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Lawrence County teams sweep three-game slate in WPIAL first-round frays

Feb. 19—Lawrence County boys basketball teams were dominant Monday night.

Ellwood City Lincoln, Mohawk and Neshannock all picked up WPIAL Class 3A first-round victories to advance.

The ninth-seeded Wolverines knocked off eighth-seeded Washington on the road 53-36; the second-seeded Warriors rolled past 15th-seeded McGuffey 74-39; and the fourth-seeded Lancers cruised past No. 13, 66-40. All three teams will return to the court Thursday at times and sites to be determined.

Ellwood City will square off against top-seeded Deer Lakes. Neshannock will oppose Derry, and Mohawk will tangle with Yough.

Ellwood City (16-7) pushed a 17-11 lead after one quarter to 29-15 at the break.

Mohawk started strong and never looked back. The Warriors raced to a 22-6 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 35-20 at the break.

Bobby Fadden tossed in a game-best 25 points for Mohawk, including 11 in the first frame. Jay Wrona and JJ Nail chipped in 12 tallies apiece for the victors.

"It feels good," Fadden said of the first-round win. "We're coming off of a tough loss from Neshannock. It always hurts to lose to a rival team like that. But, we knew we had to battle back here and get a big win here."

Neshannock gradually pulled away for the win. The Lancers led 10-6 after the first quarter and 25-13 at the half.

David Kwiat netted a game-high 22 points for Neshannock (19-3) and Jaxon Mozzocio was next with 11.

Mount Pleasant is coached by Ellwood City graduate, Anne Malkowiak. Malkowiak, in her first season at the Vikings' helm, is the Lawrence County all-time girls scoring leader with 2,370 points.

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com