischfeger, Nanticoke
shot the eyes out of the basket during the first half, connecting on
six three-point shots.
Nanticoke stayed alive in its quest for a second-half
division championship. The Trojanettes need to win at Northwest on Monday,
and hope Meyers beats division-leading Lake-Lehman to force a special
playoff for the second-half title.
Harnischfeger scored 15 points in the first half,
including three 3-point baskets. She also came up with four steals,
including two that she took coast-to-coast for layups.
Meanwhile, the Mohawks went ice cold, scoring
only four points in the second quarter and finding themselves in a 31-12
hole at halftime.
We had a great first half, said the
5-foot-3 Harnischfeger, who was a starter on Nanticokes 29-1 squad
as a freshman. This team doesnt compare to the great teams
of Byorick and (Sarah) Acker, but the first half was definitely the
best weve played.
Harnischfeger finished with 17 points.
Nanticoke was pumped up to play because it was
senior night, Harnischfeger added.
We knew we were going to come out fired
up, and we emphasized stopping their big people in the paint.
Meyers junior center Maddie Lavery scored the
first four the points of the game, but finished with eight points. Senior
forward Ashlee Ward also was held in check, finishing with two points
while sitting out much of the game due to foul trouble.
Nanticoke also got a sharp performance from sophomore
guard Teresa Kalinay, who scored 17 points including three 3-pointers.
Sophomore center Katie Wolfe scored six points and was a force in the
paint, while freshman guard Kayley Schinski added six points on a pair
of long-range treys.
We came out with emotion, said Wolfe,
who scored two baskets on perfectly-timed give-and-go plays, including
a layup on a pinpoint pass from Harnsichfeger from the perimeter. There
were two girls between us, but she managed to get me the ball.
Schinski, one of the most talented rookies in
the WVC, hit a high-arching three-point shot that gave Nanticoke a 46-27
lead late early in the fourth quarter.
We definitely played great defense,
Schinski said. Everybody on our team did a good job of being where
theyre supposed to be.
Lavery and Troy Lynn Lewis led Meyers (9-13,
3-2) with eight points respectively, while Maureen Lisman had seven
Meyers coach Chris Gray said his team ran into
Nanticoke played a complete game, you have
to give them a lot of credit. We gave them wide open threes in the first
half, and they took advantage.
The Mohawks had no answer for Harnischfeger,
Gray added. Trying to stop Harnischfeger on senior night is a
tall order. She played great.
Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski concurred.
Harnischfeger did a good job defensively
as well as scoring. She stepped up in a big way, but our younger players
are coming into their own. If we play like we did tonight, I think were
capable of beating some good teams in the district playoffs.
MEYERS (36): Lisman 2 5-7 10, Lewis 3 1-2 8,
Lavery 4 0-0 8, Konopki 1 1-3 4, Ward 0 2-2 2, Robertson 1 0-0 2, Knooren
0 1-2 1, Sodo 0 1-2 1, Kowalchuck 0 0-0 0, Moses 0 0-0 0. Totals 11
NANTICOKE AREA (52): Kalinay 4 6-8 17, Harnischfeger
7 0-0 17, Wolfe 3 0-1 6, Schinski 2 0-0 6, Tarnowski 1 0-0 3, Sugalski
1 0-0 2, Sennefelder 0 0-2 0, Pientka 0 0-0 0, Katra 0 0-0 0, Kyle 0
0-0 0. Totals 18 7-13 52.
Meyers 8 4 11 13 36
Nanticoke Area 15 16 12 9 52
3-Point Field Goals MEY 3 (Konopki, Lisman,
Lewis); NAN 8 (Harnischfeger 3, Kalinay 3, Schinksi 2)
Harnischfeger-led GNA bounces Meyers in playoff
You couldnt blame the Meyers girls basketball
players if they see Jenn Harnischfeger in their nightmares, because
thats what she proved to be for the Mohawks on Saturday night.
Harnischfeger single-handedly broke open a close
game in the second half, finishing with a game-high 22 points and 12
steals to lead Nanticoke to a 46-36 victory over Meyers in a Wyoming
Valley Conference Division III playoff game at Wyoming Valley West High
The Trojanettes (9-6, 5-1 WVC) will face Lake-Lehman
at 6 p.m. Monday at Holy Redeemer High School to decide the first-half
Harnischfeger, a 5-foot-3 senior guard, took
charge of the game in the second half. She scored 13 points and made
eight steals in the final two quarters to help the Trojanettes gain
control of the game, which was tied 19-19 at halftime.
She converted a steal into a layup in the first
10 seconds of the second half, and Teresa Kalinay followed with a three-point
basket to put Nanticoke up 24-19, a lead that it never relinquished.
Nanticoke widened the margin to 31-23 on a Harnischfeger
basket with 4:12 left in the third quarter, then she stole the inbounds
pass and converted a layup to stretch the lead to 33-23.
Harnischfeger is a special player,
said Meyers coach Chris Gray. She plays with a kind of intensity
thats very hard to defend. She did her thing in the second half,
and we didnt have an answer.
Harnischfeger wreaked more havoc in the fourth
quarter. She hit two straight baskets that gave Nanticoke a 40-31 lead
with 5:50 to play. On the next possession, she found Katie Wolfe wide
open under the basket and got her the ball for an uncontested layup
and a 42-32 Nanticoke lead.
We stepped up our defense in the second
half, Harnischfeger said. We did a good job of sealing up
the lane and containing (Maddie) Lavery.
Lavery, a 6-foot center, led the Mohawks with
14 points. However, she only scored four points in the second half,
which was due in part to being double-teamed.
Meyers got within 36-31 on a free throw by Ashlee
Ward with 6:48 remaining in the game, but was unable to draw any closer.
We like to take advantage of Harnischfeger
in this kind of situation, Nanticoke coach Allen Yendrzeiwski
said. She did a really good job of causing them problems handling
According to Harnischfeger, double-teaming Lavery
in the second half was a major factor in the victory.
She played really well in the first half,
so we had to keep as much pressure on her as possible in the second
The Trojanettes also got a big effort from Clarissa
Tarnowski, who chipped in with eight pointsincluding a pair of
three-point baskets. Wolfe added six points, while Kalinay and Sammy
Gow each had five points.
Ward finished with nine points, while Maureen
Lisman added eight points for the Mohawks (6-11, 5-2 WVC).
Nanticoke did a great job of pressing,
Gray said. Harnischfeger was outstanding.
NANTICOKE (46): Harnischfeger 9 3-6 22, Wolfe
3 0-4 6, Kalinay 2 0-0 5, Gow 1 3-4 5, Tarnowski 3 0-1 8, Sugalski 0
0-0 0 Totals: 18 6-15 46
MEYERS (36): Lisman 2 3-4 8, Lewis 2 0-0 4, Knooren
0 0-0 0, Ward 4 1-4 9, Lavery 6 2-2 14, Konopki 0 1-2 1, Winder 0 0-0
0. Totals 14 7-12 36.
Nanticoke 8 11 15 12 46
Meyers 10 9 9 8 36
3-Point Field Goals NAN 4 (Harnischfeger,
Kalinay, Tarnowski 2) Meyers 1 (Lisman)
Trojanettes earn trip to first-half title game
By Tom Brolley - Citizens' Voice
Nanticoke Area and Meyers have two separate, distinct
The Trojanettes are guard-oriented and like to
play an up-tempo style while the Mohawks like to pound it inside to
their forwards in a half-court game.
On Thursday night, Meyers' style of play won
out, but on Saturday, Nanticoke Area's guards led by Jenn Harnischfeger,
who had 22 points, got their revenge taking control of the second half
in a 46-36 victory in a Division 3 playoff at Valley West High School.
Nanticoke Area will now take on Lake-Lehman at
Holy Redeemer at 6 Monday for the Division 3 first-half title. The Trojanettes
won the last matchup, 44-36, on Jan. 14.
"We didn't want to get into a half-court
game with them," Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. "We
thought it was in our best interest to play fast, up-tempo, fast break
and try to get steals and turnovers when we could."
Leading the way in applying the pressure was
Harnischfeger, who pick-pocketed Mohawks guards from beginning to end
leading to her game-high scoring total.
The senior guard started the game with a 3-pointer
and a steal and lay-up on Meyers' first possession.
The Trojanettes turned the Mohawks over on the
first three possessions of the game to take an 8-0 lead just a minute-and-a-half
into the game.
After a timeout, the Mohawks were able to get
their half-court game going, scoring the game's next 10 points including
eight from Maddie Lavery.
After scoring the game's first eight points,
Nanticoke Area didn't score for more than eight minutes.
Tied out of halftime at 19-19, the Trojanettes
amped up the pressure with a three-quarter court press that resulted
in three steals and lay-ups for Harnischfeger.
"Last time, I didn't think we put enough
pressure on the guards," Yendrzeiwski said. "They were able
to throw it in and lob it in and the passes were a little too easy.
By extending the pressure a little bit, we made it a little bit harder.
We really don't have a six-footer to match up with (Lavery), but, with
the ball pressure, I think we did a pretty good job."
Two nights after Lavery scored 22 points, the
Trojanettes limited the junior to 14 points including six in the final
Nanticoke Area's added pressure limited Lavery
to only seven shots in the last three quarters after she had seven in
the first quarter.
"When our offense is going the way we want
it to, it goes through (Lavery)," Meyers coach Chris Gray said.
"That's big for us, we have to be able to get her touches. They
did a really nice job of putting the pressure on our guards. We made
our fair share of mistakes and we weren't able to get her and Ashley
as many touches as we would've like to."
Citizens' Voice "Athlete of the Week"
Family: Parents, Gina Marsicano and Steve Harnischfeger
Accomplishment: Harnischfeger was the leading scorer in both of Nanticoke
Areas wins last week. She scored 26 points, including the 1,000th
of her career, in a win over Hanover Area and had 24 points in a victory
GETTING TO KNOW JENN HARNISCHFEGER
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite artists: Shwayze and Lil Wayne
Favorite food: Grilled cheese
Favorite junk food: Chocolate
Favorite sport to follow: Basketball
Favorite team: North Carolina
Favorite athlete: Tyler Hansbrough
Jenns dream prom date: Her boyfriend, Josh Olzinski
Away from sports, Jenn enjoys . . . hanging out with her friends.
If Jenn could switch places with any athlete for one day, shed
like to swap spots with . . . Candace Parker.
Jenns favorite thing about basketball is . . . her team.
Jenn thinks the hardest thing about basketball is . . . losing.
If Jenn could beat anyone in a game of H-O-R-S-E, shed like to
beat . . . her dad.
Jenns biggest role models have been . . . her parents and grandmother.
Up next for Jenn . . . study elementary education and special education
Jenns perfect day would be . . . going to the beach with all her
Harnischfeger gets her 1,000th point
Jenn Harnischfeger scored 24 points including
the 1,000th of her career as she led Nanticoke to a 44-36 victory
over Lake-Lehman in Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball Thursday
Teresa Kalinay helped out the Trojanettes with 10 points.
Selina Adamcheck led Lehman with 11 points.
NANTICOKE (44): Harnischfeger 9 3-6 24, Kalinay 3 1-2
10, Wolfe 2 2-2 6, Schinski 1 0-0 2, Sugalski 1 0-0 2, Sennefelder 0
0-0 0, Tarnowski 0 0-0 0, Gow 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-10 44
LAKE-LEHMAN (36): Adamcheck 4 3-5 11, Sutliff
3 2-5 8, Decker 3 0-0 7, Olshemski 1 2-2 5, Johnson 1 0-2 3, Neare 1
0-0 2. Totals 13 7-14 36.
Lake-Lehman 7 8 11 10 36
Nanticoke 8 14 10 12 44
3-Point Field Goals LL 3 (Olshemski, Decker,
Johnson); NAN 6 (Harnischfeger, Kalinay)
Trojanette Basketball Capsule
Coach: Allen Yendrzeiwski
Key players lost: Morgan Thomas, Kelsey Yohey, Gaby
Malishchak, Rachael Richards.
Players to watch: Jenn Harnischfeger, Sr; Sammi Gow,
So.; Teresa Kalinay, So.; Katie Wolfe, So.
Outlook: The Trojanettes are very young, but they have
one of the best players in the WVC in 5-2 senior guard Harnischfeger.
She was a starter on the 29-1 Aly Byorick-Sarah Acker team as a freshman,
and is a two-time all-star. She has tremendous and great court sense.
Shes a great point guard, said Yendreziewski. She
plays with a lot of confidence and our teams going to feed off
her. Gow, who missed a good part of last year with an ankle injury,
also has great quickness and is an excellent shooter. Our guards
are the strength of our team, Yendreiwski said. Bear in my mind
that Harnischfeger is a game breaker.