Cougars drop opener to Erie McDowell
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.