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Ritsick, Comets all alone at the top


January 14. 2014 3:39AM

By - psokoloski@civitasmedia.com






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YATESVILLE — During the girls basketball season, Maddie Ritsick shoots about 20 foul shots following each practice at Crestwood High School.


Seems she’s cut her workload down a bit.


“In the summer, (it was) probably 100 shots a day,” Ritsick said.


All that work from the free throw line paid big dividends Monday for Crestwood.


Ritsick converted all 13 of her foul shots, including four big ones in the fourth quarter, as the Comets staved off a spirited Pittston Area comeback to win a battle of Wyoming Valley Conference Division I girls basketball unbeatens, 50-47 at Pittston Area High School.


“We put in a lot of extra work in the summer, and it’s really showing now,” Ritsick said. “I think we have a chance to go really far.”


For now, Crestwood went right to the top of the league’s Division I with a 5-0 record — as the last undefeated team standing within WVC play. Pittston Area fell to 4-1 in division play and to 8-2 overall.


The Comets can largely thank Ritsick for that, as she hit six foul shots in the third quarter to keep Crestwood in a double-digit lead and nailed four more in the final quarter to keep Pittston Area chasing before fouling out with 17 seconds to play.


How key was Ritsick’s work from the foul line?


The rest of the Comets missed 7 of their 8 free throw attempts, with the only other conversion coming from Heather Muse in the second quarter.


So while the smaller, more accomplished ballhandlers on Crestwood were frustrated in their efforts to put the game away from the foul line in the fourth quarter, one of the team’s tallest players — Ritsick stands 5-foot-11 — kept popping free throws like a point guard.


“She’s a good player, a good scorer,” first-year Crestwood coach Pat Brogan said.


“I had a pretty good (foul shooting) percentage last year,” Ritsick, a sophomore who finished with a game-high 23 points, shrugged.


Percentages for victory seemed to be with Crestwood from the start Monday.


Ritsick and 6-foot Rebecca Rutkowski each dropped four points in the first quarter, Maury Cronauer swished a 3-pointer and the Comets raced out to a 13-2 lead.


What’s more, Pittston Area had all kinds of trouble trying to solve Crestwood’s inside defense, bolstered by Rutkowski and Ritsick. In fact, the only Patriots points of the first quarter came from Eastin Ashby — on a short jumper to get Pittston Area on the board with 2:43 remaining in the quarter and on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to pull Pittston Area with 13-5.


Rutkowski’s three-point play midway through the second quater gave Crestwood a 21-8 lead before she went to the bench with her third foul. And after Pittston Area crept within six in the third quarter, Rutkowski built the Comets’ lead back to 40-30 with six free throws by the quarter’s end.


“I had to back off defensively,” Rutkowski said.


“Maddie, she adjusts well during the games,” Brogan said, “adjusting defensively, not getting cheap fouls.”


Still, Pittston Area didn’t make things any easier.


Eastin Ashby, who led the Patriots with 17 points, flashed through Crestwood’s defense for three buckets in the fourth quarter — the last which pulled Pittston Area within 46-40 with just over three minutes to play. Some 20 seconds later, Liz Waleski buried a 3-pointer, was fouled after the play, and suddenly the Patriots had the ball with a three-point deficit, 46-43.


“I expected them to come back,” Brogan said. “Pittston’s a well-coached team. They have good scorers, good shooters. They won 22 games last year, they’re a seasoned team..


“We definitely had to keep our composure,” Ritsick said. “We just stayed calm.”


Ritsick calmly sank the final two of her foul shots down the stretch, and Pittston Area never came closer than within three points the rest of the way as the Comets passed another big test in the division.


“They’re all big,” said Brogan, whose team will return home to host area rival Hazleton Area on Thursday. “Pittston was undefeated (in the division), a well-coached team. They’re used to winning here. I like the way we’re playing.


“We’re jelling.”


Northwest 46, MMI Prep 41, OT


Kelsey Yustat had a game-high 22 points, including eight in overtime, to lead the Rangers to the road win.

Yustat and Shayla DiPasquale (12 points) each had eight points in the third quarter.

Rachel Stanziola scored nine of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to rally MMI.


Dallas 64, Tunkhannock 41


Four Mountaineers reached double figures, led by Samantha Missal’s 13 points. Katy Comitz and Maggie Michael each scored 12 in the win, while Lindsay Jacobs chipped in 11 points.


For Tunkhannock, Christine Rossi tlalied a team-high 11 points.


Wyoming Valley West 45, Hazleton Area 42


Megan Kane had 12 points, while teammates Erin Gibbons and Olivia Hoffman combined for 21 points as Valley West edged Hazleton Area.


Alyssa Sitch had a game-high 17 for the Cougars.


Meyers 51, Wyoming Area 41


Meyers jumped out to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and used 22 points from Quieterriua Gross in a 10-point victory.


Nicole Turner had 12 for Wyoming Area.


Holy Redeemer 70, Wyoming Seminary 27


Alexis Lewis scored 22 points in the first half as the Royals rolled past Seminary.


Emily Gabriel had nine points for Seminary.


Berwick 55, Coughlin 21


Gabby Kishbaugh had nine of her 14 points in the second quarter as Berwick won.


Alexis Steeber and Taylor Montana added 13 each for the Bulldogs.


Marissa Ross paced the Crusaders with 13 points.


Lake-Lehman 51, Nanticoke 47


Lake-Lehman’s starting five played throughout, with Emily Sutton and Cayle Spencer combining for 37 points.


Spencer had nine of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a 6-for-6 effort at the free throw line.


Deanna Thomas scored nine of her 20 points in the first quarter for Nanticoke.


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Crestwood 50, Pittston Area 47

CRESTWOOD (50) — Dallas Kendra 2 0-1 5, Rebecca Rutkowski 5 0-1 10, Maury Cronauer 2 0-3 6, Taryn Wojnar 1 0-1 2, Maddie Ritsick 5 13-13 23, Kassie Ferdinand 0 0-0 0, Heather Muse 0 1-2 1, Abbie Macko 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 14-21 50.


PITTSTON AREA (47) — Allie Barber 3 1-2 7, Liz Waleski 2 4-4 9, Jackie Rabender 3 2-4 8, Ali Brady 1 0-0 2, Eastin Ashby 7 2-3 17, Marley O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Taryn Ashby 2 0-1 4. Totals 18 9-14 47.


Crestwood`13`14`13`10`—`50


Pittston Area`5`11`14`17`—`47


Three-point goals — CRES 4 (Cronauer 2, Macko, Kendra); PA 2 (E. Ashby, Waleski).


Northwest 46, MMI Prep 41, OT

NORTHWEST (46) — Emily Buerger 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Yustat 9 2-2 22, Faith Rierson 0 0-0 0, Shayla DiPasquale 5 2-2 12, Bailey Taylor 2 0-0 4, Liz Gurzynski 1 0-0 2, Olivia Piestrak 1 1-2 3, Hailey Chapin 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Cook 0 0-2 0, Brooke Mendegro 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 6-10 46.


MMI PREP (41) — Kristen Purcell 2 3-6 7, Rachel Stanziola 6 7-9 19, Amber Ferry 0 0-0 0, Maria Carrato 0 2-5 2, Hayle Shearer 1 0-0 2, Kryslyn Postupack 4 1-2 9, Lexie Vanhoekelen 0 2-4 2. Totals 13 15-26 41.


Northwest`6`7`19`6`8`—`46


MMI Prep`9`7`11`11`3`—`41


Three-point goals — NW 2 (Yustat 2); MMI 0.


Dallas 64, Tunkhannock 41

DALLAS (64) — Courtney Devers 0 0-0 0, Courtney Hoats 1 0-0 2, Maddie Kelley 0 0-0 0, Breanna Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, Sara Lojewski 0 0-0 0, Samantha Missal 4 3-3 13, Lindsay Jacobs 4 0-0 11, Katy Comitz 4 4-4 12, Talia Kosierowski 1 0-0 2, Samantha Pollick 0 0-0 0, Nikki Wren 3 0-1 6, Steff Cybulski 3 0-0 6, Maggie Michael 4 4-4 12. Totals 24 11-12 64.


TUNKHANNOCK (41) — Maegan Wrubel 2 0-0 5, Amanda Hardy 0 1-2 1, Sydney Faux 0 0-0 0, Megan Manglanti 0 0-0 0, Traci Kromko 0 2-2 2, Mya Tocyko 4 0-2 8, Brittney Sickler 0 0-0 0, Christine Rossi 4 3-8 11, Molly Hampsey 3 0-0 7, Ashley Knott 2 1-2 5, Adry Appleby 0 0-0 0, Catherine Trexler 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-15 41.


Dallas`17`19`12`14`—`64


Tunkhannock`13`8`10`10`—`41


Three-point goals — DAL 3 (Jacobs 3); TUN 2 (Wrubel, Hampsey).


Wyoming Valley West 45, Hazleton Area 42

VALLEY WEST (45) — Erin Gibbons 4 1-4 11, Tara Judge 1 0-0 2, Cassie Smicherko 1 1-2 4, Cheyenne Reese 1 0-0 2, Megan Kane 6 0-2 12, Gabby Smicherko 1 0-0 2, Savannah Piazza 0 2-2 2, Olivia Hoffman 4 2-2 10. Totals 18 6-12 45.


HAZLETON AREA (42) — Mackenzie Yori 5 0-0 12, Lexi Walk 4 0-0 8, Becky Marchetti 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Sitch 6 1-2 17, Christie Kaschak 2 0-0 5, Brianna Woznicki 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 1-2 42.


Valley West`12`2`12`19`—`45


Hazleton Area`21`5`9`7`—`42


Three-point goals — WVW 3 (Gibbons 2, C. Smicherko 1); HAZ 7 (Sitch 4, Yori 2 Kaschak 1).


Meyers 51, Wyoming Area 41

MEYERS (51) — Quieterriua Gross 8 6-10 22, Brianna DiMaggio 4 2-4 11, Salimah Biggs 0 4-6 4, Alaena Lloyd 1 1-2 3, Gianna Skaff 1 0-0 3, Quinniea Gross 3 2-7 8. Totals 17 15-29 51.


WYOMING AREA (41) — Emily Wolfgang 1 4-4 6, Jordan Kelly 0 0-0 0, Nicole Turner 5 1-2 12, Audrey Heidacavage 1 0-0 3, Rachel Solano 1 0-0 3, Felicia Turner 1 0-0 2, Jessica Sorick 1 0-0 2, Nicole Wright 3 2-2 9, Mareayssa Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 7-8 41.


Meyers`17`6`15`13`—`51


Wyoming Area`9`9`13`10`—`41


Three-point goals — MEY 2 (DiMaggio 1, Skaff 1); WA 4 (Turner 1, Heidacavage 1, Solano 1, Wright 1).


Holy Redeemer 70, Wyoming Seminary 24

HOLY REDEEMER (70) — Alexis Lewis 10 1-4 22, Lydia Lawson 4 0-2 8, Alyssa Platko 5 0-0 10, Rebecca Prociak 1 0-0 2, Julie Kosik 2 1-3 5, Sara Flannley 3 0-3 7, Meghan Corridoni 1 1-2 3, Kayla Hons 1 2-2 4, Rachel Platko 0 0-0 0, Devan Claherty 1 0-0 2, Melanie Kusakavitch 0 0-0 0, Courtney Kijek 0 1-2 1, Brittany Hebda 3 0-0 6, Autumn Kaminski 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 6-17 70.


WYOMING SEMINARY (27) — Alexis Sokach 0 0-0 0, Maya Kornfeld 1 1-2 3, Jordyn Rickrode 0 0-0 0, Emily Gabriel 3 3-6 9, Brenna Satkowski 0 0-2 0, Gabbie Volpetti 2 3-4 7, Mary Theresa Lehman 0 0-0 0, Katie Stemrich 0 0-0 0, Paige Allen 2 4-9 8. Totals 8 11-23 27.


Holy Redeemer`29`17`8`16`—`70


Wyoming Seminary`4`6`5`12`—`27


Three-point goals — HR 2 (Lewis 1, Flannley 1); WS 0.


Berwick 55, Coughlin 21

BERWICK (55) — Ayrin Shortledge 0 0-1 0, Tori Talanca 0 2-2 2, Gabby Kishbaugh 5 0-0 14, Taylor Montana 6 1-2 13, Bri Floryshak 2 1-2 5, Olivia Seely 1 0-0 2, Allie Katsock 1 0-0 2, Allison Rinehimer 2 0-0 4, Alexis Steeber 6 0-2 13, Karen Boone 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-9 55.


COUGHLIN (21) — Casey Lello 0 0-0 0, Savannah Robinson 1 0-4 3, Keighlyn Oliver 0 1-2 1, Emily Cicon 0 0-0 0, Mary Tona 0 0-0 0, Claire Curtis 0 2-2 2, Kim Martinez 0 0-0 0, Marissa Ross 5 3-8 13, Bre Georgetti 1 0-4 2.


Totals 7 6-18 21.


Berwick`14`13`19`9`—`55


Coughlin`11`2`5`3`—`21


Three-point goals


— BER 5 (Kishbaugh 4, Steeber); COU 1 (Robinson).


Lake-Lehman 51, Nanticoke 47

LAKE-LEHMAN (51) — Emily Sutton 8 0-1 16, Julia Enboe 1 0-0 2, Miranda Pace 1 0-1 2, Cayle Spencer 7 8-8 23, Danae Sutliff 4 0-2 8. Totals 21 8-11 51.


NANTICOKE (47) — Deanna Thomas 7 2-2 20, Riley Klepaldo 2 0-0 4, Amber Grohowski 1 0-0 3, Chelsea Swansberry 0 0-0 0, Abbey Zaykoski 2 0-0 6, Heidi Kile 3 0-0 6, Chaquanna Zandarski 1 0-0 2, Gianna Roberts 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 2-2 47.


Lake-Lehman`12`18`8`13`—`51


Nanticoke`21`3`7`16`—`47


Three-point goals — LEH 1 (Spencer); NAN 7 (Thomas 4, Zaykoski 2, Grohowski).


 
 


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