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WILKES-BARRE – Slowly but surely, the big lead Nanticoke built kept eroding under furious pressure.


Alex Brassington made sure it didn't disappear.


Brassington coolly sank six free throws over the final 32 seconds Monday and added a timely steal over that stretch, helping the Trojanettes hold off Holy Redeemer's late rally 45-35 in a girls basketball game between two Wyoming Valley Conference powers at the Holy Redeemer gym.


I love pressure, Brassington said. We work on it in practice, our foul shots under pressure.


No amount of preparation, though, could really simulate what Nanticoke went up against during the game's final few minutes.


That commanding 13-point lead the Trojanettes built midway through the second quarter dwindled down to four when Redeemer's Alyssa Platko converted a rebound bucket with 4:33 remaining to pull the Royals within 35-31.


But Brassington took charge down the homestretch.


She swished two free throws with 32 seconds to play, added two more foul shots with 13 seconds on the clock, then came up with a steal and two more free throws with five seconds remaining – finishing with the game's final six points while drawing cheers from Nanticoke's bench.


Oh yeah, Trojanettes coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said, we like having our point guard with the ball at the end to make free throws. She can do that.


She can make plays at the beginning, too.


Brassington drilled a three-point basket and a regular goal and Brittany Sugalski added four points as Nanticoke roared to a 14-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.


I wasn't surprised, Brassington said. We were really worked hard at practice for this game.


Nanticoke's advantage grew to 18-5 in the second quarter behind Brassington, who hit all 10 of her free throws and finished with a game-high 17 points.


Obviously, we didn't come ready to play, Redeemer coach Chris Parker said. Nanticoke's a very good team. I've never seen a team in this area that has more hard-nosed kids, talented or not talented, who just show up and play – and play hard.


They're just a tough, physical, aggressive team.


Redeemer toughened up in the second half.


The Royals, who managed just 11 points through the first two quarters, scored 11 in the third quarter and closed within 25-20 on a bucket by Alexis Lewis, who had a team-high 12 points.


Holy Redeemer is a very good basketball team. They're well-coached, Yendrzeiwski said. Even though we jumped out early, you knew they were going to come back.


Now the Trojanettes know they have what it takes to be rally-killers.


Kayley Schinski and Lauren Rinehimer connected on three-point goals to help stem Redeemer's momentum during the final period. And with Nanticoke's lead on the brink of collapse, Brassington sealed the victory with her clutch shooting from the foul line.


Oh yeah, I was nervous, Brassington said. But I knew we had to push ourselves. It really picks our confidence up to know we can beat a very good team.



NANTICOKE (45): Brittany Sugalski 2 0-0 4, Kayley Schinski 3 3-4 11, Alex Bressington 3 10-10 17, Lauren Rinehimer 1 0-0 3, Kassie Schinski 2 0-0 4, Heidi Kile 1 2-2 4, Gianna Roberts 0 2-4 2, Chelsea Swanberry 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 17-20 45.



HOLY REDEEMER (35): Lydia Lawson 1 1-2 3, Alana Wilson 1 0-0 3, Alyssa Platko 5 1-6 11, Alexis Lewis 5 2-3 12, Sara Altemose 0 0-0 0, Sarah Warnagiris 2 0-0 4, Brianna Frascella 0 0-2 0, Chelsea Skrepenak 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 4-13 35.























Nanticoke 146916—45
Holy Redeemer561113—35


3-Point Field Goals— NAN 4 (K. Schinski 2, Bressington, Rinehimer); HR (Wilson).


Pittston Area 49, Dallas 47

Pittston Area turned things around in the second half, holding Dallas to six and eight points in the third and fourth quarters to pull away.


Mia Hopkins led the quartet of Pittston Area's scorers with 15 points. Liz Waleski and Eastin Ashby each added 12 and Allie Barber netted 10.


Tanner Englehart and Samantha Missal each scored 11 for the Mountaineers.



DALLAS (47): Ashley Dunbar 3 1-4 9, Tanner Englehart 5 1-2 11, Talie Szatkowski 2 0-0 4, Jessica Hiscox 2 0-0 5, Samantha Missal 4 0-0 11, Katy Comitz 2 0-0 6, Maggie Michael 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 3-6 47



PITTSTON AREA (49): Allie Barber 5 0-3 10, Jamie Chisdock 0 0-0 0, Liz Waleski 5 0-1 12, Jacqueline Rabender 0 0-0 0, Mia Hopkins 6 3-9 15, Ali Brady 0 0-0 0, Eastin Ashby 6 0-0 12. Totals 22 3-17 49.























Dallas221168—47
Pittston Area13101412—49


3-Point Field Goals— DAL 8 (Missal 3, Comitz 2, Dunbar 2, Hiscoz); PA 2 (Waleski 2)


MMI Prep 44, Wyoming Seminary 39

Kristen Purcell scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, helping MMI Prep edge Wyoming Seminary.


Purcell also grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double. Kayla Karchner added 10 points and six rebounds. Rachel Stanziola also scored 10.


Gabbie Volpetti scored 20 points and Miranda Pace netted 13 for Seminary.



WYOMING SEMINARY (39): Jess Casterline 0 0-1 0, Emily Gabriel 3 0-0 6, Miranda Pace 4 5-6 13, Gabbie Volpetti 4 12-16 20, Tali Dressler 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Rickrode 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Stemrich 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 17-23 39.



MMI PREP (44): Kristen Purcell 4 3-7 11, Rachel Stanziolo 4 2-2 10, Maria Corrato 2 3-6 7, Hayle Shearer 2 1-2 5, Kayle Karchner 4 2-3 10, Aries Klesh 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 12-22 44.























Wyoming Seminary155910—39
MMI Prep861317—44


3-Point Field Goals— none.


Wyoming Area 47, Hanover Area 35

Wyoming Area used a 14-4 second quarter to take control of the game and notch a win at Hanover.


Serra Degnan went 13-of-14 from the foul line on her way to a game-high 19 points for the Warriors. Abby Thornton scored 13.



WYOMING AREA (47): Emily Wolfgang 1 4-6 6, Serra Degnan 3 13-14 19, Nicole Turner 2 3-6 7, Abby Thornton 6 1-2 13, Nicole Cumbo 0 0-0 0, Felicia Turner 0 0-0 0, Nicole Wright 0 0-0 0, Ashlee Blannet 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 21-30 47



HANOVER AREA (35): Asdone Hooper 2 2-4 6, Marissa Keegan 1 0-0 2, Brittany Miller 3 0-0 7, Julie Mizenko 1 1-2 3, Haylee Bobos 2 1-2 5, Amber Grohowski 2 0-2 4, Samantha Masher 0 1-2 1, Chyanne Fine 2 1-3 5, Tiffany McCary 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 8-16 35























Wyoming Area11141012—47
Hanover Area124910—35


3-Point Field Goals— WA 0, HA 1 (Miller)


Lake-Lehman 55, Meyers 44

A 20-10 third quarter in Lake-Lehman's favor turned the game to the Black Knights.


Danae Sutliff led all scorers with 25 points for the winners while Cayle Spencer tossed in 20.


Quitterriua Gross led the Mohawks with 20 points.



LAKE-LEHMAN (55): Jen Konopinski 1 0-0 3, Emily Sutton 2 0-0 5, Cayle Spencer 5 9-10 20, Bethany Williams 0 0-2 0, Molly Storz 1 0-0 2, Danae Sutliff 10 2-2 25. Totals 19 11-14 55



MEYERS (44): Brianna Dimaggio 0 1-2 1, Salimah Biggs 3 0-0 6, Alaena Lloyd 2 0-0 5, Quinniea Gross 4 0-0 8, Quitterriua 9 1-2 20, Mackenzie Winder 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 2-4


44























Lake-Lehman10132012—55
Meyers11131010—44


3-Point Field Goals— LL 6 (Sutliff 3, Spencer, Sutton, Konopinski); MEY 2 (Lloyd, Quit. Gross)


GAR 51, Northwest 28

GAR suffocated Northwest with a 14-2 final quarter to secure the win at home.


Brea Seabrook led the Grenadiers with 19 points while Breana Mosier and Marena Spence chipped in 14 and 10, respectively.


Alivia Womelsdorf scored 16 points to lead the Rangers.



NORTHWEST (28): Angel Rollo 0 0-1 0, Brina Sotelo 2 0-1 5, Kelsey Yustat 3 0-0 7, Alivia Womelsdorf 8 0-1 16, Bailey Taylor 0 0-0 0, Susie Mendegro 0 0-0 0, Emily Buerger 0 0-0 0, Tiffany Adams 0 0-0 0, Faith Rierson 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 0-3 28



GAR (51): Breana Mosier 6 2-2 14, Marena Spence 3 4-7 10, Qwynn 1 0-0 2, Luianna Leco 1 2-2 4, Brea Seabrook 9 1-5 19, Marie Skrepenak 1 0-0 2, Sharell McCollum 0 0-1 0, Majeedah Nealy 0 0-1 0. Totals 21 9-18 51























Northwest69112—28
GAR6171414—51


3-Point Field Goals— NW (Sotelo, Yustat); GAR 0


Hazleton Area 49, Coughlin 17

Hazleton Area came out strong early and left Coughlin with a win.


Grazia DeVita and Brianna Woznicki each scored 10 points to lead the Cougars.


Mary Tona and Marissa Ross each had six points for Coughlin.



HAZLETON AREA (49): Mackenzie Yori 2 1-1 5, Grazia DeVita 3 2-2 10, Lexi Wolk 1 0-0 2, Angie Marchetti 0 0-0 0, Becky Marchetti 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Sitch 1 1-2 3, Christie Kaschak 1 0-0 2, Brianna Woznicki 5 0-0 10, Sydney Walser 0 2-2 2, Justine James 0 0-0 0, Briannie Silva 0 2-2 2, Maria Trivelpiece 2 1-2 5, Francesca Matricino 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-11 49.



COUGHLIN (17): Savanah Robinson 0 0-1 0, Cami Ivey 0 0-2 0, Cassidy Steligo 0 1-6 1, Mary Tona 3 0-3 6, Calie Reed 0 0-0 0, Georgetti 0 0-0 0, Kim Martinez 1 2-2 4, Marissa Ross 3 0-4 6, Casey Lello 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 3-18 17























Hazleton Area1316119—49
Coughlin4454—17


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 2 (DeVita 2); COU 0

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