Nanticoke girls fall in second round of state basketball play

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected] | March 17th, 2017 10:14 pm

ALLENTOWN — They were right there.

The Nanticoke Area Trojanettes were even at the half and within striking distance even during an ugly third quarter.

But they never could quite overcome the quickness and precision of an opponent that suddenly turned the tables on Nanticoke and cut short its promising state run.

Speedy Gwynedd Mercy guard Maura Conroy scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and keyed a bothersome defense that held the Trojanettes to a mere eight points in the second half, sending the Monarchs to a 56-33 victory and into the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball tournament quarterfinals.

“We couldn’t put the darn ball in the basket,” Nanticoke coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. “They did a great job defensively.”

Against a speedy and sneaky-quick Gwynedd Mercy defense that held star scorers Kayla Aufiero and Riley Klepadlo to a combined six points, the Trojanettes tried to counter with some other options.

After the Monarchs burst out to a fast 8-2 lead, Aufiero knocked down a 3-pointer, Alyssa Lewis came off the bench with a couple of timely buckets and Lisa Radziak drilled a pair of 3-point goals to give Nanticoke Area a 15-9 lead late in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, reserve Amiah Lukowski drilled another three and Lewis pumped in a two more baskets as the Trojanettes tied the game three time in the final three minutes of the first half to enter intermission in a 25-25 tie.

“We were confident,” Yendrzeiwski said. “We knocked down some shots. We were happy to be at halftime tied.”

But the good feeling didn’t last.

Conroy scored six points in the third quarter as Gwynedd Mercy took an eight-point lead, then Georgia Cattie hit eight of her 14 points in the final quarter as the game got away from the Trojanettes.

Katie Butczynski, who joined Lewis with eight points to lead Nanticoke, hit a 3-pointer to cut the Monarchs’ lead to 36-31 early in the fourth quarter, but the Trojanettes never got closer.

“Obviously, it’s not the way you want it to end,” said Yendrzeiwski, whose team had a 10-game winning streak snapped and finished 26-2. “But our girls have a lot to be proud of. We had three fantastic seniors to lead us this year. What a great season for them. After the minutes, the hours, the days and months pass, our kids will realize they had a season to be proud of, a real special season.

“I’m just really proud of them.”

PIAA Class 4A second round

Gwynedd Mercy 56, Nanticoke 33

NANTICOKE (33) — Katie Butczynski 1 5-8 8, Lisa Radziak 2 0-0 6, Alexis Pyzia 1 0-0 2, Kayla Aufiero 1 1-2 4, Riley Klepadlo 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Lewis 4 0-0 8, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0, Amiah Lukowski 1 0-0 3, Bella Czeck 0 0-0 0, Jil Baron 0 0-0 0, Brinley Sobeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-10 33.

GWYNEDD MERCY (56) — Megan Dougherty 1 0-0 2, Danielle Senour 2 7-8 11, Maura Conroy 5 0-2 10, Carly Heineman 6 3-4 10, Georgia Cattie 7 0-0 14, Bridget Casey 0 0-0 0, Reganne Flannery 0 2-2 2, Chloe Hansen 0 0-0 0, Molly Hutton 1 0-0 2, Carly Bachinsky 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Martin 0 0-0 0, Sara White 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-16 56.

Nanticoke`15`10`3`5 — 33

Gwynedd Mercy`11`14`11`20 — 56

Three-point goals — NAN 5 (Radziak 2, Aufiero, Lukowski, Butczynski).

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Nanticoke Area guard Alyssa Lewis steals the ball away from Gwynedd Mercy’s Danielle Senour in a PIAA Class 4A girls basketball second-round tournament game held at Parkland High School in Allentown on Friday.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_nan_gm1_faa.jpgNanticoke Area guard Alyssa Lewis steals the ball away from Gwynedd Mercy’s Danielle Senour in a PIAA Class 4A girls basketball second-round tournament game held at Parkland High School in Allentown on Friday. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Gwynedd Mercy’s Reganne Flannery (left) and Nanticoke Area guard Alyssa Lewis try to get the ball before it goes out of bound in a Class 4A state playoff game.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_nan_gm2_faa.jpgGwynedd Mercy’s Reganne Flannery (left) and Nanticoke Area guard Alyssa Lewis try to get the ball before it goes out of bound in a Class 4A state playoff game. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Alyssia Lewis adds two points for Nanticoke Area in a second-round Class 4A state girls basketball playoff game with Gwynedd Mercy.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_nan_gm3_faa.jpgNanticoke Area’s Alyssia Lewis adds two points for Nanticoke Area in a second-round Class 4A state girls basketball playoff game with Gwynedd Mercy. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Nanticoke Area guard Katie Butczynski and Gwynedd Mercy’s Megan Dougherty collide going for a rebound.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_nan_gm4_faa.jpgNanticoke Area guard Katie Butczynski and Gwynedd Mercy’s Megan Dougherty collide going for a rebound. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

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