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ROUNDUP: Neshannock High girls edge West Middlesex

Jan. 15—The Neshannock High girls basketball team picked up a narrow victory Saturday afternoon.

A big second quarter keyed the Lady Lancers to a 45-41 WPIAL nonsection victory over West Middlesex at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College. The event was held over the course of two days.

"Second quarter, we had a great jump. We just had some steals and layups. That was the run that saved the game because we got outscored every quarter," Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said. "It was just a little bit of sloppiness on our part. We had 18 turnovers and they were just playing us half-court, man-to-man. It's another close game that we won. That says a lot for them being young. We just hope we can improve a little bit every game. It was a good win on the road. They beat us earlier; we beat them this time."

West Middlesex led 11-7 after one quarter. Neshannock responded in the second quarter to claim a 30-20 advantage.

Rian Owens paced Neshannock (9-4) with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ainsely Allison contributed six rebounds.

West Middlesex outscored Neshannock 21-15 in the second half. Neshannock's Sophia Bonner and Nina Medure posted seven and five steals, respectively.

The Lady Lancers host Beaver Falls at 7 p.m. Monday.

Fairview 61,

Wilmington 37

It was a rough outing for the Lady Greyhounds at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College. Wilmington got a quick lead, but that fell apart shortly after.

"Fairview's a really well coached, disciplined team. We kind of struggled with their defensive intensity," Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. "We got seven up to start on them and after we got up they hit their stride defensively and offensively. They shut down Lia (Krarup) for only two foul shots. Other girls on our team were under our averages as well."

Wilmington (8-4) trailed 31-15 at the break. The Lady Greyhounds couldn't shift the momentum back in their favor in the second half.

Wilmington was outscored by one point in the third quarter for a 44-27 deficit.

Reese Bruckner paced Wilmington with 13 points.

The Lady Greyhounds travel to Conneaut Lake at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Ellwood City 66,

Sewickley Academy 34

The Lady Wolverines raced to a 29-11 lead and cruised to a nonsection home win over the Lady Panthers.

Kayla Jones paced a balanced Ellwood City Lincoln (10-5) attack with 14 points. Claire Noble and Delaney Sturgeon both contributed 11 points, while Caitlin Kreitzer and Maddy Long tossed in 10 tallies each.

Ellwood City is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Monday when it hosts Laurel.

Mercer 42,

Shenango 29

The Lady Wildcats struggled offensively in a nonsection loss to the Lady Ms at the Ron Galbreath classic at Westminster College.

Shenango scored in single digits in each of the first three quarters before netting 14 in the fourth period. The Lady Wildcats, though trailed 29-15 entering the final frame.

Addison Kays paced Shenango (3-9) with a game-high 15 points. Ella Ferrell and Elaina Edwards posted six tallies apiece for the Lady Wildcats.

Ava Godfrey garnered 10 markers for Mercer.

Shenango hosts Sewickley Academy at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Boys

New Castle 65,

Struthers 28

A big second quarter propelled the Red Hurricane to a nonsection victory over the Wildcats at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College.

New Castle (11-4) led 10-4 after the first quarter and pushed it to 35-11 at halftime.

Ralphie Blundo scored 18 points to pace the 'Canes and Damian Harrison was next with 16.

New Castle returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Seneca Valley.

Farrell 58,

Union 51

The Scotties came up short at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College against the Steelers.

"It was kind of a sloppy game. I don't think either team really played their best," Union coach Mark Stanley said. "Both teams had games the night before. We're looking to get back to section play on Tuesday and that's the turn of the section. It's a good game for us to play Farrell. They're well coached. Its just one of those things. It's a weird atmosphere."

Farrell posted 16 points to Union's seven in the first quarter. The Scotties trailed the Steelers, 33-21, at halftime.

Union's Lucas Stanley posted a game-high 31 points and had nine boards.

Farrell continued to outscore Union (6-9) in the third quarter by four points for a 47-31 margin.

Union hosts Avella at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mohawk 65,

Beaver 56

The Warriors knocked off the Bobcats in a matchup at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College.

Mohawk led 17-15 after one quarter and 33-30 at the half. The Warriors took control in the third quarter, outscoring Beaver, 16-8, for a 49-38 advantage going to the fourth quarter.

Bobby Fadden and Keigan Hopper scored 17 points each for Mohawk (8-6), while Jay Wrona chipped in with 16.

Junior Marino and Nick Kezeczowski shared game-high honors with 19 points each for the Bobcats (7-7).

Mohawk visits Neshannock at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

West Middlesex 48,

Laurel 45

The Spartans couldn't hold on to a five-point fourth-quarter lead in falling to the Big Reds at the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College.

Laurel (2-11) trailed 12-7 after the first quarter and 24-18 at the half. The Spartans regrouped in the third quarter and forged a 35-30 lead going to the final frame.

Tyler Shearer paced the Spartans with 17 markers, while Branden Faulkner and Mason Ernst added six each. The 17 points are a season high for Shearer.

Laurel hosts Northgate at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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