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PLYMOUTH – She spoke about the significance of rising to the occasion on the road.


Then Talia Szatkowski got behind the wheel and took the Dallas Mountaineers for a thrilling ride.


Szatkowski took control of the game at both ends of the floor Monday, using a career-high 28 points and 14 steals to lift Dallas to a dramatic 57-55 victory over Wyoming Valley West at the Spartans' gym.


The away games are more important than at home, Szatkowski said.


She played as if Monday's battle between Wyoming Valley Conference Division I challengers was the most important thing in the world to her.


Szatkowski made her final three steals during the game's final 33 seconds and scored Dallas' final three points from the foul line – turning a 55-54 deficit with 31 seconds remaining into a two-point victory for the 5-1 Mountaineers.


She thrives on competition like this, Dallas coach Kelly Johnson said. I fully expected her to go after it.


What the Mountaineers didn't expect was such a big scoring night from Szatkowski, a sophomore who came in averaging just 5.1 points per game this season and whose previous career high was 11 points.


From a confidence standpoint, for her to have a great offensive night, I'm very proud, Johnson said.


The outburst from Szatkowski allowed Dallas to overcome a big night by Valley West's big girl Olivia Hoffman, who cut loose for 30 points and used her 6-foot-2 frame to block seven shots.


We knew Valley West would be tough, Johnson said. They're well-coached and they're aggressive and they have size. We talked about boxing out and not letting Hoffman get loose for second shots. That was a concern for us at halftime.


Those worries were well-founded.


Hoffman scored 13 points in the opening quarter and added four blocks on defense as the Spartans (4-2) charged out to a 20-15 lead.


That Valley West advantage grew to nine points late in the second quarter, but Dallas stuck around when Sam Missal scored five points.


Closed the gap, Johnson said.


Then the Mountaineers gained a one-point advantage at intermission when Jess Hiscox drilled consecutive three-pointers during the half's final minute.


They're a great bunch of kids and they work hard, Johnson said of her Mountaineers. The thing I'm most proud of is the fact they don't give up and they don't back down.


Still, Dallas was backed into a corner down the stretch.


Hoffman hit two foul shots to give the Spartans a one-point lead with 1:52 to play, then converted a layup with 1:29 on the clock to put Valley West up 55-54.


That score was the same when Valley West gained possession with under 40 seconds remaining, but Szatkowski kept snatching the ball, and the game, away.


She made steals with 33, 28 and one-tenth of a second remaining, hit two free throws to give Dallas a 56-55 lead at the 31-second mark, and added another foul shot for a two-point Dallas lead with two-tenths of a second to go.


Pure drive, Johnson admired.


And what a ride for Dallas.



DALLAS (57): Ashley Dunbar 1 3-4 5, Tanner Englehart 4 2-2 10, Talia Szatkowski 10 8-11 28, Jess HIscox 2 0-0 6, Sam Missal 2 0-1 5, Maggie Michael 0 0-0 0, Katy Comitz 1 1-2 3, Rachel Olszewski 0 0-0 0, Taylor Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-20 57



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (55): Tara Judge 3 0-0 7, Cheyenne Reese 2 0-0 4, Savannah Piazza 1 3-5 5, Olivia Hoffman 13 4-6 30, Cassie Smicherko 0 0-0 0, Lauren Lupinski 0 0-0 0, Emily Tyler 1 1-1 3, Megan Kane 3 0-1 6. Totals 23 8-13 55.























Dallas15171411—57
Wyoming Valley West20111410—55


3-Point Field Goals— DAL 3 (Hiscox 2, Missal); WVW 1 (Judge)


Wyoming Area 48, MMI Prep 32

Wyoming Area limited MMI to one basket from the floor in the first quarter and slowly but surely distanced itself from the Preppers in a win at home.


Serra Degnan's 10 points led the Warriors.Felecia Turner scored nine.


Aries Klesh led MMI with eight points.



MMI (32): Ammika Fisk 0 0-0 0, Kristen Purcell 1 1-2 3, Rachel Stanziola 3 0-2 6, Gabbi Lobitz 3 0-1 4, Maria Carrato 3 0-2 7, Haylee Shearer 0 0-0 0, Kayla KArchner 2 0-0 4, Lexi VanHoeklen 0 0-0 0, Aries Klesh 3 2-3 8, Paige Darrow 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-10 32



WYOMING AREA (48): Emily Wolfgang 2 1-2 5, Serra Degnan 5 0-0 10, Nicole Turner 3 0-0 6, Rachel Solano 0 1-2 1, Felicia Turner 4 1-3 9, Abby Thornton 3 0-2 6, Nicole Wright 1 0-0 2, Val Bott 1 2-2 5, Ashlee Blannett 2 0-0 4, Audrey Heidacavage 0 0-0 0, Nicole Cumbo 0 0-0 0, Vicky Sidari 0 0-2 0, Melissa Mazzitelli 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 5-15 48























MMI34916—32
Wyoming Area817175—48


3-Point Field Goals— MMI 1 (Carrato); WA 1 (Bott)


Wyoming Seminary 50, Northwest 27

Wyoming Seminary's 19-2 run in the second quarter put the game out of reach in a win at Northwest.


Gabbie Volpetti's 21 points led all scorers. Fellow Blue Knight Jordyn Rickrode dropped in three shots from three-point range and finished with 11 points.


Alivia Womelsdorf scored 15 points to lead the Rangers.



WYOMING SEMINARY (50): Jess Casterline 2 0-0 4, Tali Dressler 0 2-2 2, Jordyn Rickrode 3 2-2 11, Emily Gabriel 1 0-1 2, Shannie Cheng 0 0-0 0, Drishti Maniar 0 0-0 0, Isabella Cordaro 0 0-0 0, Miranda Pace 3 3-4 10, Katie Stemrich 0 0-0 0, Gabbie Volpetti 6 9-10 21. Totals 15 16-19 58



NORTHWEST (27): Brooke Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Angel Rollo 0 0-0 0, Brina Sotelo 0 0-0 0, Emily Buerger 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Yustat 3 0-0 8, Susie Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Faith Rierson 1 0-0 2, Olivia Piestrak 0 0-2 0, Tiffany Adams 0 0-0 0, Alivia Womesldorf 6 3-5 15, Kelsey Cook 0 0-0 0, Hailey Chapin 0 0-0 0, Bailey Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 3-7 27























Wyoming Seminary1019912—50
Northwest72612—27


3-Point Field Goals— WS 4 (Rickrode 3, Pace); NWT 2 (Yustat 2)


Lake-Lehman 65, GAR 48

Cayle Spencer poured in a game-high 30 points for Lake-Lehman.


Danae Sutliff tossed in 16 for the Black Knights, while Emily Sutton scored 10.


Brea Seabrook led the Grenadiers with 12 points.



LAKE-LEHMAN (65): Karen Yamrick 1 0-0 2, Jen Konopinski 2 0-0 5, Emily Sutton 2 6-19 10, Cayle Spencer 9 12-13 30, Bethan Williams 1 0-2 2, Danae Sutliff 7 2-2 16. Totals 22 20-24 65



GAR (48): Breana Mosier 4 0-0 8, Marena Spence 1 6-8 8, Julianna Leco 2 0-1 5, Majeedah Nealy 1 0-0 3, Lindsay Quinn 1 0-0 3, Brea Seabrook 5 2-3 12, Marie Skrepenak 4 1-2 9. Totlas 18 9-16 48























Lake-Lehman1518923—65
GAR1142013—48


3-Point Field Goals— LL 1 (Konopinski); GAR 3 (Leco, Nealy, Quinn)


Nanticoke 67, Hanover Area 34

Nanticoke rolled to a 22-5 first quarter lead over the Hawkeyes in a win at home.


Alex Brassington had 13 points to lead the Trojans, while Kayley Schinski netted four jumpers from behind the three-point arc for 12 points.


Asdone Hooper paced Hanover Area with 12 points.



HANOVER AREA (34): Asdone Hooper 4 4-8 12, Marissa Keegan 0 1-3 1, Mickie Kaminski 0 2-2 2, Julie Mizenko 1 4-6 6, Brittany Miller 0 0-0 0, Hayley Bobos 3 1-2 7, Amber Grohowski 2 0-2 4, Sam Masher 0 0-0 0, Amanda Sirak 1 0-0 2, Chyanne Fine 0 0-0 0, Tiffany McCary 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 12-24 34



NANTICOKE (67): Alex Brassington 5 2-2 13, Brittany Sugalski 0 0-0 0, Gianna Roberts 2 1-3 5, Hayley Hughes 0 0-0 0, Kayley Schinski 4 0-3 12, Kassie Schinski 3 2-2 8, Chelsea Swanberry 1 0-0 2, Abbey Zaykoski 0 0-0 0, Lauren Rinehimer 3 0-0 7, Heidi Kile 8 4-4 20, Celeste Deslich 0 0-0 0. Ttoals 26 9-14 67























Hanover Area512134—34
Nanticoke22112410—67


3-Point Field Goals— HAN 0; NAN 6 (Kay. Schinski 4, Brassington, Rinehimer)


Hazleton Area 45, Berwick 39

Hazleton Area's decisive run in the fourth quarter put away Berwick, earning the Cougars a road win.


Lexi Wolk (12), Alyssa Sitch (12) and Brianna Woznicki (10) led the way for Hazleton Area, which went 19-of-20 from the charity stripe.


Allison Rinehimer's eight points paced the Bulldogs.



HAZLETON AREA (45): Mackenzie Yori 2 3-4 8, Keanna Schoennagle 1 0-0 3, Lexi Wolk 3 6-6 12, Angie Marchetti 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Sitch 3 4-4 12, Christine Kaschak 0 0-0 0, Brianna Woznicke 2 6-6 10, Miranda Matz 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 19-20 43



BERWICK (39): Caty Davenport 2 0-0 4, Gabby Kishbaugh 2 1-2 3, Margaret Bridge 2 1-2 5, Kelly Sheptock 2 1-2 5, Taylor Montana 3 1-2 7, Bri Floryshak 1 1-3 3, Allison Rinehimer 3 2-2 8, Alexis Steeber 2 2-4 4. Totals 16 7-15 39
























Hazleton Area


8


8


11


18


—


43


Berwick


6


11


18


4


—


39



3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 4 (Sitch 2, Schoennagle, Yori); BER 0


Holy Redeemer 55, Meyers 35

Alexis Lewis scored 19 points, leading all players in a win at home for Holy Redeemer.


The Royals pulled away from Meyers over the second and third quarters They also got 12 points apiece from Alana Wilson and Alyssa Platko.


Quinniea Gross led the Mohawks in scoring with 13 points. Mackenzie Winder chipped in 11.



MEYERS (35): Brianna Dimaggio 0 0-0 0, Cathy Quinones 0 0-0 0, Salimah Biggs 3 3-4 9, Alaena Lloyd 0 0-0 0, Ebony Marshall 0 0-0 0, Sarah McCann 1 0-0 2, Quinniea Gross 6 1-4 13, Mackenzie Winder 5 1-3 11. Totals 15 5-11 35.



HOLY REDEEMER (55): Chelsea Skrepenak 1 3-4 3, Alexis Lewis 6 7-8 19, Alana Wilson 5 0-0 12, Alyssa Platko 5 2-2 12, Lydia Lawson 0 0-0 0, Sara Warnagiris 0 0-0 0, Selina Malacari 0 0-0 0, Julie Kosik 1 0-0 2, Sara Altemose 2 1-4 5, Brianna Frascella 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Prociak 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 13-18 55.























Meyers114713—35
Holy Redeemer11161216—55


3-Point Field Goals— MEY 0; HR 2 (Wilson 2)

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