Citizens' Voice girls basketball all-star team
Matt Bufano - Citizens
School: Nanticoke Area
terrific rebounder with great touch around the basket. Led the Trojanettes in
ppg (15.5) while scoring 20-plus points in 10 games. Scored her 1,000th career
point in Nanticoke Areas first-round loss in the state playoffs.
School: Nanticoke Area
of the WVCs most improved players. Averaged 14.8 ppg (up from 5.3 last season);
made 60 3-pointers (up from nine); and scored in double-digits 23 times for the
WVC Division 2 champs.
holds off Nanticoke Area
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
paper, few opening-round games in the girls basketball state playoffs packed the
intrigue of Nanticoke Area vs. Danville.
Between them, a pair of regular-season
conference titles and only four combined losses.
Then came the actual contest,
which lived up to the hype down to the final minutes, as Danville outlasted Nanticoke
Area, 38-34, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA Championships at Shamokin
Area High School.
While an evenly matched contest, Danville (27-1) had one
distinct advantage with its 6-foot forward Amber Renz, who is the schools
all-time leading scorer in girls or boys basketball.
Renz scored a game-high
23 points and netted eight of nine free throw attempts, including five in the
fourth quarter to reclaim the lead. The senior is at 1,707 career points and counting.
thought she really carried them tonight, said Nanticoke Area coach Alan
Renz also had five of her teams 12 steals, as Danville
held Nanticoke Area (23-4) to its lowest point total of the season.
struggling early the Trojanettes had made only one of nine free throw attempts
and trailed 21-16 at halftime things started coming together for the Trojanettes.
the third quarter, senior forward Gianna Roberts was congratulated by members
of each team on the court after scoring down low, giving her 1,000 career points.
meant a lot, Roberts said of the milestone, but being with my teammates
and getting to play in a state game meant more to me.
then opened up an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter, going ahead 33-32 after
Roberts converted both free throws on a one-and-one.
Roberts finished with
13 points, while fellow senior forward Chaquanna Zendarski added 12. Those points
in the paint were paramount to Nanticoke Area as Danville had done an excellent
job defensively of taking away perimeter looks.
But since Nanticoke Area had
taken the lead with about five minutes remaining, Danville had plenty of time
to mount its comeback. Renz then made five of six free throws and Nanticoke Area
went scoreless for several minutes as time wound down.
Our kids played
their guts out. We got down early, and we fought back, Yendrzeiwski said.
We took the lead there in the fourth quarter and I thought we had
some good momentum going but obviously you cant shoot seven of 22
from the foul line in the state playoffs; you just cant. But I dont
want to take anything away from our kids. They played their hearts out. Im
very proud of them. It was a great season for them.
team returns several key pieces from this years WVC Division 2 championship
team, including starters Katie Butczynski (six points) and Kayla Aufiero (three);
as well as Alexis Pyzia and Lisa Radziak, plus the WVC Division 2 MVP of a year
ago, Riley Klepadlo, who missed the season with a knee injury.
underclassmen, Im just going to say to them, Were going to back.
Well be back, Yendrzeiwski said. ... I hope (this season
is) something that we can build on.
trusting teamwork to take them on a state playoff run
From super subs to stalwart
starters, Nanticoke Area taking teamwork into state playoffs
in the middle of the action, Gianna Roberts typically scores a lot.
on the outside looking in, Amber Grohowski hardly gets any points at all.
whether theyre making baskets or preventing other teams from getting them,
each member of Nanticoke Areas girls basketball team seems to find a way
to influence the outcome.
Thats a big reason why the Trojanettes are
going back to the state playoffs for a 5 p.m. PIAA Class 3A opener Saturday against
26-1 Danville at Shamokin High School.
Its definitely awesome,
Grohowski said. Everybody has a part in our team. Its definitely amazing
to know if some of our girls arent doing as well, we have other players
we can look to. Its everybody doing what theyre supposed to.
23-3 Trojanettes believed they were supposed to be playing for a District 2 championship.
after entering as the top-seeded team in the district tourney, Nanticoke Area
had a 15-game winning streak snapped when a furious fourth-quarter rally in the
semifinals fell just short during a 40-36 loss to Scranton Prep.
from missing out on a district title bid lingered until the Trojanettes survived
an 80-73 double-overtime victory against Wyoming Area in the tourneys third-place
game to enter states as the No. 3 representative from District 2.
disappointing as (the Scranton Prep) game was for us, we talked to the kids about
showing their dedication to being here, Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. Im so proud of our kids.
All of them.
stalwart starters to super subs, the state playoff-clinching victory shined a
spotlight on teamwork of the Trojanettes.
Roberts, one of the Wyoming Valley
Conferences top scorers, finished with 29 points while controlling the paint
while Kayla Aufiero played through cramps and a sore hamstring to bury four 3-point
field goals and finish with 21 points.
But Lisa Radziak came off the bench
to pop four 3-pointers and score 15 points, while light-scoring senior guard Grohowski
sealed the game by hitting all four of her foul shots in the second overtime
the only points she scored all night.
Our strength is that we dont
give up, Grohowski said.
That mindset gave the Trojanettes their first
state appearance since 2002, when current assistant coach Sammy Gow was a player
on the team that beat Shamokin in a first-round state game before falling in the
We havent been there in a few years, Grohowski
said. For it to be my senior year, just going to the state playoffs is an
The Trojanettes will meet a team rolling through an
Danville won its first 17 games, defeated Mifflinburg 56-44
for the schools first District 4 title since 2005 and is ranked as the No.
5 Class 3A team in the state.
The Ironmen are led by 5-foot-10 senior forward
Amber Rentz, the top scorer in District 4 who has more than 1,700 career points,
along with 5-11 senior center Riley Glass and ball-hawking freshman captain Paige
Harris, a 5-4 guard.
But the Trojanettes are pumped up for the challenge of
finally playing a game in the state field.
Being a senior, I think its
an awesome thing to do, Roberts said. We never got a chance to do
outlast Warriors for dramatic double-OT victory
Matt Bufano Citizens
Nanticoke Area head coach Alan Yendrzeiwski addressed his team Tuesday
with a simple question.
What kind of heart do we have? Yendrzeiwski
recalled himself asking, one day after his top-seeded Trojanettes were upset in
the semifinals of the District 2 Class AAA playoffs. What kind of character
(do we have) to bounce back?
The seventh-year head coach received a clear
answer from his players with their response on the court Wednesday night in front
of a standing-room-only crowd at Holy Redeemer.
Through all the craziness
double-overtime, a near-record performance by an opponent, and 23 lead-changes
Nanticoke Area defeated Wyoming Area, 80-73, in the District 2 Class AAA
The win secures Nanticoke Area its seventh appearance in
the state playoffs in the last 13 years, but the first for its senior class. Nanticoke
Area will play the District 4 champion Danville or Mifflinburg in
the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
I thought it was a great game.
Its something that Im going to remember forever, Yendrzeiwski
said. But more importantly, I hope its something our kids remember.
assured, senior Amber Grohowski said shell long-remember the game, adding,
Being with my team, celebrating that win, thats just pretty awesome.
was Gianna Roberts and her dominant inside presence, scoring 29 points with 12
rebounds, who put Nanticoke Area in position to win. Dont forget Lisa Radziak
and Kayla Aufiero, who each made four 3-pointers, along with a host of other Trojanettes
who battled in the intense game.
But Grohowski, who scored only four points
all game, came through with arguably the games four most important points.
Nanticoke Area attempted to hold off a 41-point performance by Sarah Holweg (less
than one week after she scored a school-record 44 points), Grohowski stepped to
the line twice.
Grohowski knocked down her first pair of free throws,
giving the Trojanettes a 75-70 lead in the second overtime. Moments later, she
netted two more free throws, giving Nanticoke Area its biggest lead of the game
at 77-70, sealing the win.
Im so proud of Amber, Yendrzeiwski
said. There are times when she doesnt score a lot of points, but shes
so instrumental for our team and does all the little things.
sensational for the Warriors, though, setting the tone early with three assists
and seven points in the first quarter, including a step-back 3-pointer to give
them a 13-10 lead after one.
We were definitely expecting (a close game)
... because theyre a great team just like us, Roberts said of Wyoming
Radziak then led Nanticoke Area back in front with three second-quarter
3s amid a 13-2 run, putting the Trojanettes ahead, 28-23, at halftime.
a Nicole Wright (10 points, 10 rebounds) score had Wyoming Area ahead by two in
the final minutes of the third quarter, Aufiero and Alexis Pyzia scored, putting
Nanticoke Area ahead 44-41 headed to the fourth.
Wyoming Area had chances to
win it, with Holweg missing a long 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Wyoming
Areas Jordan Kelly then stole the ball at the end of the first overtime,
missing a contested jumper, sending it to overtime No. 2.
matured, it seemed, every game this year, said Chad Lojewski, coach of the
third-seeded Warriors. And it seemed like we all came together in this one.
We came up just a little short. But its to a great-quality program and I
couldnt be prouder of the girls.
Radziak helps Nanticoke Area survive double-overtime thriller against Wyoming
Reserve sharp-shooter sparks Nanticoke Areas double OT victory
being denied a shot at a district title, the Nanticoke Area Trojanettes came up
with a new route to the PIAA girls basketball playoffs.
It turned out to be
more like an obstacle course.
But Lisa Radziak came off the bench to score
15 pivotal points Wednesday and Nanticoke Area survived a double-overtime thriller
to outlast Wyoming Area, 80-73 in a District 2 Class 3A third-place game at Holy
Redeemer High School.
It was fun to be in that atmosphere, I think,
Trojanettes center Gianna Roberts said.
It was full of momentum swings and
lead changes that kept the crowd in suspense until the very end. Wyoming Areas
scoring star Sarah Holweg erupted for 41 points, while Roberts and Kayla Aufiero
combined for 52 points for Nanticoke Area in a back-and-forth battle that never
allowed either team to feel safe.
That, Nanticoke Area coach Alan
Yendrzeiwski said, was a wild one.
In the end, though, a couple
of low-profile players put the Trojanettes in the state playoffs.
a big 3-point field goal with 2:08 to play in the second overtime, giving Nanticoke
Area a five-point lead and a sense of some control. Then light-scoring guard Amber
Grohowski hit four free throws in the final minute, keeping Wyoming Area from
pulling off a frantic comeback.
Ill remember this game for the
rest of my life, Grohowski said. We stayed with it. We didnt
give up. Thats one of our good attributes, we never give up.
thing for Nanticoke Area, too.
The Trojanettes fell behind 19-10 early in the
second quarter when Holweg hit three 3-pointers in the end of the first quarter
and added a bucket that triggered a six-point Wyoming Area run to open the second.
second quarter, we got into one of those funks where we werent scoring,
Radziak to the rescue.
The sharp-shooting sophomore buried
three 3-pointers in the second period, as Nanticoke Area turned a nine-point deficit
into a 28-25 lead by halftime.
Lisa, shes a great player, a great
shooter, Roberts, a senior, said. I couldnt be more proud of
her. And the team couldnt be more proud of her.
Roberts got loose
for nine of her team-high 29 points in the third quarter as the Trojanettes kept
their three-point advantage heading in the final quarter. But Wyoming Area was
determined that wouldnt be its last stand.
Holweg scored 13 points over
the last eight minutes of regulation, including two free throws with nine seconds
on the clock that sent the game into a first overtime tied at 60-60.
Holweg had the Warriors out to a four-point lead. But Aufiero playing through
leg cramps and a hamstring strain to score 23 points used a 3-pointer and
a strong inside bucket to tie it at 68-68 with 10 seconds remaining.
a second overtime, where Roberts got the Trojanettes the lead for good with a
turn-around bank shot for a bucket.
My teammates do a good job of penetrating
for me, Roberts said. Everybody goes to (defend) them. I just get
the easy baskets.
A little later, Radziak made things a lot easier for
She drilled her fourth 3-pointer of the night with 2:08 to
play in the second overtime, helping Nanticoke Area break away with a 73-68 lead.
knew the team needed it, Radziak said. We were in overtime. I just
try to help the team, do my best.
Holweg, who scored 11 of Wyoming Areas
final 13 points, had all five of the teams points in the second overtime.
Grohowski converted four straight free throws, Aufiero made two more, and Radziak
added the games final point with 11 seconds to go to seal Nanticoke Areas
third victory over Wyoming Area this season.
That sent the 23-3 Trojanettes
to next weekends PIAA Class 3A playoffs to play the top team from District
4 next Saturday.
Its amazing, Grohowski, a senior and a three-year
starer, said. We havent been there in a few years. For it to be my
senior year, its great. Being in the state playoffs is an awesome feeling.
Area 80, Wyoming Area 73 (2OT)
Prep upends Nanticoke Area in District 2 girls basketball semifinal
the end, patience beat poise.
And it carried Scranton Prep into the district
Julia Sirotnek scored six of her team-high seven points in the
final quarter Monday as Prep barely held off a frantic Nanticoke Area and upended
the top-seeded Trojanettes, 40-36 in a District 2 Class 3A girls basketball semifinal
at Pittston Area High School.
I thought if we tied the game, I just had
a feeling, I thought we would pull it out, Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. We were never able to tie it.
The 22-3 Trojanettes are
still able to get to the state playoffs, though.
Theyll face Wyoming
Area, a team they defeated twice during the regular season on their way to a Wyoming
Valley Conference Division 2 title, Wednesday at a time and site to be determined
in the District 2 Class 3A third-place game. Winner advances to the PIAA tournament
as the districts No. 3 representative.
Meanwhile, 15-10 Scranton
Prep will play 20-5 Abington Heights for the District 2 championship at 4 p.m.
Were a little disappointed with that, Yendrzeiwski
said. We said our goal was to play in that district title game. Weve
still got another game to go. Weve got to get over it quickly.
Prep was a far cry from doing things fast.
With their coach Bob Beviglia continually
yelling Patience! Patience! as his team methodically worked the ball
around the offensive floor, Prep surged to leads of 10-8 after the first quarter,
20-10 at halftime and 27-17 entering the fourth quarter.
Calista Kline, Holly
Daveski and Jillian Paulus all had six points and Sirotnek scored seven over the
first three quarters as the Classics worked their offense to near-perfection by
remaining patient in their shot selection.
We try to be, Beviglia
said. Its a plan weve tried to preach the whole year long. When
we are patient, we run our offense well enough to get opportunities.
Nanticoke Area saw one slipping away.
The Trojanettes fell behind by 15 points
in the third quarter and trailed by 16 early in the fourth.
Then Kayla Aufiero
kicked in with some of her late-game magic.
Her 3-point field goal chipped
the Trojanettes deficit to 10 points with eight seconds to play in the third
quarter. Her three-point play closed the gap to seven points midway through the
fourth. And Aufieros floating basket followed by another 3-pointer pulled
Nanticoke Area within 35-31 with 3:24 remaining.
We needed that,
Yendrzeiwski said. We needed to score points in a hurry. Ive said
it before, Kaylas hit big shots all year for us.
though, couldnt quite boost themselves into the title game.
missed a tough layup and three foul shots down the stretch while failing to forge
Meanwhile, Kline, Paulus and Daveski combined to convert five of the
teams six foul shots in the final quarter to seal a shot at the district
Im very proud of them for fighting back like that,
Yendrzeiwski said of the Trojanettes. We could have packed up the tents
and let ourselves get blown out when the game (deficit) got to 16. We didnt
Scranton Prep 40, Nanticoke Area 36
second half sends Trojanettes past Comets
Nicholas Gill - Citizens
For top-seeded Nanticoke Area, the District 2 girls basketball Class
AAA playoffs come down to a survive and advance mentality. The Trojanettes did
exactly that Friday evening with a 56-42 victory against No. 9 seed Crestwood.
Comets made things difficult for the favorite, but Kayla Aufiero came through
for Nanticoke Area every time they needed a key basket.
I love to do
whatever I can do to help my teammates, Aufiero said.
out to an early 9-8 first quarter lead courtesy of unselfish play. The Comets
executed a beautiful high-low pass from Emily Shiplett to Maddie Ritsick for a
layup and foul.
Nanticoke Area countered by pounding the ball down low. Gianna
Roberts scored the teams first eight points with a combination of toughness
inside and the ability to step out and knock down foul line jump shots.
teams traded scores until halftime, with Crestwood getting a big boost off the
bench from Abbie Macko and Nanticoke Area feeding Roberts. The latter converted
8-16 first half free throws to go into halftime tied at 22.
In the second half,
Aufiero took over for the Trojanettes. Clinging to a 29-28 lead, Aufiero broke
the game open with a corner 3-pointer. She followed with a pull-up triple from
the top of the key and a drive and layup in transition.
Aufiero scored 11 straight
points for Nanticoke Area to build the lead by the fourth quarter.
has been doing that all year, Nanticoke Area head coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
said. She has great form and when she catches fire, she makes big shots
Nanticoke Area dug in on the defensive end and prevented Crestwood
from getting any closer than three points in the fourth quarter. The back line
of Roberts, Chaq Zendarski and Katie Butczynski protected the paint, which forced
the Comets into difficult shots.
The Trojanettes advance to Mondays semifinal
game against Scranton Prep at a site to be determined.
girls basketball coaches select all-star squads
scorer Rebecca Prociak, unstoppable Gianna Roberts and sharp-shooting Mackenzie
Yori all won most valuable players in a ballot of Wyoming Valley Conference girls
basketball coaches during the leagues annual season-ending meeting Sunday.
who led Holy Redeemer to a second straight WVC Division 3 title, averaged 24.5
points in 13 league games and wound up as the leagues second-best overall
free throw shooter by hitting 82 percent.
Roberts, who fueled Nanticoke
to the Division 2 title and the only unbeaten regular season in the conference
at 13-0, was a top-10 scorer with an average of 15.5 point per game while dominating
Yori sparked Hazleton Area to its second straight Division 1
title while averaging 18.1 points and leading the league by converting 85 percent
of her foul shots (41-for-48). She was also among the WVCs top 3-point threats,
finishing with 19 in 14 games to rank 11th in the league.
All three of those
teams earned the top seeds for the upcoming District 2 playoffs, with Hazleton
Area in Class 4A, Nanticoke in Class 3A and Holy Redeemer in Class 2A.
Areas Joe Gavio in Division 1, Nanticoke Areas
Alan Yendrzeiwski in Division 2 and Holy Redeemers Chris Parker
in Division 3 were named as head coaches of the year.
forward Maddie Ritsick of Crestwood was named the Division 1 Player of the Year
after averaging 19.4 points and also finishing among the WVCs top 10 with
21 3-point field goals and hitting 73 percent of her foul shots.
the Year honors in Division 2 were shared by Wyoming Areas Sarah Holweg,
who led the WVC with 34 3-point goals and averaged 20.6 points, and Hanover Areas
Asdone Hooper, who averaged 21.9 points and was a top 10 free throw shooter in
Holy Redeemer point guard Lydia Lawson, who averaged 10.9 points and
six assists per game while fronting a fearsome press defense, was selected as
the Player of the Year in Division 2.
She was one of seven Royals players selected
for the 12 spots on the Division 3 first and second teams.
was joined on the Division 2 first team by fellow Trojanettes teammates Kayla
Aufiero and Chaquanna Zendarski. Along with Yori, Hazleton Areas
Kendra Pfeil made the first team and Maddie Mrochko made the second team in Division
1, which was the only division to select three teams.
WVC Coaches Girls
Basketball All-Star Teams
Haylee Bobos`Hanover Area`Sr.
Sarah Holweg`Wyoming Area`So.|
Gianna Roberts`Nanticoke Area`Sr.
Katie Wolfgang`Wyoming Area`Jr.
Yendrzeiwski`Nanticoke Area - Coach of the Year
Area wraps up unbeaten girls basketball regular season
Trojanettes clinch unbeaten
the whole first quarter on the floor with her fellow classmates seemed like an
ideal way for Jordan Bavitz to celebrate senior night.
She didnt stop
Making her first career appearance in the starting lineup Wednesday,
Bavitz used a well-timed 3-point field goal to help Nanticoke Area kick-start
a 66-27 victory over Northwest, which polished off a 13-0 regular season for the
Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Trojanettes at Nanticoke Area High
Starting with my best friends was a really great experience,
said Bavitz, a senior who has played sparingly this season as a reserve. It
meant a lot to me to be there with my teammates.
Her presence on the
floor may have meant more to the Trojanettes.
With a sluggish Nanticoke Area
team struggling for points, Bavitz stepped up and rifled home a 3-point field
goal from the corner as the Trojanettes opened a 6-2 lead with under three minutes
remaining in the first quarter.
That was her first start, Nanticoke
Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. Shes a good 3-point shooter. When
I saw it leave her hand, I knew it was going in. I just had a feeling. Im
real happy for her.
Maybe not as happy as the rest of the Trojanettes.
big 3 by Bavitz triggered a string of nine consecutive Nanticoke Area points to
end the first quarter, and by halftime, the Trojanettes had a comfortable 20-point
I just shot it, Bavitz shrugged. I felt it right off
my wrist. I felt really good about it.
Before her night was finished,
Bavitz later drove the lane for a layup and added an assist to help the Trojanettes
end the regular season as the only unbeaten team in the entire WVC. Theyll
likely earn the top seed in the District 3 Class 3A playoffs next week and come
right back to Nanticoke Areas Syl Bozinski Gymnasium for their postseason
But with the intensity certain to be turned up for the postseason,
Wednesday was likely the last time Nanticoke Area seniors Bavitz, Gianna Roberts,
Chaquanna Zendarski and Amber Grohowski would be on the floor together for the
opening tip of a game.
Jordans a great player, said Roberts,
Nanticoke Areas scoring leader on the season who helped the Trojanettes
improve to 20-2 overall also the best of any team in the conference. It
was a good feeling to be on the court with my best friends I started with in high
Those four seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony, and the
festivities may have been a bit of a distraction for a Trojanettes team that has
grown accustomed to opening strong through the second half of the season. Nanticoke
Area hit just three of its first nine field goal attempts and missed five of its
eight foul shots in the first quarter.
I thought we were a little sloppy
at times, Yendrzeiwski said, almost like we were struggling on offense
and not sharp on defense. Some of that was a little bit of nerves on senior night.
jitters didnt last long, though.
Roberts, Zendarski and junior point
guard Kayla Aufiero all finished with 13 points while Grohowski added all four
of her points in the opening quarter as the Trojanettes polished off a 13-0 run
through the WVC and trumpeted their first unbeaten regular season in recent memory.
just talked to them about it, Yendrzeiwski said. Weve had some
good teams and good seasons with our program. This is the first time weve
gone undefeated in the conference in a while. Nice way to cap off the regular
season and get some motivation going into the playoffs.
wraps up second straight WVC Division 2 girls basketball title
Gianna Roberts poured in a team-high 20 points
to lead Nanticoke Area to a 63-43 victory over GAR as the Trojans clinched their
second consecutive Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 girls basketball championship
Friday at Nanticoke Area High School.
The Trojanettes, who moved to 11-0 in
league play, maintained a three-game lead over second-place Wyoming Area with
two games remaining in the regular season.
Nanticoke Area was boosted by 18
points from Kayla Aufiero, who sank three 3-point field goals in the title-clinching
GAR, which received a 25-point performance from Marie Skrepenak, shot
out to a 13-10 lead after the first quarter, but the Trojanettes rallied back
to take a 30-21 lead at halftime.
Amber Grohowski added eight points in Nanticoke
Areas victory, and Lisa Radziak drilled a pair of 3-point field goals in
post statement win over Warriors
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
sold on Nanticoke Area after its 37-point win over rival Hanover Area?
about the season-opening win at Holy Redeemer, or the exhibition losses it dealt
Valley West and Pittston Area of Class AAAA?
In a season full of statement
wins, the Trojanettes added another Thursday night, besting Wyoming Area
66-44 behind the play of forwards Gianna Roberts and Chaquanna Zendarski, who
anchored the Trojanettes jack-rabbit start.
The win creates separation
in WVC Division 2, as Nanticoke Area improves to 8-0 with five games to play.
Second-place Wyoming Area falls to 6-2, with each loss coming to the defending
Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said everything
is coming together, as the Trojanettes work toward the simple goal of improving
by one percent (or more) each game.
Its like a cliche,
he said, but it matters to us. And were seeing it on the floor with
In addition to it being a showcase for Roberts (21 points,
11 rebounds) and Zendarski (18 points, nine rebounds) on the court, the senior
duo also organized the nights Pink Out. As part of their senior
project, they raised donations for the American Cancer Society through the Coaches
vs. Cancer program.
It was awesome, Zendarski said of picking up
the win on a special night. Im really thankful that we actually got
to do this, because my grandparents passed away from (cancer). So it touched my
heart to be able to do it, and especially to be able to do it with one of my good
Roberts and Zendarski combined for 19 first-quarter points,
helping build a 24-3 lead the Trojanettes would not relinquish.
Zendarski owned the low post much of the night, against a strong group of Wyoming
Area forwards who entered the night playing well in their own right.
said the key to winning the battle down low was sticking to the game plan, and
not getting away from what has earned Nanticoke Area 22 straight wins against
the WVC (26 including exhibitions).
Katie Butczynski and Kayla Aufiero scored
10 points each.
Wyoming Areas Sarah Holweg scored 19 points in the loss,
while the Warriors second-leading scorer Katie Wolfgang exited the game
in the first half with an arm/wrist injury, of which the severity is unknown.
S. Holweg 7 2-2 19, A. Orzel 3 2-4 8, J. Kelly 2 2-4 7, L. Edwards
1 1-2 3, R. Solano 1 0-0 3, N. Wright 1 0-1 2, K. Wolfgang 0 1-2 1, K. Skok 0
1-2 1, J. Rhodes 0 0-0 0, A. Kranson 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 9-17 44.
G. Roberts 8 4-7 20, C. Zendarski 7 4-6 18, K. Aufiero 4 1-3 10,
K. Butczynski 4 2-2 10, L. Radziak 3 0-0 8, A. Pyzia 0 0-0 0, A. Grohowski 0 0-0
0, M. Dunn 0 0-0 0, Totals 26 9-16 56.
3 12 23 644
Nanticoke Area 24 12 24 666
goals: S. Holweg (WA) 3, R. Solano (WA) 1, J. Kelly (WA) 1, L. Radziak (NA) 2,
K. Aufiero (NA) 1.
Area remains unbeaten, handles rival Hanover Area in WVC girls basketball showdown
starts to each half propel Nanticoke Areas 37-point victory
It didnt take much
to get Nanticoke Areas girls basketball team ramped up for its arch rival.
it took more effort than the final score indicated for the Trojanettes to get
away from what was turning into a dogfight.
In the end, Gianna Roberts and
Kayla Aufiero combined for 39 points as Division 2-leading Nanticoke Area turned
a rivalry into a rout by hammering Hanover Area, 73-36 to remain the Wyoming Valley
Conferences only unbeaten team.
Hanovers a rival team,
said Roberts, who finished with a game-high 21 points. We all wanted to
come out and give it our best.
The victory left the Trojanettes with
the best record in the WVC at 6-0 atop Division 2 and 13-2 overall. Every other
team throughout the WVC has at least one loss in conference play.
definitely felt if anybody wants to win the WVC (Division 2), theyre going
to have to play well against us, Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski
Hanover Area did for a while.
The Hawkeyes who go to school
just down the road from Nanticoke Area got a spark from Asdone Hooper.
They pulled within two points late in the first quarter and closed within three
points late in the first half.
But a fast start to both halves gave Nanticoke
Area enough cushion to keep a lead from start to finish, until a big outburst
in the third quarter salted victory away for the Trojanettes.
it, scoring the games first five points that sparked an 11-2 lead for Nanticoke
Area little more than three minutes in.
Playing Hanover, which is a rival
for us, I thought our kids came out with a lot of energy, Yendrzeiwski said.
I thought it showed on the floor.
But Hanover Area began packing
the passing lanes inside, then rattled off seven straight points to pull within
11-9 with 1:49 remaining in the opening quarter.
And when the Trojanettes tried
pulling away with an 11-point lead in the second quarter, Hooper hit seven of
her team-high 15 points in the period to chop the Hawkeyes deficit to three
But Hanover Area couldnt sustain the rallies, and Aufiero delivered
the knockout punch.
With the Trojanettes already up by 12 at halftime, she
tore out of the second half to drop eight straight points including a pair
of pretty 3-pointers as Nanticoke Areas lead blossomed to 42-22.
the first half, they kind of got it pretty close, said Aufiero, who scored
the last 10 of her 18 points in the third quarter while leading Nanticoke Areas
charge to a 25-point advantage entering the final eight minutes. We took
our defense and our offense and ran with it.
Chaquanna Zendarski rang
up nine points in the paint to complement the work of Roberts underneath, and
Lisa Radziak raced off the bench to sink three 3-point field goals to also finish
with nine points.
The victory kept the Trojanettes a game ahead of 5-1 Wyoming
Area in Division 2, while Hanover Area fell to 3-3 in league play and three games
behind Nanticoke Area.
I think every team is a team to beat around here,
Roberts said. You just have to be ready to step up and play your hardest
2014-15 WVC Record: 12-1 Division
2 (First place), 18-5 overall.
Defeated Coughlin 57-39 in D2 first round; defeated Crestwood 46-32 in D2 quarterfinals;
lost to North Pocono 52-38 in D2 semfinals; lost to Scranton Prep 64-36 in D2
State Classification: 3A
Players Lost: Riley Klepadlo, Deanna Thomas, Kiera Brown.
Players Returning: Amber Grohowski, 5-5 Sr. G, Gianna Roberts, 5-11 Sr. F, Chaquanna
Zendarski, 5-10 Sr. F, Kayla Aufiero, 5-7 Jr. G.
The loss of junior scorer Klepadlo for the season to an ACL injury suffered during
the soccer season will hurt the Trojans, but not enough to stop them from winning
the division. Their balance and ball-sharing took them to a WVC title and to the
brink of the state playoffs last season, and itll come in handy again this
Coachs Comment: A lot of
injuries came our way, mainly we lost Riley Kelpadlo. She was really ready to
break out for us. Its not like we get to red-shirt kids. If we can get everybody
to give a little bit more, well be OK. We still want to win our division,
we still want to compete for a district title. Im excited to get things