H.S. Basketball: Kyra Antolick, Hazleton Area girls hold off Wyoming Area

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]
Hazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece reaches above Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel (front) for the rebound during a WVC inter-division game at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Hazleton Area’s Virginia Yurchak (32) makes a quick pass against the defense of Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Hazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece drives the ball to the basket against Wyoming Area’s Kristi Skok as Sarah Holweg of the Warriors chases the play at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. - Sean McKeag | Times Leader

EXETER — For a short stretch there, Kyra Antolick got a little gun-shy.

No more.

And no dramatic rally for Wyoming Area, either.

Antolick helped Hazleton Area make sure of it, scoring all 14 of her points in the second half Wednesday as the Cougars held off desperate Wyoming Area, 67-59, at Wyoming Area Secondary Center.

“She made some good plays when we needed them,” Hazleton Area coach Joe Gavio said. “She wants the ball. For awhile, she didn’t.”

There’s a reason for that.

“I was in a slump, really, for six games in a row,” said Antolick, the sophomore daughter of former Hazleton High basketball standout and ex-New York Yankees minor league pitcher Jeff Antolick. “I lost confidence a little bit.”

She regained it at a critical time for the Cougars.

Antolick’s big effort over the final two quarters Wednesday helped Hazleton Area improve to 8-3 in league play and remain in first place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1, just ahead of 7-4 Crestwood.

Meanwhile, Wyoming Area’s hopes of winning a Division 2 title were severely dimmed by the defeat.

The Warriors fell to 9-3 in league play, behind 11-0 Nanticoke Area and Holy Redeemer, with little more than two weeks remaining in the regular season. And Wyoming Area fell to 14-3 overall with its third loss in the last five games, after opening the season with a school-record 11-game winning streak.

Not that the Warriors went down easily.

It certainly appeared they would when Virginia Yurchak hit the first five of her 13 points as the Cougars rolled to a 15-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.

But Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel made a steal and a layup and then drained two straight 3-point goals within a two-minute stretch of the second quarter to tie the game, 18-18.

“This team’s going to give me a heart attack,” Gavio laughed. “We came out, looked like we were going to run them (the Warriors) out of the gym. Then they got hot. They started hitting everything.”

The Warriors also started pressuring Hazleton Area, forcing nine turnovers in the second quarter.

“They were giving us a little pressure and we were throwing the ball away,” Gavio groaned. “We’re better than that. We did it the Hazleton way — we let them right back in the game. Give them credit.”

Give some to Antolick and the rest of the Cougars, too.

Maddie Mrochko and Yurchak both scored five points in the second quarter while helping Hazleton Area to a 31-25 halftime lead, and Mrochko popped two 3-pointers as part of her game-high 17-point night in the third quarter.

But Antolick’s all-around play proved pivotal.

Right after Ellie Glatz hit a bucket to pull the Warriors within a point, Antolick closed the third quarter with two baskets for Hazleton Area to extend the lead to four points with a quarter to play.

“I knew I had to pick it up,” Antolick said. “In the last couple games, I had to pick it up.”

Antolick picked up eight more points in the final quarter, nailing a 3-pointer to give the Cougars breathing room after Wyoming Area pulled within five points and using a basket and later free throw to help fend off a Warriors team that closed within four points with 1:38 to play.

“She hit some shots to stop a couple runs, made a big play, made some good shots, made a free throw,” Gavio said. “She did a nice job at the end. They’d come back and, it was almost like a surge of adrenaline, we’d go back up by eight or 10. Then they’d come back again. But unlike in the beginning of the year when we would completely collapse, we were finding a way.

“At this point, there are no bad wins.”

Nanticoke Area 56, Dallas 41

Amiah Lukowski hit three of Nanticoke Area’s five 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Trojanettes eased away from Dallas and took sole possession of first place in the WVC Division 2.

Nanticoke Area improved to 12-0 in league play and broke out of a season-long first-place tie when Pittston Area upset Holy Redeemer.

Lukowski finished with a game-high 17 points followed by Lisa Radziak with 16 and Katie Butczynski with 12.

Gianna Centrella scored nine for Dallas.

Pittston Area 51, Holy Redeemer 48

Leah Hodick erupted for 10 of her 10 points in the third quarter and the Patriots came all the way back from an eight-point halftime deficit to stun Redeemer and drop the Royals from first place in the WVC Division 2.

Alexa Noone scored a game-high 20 points and hit four 3-point field goals, including a pair in the third quarter when Pittston Area turned a 26-18 halftime deficit into a 38-31 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Cameron Marcinkowski led the Royals with 16 points.

Wyo. Valley West 48, Tunkhannock 33

Toni Amato scored 21 points and Nicole Boutanos added 13 for Wyoming Valley west.

Abby Ritz led Tunkhannock with 10.

Lake-Lehman 56, Coughlin 21

Savannah Purdy and Sarah Salus combined to score 41 points on seven 3-pointers. Purdy had a game-high 22 on four triples whileSalus finished with 19 points and three 3-pointers.

Ajalaya Butts scored a team-high seven points to pace Coughlin.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwest 57, MMI Prep 48

The Rangers placed four players in double figures in their victory over MMI Prep.

Sam Saxe led Northwest with 18 points. Tyler Stevens and Bryce Koser added 11 each. Jaxson Yaple scored 10.

Matt Marchetti scored 25 and Marcus Kassick added 15 for MMI.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hazleton Area 67, Wyoming Area 59

HAZLETON AREA (67) — Maddie Mrochko 6 2-5 17, Marissa Trivelpiece 0 3-6 3, Virginia Yurchak 5 1-2 13, Faith Grula 2 8-11 12, Kyra Antolick 6 1-3 14, Brooke Boretski 0 0-0 0, Diamond Truluck 4 0-0 8, Mia Cundro 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 15-27 67.

WYOMING AREA (59) — Sarah Holweg 7 0-2 15, Cassidy Orzel 5 1-2 13, Kristi Skok 1 4-4 6, Aleah Kranson 2 4-8 8, Nicole Silinskie 3 1-3 9, Ellie Glatz 3 2-4 8, Mackenzie Nocchi 0 0-0 0, Maria Amato 0 0-0 0, Jalen Rhodes 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-23 59.

Hazleton Area`15`16`18`18 — 67

Wyoming Area`3`22`20`14 — 59

Three-point goals — HAZ 6 (Mrochko 3, Yurchak 2, Antolick); WA 5 (Silinskie 2, Orzel 2, Holweg).

Nanticoke Area 56, Dallas 41

DALLAS (41) — Morgan MacNeely 3 1-1 8, Hanna Johnson 0 6-6 6, Olivia Johnson 1 0-0 3, Gianna Centrella 4 0-1 9, Kendra Saba 2 2-2 7, Samantha Kern 3 2-5 8. Totals 13 11-15 41.

NANTICOKE AREA (56) — Alyssa Lewis 3 1-6 7, Amiah Lukowski 5 2-2 17, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0, Lisa Radziak 6 1-2 16, Katie Butczynski4 3-3 12, Lauren Casey 2 0-0 4, Bella Czeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 7-13 56.

Dallas`8`12`9`12 — 41

Nanticoke Area`12`10`17`17 — 56

Three-point goals –– DAL 4 (MacNeeley, O.Johnson, Centrella, Saba), NAN 9 (Lukowski 5, Radziak 3, Butczynski).

Pittston Area 51, Holy Redeemer 48

PITTSTON AREA (51) — Mary Silinskie 0 2-2 2, Emily O’Brien 1 1-2 3, Portia Weidlich 3 0-0 6, Lily Savoy 1 0-0 2, Leah Hodick 7 2-2 16, Alexa Noone 5 6-7 20, Brooklyn Pedana 1 0-0 2, Andrea Ruby 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-13 51.

HOLY REDEEMER (48) — Sarah Kuderka 1 2-2 5, Julia Andrejko 2 0-0 4, Sam Yencha 3 3-4 9, Lauren Wasiakowski 3 0-0 6, Sam Rajza 3 0-0 8, Cameron Marcinkowski 5 3-5 16. Totals 17 8-11 48.

Pittston Area`12`6`20`13 — 51

Holy Redeemer`6`20`5`17 — 48

Three-point goals — PA 4 (Noone 4); HR 6 (Marcinkowski 3, Rajza 2, Kuderka).

Wyoming Valley West 48, Tunkhannock 33

WVW (48) — Aubry Boyd 0 0-0 0, Nicole Boutanos 5 3-6 13, Karaline Stelma 3 0-0 6, Lindsey Gruver 0 0-0 0, Toni Amato 6 5-7 21,Grace Giza 3 0-0 6, Kylee Laudenslager 0 0-0 0,Meghan Brody 0 0-0 0, Kara Mackiewicz 0 0-0 0, Andi Blaski 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 8-1348.

TUNKHANNOCK (33) — Kelly Barber 1 0-0 3, Courtney Yuhas 0 0-0 0, Anna Brown 0 0-0 0, Annalise Verbeek 0 0-0 0, Jess Ell 3 0-08, Kassidy Shirtz 0 0-0 0, Sam Generotti 4 0-0 8, Abby Ritz 3 4-8 10, Becca Avery 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 4-8 33.

WVW`13`11`11`13 — 48

Tunkhannock`8`2`14`9 — 33

Three-point goals — WVW 4 (Amato 4), TUN 3 (Barber, Ell 2).

Lake-Lehman 56, Coughlin 21

COUGHLIN (21) — Ajalaya Butts 3 0-0 7, Arianna Brittingham 2 0-0 4, Kira Meager 2 0-0 4, Le’June Berry 1 0-2 2, Abby Cicon 1 0-02, Molly Poray 1 0-0 2, Yansel Perez 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 0-2 21.

LAKE-LEHMAN (56) — Savannah Purdy 9 0-0 22, Sarah Salus 7 2-2 19, Jessica Spencer 4 0-0 8, Corinna Scoblick 0 4-5 4, CourtneyHenninger 1 0-0 2, Madion Borum 0 1-2 1, Halle Jones 0 0-0 0, Madison Brdaric 0 0-0 0, Jess Salus 0 0-0 0, Jodie Salansky 0 0-0 0,Hunter Kline 0 0-0 0, Autumn Savitski 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-9 56.

Coughlin`6`2`6`7 — 21

Lake-Lehman`14`21`13`8 — 56

Three-point goals — COU 1 (Butts 1); LL 7 (Purdy 4, S. Salus 3).

BOYS BASKETBALL

Northwest 57, MMI Prep 48

MMI (48) — Zach Young 0 0-0 0, Matt Marchetti 10 3-5 25, George Palmero 2 1-3 5, Marcus Kassick 5 5-7 15, Mikc Badamo 0 0-0 0,Keefer Hoover 1 0-0 3, Dave Antolick 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-15 48.

NORTHWEST (57) — Matt Pierontoni 0 0-0 0, Tyler Stevens 5 0-0 11, Sam Saxe 6 2-2 18, Matt Saxe 1 2-2 5, Jaxson Yaple 4 0-0 10,Bryce Koser 5 1-2 11, Walker Yaple 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 7-8 57.

MMI Prep`16`2`17`13 — 48

Northwest`12`15`12`18 — 57

Three-point goals — MMI 3 (Marchetti 2, Hoover), NWT 8 (Stevens, S.Saxe 4, M.Saxe, J.Yaple 2).

Hazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece reaches above Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel (front) for the rebound during a WVC inter-division game at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_ttl010118GBBHazleton-WA1.jpgHazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece reaches above Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel (front) for the rebound during a WVC inter-division game at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Hazleton Area’s Virginia Yurchak (32) makes a quick pass against the defense of Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_ttl010118GBBHazleton-WA3.jpgHazleton Area’s Virginia Yurchak (32) makes a quick pass against the defense of Wyoming Area’s Cassidy Orzel at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. Sean McKeag | Times Leader

Hazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece drives the ball to the basket against Wyoming Area’s Kristi Skok as Sarah Holweg of the Warriors chases the play at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_ttl010118GBBHazleton-WA2.jpgHazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece drives the ball to the basket against Wyoming Area’s Kristi Skok as Sarah Holweg of the Warriors chases the play at Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Antolick, Hazleton Area regain the right touch

By Paul Sokoloski

[email protected]

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski