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ROUNDUP: Neshannock girls roll to win over Beaver Falls

Jan. 15—The Neshannock High girls basketball team looked strong against Beaver Falls in a key WPIAL Section 1-3A matchup Monday night.

A big second quarter carried the Lady Lancers to a 70-40 home win over the Lady Tigers.

The game was a battle of teams tied atop the section standings. Neshannock (5-0 section, 1-4 overall) put it in cruise control in the second half en route to sole possession of first place in the league.

Beaver Falls slips to 4-1, 9-4.

"I think this was probably the best all-around game we have played this year," Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski said. "We played with poise, we took care of the ball, we shot it well and we rebounded it well.

"They played us some man, some 3-2. We attacked the basket well. We drew a lot of fouls. That was part of the game plan. We got beat a couple of times and gave up some layups. I'm really proud of the kids. They played great."

Neshannock built a 21-16 advantage after one quarter and pushed it to 43-25 at the half.

"I don't think they feel the pressure. They just go play the game," Grybowski said. "They play hard.

"The hustle is there. You won't hear me complain about the effort. The effort was exceptional."

Jaidon Nogay paced a balanced Lady Lancers attack with 22 points and four steals. Payton Newman notched 13 markers and 10 rebounds, while Rian Owens chipped in with 10 tallies and six boards.

Sophia Bonner bucketed nine points with four steals and four assists for the winners. Ainsley Allison added seven points and six rebounds.

Neshannock was 23 of 48 from the floor and 19 of 27 from the free-throw line.

"This was probably our best outing shooting from the field and at the line," Grybowski said.

Neshannock visits Moniteau at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Ellwood City 64,

Laurel 31

The Lady Wolverines cruised to a Section 1-3A home win over the Lady Spartans.

Ellwood City Lincoln (3-2, 11-5) built a 26-3 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 39-10 at recess.

Elsie Sturgeon scored 14 points to lead the Lady Wolverines. Caitlin Kreitzer and Delaney Sturgeon supplied 13 tallies apiece. Claire Noble netted 11.

Morgan Barker bucketed 14 points for Laurel (1-4, 4-11) and Lexi Krol contributed 10.

Ellwood City returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Union. Laurel entertains Greenville at noon Saturday.

Mars 62,

New Castle 46

The Lady 'Canes dropped a Section 2-5A home matchup to the Lady Planets.

New Castle (0-6, 2-13) trailed 19-12 after the first quarter and 29-21 at the half. Mars pushed the advantage to 51-33 going to the fourth quarter.

"I thought as a team, obviously, it's not the outcome we want," Lady 'Canes coach Kara DiNardo-Joseph said. "We're here to win games.

"I thought we passed better. But, we have to box out. If we don't box out, we won't get rebounds. They will go right over us and get easy rebounds and easy buckets. That's what happened to us tonight. We need to push our bodies back and push the tempo. We need to clean it up there."

Rihanna Boice paced New Castle with 21 and nine rebounds. Raegan Hudson followed with 13 points, five boards and five assists.

"Boice and Hudson played a heck of a game for us," DiNardo-Joseph said. "We have to keep that grit and grind going and pull one out."

Cecilia Christy collected 16 points to pace Mars (3-2, 7-6).

New Castle hosts Hampton at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mohawk 43,

Riverside 28

The Lady Warriors pulled away for a Section 1-3A road victory over the Lady Panthers.

Mohawk raced to a 13-2 lead after one quarter before trailing 18-17 at the half. The Lady Warriors rallied for a 30-26 advantage going to the final frame.

No other information was provided ahead of deadline.

Mohawk travels to Aliquippa at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Wilmington 63,

Conneaut Lake 33

Lia Krarup poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Lady Greyhounds to a win over the Lady Indians in a District 10, nonregion matchup.

Avery Harlan chipped in nine points for Wilmington (9-4) and Maya Jeckavitch was next with eight.

The Lady Greyhounds held a 16-9 lead after one quarter and increased it to 37-17 at the break.

Wilmington travels to Riverside at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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