With all of the much-deserved attention focused on Abington Heights and its historic run to a PIAA Class 5A Championship, the Lackawanna League senior all-stars took a little bit of a backseat.

Still, the players, many who played their final games in high school, showed off their talents at 3-point shooting, dunking, and dominating.

In the annual Lackawanna League girls game hosted by Forest City, the Red Team defeated the Blue Team, 64-58, behind 20 points from team Most Valuable Player Abby Pidgeon of Valley View.

 

Valley View senior Abby Pidgeon.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens

 

Valley View’s Pidgeon shines in all-star game

 

 

Pidgeon

FOREST CITY — It took just four minutes for Abby Pidgeon to change the complexion of Monday’s Lackawanna League Girls All-Star Game.

The Valley View senior hit every field goal she attempted and drained a pair of free throws, sparking the Red team, comprised mainly of players from Division III and IV, to a 64-58 win over the Blue team of Division I and II players in the annual game at Forest City Regional High School.

“I was just going for it and they kept going in, so I was like, ‘Okay, might as well,’ ” said Pidgeon, who scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to earn MVP honors for her team. “That’s pretty cool. I wasn’t expecting that. I was just expecting to come here and have fun.”

 

PREGAME CONTESTS

 

Scranton Prep swept as Alaina Weston won the free-throw competition and Claire Szymanski claiming the 3-point event.

 

Alaina Weston

Claire Szymanski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

Blue — Sarah Kaneski 4 2-4 10, Hannah Roedel 3 0-0 7, Courtney Varcoe 2 3-8 7, Alaina Weston 3 0-0 7, Sharon Houlihan 2 0-0 6, Holly Daveski, 1 2-2 5; Nadja Brown 2 1-2 5, Olivia Gregory 2 0-0 4, Sarah Keast 1 0-0 3, Raven Rozina 1 0-0 2, Claire Szymanski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 8-16 58.

Red — Abby Pidgeon 6 8-10 20, Alexandra Nocera 4 3-5 11, Haley Clauss-Walton 4 3-4 11, Lauren Owens 3 2-6 8, Amelia Zazzera 2 0-0 5, Natalie Sottile 2 0-0 5, Skylar Fortuner 0 2-2 2, Jenn Nguyen 0 1-2 1, Lexie Kwiatkowski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 19-29 64.

Blue 16 21 15 8 — 58

Red 8 18 27 10 — 64

3-point goals: Houlihan 2, Daveski, Weston, Keast, Roedel. Zazzera, Sottile. Rebounds: Blue 41 (Daveski 7), Red 47 (Pidgeon 11). Assists: Blue 9 Szymanski 4), Red 9 (Nguyen 3). Steals: Blue 10 (Kaneski 3), Red 7 (Nocera 2). Blocks: Blue 4 (Daveski 2), Red 5 (Pidgeon 2).

 

North Pocono’s Sarah Kaneski that Blue Team MVP.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens

 

 


 

Mid Valley’s JJ Glinsky.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens

 

 

SCRANTON DUO, MID VALLEY’S GLINSKY STEAL SHOW

 

 

BY CHRISTIAN MCVEIGH / STAFF WRITER

 

ARCHBALD — The high school basketball careers of 25 of the area’s top seniors ended Tuesday night in the Lackawanna League boys basketball all-star game at Valley View High School.

The Blue Team defeated the Red Team, 100-99, but the score or winning team hardly mattered.

Harbin

It was a fun night, but it was especially fun for Mid Valley guard J.J. Glinsky, who won the 3-point contest prior to the game, beating Mountain View’s Kyle Streich in the final round. He went on to score 20 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter and six in the game as a member of the Red Team. That performance lead to him also being voted MVP of his team.

“It’s cool being friends playing together one last time,” Glinsky said. And it’s really cool winning it (the 3-point contest). It’s a great feeling. I just think I can score any time and shoot any time. That’s it.”

Scranton’s Ky’ron Harbin and Robbie McAndrew also put on a show for the Blue Team. Harbin scored 11 points and McAndrew scored 15, but it was Harbin’s dazzling display of passing and powerful rebounding that earned him the MVP of his team. He also got the crowd on its feet a few times in true all-star game fashion with some rim-rattling dunks.

“It’s a great feeling to play as teammates with opposing teams,” Harbin said. “I guess we just showed that we can all come together as one and just have fun.”

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

Red — Pat Galvin 1 0-0 2, JJ Galinsky 7 0-0 20, Anthony DeGori 8 0-0 19, Noah Yates 3 0-0 7, Joe Thiel 5 0-0 10, Evan Carubba 0 0-0 0, Hassan Keys 2 0-0 4, Nathan Fangio 2 1-2 5, Dylan Kelly 2 0-0 4, Chris McLafferty 3 0-0 8, Collin Scherer 0 0-0 0, Marcos Eccheveria 6 0-0 12, Dakota Knehr-Cook 2 0-0 6, Shawn Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals: 42 1-2 99.

Blue — Ky’Ron Harbin 5 0-0 11, Rierdan Reyan 3 0-0 6, Wes Simons 3 0-0 6, Shayne Merrifield 5 0-0 14, Robbie McAndrew 6 0-0 15, Jacob Peck 3 0-0 8, Kyle Streich 2 0-0 4, Brandon Nee 2 0-0 6, Joey Verespey 8 0-0 19, Kevin Welsh 1 0-0 2, Alex Showalter 1 0-0 3, Eric Lee 3 0-0 6. Totals: 42 0-0 100.

Red 19 28 20 32 — 99

Blue 19 25 21 35 — 100

3-point goals: J. Galinsky (R) 6, A. DeGori (R) 3, C. McLafferty (R) 2, D. Knehr-Cook (R) 2, N. Yates (R), S. Merrifield (B) 4, R. McAndrew (B) 3, J. Verespey (B) 3, J. Peck (B) 2, B. Nee (B) 2, K. Harbin (B), A. Showalter (B).

 

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens