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NANTICOKE - For her final trick of the night, Quieterriua Gross feigned one way, went the other and with one quick step, she was gone.


As it turned out, so were Nanticoke’s comeback hopes.


Gross scored the final six of her 23 points in the final four minutes Tuesday, then her sister Quinnea used two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal Meyers’ 63-58 victory over hard-charging Nanticoke at the Trojans’ gym.


“I’ve been practicing that at practice every day,” said Gross, whose deke and drive to the bucket gave Meyers a 58-51 lead with 1:57 to play. “Usually I’ll step up, and if I’m not open, I can make a move.”


The Trojans made a move to take the game to overtime, rallying behind four three-point field goals from Deanna Thomas - who last outside shot brought Nanticoke within 61-58 with 25 seconds on the game clock. A little later, a Nanticoke steal put the ball in Thomas’ hands again for another three-point attempt at the tie, but the ball swirled around the rim before falling out with eight seconds left.


“She’s not the person I wanted to see have that shot at the end of the game,” Meyers coach Chris Gray said. “Thomas made some big shots all night.”


So did a slew of his players.


Salimah Biggs finished with a career-high 16 points - including five straight in the second quarter to give Meyers a 12-point lead. Gianna Skaff buried three three-pointers and finished with 11 points, and Tiffany Muniz converted a key 3-pointer off the bench to thwart Nanticoke’s momentum in the third quarter.


But Quieterriua Gross was the key.


She opened with 10 points in the first quarter as Meyers shot out to a 20-9 lead, and Nanticoke never caught up.


“I had a bad game at Hanover,” Gross said. “I had to come back from that.”


From there, Nanticoke made a comeback bid through the rest of the night.


Heidi Kile led it, finishing with a game-high 25 points, and Thomas hit some big shots in the second half to keep the Trojans hanging around.


“I was happy with our kids and the way they fought back,” Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said.


Riley Klepadlo drilled a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to bring the Trojans within 51-48, and Thomas’ bucket at the 3:35 mark cut Meyers’ lead to 52-50.


That’s when Quieterriua Gross took over, scoring inside baskets on three consecutive trips down the floor.


“Anybody that seen us play all year knows she’s the horse,” Gray said. “We’re going to try to ride her as long as we can.”


When Thomas put up her final three-point attempt with eight seconds to play, the Trojans thought they’d caught up. But the attempt just missed, and Meyers averted a bullet.


“We had the shot there,” Yendrzeiwski said. “It was in, and it just pushed out.”


“If there’s two more minutes played in the game,” Gray said, “who knows what happens?”


Holy Redeemer 49, Lake-Lehman 40


LEHMAN TWP. — Holy Redeemer held on to defeat Lake-Lehman on the road.


Alexis Lewis led all scoring with 21 points for the Royals.


The Black Knights were led by Cayle Spencer’s 14 points and Emily Sutton’s 11 points.

Northwest 53, MMI Prep 37

Liz Gurzybski totaled 15 points while Kelsey Yustat scored 11 in the Rangers’ win over the Preppers.

Rachel Stanziola led all scoring with 20 points for MMI Prep.

Hazleton Area 65, Dallas 36

Mackenzie Yori totaled 13 points while Brianna Woznicki scored 10 in the Cougars’ win.

Berwick 42, Wyoming Valley West 32

The Bulldogs’ win was led by 14 points from Gabby Kishbaugh.

Crestwood 63, Coughlin 31

The Comets were led by 27 points from Maddie Ritsick in the win against the Crusaders.

Rebecca Rutkowski totaled 18 points to contribute to the victory.

Marissa Ross led the Coughlin effort with 16 points.

Pittston Area 73, Tunkhannock 27

The Patriots held the Tigers to 15 first-half points en route to a win.

Eastin Ashby led the Pittston Area victory with 26 points while Jackie Rabender contributed 20.

Hanover Area 63, Wyoming Seminary 41

Mickie Kaminski led the Hawkeyes with 17 points while Haylee Bobos added 15 in the win over the Blue Knights.

Wyoming Seminary was led by 14 points from Gabbie Volpetti.

* * *

Meyers 63, Nanticoke 58

MEYERS (63) – Brianna DiMaggio 1 0-0 2, Salimah Biggs 7 1-1 16, Gianna Skaff 4 0-0 11, Quinnea Gross 2 4-7 8, Quieterriua Gross 10 3-5 23, Alaena Lloyd 0 0-0 0, Tiffany Muniz 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 8-13 63.


NANTICOKE (58) – Deanna Thomas 5 3-4 16, Riley Klepadlo 4 0-0 9, Chelsea Swanberry 0 0-0 0, Heidi Kile 10 5-7 25, Nikki Butczynski 0 0-0 0, Gianna Roberts 0 3-4 3, Amber Grohowski 2 0-0 5, Abbey Zaykoski 0 0-0 0, Chaquuanna Zendarski 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-14 58.


Meyers`20`12`15`16`—`63


Nanticoke`9`14`16`19`—`58


Three-point goals: MEY 5 (Skaff 3, Biggs, Muniz); NAN 5 (Thomas 3, Klepadlo, Grohowski).


Crestwood 63, Coughlin 31

CRESTWOOD (63) — Dallas Kendra 2 0-0 5, Marleen Dillon 0 0-2 0, Mckenna Mera 0 0-0 0, Katie Snipas 0 0-2 0, Rebecca Rutkowski 9 0-0 18, Abbie Macko 1 0-0 3, Emily Shiplett 0 0-0 0, Maucy Cronauer 0 0-0 0, Heather Muse 0 0-0 0, Taryn Wojnar 0 1-2 1, Kassie Ferdinand 3 1-1 9, Abby Murphy 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ritsick 12 0-2 27. Totals 27 2-9 63.


COUGHLIN (31) — Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Keighlyn Oliver 1 4-4 6, Emily Cicon 0 0-0 0, Mary Tona 1 2-3 4, Claire Curtis 0 0-0 0, Bre Georgetti 1 0-0 2, Kim Martinez 0 0-0 0, Naiashia Sherry 0 0-0 0, Sabrina Sara 0 0-0 0, Jocelyn Lee 1 0-0 3, Ashley Chell 0 0-0 0, Marissa Ross 7 2-6 16. Totals 11 8-13 31.


Crestwood`21`15`18`9`—`63


Coughlin`7`11`6`7`—`31


Three-point goals — CRE 7 (Ritsick 3, Ferdinand 2, Macko, Kendra); COU 1 (Lee).


Hazleton Area 65, Dallas 36

DALLAS (36) — Courtney Devans 0 1-2 1, Maddie Kelley 1 0-0 2, Breanna Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, Sara Lojewski 1 0-0 2, Samantha Missal 3 0-0 7, Lindsay Jacobs 3 0-0 8, Katy Comitz 3 0-0 7, Talia Kosierowski 0 2-2 2, Steff Cibulski 1 1-2 3, Maggie Michael 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 4-6 36.


HAZLETON AREA (65) — Mackenzie Yori 5 0-2 13, Lexi Wlk 4 0-0 8, Angie Marchetti 1 0-0 3, Becky Marchetti 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Sitch 3 0-0 9, Christie Kachak 3 1-21 7, Renee Taylor 1 0-0 3, Brianna Woznicki 3 4-4 10, Alyssa Shamany 0 0-0 0, Marin Trivelpiece 0 3-4 3, Sydney Waser 1 1-1 3, Francesca Mattriccino 1 0-0 2, Rachel Reznic 0 0-0 0, Ally Yale 0 0-0 0, Ashley Martincek 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 9-13 65.


Dallas`5`7`16`8`—`36


Hazleton Area`23`21`15`6`—`65


Three-point goals — DAL 4 (Jacobs 2, Comitz, Missal); HAZ 8 (Sitch 3, Yori 3, Angie Marchetti, Renee Taylor).


Hanover Area 63, Wyoming Seminary 41

HANOVER AREA (63) — Asdone Hooper 2 3-4 8, Marissa Keegan 1 2-2 4, Mickie Kaminski 7 2-2 17, Brittany Miller 4 0-0 8, Halee Bobos 7 1-4 15, Amanda Sirak 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Fine 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 9-14 63.


WYOMING SEMINARY (41) — Alexis Sokach, Maya Kornfeld 0 1-4 1, Jordyn Rickrode 3 0-0 7, Emily Gabrielle 3 4-6 10, Brenna Stakoski 0 0-0 0, Katherine Romanowski 1 0-0 2, Gabbie Volpetti 4 6-6 14, Mary Theresa Lehman 0 0-0 0, Katie Stemrich 0 0-2 0, Paige Allen 3 1-2 7. Totals 14 12-20 41.


Hanover Area`12`18`15`18`—`63


Wyoming Seminary`7`8`11`15`—`41


Three-point goals — HAN 2 (Hooper, Kaminski); SEM 1 (Rickrode).


Holy Redeemer 49, Lake-Lehman 40

HOLY REDEEMER (49) — Kayloa Hons 3 0-0 8, Alexis Lewis 7 5-6 21, Alyssa Platko 1 1-2 3, Lydia Lawson 2 2-5 6, Brittney Hebda 0 0-0 0, Meghan Corridoni 1 1-2 3, Julie Koski 0 0-0 0, Sara Flannley 1 0-0 2, Courtney Kijek 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Prociak 2 2-4 6. Totals 17 11-17 49.


LAKE-LEHMAN (40) — Emily Sutton 5 1-2 11, Molly Storz 0 0-0 0, Julie Eneboe 1 0-0 2, Lauren Cunius 0 0-0 0, Miranda Pace 4 0-0 8, Cayle Spencer 5 1-2 14, Danae Sutliff 2 0-0 5. Totals 17 2-4 40.


Holy Redeemer`13`10`10`16`—`49


Lake-Lehman`10`9`14`7`—`40


Three-point goals — HR 4 (Hons 2, Lewis 2); LL 4 (Spencer 3, Sutliff).


Northwest 53, MMI Prep 37

MMI PREP (37) — Kristen Purcell 4 0-2 8, Rachel Stanziola 9 2-5 20, Amber Ferry 0 0-0 0, Mria Carrato 1 0-0 2, Hayle Shearer 1 0-2 2, Krystlyn Postupack 1 1-2 3, Dana Carrato 1 0-2 2. Totals 17 3-14 37.


NORTHWEST (53) — Emily Buerger 0 3-4 3, Kelsey Yuistat 5 1-2 11, Faith Rierson 3 0-0 6, Shayla DiPasquale 4 0-0 8, Bailey Taylor 2 0-0 4, Liz Gurzynski 5 5-6 15, Susie Mengergo 1 2-4 4, Brina Solono 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 11-16 53.


MMI Prep`8`15`12`10`—`37


Northwest`8`19`17`17`—`53


Three-point goals — None.


Pittston Area 73, Tunkhannock 27

PITTSTON AREA (73) —Haley Norwillo 0 0-0 0, Kirsten Durling 3 0-0 6, Allie Barber 2 0-0 4, Jamie Chisdock 1 0-0 2, Liz Waleski 4 0-0 9, Jackie Rabender 7 5-7 20, Karli Modleski 0 0-0 0, Jordan Fritz 0 0-0 0, Marley O’Brien 1 1-2 3, Taryn Ashby 1 0-0 3, Eastin Ashby 9 0-0 26. Totals 28 6-9 73.


TUNKHANNOCK (27) — Maegan Wrubel 1 0-0 3, Sydney Faux 0 0-0 0, Megan Manglaviti 0 0-0 0, Traci Kromko 0 0-0 0, Mya Toczko 0 2-4 4, Britney Sickler 1 0-0 2, Christine Rossi 3 1-2 7, Molly Hampsey 3 3-6 9, Ashley Knott 0 0-0 0, Adry Abbleby 2 0-0 4, Catherine Trexler 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 6-12 27.


Pittston Area`21`14`21`17`—`73


Tunkhannock`8`7`6`4`—`27


Three-point goals — PIT 11 (Eastin Ashby 8, Taryn Ashby, Rabender, Waleski); TUNK 1 (Wrubel).


Berwick 42, Wyoming Valley West 32

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (32) — Erin Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Tara Judge 2 0-0 4, Cassie Smicherko 3 0-2 7, Cheyenne Reese 3 2-2 8, Megan Kane 2 2-2 6, Gabby Smicherko 0 0-0 0, Savannah Piazza 0 0-0 0, Olivia Hoffman 2 3-6 7. Totals 12 7-12 32.


BERWICK (42) — Ayrin Shortlidge 0 0-0 0, Gabby Kishbaugh 5 0-2 14, Taylor Montana 4 0-0 8, Bry Floryshak 1 6-8 8, Olivia Seely 0 0-0 0, Alie Katsock 0 0-0 0, Allison Rinehimer 1 0-0 2, Alexis Steeber 2 6-6 10. Totals 13 12-18 42.


Wyoming Valley West`2`4`10`16`—`32


Berwick`14`5`7`16`—`42


Three-point goals — WVW 1 (Smicherko); BER 4 (Kishbaugh 4).


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