Citizens Voice

Defending Champion: Honesdale
Dates: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Feb. 26, March 1
The seeds: 1. Scranton Prep, 2. Holy Redeemer, 3. Crestwood, 4. Pittston Area, 5. North Pocono, 6. Abington Heights, 7. Meyers, 8. Lake-Lehman, 9. Honesdale, 10. Nanticoke Area, 11. Dallas, 12. Western Wayne, 13. Berwick, 14. West Scranton, 15. Wyoming Area, 16. Valley View
The matchups: Valley View at Scranton Prep, Honesdale at Lake-Lehman, Western Wayne at North Pocono, Berwick at Pittston Area, West Scranton at Crestwood, Dallas at Abington Heights, Nanticoke Area at Meyers, Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer
Moving on: The top three teams advance to the PIAA tournament
Players to Watch: Alexis Lewis, Holy Redeemer 26.7, 46 3-pointers, 72.5 percent from foul line; Alyssa Platko, Holy Redeemer 8.7; Rebecca Prociak, Holy Redeemer 7.7; Lydia Lawsown, Holy Redeemer 6.7; Katy Comitz, Dallas 12.5, 35 3-pointers, 76.4 percent from foul line; Maggie Michael, Dallas 11.3; Samantha Missal 8.5; Deanna Thomas, Nanticoke 14.4, 41 3-pointers; Riley Klepadlo, Nanticoke 9.2; Heidi Kile, Nanticoke 8.9; Gianna Roberts, Nanticoke 8.9; Liz Waleski, Pittston 12.9, 25 3-pointers, 76.6 percent from foul line; Eastin Ashby, Pittston 11.7, 31 3-pointers, 76.9 percent from foul line; Maddie Ritsick, Crestwood 19.4, 26 3-pointers, 76.5 percent from foul line; Rebecca Rutkowski, Crestwood 15.7; Cayle Spencer, Lake-Lehman 21.8, 31 3-pointers, 73.2 percent from foul line; Emily Sutton, Lake-Lehman 11.0; Danae Sutliff, Lake-Lehman 10.7; Nicole Turner, Wyoming Area 7.9; Quieterriua Gross, Meyers 19.9; Quinniea Gross, Meyers 11.2; Giana Skaff, Meyers 8.1, 35 3-pointers; Salmiah Biggs, Meyers 7.3; Taylor Montana, Berwick 12.2; Tricia Byrne, Scranton Prep 15.9; Kaitlyn Lewis, North Pocono 14.9; Maria Coyne, West Scranton 14.3; Rebecca Carmody, Western Wayne 14.3; Rachel Carmody, Western Wayne 13.1; Jane Joyce, West Scranton 13.0; Katie Miller, Honesdale 12.5
Breaking It Down: This bracket features one of the best players in the state in Holy Redeemer's Alexis Lewis. She leads the entire district (all classes) in scoring with 26.7 ppg. and she is arguably the top defender. Her presence makes the Royals, who lost out on the No. 1 seed by virtute of a coin flip, one of the teams to watch in Class AAA. The Royals enter with a 18-4 record, having lost close games to Wallenpaupack, Scranton Prep, State College and Allentown Central Catholic. The Royals will open at home against Wyoming Area, making them one of three games in the first round that feature a pair of WVC teams going head-to-head. Meyers will host Nanticoke and Pittston Area will host Berwick.
Meyers defeated Nanticoke twice this season, while Berwick lost both match-ups to Pittston Area. Not to be forgotten in this bracket is Crestwood. The Comets are coming off a WVC Division I title and have strong leadership in Maddie Ritsick and Rebecca Rutkowski. Lake-Lehman won its last three games, but faces a tough opening round challenge against defending district champion, Honesdale.

Girls Basketball Capsule - Times Leader


Coach: Alan Yendrzeiwski
2012-13 WVC Record: 12-2 Division II, 2nd place; 17-8 overall
2012-13 Postseason: Lost 45-43 to Holy Redeemer in WVC Division II title game. Defeated Western Wayne 39-29 in D2-3A first round. Lost 39-26 to Pittston Area in D2-3A quarterfinals.

State Classification: 3A
Key Players Lost: Kayley Schinski, Alex Brassington, Brittany Sugalski, Sara Higgins

Probable lineup: Lauren Rinehimer, 5-6 Jr. G; Deanna Thomas, 5-5 Jr. G; Heidi Kile, 5-8 Sr. F; Chelsea Swanberry, 5-5 Sr. F; Nikki Butczynski, 5-8 Sr. F.

Outlook: The Trojans lost a lot of scoring punch with the graduations of Schinski and Brassington, who took a bunch of clutch moments out the door with them. But somehow, some way, Nanticoke Area always seems to reload. It may take a little bit to develop fluid chemistry, but expect the Trojans to be back in a playoff battle by season’s end.

Coach’s comment: “This is a pretty inexperienced bunch for us. We’re still trying to figure some things out. We’re going to be looking to find our identity. We’re just going to try to get better.”