The Times-Tribune

Scranton Prep boys, Dunmore girls top polls

- BY JOBY FAWCETT AND MARTY MYERS STAFF WRITERS

Scranton Prep and Abington Heights both split their challengin­g games last week and stayed right where they were in The Times-Tribune High School Basketball Poll.

After beating Hazleton Area and losing to Archbishop Wood, the No. 1 Class 5A team in the state according to City of Basketball Love website, Scranton Prep held onto the top spot.

Abington Heights, which lost to Williamspo­rt but defeated La Salle College High School on Saturday, follows close behind at No. 2.

There was some movement after the two heavyweigh­ts.

Mid Valley, which has won its first three games and is giving up 32.3 points a game, climbed two spots to No. 3.

Dunmore lost its opener to North Pocono but bounced back with wins over West Scranton and Wallenpaup­ack to rank fourth.

West Scranton won the Jerry Finan Memorial Tournament on Sunday to improve to 3-1 and is fifth, down two spots from the preseason.

Holy Cross stayed at No. 6 after splitting its first four games, which included a lastsecond loss to rival Holy Redeemer, and Scranton moved up two spots to No. 7 after going 2-2.

North Pocono remained at No. 8 and Blue Ridge, which started the season with three straight wins, and Delaware Valley round out the top 10.

Girls

The top of the girls poll reads like the Lackawanna League Division III preseason coaches’ rankings, with Dunmore, Holy Cross and Riverside all unbeaten and occupying the top three spots in the poll.

Playing three times last week, the preseason No. 1 was the unanimous choice as the top team, with Dunmore beating a trio of top 10 teams — Scranton, West Scranton and Wallenpaup­ack — by a combined 81 points.

Holy Cross was equally impressive, rolling to a 20-point win over Holy Redeemer, one of the topranked teams in the state in Class 3A, and also knocking off Scranton to move up a spot to No. 2.

Riverside showed its prowess in a pair of wins to jump two spots to No. 3, winning its two games by a 71-point margin while limiting opponents to 51 points.

Scranton Prep, despite its loss Saturday to District 11 power Bethlehem Catholic, moved up two spots to fourth thanks to a trio of wins to start the season.

Two of Scranton’s three losses have come at the hands of Dunmore and Holy Cross as the Lady Knights dropped a spot to fifth.

Abington Heights fell four spots to sixth, while Wallenpaup­ack climbed two to seventh in a shake-up at the bottom of the poll.

Mid Valley won its first two and bumped up from 10th to eighth, while North Pocono won its last two to debut at ninth.

West Scranton fell from seventh to 10th, and Carbondale (2-2), while receiving points in the poll, dropped out. Unbeaten Old Forge (3-0) also received top-10 considerat­ion. Contact the writers: sports@timesshamr­ock.com

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