Stage set for 1-2 matchups

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL SPORTS - BY JOBY FAWCETT AND MARTY MY­ERS STAFF WRIT­ERS

It’s the mar­quee week of the high school bas­ket­ball sea­son in the Lack­awanna League.

Both Abing­ton Heights and Dun­more re­mained as the No. 1 teams in the boys and girls Times-tri­bune Bas­ket­ball Polls, and will face chal­lenges in the days ahead.

Abing­ton Heights has been the top-ranked boys team for nine straight polls dat­ing back to last sea­son.

Its clos­est con­tender has been Scran­ton Prep, which spent three weeks at No. 1 last sea­son. The Cava­liers are at No. 2, again, this week.

On Tues­day, Scran­ton Prep (11-1) plays at Abing­ton Heights (10-2).

Two nights later, top-ranked Dun­more and No. 2 River­side will put their un­de­feated marks on the line in a girls 1 vs. 2 game when River­side hosts the 7:15 con­test at Patrick Rev­ello Gym­na­sium.

In the last three years, Abing­ton Heights and Scran­ton Prep have been at No. 1 for 14 polls each.

Mid Val­ley (9-2) is up to No. 3. The Spar­tans, too, will have their ri­valry re­newed this week when they play at Holy Cross on Fri­day in a Lack­awanna Divi­sion III matchup.

Holy Cross (8-4) is also up two spots this week and lands at No. 5.

Scran­ton, com­ing off an im­pres­sive win over Val­ley View, stayed put at No. 4 de­spite its 6-6 record.

Lake­land lost both its Divi­sion III games last week and fell from No. 3 to No. 6.

Val­ley View (8-4) and Hones­dale (8-4), which de­feated Wayne County ri­val Wal­len­pau­pack last week and de­buts in the poll, tied for the No. 7 spot.

Wal­len­pau­pack (8-4) is at No. 9 and Dun­more (6-6) held on at No. 10.

Susque­hanna (8-4), which leads the Lack­awanna Divi­sion IV, is the only other team to re­ceive con­sid­er­a­tion.

Girls

It was a year ago that Holy Cross handed Dun­more its only loss of the reg­u­lar sea­son, and in the process took over the No. 1 rank­ing, the first time a team other than Dun­more oc­cu­pied the spot since the last reg­u­lar-sea­son poll of the 2014-15 sea­son.

River­side will try to ac­com­plish the same thing this year when the Lady Vikes host Dun­more, with both teams in jug­ger­naut mode in Divi­sion III play.

But to get to that game, River­side faces an­other chal­lenge Mon­day from an im­prov­ing Holy Cross team.

While Holy Cross didn’t move in the poll — none of the top seven teams did after each won twice last week — the Cru­saders did pick up ground on Old Forge after their win over the Lady Devils 10 days ago.

Scran­ton Prep, de­spite a pair of dom­i­nat­ing wins over Scran­ton and West Scran­ton, couldn’t over­take River­side and stayed at third, with Abing­ton Heights re­main­ing fourth.

Those two teams will meet tonight at Scran­ton Prep in a big Divi­sion I show­down, with Abing­ton Heights rid­ing a nine-game win­ning streak, with six of its last seven de­cided by a to­tal of 25 points.

Val­ley View re­mained fifth and Old Forge sixth, while Wal­len­pau­pack moved up two spots with its two wins.

Western Wayne re­mained ninth after losses to Abing­ton Heights and Wal­len­pau­pack, while West Scran­ton slipped from eighth to 10th after two losses.

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