Cougars drop opener to Erie McDow­ell

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS -

Ha­zle­ton Area’s boys’ bas­ket­ball team fell into a deep early hole and never quite crawled out in a 76-69 loss to Erie McDow­ell in the open­ing round of the Mar­sha Marsh Round­ball Clas­sic on Fri­day night in Erie.

Highly touted sopho­more Wil­liam Jef­fress lived up to his hype with 42 points for the Tro­jans, who will play Lower Me­rion in the ti­tle game.

“It was a ner­vous start,’’ Ha­zle­ton Area coach Mike Joseph said. “Just a lit­tle too keyed up. A lot of our shots were long . ... But I like the way­we­came­back.Wen­ever quit.’’

McDow­ell opened the game on a 12-0 run, forc­ing the Cougars to play catchup the rest of the night.

The Cougars got within six (45-39) early in the third quar­ter, but Jef­fress knocked down back-to-back triples to force the lo­cals to reach down deep again.

Da’mir Fai­son shook off early foul trou­ble to pump in a team-high 26 points for Ha­zle­ton Area, who will play Pitts­burgh Allderdice in the con­so­la­tion game.

An­drew Vayda added 14 points for the Cougars.

Matt Marchetti led the Prep­pers’ balanced at­tack with 19 points as they ad­vanced to the fi­nals of the Sul­li­van County Tour­na­ment.

Ma­son Marchetti and Mar­cus Kas­sick added 11 points apiece for MMI. Keefer Hoover just missed dou­ble fig­ures with nine

Sel­don Rogers paced Troy with 15.

Lewis­burg 38 Ma­hanoy Area 30

The Golden Bears al­lowed only 17 points to Lewis­burg in their sea­son opener.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Bears, they scored only 12.

Witherite showed the way for the Green Drag­ons with 16 points.

Shane Miller was Ma­hanoy Area’s high man with 14.

Emily Zoscin scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the first quar­ter as the Lady Wreck­ers raced to a 28-0 lead and were never headed in their sea­son opener.

Me­gan Peifer added a dou­ble-dou­ble for the win­ner with 11 points and 10 re­bounds. Abby Her­nan­dez chipped in 10 points.

Masy De­vlin topped Mead­ow­brook Chris­tian with nine points.

Emily Lawrence led a trio of Golden Bears in dou­ble fig­ures, scor­ing 14 points as they opened the sea­son with a win over the Hor­nets in the semi­fi­nals of the Muncy TipOff Tour­na­ment.

Abbey McGee and Ken­dall Bernar­dyn added 12 points apiece for Ma­hanoy Area, which will meet the win­ner of the North­west-Muncy matchup in to­day’s fi­nal.

Pan­ther Val­ley 46 North­ern Le­high 40

Erika Du­bosky and Me­gan Pas­coe had big nights as the Pan­thers opened the sea­son with a non-league vic­tory over the Bull­dogs.

Du­bosky scored a game­high 21 points, while Pas­coe knocked down four 3-point­ers and fin­ished with 12 points.

Line Moun­tain 33 Shenan­doah Val­ley 26

In a game of runs, Line Moun­tain scored the fi­nal seven points to beat the Lady Devils in the open­ing round of the Shamokin Tip Off Tour­na­ment.

The Ea­gles used a 7-1 third -quar­ter spurt to erase a one­point half­time deficit and take a 26-18 lead, only to have Shenan­doah Val­ley counter with the next eight points to tie the game early in the fourth quar­ter.

How­ever, Am­ber Hack­en­berg went 4-for-4 from the foul line down the stretch to key Line Moun­tain’s de­ci­sive run.

Kasey Boyer led the Ea­gles with 10 points. Vic­to­ria Dono­van and Joie Rod­nick paced the Lady Devils with 12 and eight points, re­spec­tively.

Fresh­man Bas­ket­ball Girls Ha­zle­ton Area 44 Scran­ton Prep 42

Kylie Kellmer popped in 15 points in her first fresh­man game to lead the Lady Cougars to a come-from-be­hind win over vis­it­ing Scran­ton Prep.

Layla Buglio net­ted six points and Abbey Hengst, Kaci Kilker and Paige Kuehn tossed in five apiece.

Gianna Dick­son paced the Clas­sics with 13 and Abby Gil­martin helped with eight.

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