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When giving your best just isnt enough
Paul Sokoloski Opinion
Paul Sokoloski - Opinion - Times Leader
They say theres no shame in losing to a better
That doesnt always make a team any less bitter.
Im still disappointed we lost, Nanticoke junior Kayley
Schinski said. But knowing they were a little better team? I guess
you could say that.
Say what you will about the way the Trojanettes dropped out of the PIAA
Class 3A girls basketball playoffs on Wednesday with a 41-20 defeat
at the hands of Villa Maria Academy.
Some will say Nanticoke succumbed to inexperience. Others may suggest
the Trojanettes simply went cold on a bad night. And there are always
accusations that bad calls may be at fault.
But the Trojanettes wont make any such allegations.
They simply blamed the loss on a Villa Maria team that played better.
I think they definitely were the better team tonight, Trojanettes
senior guard Sammy Gow said. Even coming into the game, we knew
it was going to be a difficult team.
Not this difficult.
By halftime, Nanticoke was trailing 18-6. By the end of the third quarter,
Villa Maria widened that gap, 30-10.
With points so difficult to come by for the Trojanettes, what was the
point in hoping against hope?
Yet, there was Schinski playing diligent defense as the final seconds
of Nanticokes defeat disappeared from the game clock.
We cant give up, Schinski said. We could have
gotten blown out. But we hung in there.
The Trojanettes tried to rally when Brittany Sugalski hit a jumper and
Schinski followed with a steal and two free throws, cutting the deficit
to 30-14 with 6:40 remaining. But two minutes later, Nanticoke was in
a 22-point hole again.
We were only down six baskets at halftime, Gow said. We
came out and just tried out hardest.
Thats all anyone can ask.
But sometimes, even a teams best effort isnt quite enough.
Villa Maria was too tough on the trap, too tall with its defensive pressure
and too solid for the Trojanettes to overcome.
They were a very good team, Gow said, defense and
offense. Definitely the best defensive team weve played. They
really got in the passing lanes, which made it hard for us to really
attack the basket. Our shots were rushed, too.
It seemed openings were so difficult for the Trojanettes to find that
they hurried their attempts before their freedom disappeared.
Haste makes waste.
Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski suggested inexperience had something
to do with it, since Nanticoke Area missed the state playoffs during
the previous two years.
This is a first for them, these kids, Yendrzeiwski said.
He said his team picked a bad time to go cold from the floor.
When were going, were really going, Yendrzeiwski
said. When were not
tonight we werent. Its
like it was contagious.
But before coming up with some catchy reason for Nanticokes defeat,
take a hard look at the skill of the other team.
Thats where the fault lies.
Their defense was just a little better than ours, Schinski
When that happens, sometimes giving your best doesnt make you
Sammy Gow (center) and Brittany Sugalski (right) hit the deck for a
loose ball on Saturday.
Fred Adams/For the Times Leader
Trojanettes, Gow sink Shamokin
By Josh Horton - Citizens Voice
In basketball, free throws can go along way to determining a winner.
Nanticoke Area found out just how important it is to cash in on its
free throws as it defeated Shamokin, 41-36, Saturday in the first round
of the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Shikellamy Field House.
Sammy Gow played a huge role in the Trojanettes' victory, knocking down
seven of her eight free-throws in the fourth quarter.
With Nanticoke Area ahead by one with 34.6 seconds left on the game
clock, the Indians fouled Gow sending her to the stripe. She connected
on both to make it a three-point game.
"As far as our free throws, Sammy is our point guard and our senior
leader," Nanticoke Area Head Coach Al Yendrzeiwski said. "That's
who we want to have the ball in their hands at the end and hope she
knocks them down and she did to help us pull away."
Shamokin failed to tighten the lead on its next possession and was forced
to foul Gow yet again. This time, Gow made it a two-possession game
with just 7.6 remaining.
The first quarter was all Nanticoke as it used a combination of great
guard play and a suffocating half-court trap to jump out to an early
However, the Indians woke up in the second quarter on both sides of
"After the first quarter, they went from a man defense to a 1-2-2
zone and we got tentative a little bit against it," Yendrzeiwski
said. "We had some open looks and when we did get the open looks,
we didn't knock them down. We just struggled inside around the basket,
we were penetrating and getting to the rim, but we just couldn't finish."
Kelsey Yacko and Carly Nash sparked the second-quarter comeback scoring
five points each to bring the Indians within 23-22 at the half.
Shamokin took its first lead of the game with 5:10 remaining in the
third quarter when Yacko buried a jump shot from just inside the arc,
making it 29-28.
"We like to apply pressure the whole game," Yendrzeiwski said.
"Even when we weren't getting turnovers, the foul trouble really
hurt us and didn't allow us to do what we wanted to do defensively."
Neither team was able to find the bottom of the bucket until Katie Wolfe
ended the drought with a beautiful drop step on the low block to give
the Trojanettes a one-point lead with 1:32 remaining in the quarter.
She also added another layup just seconds later to give the Trojanettes
a 31-29 advantage heading into the final quarter.
"We had some pretty rough patches offensively," Yendrzeiwski
said. "But, at this point it is just survive and advance."
The two teams traded buckets for the majority of the first half of the
final quarter, but it was Nanticoke that cashed in on its free throws.
The Trojanettes finished the game 8-for-10 from the line, while the
Indians were just 5-for-13.
Wolf led the Trojanettes with 14 points and Gow followed with 10 points.
Yacko led the Indians with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Nanticoke Area advances to the second round of the tournament where
it will play Villa Maria Academy on Wednesday at a site and time to
be determined. Villa Maria beat West York, 59-50, on Saturday.
"At this point everyone is good," Yendrzeiwski said. "They
are the one seed out of district one and have a great program with fantastic
tradition. We are going to have our hands full."
Nanticoke Area (41)
A. Brassington 2 0-0 4, B. Sugalski 2 0-0 4, K. Wolfe 6 2-4 14, K. Schinski
2 0-0 5, S. Gow 1 8-10 10, A. Holl 1 0-0 2, C. Yalch 1 0-2 2. Totals
15 10-16 41
C. Pancher 4 2-3 11, C. Nash 2 1-1 5, K. Zalar 0 2-4 2, S. Schiccatano
0 0-0 0, K. Yacko 6 1-3 13, O. Bonsheck 1 0-5 2, J. Britton 0 2-2 2,
S. Pancher 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 9-20 36.
3-point goals: Schinski (NA), Pancher (SH)
Nanticoke staves off late challenge
The Trojanettes and Sammy Gow clinched a first-round win from the foul
Scott Dudinskie - Times Leader
Sammy Gow clicked her heels time and again, and Nanticoke
wound up in the second round of the state playoffs.
It wasnt Wizard of Oz magic, but rather the seniors free
throw routine tapping the back of each heel near the stripe before
shooting that clinched the Trojanettes hard-fought 41-36
win over District 4 champion Shamokin Area in the Class 3A state opener.
Nanticoke scored nothing but free throws over the final 7 1/2 minutes
of Saturdays game, but Gow was 7-of-8 at the line, including four
straight after Shamokin had pulled within one with 49.9 seconds to play.
On the foul line, I was just really focused, said Gow, whose
free-throw shooting accounted for seven of Nanticokes 10 fourth-quarter
points. I knew I had to knock down those shots and, if I did,
it would pretty much seal the deal. I didnt feel any pain at the
Gow feared she aggravated her chronically sore ankles on a spill driving
to the bucket late in the game and was hobbled in the ensuing minutes.
But with three fellow starters on the bench after fouling out, including
Katie Wolfe, she was the Trojanettes go-to player.
When she fouled out
we wanted to get the ball in Sammys
hands and get to the foul line, make the free throws and hopefully put
the game away for us, Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said.
Shes a competitor, a fighter. Its great when you have
athletes like that, who know how to win at the end of the game. Were
very fortunate as a coaching staff.
I just tried to walk it off and just deal with it, said
Gow, who totaled 10 points. I wasnt going to let this be
my last game.
The District 4 champion Indians turned a nine-point first-half deficit
in a game that was quickly getting away into a one-point margin at halftime
and a game there for the taking throughout the second half.
We had our chances. The girls gave a great effort. If we could
have just converted, but we didnt, Shamokin coach Bill Callahan
said. We just didnt get that big shot at the end when we
It was a 35-34 Nanticoke lead with two minutes to play, but Shamokin
had a turnover, missed two free throws and gave away the ball once more.
Still, after Steph Pancher hit two free throws with 49.9 seconds left
to pull the Indians within 37-36, Gow made four straight free throws
while the Indians missed a shot, threw the ball away on an inbound pass
and missed two foul shots.
The Trojanettes (24-3) will play District 1 champ Villa Maria Academy
(22-4) in the second round Wednesday, with the site and time to be determined.
Shamokin, which had won 14 consecutive games, sweeping the HAC-I and
District 4 titles along the way, finished 19-6.
Nanticoke relentlessly attacked every ballhandler and treated every
ball on the ground or in the air as fair game. They forced eight first-quarter
turnovers and led 11-2 early.
Kelsey Yacko, who scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half, was
able to keep Shamokin afloat. But the turnovers continued to mount and
the score was 19-10 midway through the second.
The way we play is to speed people up and try to make them uncomfortable,
Yendrzeiwski said. Everything we try to do is to take them out
of their comfort zone and not let them run their sets.
The fast-paced game caught up with the Trojanettes late in the half,
though. Five turnovers on seven possessions helped fuel a 7-2 Shamokin
run that cut the lead to 23-22 at the half.
They kind of switched from playing man-for-man to a zone, and
we just got really tentative with the basketball, Yendrzeiwski
Thats going to happen. It happened at a pretty bad time
because we could have kept the lead at eight, 10 at half, and instead
it was close game.
The Indians momentum continued into the second half, and they
took the lead on a Yacko jumper with 5:15 left in the third. That was
followed by a string of eight consecutive Indians turnovers as
the game went scoreless for nearly four minutes.
Were a really aggressive team; we like to press and cause
turnovers, Gow said. We wanted to speed up their game and
play it at our pace, not theirs.
Shamokin finished the third quarter down a pair but couldnt get
closer until the games final minute, shooting 1-for-7 from the
field and 4-of-13 at the line in the fourth.
Wolfe was outstanding before fouling out, scoring a game-high 14 points,
pulling 11 rebounds and grabbing two steals and a blocked shot.
Wolfey was our league MVP, and she was tough, Yendrzeiwski
said. When we walk in the gym, nobodys intimidated but our
kids fight. Wolfey personifies that.
NANTICOKE (41): Brassington 2 0-0 4, Sugalski 2 0-0 4, Wolfe 6 2-5 14,
Schinski 2 0-0 5, Gow 1 8-10 10, Yalch 1 0-3 2, Holl 1 0-0 2, Higgins
0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-18 41.
SHAMOKIN (36): S. Pancher 4 3-4 11, Bonshock 1 0-5 2, Yacko 6 1-3 13,
Zalar 0 2-4 2, Britton 0 2-2 2, C. Pancher 2 1-3 6, Schiccatno 0 0-0
0. Totals 13 9-21 36.
Nanticoke 15 8 8 10 41
Shamokin 8 14 7 7 36
3-Point Field Goals NAN 1 (Schinski); SHA 1 (C. Pancher)
Speedy Trojanettes ready PIAA opener
By Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
A run-and-gun team will clash with a steady-paced squad
when Nanticoke Area and Shamokin play in the first round of the PIAA
Class AAA girls basketball tournament.
The contrasting styles will be on display at 6 Saturday at the Shikellamy
Field House in Sunbury.
Nanticoke has relied on a quick, aggressive style of basketball to help
it earn a berth in the state playoffs. The 23-3 Trojanettes ran into
trouble against Honedale's pressure defense in last weekend's District
2 AAA final, but Shamokin doesn't have the overall speed of Nanticoke.
"I thought Honesdale was able to match our speed in all five positions,"
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. "Against Honesdale,
that was the first time we were pressed like that for an entire game."
While Nanticoke can turn on the jets, Shamokin has a height-advantage
over the Trojanettes. The Indians' rely heavily on 5-10 senior forward
Steph Pancher in the paint. She is their go-to player on offense, but
she's flanked by other strong front-court players in Olivia Bonshock
and Kelsey Yacko.
"From their point guard on, they are bigger than us," Yendrzeiwski
said. "I think the key to the game is going to be the tempo. They
like to play a slower game and we play a more up-tempo game, so I think
it's going to come down to who controls the flow of the game."
This is the second time this year Nanticoke and Shamokin will play.
They met for a preseason scrimmage and Yendrzeiwski said his team fared
"I think we did OK, but you don't keep score in scrimmages, so
there wasn't a winner," Yendrzeiwski said. "And that was in
the beginning of the year, so I'm sure we've both improved a lot since
then. But we still expect a tough game inside and we hold to hold down
the fort in the lanes."
Nanticoke inside players stand as one
Nanticoke senior Katie Wolfe and junior Alex Holl have
been playing basketball together their entire lives.
They arent ready to have that end, even if Holls reward
would be a coveted varsity starting spot.
Weve been on the same team all our lives, Holl said.
The first time meeting Alex was when we got picked for all-stars,
Wolfe recalled. We were both posts. I was kind of jealous of her
then because I thought she was taking my spot.
It turns out Wolfe got her spot. The senior is the starting center for
the Trojanettes, who open Class 3A state tournament play 6 p.m. Saturday
at Shikellamy High School against District 4 champion Shamokin.
Katie has worked so hard, Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. Shes a good athlete and uses all of her skills. The
coaches saw that. Thats why shes the (WVC Division III)
But when Wolfe needs a break, or maybe has a foul or two, Holl is usually
summoned to enter the game.
Alex is a very good, very talented player, Yendrzeiwski
said. She just has the unfortunate luck of playing the same position
as the league MVP.
As news of Wolfes exploits spread, words such as beast, dominating
and dangerous were used. Holl was the super sub who allowed folks to
But enter a gym without a roster in hand and youd never find the
duo. There are no 6-foot-3 behemoths or lanky 6-5 girls with 9-foot
wingspans in Nanticoke jerseys.
Wolfe is a modest 5-9, and Holl a virtually diminutive 5-7.
We were the tallest players on the court back then, Wolfe
said of their biddy basketball days. Its kind of gone kind
of backwards now were the shortest players in the lane.
Our game is to basically drive and use our quickness to our advantage,
Wolfe added. We know were going to be quicker than whoever
is defending us.
At first, you learn to just get to your spot, Holl said
of rebounding. If they are taller than you, then you box out and
The longtime teammates are hoping for an extended playoff run, and are
looking forward to matchups against the 6-foot-plus centers theyll
see along the way. Unless Yendrzeiwski stands in the paint at practice,
the only time they see such opposition is in the heat of battle.
Its always fun working against each other in practice,
Wolfe said. Shes taught me to go after the ball. Alex is
definitely an aggressive rebounder. I know when she gets into the game,
she can get the job done.
Holl has learned plenty, too, which is why she is able to have an impact
in the limited minutes she usually sees as a reserve.
Ive learned pretty much everything from her, Holl
said of Wolfe. I just learn from her being in the game and watching
Nanticokes offense works from the outside in, as the Trojanettes
lead the WVC in scoring and three-point goals. The 13-player roster
features nine guards.
Yet Wolfe was the teams leading scorer (12.9 ppg) and Holl can
score in bunches, as she did against Honesdale in the district final
with eight points in the fourth quarter. Yet the vocal student section
has yet to clamor for Yendrzeiwski to put his twin towers on the floor
at the same time.
but it would be nice, Wolfe said. It would
be great if he put us in together.
The lifelong teammates know that, from here on out, every game could
be their last together.
Im definitely going to miss her, having her as a teammate,
Both hope that time doesnt come for a few more weeks.
Coaches Name All-Stars - Division 3
Coach of the Year - Alan Yendrzeiwski - Nanticoke
Co-JV Coach of the Year-Barry Horvath - Lake
Lehman/HeatherKowalski - Nanticoke Area
MVP - Katie Wolfe - 12- Nanticoke
Player of the Year -Nikki Sutliff - 12 - Lake
First Team: Samantha Gow, Nanticoke; Cayle Spencer
-9- Lake Lehman; AliviaWomelsdork, Nanticoke; Danielle Tuzinski, Hanover
Area; Amy Kowalczyk, Meyers; Kayley Schinski, Nanticoke.
Second Team: Sarah Shaffer, Norhtwest; Jessica
Neare, Wyoming Seminary; Emily Sutton; Lake Lehman; Alex Brassington;
Nanticoke; Salimah Biggs; Meyers; Jazma Robertson; Meyers; Brittany
Honorable Mention: MacKenzie Winder, Meyers;
Ann Romanowski; Wyoming Seminary; Haley Karg, Wyoming Seminary; Brianna
DiMaggio, Meyers; CathyQuinones, Meyers; DeannaGill, Northwest; Maria
Carrota, MMI; Rachel Stanziola, MMI; Marena Spence, GAR; Quieterriua
Gross, GAR; Quinnea Gross, GAR; Brea Seabrook, GAR; Unique Twyman, GAR
Schinskis late shot saves season
The junior sank a three-point shot at the end of OT to extend Nanticokes
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Nanticokes Kayley Schinski had made 33 three-pointers
this season as overtime began Saturday against Valley View.
As the buzzer sounded to end overtime, her 34th
trey was rippling the net, giving the Trojanettes a 43-42 overtime victory
in a District 2 Class 3A girls basketball quarterfinal at Pittston Area.
Then Schinski got a victory lap on the shoulders of her teammates.
That was such a rush, said Schinski, who finished with a
game-high 13 points, of being carried by her teammates. Ive
never done that before. That was the first time.
Trailing 42-39, Sammy Gow made a free throw with eight seconds left
in overtime for Nanticoke. The guard missed her second shot, and Brittany
Sugalski and Valley Views Caroline Mancuso both tried to corral
Officials called a jump ball with 4.2 seconds on the clock.
We actually wanted to run a play to get two (points), Nanticoke
coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. But we ran the play for the three,
and that was just a great shot. Think about it
she misses that
and our season is over.
Gow inbounded the ball from the baseline to Schinski, who had backed
away from a stack of teammates along the lane. After uncharacteristic
turnovers in the waning moments of regulation and the final minute of
OT, Schinski showed poise beyond her years.
The junior released a shot that she knew was true the second it left
Sam just threw me the perfect pass, Schinski said. It
had been a very tough game. But we just set up the right play and executed
Nanticoke struggled with foul troubles throughout the game, with post
players Katie Wolfe and Alex Holl both getting three fouls in the first
half. Both had fouled out by the midpoint of overtime.
When youre not shooting well and your bigs are in foul trouble
all game, its tough, Yendrzeiwski said. You have to
give Valley View a ton of credit. They played a great game. But we had
a couple of kids step up when we needed.
There were nine lead changes and four ties. Nanticoke was just 4-of-19
from the floor in the first half, but used its defense to stay in the
game. Alex Brassington had two steals, and Sugalski and Gow each one
in the final two minutes of regulation. Sugalski had another steal with
less than 30 seconds remaining in overtime to thwart Valley View, which
held a 41-39 at the time.
We did get a little frustrated, Schinski said of the teams
offensive woes. But we did play great defense (forcing 28 turnovers).
Defense is our thing. We just try to get into passing lanes. We ended
up pulling it all together at the end.
Nanticoke advances to play Scranton Prep, a 40-36 winner over Pittston
Area on Saturday, in the district semifinals Wednesday. The winner advances
to the state tournament.
Nanticoke 43, Valley View 42
VALLEY VIEW (42): Stafarsky 0 0-0 0, Aniska 1 2-4 4,
M. Mecca 1 2-3 4, McElroy 0 0-2 0, Bartkowski 3 0-0 8, B. Mecca 1 2-4
4, Mancuso 4 5-5 13, Cholish 0 1-2 1, Palko 4 0-1 8. Totals 14 12-21
NANTICOKE (43): Higgins 0 2-2 2, Brassington 2 0-2 5, Sugalski 0 2-2
2, Wolfe 2 3-5 7, Schinski 4 2-4 13, Yalch 0 0-0 0, Gow 3 1-2 10, Holl
1 2-2 4. Totals 12 12-19 43.
Valley View 9 9 6 18 42
Nanticoke 6 10 13 14 43
3-Point Field Goals VV 2 (Bartkowski 2); NAN 7 (Schinski 3, Gow
With a late run, Nanticoke cruises
What could have been a nightmare quickly became a dream
finish, as Nanticoke broke open a one-point game midway through the
third quarter to defeat Lake-Lehman 60-42 in the Wyoming Valley Conference
Division III championship on Monday at Holy Redeemer.
The Trojanettes (21-2) didnt get the big games they may have wanted
from top scorers Katie Wolfe and Samantha Gow (combined 24 points per
game), but they got contributions up and down their lineup.
"Wolfey had a tough start, getting those three fouls in the first
3-4 minutes, Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. Alex
what a fantastic first half. She stepped in for
Wolfey and did an excellent job getting some baskets for us.
Holl, whose season high was 11 points in a win over Northwest on Jan.
30, had 10 points in the first half while Wolfe sat.
There were four lead changes and three ties in a tightly-contested first
half. The game stayed close well into the third quarter, and the Black
Knights (17-6) worked a five-point play to cut the Nanticoke lead to
Emily Sutton put home an offensive rebound and earned a free throw,
which she sank. On the ensuing inbound play, a miscommunication between
the Trojanettes put the entry pass directly into Nikki Sutliffs
hands for an uncontested layup.
The miscue seemed to spark Nanticoke, which scored 14 of the next 17
points. Kayley Schinski, who made the errant pass, drilled consecutive
threes, followed by a trey by Alex Brassington. In 57 seconds, a three-point
Nanticoke lead was extended 37-25.
"Were a three-point shooting team, and we can stretch a lead
quickly, Yendrzeiwski said. Schinski is a great athlete
and is able to make a mistake and atone for it. She hit a couple of
big threes from the left side, and then Brassington connects from the
other wing and the lead is 12.
Brassington had a game-high 17 points, leading four Trojanettes in double
figures. Schinski had 15 points, and Katie Wolfe had 11 points and seven
rebounds. Alex Holl had 10 points, all in the first half. Brittany Sugalski
had seven rebounds and three steals, and Gow finished with five assists.
Sutton paced Lake-Lehman with 14 points and had seven rebounds. Cayle
Spencer added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Sutliff posted 11 points.
Carol Mosier had six rebounds for the Black Knights.
LAKE-LEHMAN (42): N. Sutliff 4 2-4 11, Brooks 0 0-0
0, Konopinski 0 0-0 0, Sutton 6 2-5 14, Mosier 1 1-2 3, Moosic 0 0-0
0, B. Williams 0 0-0 0, Leskowsky 0 0-0 0, Mahoney 0 0-0 0, Spencer
3 6-10 12, D. Sutliff 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 11-21 42.
NANTICOKE (60): Higgins 0 0-0 0, Brassington 4 7-8 17, Sugalski 1 0-0
2, Wolfe 5 1-2 11, Schinski 4 4-4 15, Yalch 0 0-0 0, Gow 2 0-1 5, Holl
5 0-1 10. Totals 21 12-16 60.
Lake-Lehman 12 5 10 15 42
Nanticoke 9 14 16 21 60
3-Point Field Goals LEH 1 (N. Sutliff); NAN
Holl comes off bench to rally Trojanettes past
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
The potential was there for Nanticoke Area to crumble
early after leading scorer Katie Wolfe took a seat with three personal
fouls in the opening minutes of the Trojanettes' Division 3 championship
game with Lake-Lehman on Monday night.
Instead, Trojanettes' coach Allen Yendrziewski asked his bench to shoulder
Depth and clutch shooting in the second half helped Nanticoke earn its
first Division III title in three years with a 60-42 win at Holy Redeemer's
Lehman won the division title the last two seasons and finishes the
regular season at 13-2 in conference play. Nanticoke finishes the regular
season at 14-1. Both teams continue on in the District 2 tournament,
which begins later this week.
"We're lucky to be eight-deep," Yendrziewski said. "We
tell the kids all the time to pay attention while you're on the bench
because if you get in the game, it's important for you to be able to
contribute and step up. And boy, Alex Holl did that for us tonight."
Holl replaced Wolfe with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter. The junior
reserve scored eight of her 10 points in the second quarter, including
six points in a three-minute span that gave Nanticoke a lead it would
Nanticoke shot just 4-for-21 in the first quarter and, coupled with
the loss of Wolfe, Lehman built a 12-9 lead heading into the second
quarter. Nikki Sutliff nailed a 3-pointer to give Lehman a 15-13 lead
in the second before Holl took over under the basket.
"We weren't shooting the ball well and then Katie got into foul
trouble, so we were out of sorts there early on," Yendrziewski
said. "Thankfully, Alex came off the bench and did a fantastic
Lehman came within one point in the third quarter after Emily Sutton
scored on a rebound and a free throw and Sutliff picked off an inbounds
pass and laid it in, trimming the score to 25-24.
Nanticoke's outside shooting caught fire moments later as Kayley Schinski
hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Alex Brassington added another to put
the Trojanettes ahead, 37-25. Brassington finished the third quarter
with eight points.
The Black Knights kept within 10 points on baskets from Cayle Spencer
and Sutton to start the fourth, but 3-pointers from Sammy Gow and Schinski
allowed Nanticoke to maintain its lead. Wolfe, who returned to the line-up
in the third quarter, scored all 11 of her points in the final stanza,
including nine straight as Nanticoke built a 56-35 lead.
"It was a little frustrating," Wolfe said of sitting out most
of the first half. "My teammates backed me up and did a great job.
And after sitting out the first half, I felt like I had some unfinished
business to take care of."
Brassington led Nanticoke with 17 and Schinski followed with 15 for
Nanticoke. Sutton and Spencer led Lehman with 14 and 12 points, respectively,
while Sutliff tallied 11.
"You have to take every opportunity against a team like Nanticoke,"
Lehman coach Charlie Lavan said. "Give them credit because they
took us right out of our offense. We started off running things OK and
then we couldn't get into anything. Everything has to go right when
you play a team as good as they are. It was a learning experience for
us and I told them to take that into districts."
A trip back to the top of the WVC standings
Paul Sokoloski Opinion - Times Leader
Three years without a girls basketball championship
isnt just a long time for Nanticoke Area.
Its almost a lifetime.
And a lot of life appeared to leave the Trojans when their scoring star
walked out the door very early this season.
They didnt know it then, but that only helped drive Nanticoke
Area back to the top.
The scoreboard said Nanticoke Area got there Monday by pulling away
from its nemesis Lake-Lehman, 60-42, in the Wyoming Valley Conference
Division III championship game at Holy Redeemer High School.
The truth is, the Trojans turned themselves into champions long before
It means a lot to us, Nanticoke Area sharp-shooting guard
Kayley Schinski said. We work hard every day.
We picked ourselves up.
She didnt just mean in a title game Nanticoke Area trailed after
a quarter and was still a dogfight well into the second half.
You train your Chihuahuas, Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said, to think theyre German Shepherds.
The Trojanettes always believed they could play bigger than they were,
because they werent going over the top any other way.
Part of that comes from their storied history, filled with league and
district titles and even a state championship that is still the standard
at Nanticoke Area.
Were lucky. We have a strong tradition, Yendrzeiwski
said. Every day at practice, we have the banners on the wall.
They didnt have any lately.
And the Trojanettes dont have any 6-foot players this season,
they dont have the talent or tenacity that took their 1990 team
to a state title and they didnt have their top scorer anymore
from the start of the new year.
What the Trojans do have is faith in each other.
We all pulled through, made some adjustments, Nanticoke
Area guard Alex Brassington said.
Now theyve altered the standings.
Even though we lost a player, Schinski said, were
still on top and doing just as good.
They are doing it with a team concept, in a galaxy where anyone can
become a shooting star at any time.
Take Mondays division-clincher, for example.
Katie Wolfe, Nanticoke Areas top scorer of this season, didnt
even get on the board until her team had a 10-point lead in the fourth
But Brassington carried the Trojans through the first quarter with the
first five of her team-high 17 points. And Schinskis two 3-pointers
in the final two minutes of the third quarter turned a tight battle
into a blowout against a Lehman team trying to win its fourth straight
Once one person makes a shot, Brassington said, usually
we all go off out there. We psyched ourselves up during halftime.
Actually, the mind over matter part came long before that. We
really know how to work as a team, Schinski said.
Our kids are a tight-knit group, Yendrzeiwski said. They
really play well together.
It is why the Trojans played their way right out of the doldrums, and
all the way back to the top.
Nanticoke girls claim D-3 title
Nanticoke Area captured the Division III first half
championship with a 74-31 win over visiting Hanover Area on Friday night.
Alex Brassington scored a game-high 23 points. Sammy Gow nailed five
3-pointers and chipped in with 15 points.
Hanover Area (31)
D. Tuzinski 3 5-8 11, K. Zuranski 3 1-2 8, B. Miller 2 1-2 5, J. Smith
1 1-2 3, T. McCary 1 0-0 2, S. Masher 1 0-0 2, A. Grohowski 0 0-0 0,
. Sirak 0 0-0 0, J. Mizenko 0 0-0 0, M. Kaminski 0 0-0 0, Totals 11
A. Brassington 9 2-4 23, S. Gow 5 1-2 15, K. Wolfe 5 4-5 14, K. Schinski
4 2-3 11, A. Holl 2 0-0 4, C. Yalch 1 1-2 3, B. Sugalski 1 0-0 2, S.
Higgins 1 0-0 2, H. Hughes 0 0-0 0, C. Swanberry 0 0-0 0, H. Kile 0
0-0 0, Totals 28 10-16 74.
Hanover Area 8 10 10 3-31
Nanticoke 23 17 21 13-74
3-point goals: Zuranski (H) 1, S. Gow (N) 4, Brassington (N) 3, Schinski
A fitting showing
Trojans make grad proud in win over Lehman
Now this was a girls basketball performance thatd
make even a schools all-time leading scorer smile.
The Nanticoke Area Trojans produced flurries of points and plenty
of them while bringing back recollections of their glory days.
Good timing, too.
On a night when the Trojans retired the No. 15 jersey of Aly Byorick,
her old team used a 17-point outburst by Sammy Gow and received 15 from
Katie Wolfe to lash Lake-Lehman, 58-34 at the Nanticoke Area gym.
Thats where Byorick made her legend before graduating in 2007,
putting up 2,271 career points a school record for boys or girls
while leading Nanticoke Area to a combined 58-2 overall record
during her final two high school seasons.
She became the first Nanticoke Area girls player to hang her number
high on the gym wall, joining former boys basketball stars Paul Guffrovich
who ironically also wore No. 15 and Ken Casey as the only
basketball players to have jerseys retired by the school.
This is a special, great honor for me, said Byorick, now
in her senior season playing for a Lehigh University team picked to
finish second in the Patriot League.
Byorick thanked her past teammates for helping her reach such heights,
saying, Although its my name and number going up on the
wall, I would never have been able to do anything without you guys.
And many of her current Lehigh teammates drove up from Bethlehem to
watch Byorick receive the honor.
Then the todays Trojans honored her by opening up a nine-point
halftime lead that grew to 45-27 by the end of the third quarter.
When Aly was a senior, we were just in junior high, Wolfe,
a forward, said. I remember coming to the varsity games and looking
up to her.
Most of the night, Lehman was trying to play catch-up.
Wolfe scored six points inside and Gow drilled a pair of 3-pointers
in the first quarter as Nanticoke Area forged an early five-point lead.
Despite getting a team-high 11 points from Cayle Spencer, the Black
Knights could keep their deficit from expanding after halftime.
Gow and Wolfe were again the main reasons, as both scored six points
in the third quarter to give Nanticoke Area a 45-27 advantage with a
quarter to play.
Weve been waiting for this one for a long time, Wolfe
On the defensive end, the Trojans held Lehman under 10 points during
This team just seems to keep getting better every game, every
day, every practice, Nanticoke Area coach Allen Yendrzeiwski said.
LAKE-LEHMAN (34): Mosier 0 0-0 0, Spencer 5 0-0 11,
Sutton 4 1-2 9, Sutliff 2 4-8 8, Mahoney 2 0-2 4, Moosic 0 0-0 0, Williams
0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Konopinski 1 0-0 2, Leskowsky 0 0-2 0. Totals
14 5-14 34.
NANTICOKE AREA (58): Brassington 3 1-4 7, Schinski 1 0-3 2, Sugalski
3 0-0 7, Wolfe 7 1-2 15, Gow 7 0-0 17, Higgins 0 0-0 0, Yalch 1 2-2
5, Holl 1 0-0 2, Kile 0 1-2 1, Swanberry 0 0-0 0, Butczynski 1 0-0 2,
Hughes 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 5-13 58.
Lake-Lehman 9 9 9 7 34
Nanticoke Area 14 13 18 13 58
3-Point Field Goals LL 1 (Spencer); GNA 4 (Gow 3, Yalch).
HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP
Nanticoke turned back persistent comeback efforts from
West Scranton and Riverside to claim the girls championship of
the 25th annual Taylor Lions Tournament.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Katie Wolfe carried the Trojanettes
past West Scranton, 54-50, in Mondays first round.
Alex Brassington made the plays down the stretch for a 53-51 victory
over host Riverside in Wednesdays final.
The Trojanettes (6-1) have the best overall record among Wyoming Valley
Conference Division 3 teams heading into the start of conference play.
Riverside fell to 5-3 and West Scranton to 4-4.
Brassington had five of her 13 points in overtime and partially blocked
Riversides last shot attempt in the championship game.
Nanticoke had an eight-point lead until Riverside scored the last seven
points of the first quarter, a nine-point lead until the Lady Vikes
scored the last six of the half, and a six-point lead with five minutes
The teams then battled through six ties and four lead changes in the
final three minutes of regulation and the four-minute overtime period.
Brassington was involved in most of the key plays down the stretch.
One of her drives with 12 seconds left in regulation forced overtime
and another with 26 seconds left in the extra period put the Trojanettes
ahead to stay.
Cassie Yalch and Brassington ended a streak of 12 straight missed 3-pointers
by Nanticoke by hitting consecutive bombs less than a minute apart midway
We had some foul trouble, but the girls who came in stepped up
and made big plays like Yalchs three in overtime, Nanticoke
coach Alan Yendrziewski said.
Wolfe, one of three starters to foul out, finished with 11 points, 10
rebounds and three steals in the final.
All-tournament choice Samantha Gow had 15 points, including hitting
one of two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in overtime for the games
All-tournament choice Rebecca Mekilo led Riverside with her second straight
17-point game. She hit three 3-pointers.
Sam Donahue had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Taylor Berto added nine
rebounds and three steals for the Lady Vikes.
Wolfe scored 27 points in the win over West Scranton and spent the game
trading control with Lady Invaders center Katie Hart.
Wolfe had eight points in the first quarter to help Nanticoke to a 16-7
Hart had eight in the second to close the gap to 22-20 at halftime.
Hart had 10 points and Wolfe had nine in the third quarter when the
teams matched 17 points each.
Wolfe then scored eight more in the fourth.
Hart, who finished with 22, and Jane Joyce, who had 12, went on to make
the all-tournament team for West Scranton.
Several teams built for deep playoff runs
Crestwood, Nanticoke and Valley West are the cream of a deep conference
The battle for supremacy in the Wyoming Valley Conference
appears to be a three-team race between Nanticoke, Wyoming Valley West
At least on paper, that is.
But you cant discount perennial power Holy Redeemer and Pittston
Area, which could prove to be a dragon slayer.
Nanticoke ended last season with a heartbreaking loss to Holy Redeemer
in the opening round of the District 2, Class 2A playoffs. This year,
the Trojanettes have their sights set much higherwinning the district
championship and possibly making a deep run in the state tournament.
We have a lot of potential, no doubt coach Alan Yendrziewski
said. Our kids are hungry for it. If there was every any doubt
we couldnt take games from the best teams in the area, it has
Nanticoke is quick, talented and deep.
Led by junior forward Kayley Schinski and senior Teresa Kalinay, the
Trojanettes have the potential to put up points in droves. Their full-court
press makes them terrors on defense.
Most importantly, Nanticoke is 10-deep, giving Yendrziewski the luxury
of making regular substitutions without losing skilled players. Its
game offensively is racehorse basketball.
Were a perimeter oriented team, Yendrziewski said.
We like to shoot and put defensive pressure on our opponents.
We have a lot of experienced players that play at a high level.
Nanticoke isnt big. Its starting center is 5-9 senior Katie Wolfe,
but the Trojanettes blistering speed is capable of creating chaos.
Yendrziewski said Wolfe is the teams most improved player.
She worked on her jump shot and extended her range, he said.
Shes a tough kid who is not afraid to bang inside with the
biggest players in the league.
Coach: Alan Yendrzeiwski
Last year: 17-7
Key players lost: Paige Pientka, Clarissa Tarnowski, Katie Blockus,
Players to watch: Kayley Schinski, Jr.; Teresa Kalinay.
Sr.; Sammy Gow, Sr.; Katie Wolfe, Sr.; Brittany Sugalski, Jr.; Alex
Brassington, Jr.; Cassie Yalch, Sr.
Outlook: The Trojanettes are loaded with talent, led
by the 5-10 Schinski, who is one of the quickest players in the WVC.
Shes a tremendous athlete, and improved her shot in the
off season, Yendrziewski said. The sharp-shooting Kalinay led
Nanticoke in scoring last year, and has tremendous accuracy. Gow is
a returning all-star, and Wolfe is superb post player. The skys
the limit for Nanticoke, which appears to be a team without a weakness.