Three’s a charm: 3-pointers lead Nanticoke Area girls basketball to comeback win

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]
Bella Czeck (55) fights Lake-Lehman’s Madison Borum (back) and Hunter Kline (34) for the rebound. - Aimee Dilger|Times Leader
Alyssa Lewis jumps up for a Nanticoke Area layup as Lake-Lehman’s Jodie Salansky tries to stop her. - Aimee Dilger|Times Leader
Nanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewis drives into the lane during Friday night’s road win against upset-minded Lake-Lehman. - Aimee Dilger|Times Leader

LEHMAN TWP. — Throughout a season filled with surprises, the Lake-Lehman girls basketball team has made a habit of pulling off one upset after another.

Nanticoke Area didn’t want to be the latest victim.

So Lisa Radziak hit five of her six 3-point field goals in the second half Friday and the Trojanettes turned to a couple of team staples — a dizzying press defense and long-range shooting — to turn a halftime deficit into a 58-42 victory over Lehman in a high school girls basketball game at Lehman High School.

“Coach said somebody had to step up,” Radziak said. “That was my part in it, making the shots.”

The senior guard made plenty.

She buried three 3-pointers in the third quarter as Nanticoke Area turned a six-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead. Then Radziak, who opened with a 3-pointer in the first quarter, buried two more in the fourth quarter to match her career high of six 3-pointers in a single game.

For once, Radziak found space to shoot after spending most of this season facing ferocious man-to-man defense and double-teams.

“They played a 2-3 (zone), so it was a little easier to get open,” said Radziak, who finished with a team-high 18 points.

Nothing seemed easy in the first half for Nanticoke Area, which had to fight to keep its 17-game winning streak alive after a season-opening loss while improving to 13-0 at the top of the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2.

The Black Knights, who fell to 10-3 in league play and three games behind Nanticoke Area with four to play, did their best to make the Trojanettes fidget.

A 3-pointer by Savannah Purdy erased Nanticoke Area’s early 9-6 lead and evened the score at 14-14 in the second quarter. Sarah Salus followed with five straight Black Knights points and Purdy — who scored a game-high 22 points — polished off the first half with a bucket to send Lehman into intermission with a 21-15 advantage.

Maybe that shouldn’t have been shocking, considering Lehman upended WVC Division 1 leaders Hazleton Area (in a preseason tournament) and Crestwood (in a game that knocked the Comets from first place last month).

But the way Lehman went about it forced Nanticoke Area to forego its vaunted press through much of the first half while forcing a slew of flubs from the Trojanettes offense.

“I just think they got us out of our rhythm,” Nanticoke Area coach Alan Yendrzeiwski said. “It felt like we had more turnovers than points in the first half. Going in at halftime, I felt our kids were doubting themselves a little bit. We turned the ball over too much. You’ve got to score to get in it (the press).”

Things changed in the second half.

The Trojanettes forced nine of the Lehman’s 21 turnovers in the third quarter — three on steals by Alyssa Lewis — and speedy Amiah Lukowski came off the bench to harass Lehman’s ballhandlers.

Radziak took care of the rest.

Her third trey of the third quarter gave the Trojanettes a 35-29 lead with 2:50 remaining in the quarter and she opened the fourth with another 3-pointer to boost Nanticoke Area into its first double-digit lead, 44-33. Her final three came with 6:28 on the clock, and put Lake-Lehman in a 12-point hole.

“She’s one of the ones we’re talking about, not doubting who you are,” Yendrzeiwski said. “She stepped up, knocked the first one (trey) down, and I think that built her confidence up.”

Lewis added 17 points and Katie Butczynski came through with 11 as the Trojanettes remained a game up on Holy Redeemer in the Division 2 race, while keeping Lehman from joining the title chase.

“We were all off a little in the beginning,” Radziak said. “We fixed what we had to, started making some shots. I feel we were confident all the way through. We have faith in the system or press defense and working the offense. We really wanted it in the second half and got things done.”

Meyers 63, MMI Prep 11

Meyers’ Allycia Harris and Erin Morris combined for 26 points.

Kim Amentler scored a team high four points for the Preppers.

Wyoming Valley West 48, Dallas 30

Nicole Boutanos led the Spartans with 18 points.

Hanna Johnson paced Dallas with 7 points.

Hazleton Area 50, Coughlin 22

Four players scored seven points for Hazleton Area.

Yansel Perez scored six points for Coughlin.

Crestwood 47, Pittston Area 42

Julia Makowski notched 22 points for Crestwood.

Alexa Noone scored 26 for Pittston Area.

Tunkhannock 51, Wyoming Area 46

Becca Avery led the Tigers with 20 points.

Sarah Holwig had 17 in a loss for the Warriors.

Nanticoke Area 58, Lake-Lehman 42

NANTICOKE AREA (58) — Alyssa Lewis 7 3-5 17, Katie Butczynski 4 2-2 11, Maddy Grilz 0 0-0 0, Lisa Radziak 6 0-0 18, Bella Czeck 3 1-4 7, Amiah Lukowski 2 0-0 5, Lauren Casey 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-11 58.

LAKE-LEHMAN (42) — Corinna Scoblick 1 1-4 3, Madison Borum 3 0-0 7, Savannah Purdy 9 3-7 22, Sarah Salus 4 0-0 9, Jodie Salansky 0 0-2 0, Hunter Kline 0 0-0 0, Madison Brdaric 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 5-15 42.

Nanticoke Area`9`6`26`17 — 58

Lake-Lehman`6`15`12`9 — 42

Three-point goals — NAN 8 (Radziak 6, Lukowski, Butczynski); LL 3 (Salus, Purdy, Borum).

Meyers 63, MMI Prep 11

MMI PREP (11) — Kim Amentler 2 0-0 4, Julie Amentler 1 1-4 3, Maddie Perchak 1 1-2 3, Irene Altmiller 0 1-2 1, Lindsay Braunstein 0 0-0 0, Bailey Slusser 0 0-0 0, Lexie Zola 0 0-0 0, Morgan Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 3-8 11.

MEYERS (63) — Allycia Harris 7 1-6 15, Erin Morris 5 0-0 11, Amanda Gray 4 0-0 8, Sarah Bottger 4 0-0 8, Da’Nayia Ballard 3 0-0 6, Ashley Bruno 2 0-0 5, Kadijah Darboe 1 2-2 4, Bella Gray 1 0-0 2, Gaudalupe Huertero 1 0-0 2, Lataisia Jenkins 0 2-2 2, Alexis Semanek 0 0-2 0, Bailey Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Selena Soto 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 5-12 63.

MMI Prep`3`5`0`3 — 11

Meyers`12`18`21`12 — 63

Three-point goals — MEY 2 (Bruno, Morris)

Wyoming Valley West 48, Dallas 30

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (48) — Nicole Boutanos 6 6-8 18, Andi Blaski 6 0-0 13, Lindsay Gruver 4 0-0 11, Grace Giza 3 0-0 6, Aubrey Boyd 0 0-0 0, Katlyn Rincavage 0 0-0 0, Karaline Stelma 0 0-0 0, Toni Amato 0 0-0 0, Kara Mackiewicz 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-8 48.

DALLAS (30) — Hanna Johnson 3 1-1 7, Olivia Johnson 3 0-0 7, Morgan MacNeely 2 0-0 5, Hannah Doran 2 0-0 4, Gianna Centerella 1 0-0 3, Samantha Kern 1 0-0 2, Kendra Saba 0 2-2 2, Deanna Wallace 0 0-0 0, Emily Weiland 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 3-3 30.

Wyoming Valley West`11`16`12`9 — 48

Dallas`10`9`4`7 — 30

Three-point goals — WVW 4 (Blaski, Gruver 3); DAL 2 (MacNeely, O. Johnson)

Hazleton Area 50, Coughlin 22

COUGHLIN (22) — Yansel Perez 3 0-0 6, Arianna Brittingham 1 2-2 5, Le’June Berry 2 1-4 5, Abby Cicon 1 1-2 3, Molly Poray 0 3-3 3, Ajayla Butts 0 0-0 0, Kira Meager 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 7-11 22.

HAZLETON AREA (50) — Carley Krizansky 2 3-3 7, Diamond Truluck 3 1-2 7, Faith Grula 3 1-5 7, Maddie Mrochko 2 1-2 7, Virginia Yurchak 1 3-4 5, Marissa Trivelpiece 1 2-3 4, Kyra Antolick 2 2-1 4, Olivia Wolk 1 1-2 3, Abby Valente 1 0-0 3, Erin Potoskie 0 3-4 3, Mia Cundro 0 0-0 0, Brooke Boretski 0 0-0 0, Veronica Pecora 0 0-0 0, Megan Fay 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 15-27 50.

Coughlin`7`5`0`10 — 22

Hazleton Area`5`23`9`13 — 50

Three-point goals — COU 1 (Brittingham); HAZ 3 (Valente, Mrochko 2)

Crestwood 47, Pittston Area 42

PITTSTON AREA (42) — Alexa Noone 9 4-6 26, Leah Hodick 3 5-5 11, Mary Silinskie 1 0-0 3, Andrea Ruby 1 0-0 2, Emily O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Portia Weidlich 0 0-0 0, Lily Savoy 0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Pedana 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-11 42.

CRESTWOOD (47) — Julia Makowski 5 12-17 22, Andrea Shipton 4 2-2 10, Riley Magin 2 1-2 6, Sara Hopkins 2 0-2 5, Helena Jordine 1 2-4 4, Kristen Andrews 0 0-0 0, Bella Termini 0 0-0 0, Sarah Richards 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 17-27 47.

Pittston Area`9`15`11`7 — 42

Crestwood`6`13`11`17 — 47

Three-point goals — PA 5 (Silinskie, Noone 4); CRE 2 (Magin, Hopkins).

Tunkhannock 51, Wyoming Area 46

TUNKHANNOCK (51) — Becca Avery 10 0-0 20, Sam Generotti 6 1-2 13, Abby Ritz 4 3-7 11, Jess Ell 1 1-2 3, Sadie Trochak 1 0-0 3, Kelly Barber 0 1-2 1, Anna Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-13 51.

WYOMING AREA (46) — Sarah Holwig 5 5-5 17, Cassidy Orzel 6 3-6 15, Aleah Kranson 2 1-6 5, Kristi Skok 1 0-0 2, Ellie Glatz 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Nocchi 1 0-0 2, Nicole Silinskie 1 0-0 2, Maria Amato 0 1-2 1, Jalen Rhodea 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-19 46.

Tunkhannock`7`8`16`20 — 51

Wyoming Area`6`12`8`20 — 46

Three-point goals — TUN 1 (Trochak); WA 2 (Holweg 2)

Bella Czeck (55) fights Lake-Lehman’s Madison Borum (back) and Hunter Kline (34) for the rebound.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020318Nanticoke-V-Lehman2.jpgBella Czeck (55) fights Lake-Lehman’s Madison Borum (back) and Hunter Kline (34) for the rebound. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader

Alyssa Lewis jumps up for a Nanticoke Area layup as Lake-Lehman’s Jodie Salansky tries to stop her.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020318Nanticoke-V-Lehman1.jpgAlyssa Lewis jumps up for a Nanticoke Area layup as Lake-Lehman’s Jodie Salansky tries to stop her. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader

Nanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewis drives into the lane during Friday night’s road win against upset-minded Lake-Lehman.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_TTL020318Nanticoke-V-Lehman3.jpgNanticoke Area’s Alyssa Lewis drives into the lane during Friday night’s road win against upset-minded Lake-Lehman. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader

By Paul Sokoloski

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