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‘GETTING BETTER’

Haefele, Holt power Spartanett­es past Honesdale

- BY MARTY MYERS STAFF WRITER

THROOP — Honesdale looked leg weary playing its third game in as many nights.

Eighth-ranked Mid Valley was happy to take advantage.

Erica Haefele, Ani Holt and Kiana Williams made big contributi­ons as the Spartanett­es remained undefeated, opening a 19-point halftime lead en route to a 52-37 victory over the visiting Lady Hornets on Tuesday night.

Haefele scored a game-high 16 points and dished out six assists. Holt scored eight, grabbed eight rebounds and made five steals, and Williams came off the bench to contribute 15 points for the winners, who used an 18-2 run in the first and second quarters to snap a 4-all tie.

“Toward the end of the first and all of the second quarter, I thought we were very good,” Mid Valley coach Vince Bucciarell­i said. “They’re hungry and they’re learning, and each day they’re getting better. That’s all I can ask of them.”

Lauren Williams started the spurt with a 3 from the right wing, Kiana Williams scored off a dish from Haefele, and Haefele buried a 22-footer to make it 13-4 after a quarter.

“Our bigs did a great job tonight,” Haefele said. “Every time I penetrated, they were there to finish or get fouled. That got the hype going, too.”

Kiana Williams scored seven in the second quarter and the lead ballooned to 28-9 at halftime.

“Kiana has improved tremendous­ly from last year,” Bucciarell­i said. “She’s getting there.”

Honesdale started the second half with a 7-2 run, with Caroline Tuman, who scored 14, hitting a pair of baskets. Emily Theobald drained a 3, then hit a 17-footer, part of a 10-point night, to slice Mid Valley’s lead to 32-18.

“It was our third game in a row and they’re tired,” Honesdale coach Pilar Beam said. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

“That’s the reality. But they dug in and won the second half. If we hadn’t dug ourselves such a hole in the first half, this would have been a different story.

“It’s hard. We had long nights, long hard games back to back to back, and it showed.”

So did Mid Valley’s inexperien­ce at putting teams away.

“We came out too relaxed after halftime,” Bucciarell­i said. “We didn’t have any fire. And I have to give their kids credit. This was their third game in a row. They really busted it out there.”

When Theobald swished a jumper with 3½ minutes to go, Honesdale trailed by 11, 43-32, but Haefele and Holt showed their senior leadership to put the game out of reach.

“Running the floor helped a lot,” said Holt, who in the fourth quarter scored four, grabbed five rebounds and added a steal. “The bigs need to get up the court. We get quick baskets and and-ones. Run the floor, it picks up the pace of the game, puts the pressure on the other team.”

Haefele scored five of Mid Valley’s next seven to boost the lead to 50-33 with under a minute to go.

“They started making a run and getting confidence, so we had to put an end to that,” Haefele said. “This is the most aggressive and skilled team we’ve faced so far.”

Tuman pounded the glass for a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked four shots, and in tandem with Theobald gave Mid Valley fits in spurts.

“Teams, for the most part in this league, cannot cover both of them, then we can be successful,” Beam said. “They have to have a relationsh­ip. They have to know how to identify each other, and I think we did a very good job in the second half.”

Mid Valley bent, but didn’t crack, proving it is learning to finish off wins.

“We relaxed in the third and had to step it up again in the fourth,” Bucciarell­i said. “We told them, we don’t want to peak yet. We want to get better and better.”

West Scranton 38, Montrose 16

At Montrose, Neveah Ross scored nine points and Kaila O’Neill had eight to lead No. 5 West Scranton.

Radvile Vaicluyte had five points for Montrose.

Minersvill­e 73, Old Forge 19

At Minersvill­e, Alex Kroznuskie scored 13 points to lead the Miners. Sarah Nawrocki added 12 points for the winners.

Northeast Bradford 51 Mountain View 43

At Rome on Monday, Emilee Allis scored 27 points as Northeast Bradford won in overtime.

Erika Freely had 14 points for Mountain View and Lucy Adams added 10.

 ?? JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER ?? Mid Valley's Kiana Williams scores over Honesdale's Alexa Jones (33) during Tuesday’s game.
JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER Mid Valley's Kiana Williams scores over Honesdale's Alexa Jones (33) during Tuesday’s game.
 ?? JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER ?? Mid Valley’s Erica Haefele hits a 3-pointer against Honesdale.
JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER Mid Valley’s Erica Haefele hits a 3-pointer against Honesdale.
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