The Lackawanna League girls season heats up this week with several games between the teams considered the best in their respective divisions.

None bigger, of course, than the annual borough war between Holy Cross and Dunmore which is set for Monday night. As of this rivalry needed any extra fuel, the teams enter this first clash as the No. 2 and No. 1 teams in The Times-Tribune High School Girls Basketball Poll.

Dunmore has won 11 straight to start this season, which, tacked onto a 21-0 record from last regular season and a win in its regular-season finale from the 2015-16 season and the Lady Bucks are riding a pretty impressive win streak. In fact, their last loss in the regular season came against, you guessed it. … Holy Cross. That occurred on Feb. 8, 2016. Do you remember? How can you forget?

 

BIG BLOCK

BY MARTY MYERS / STAFF WRITER

 

DUNMORE — Holy Cross coach Barry Fitzgerald has seen this before in his gym.
Seven years ago, Dunmore’s Lauren Carra hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send their fierce rivalry into overtime, a game Dunmore eventually won.
So, when Dunmore’s Maddie Martin drove to the 3-point line in the waning seconds, Fitzgerald had a bit of a flashback.
But Lauren Franklin provided a different ending to the story, blocking Martin’s running 20-footer with two seconds left, and (No. 2-ranked Holy Cross handed No. 1 Dunmore its first loss of the season, 47-45, on Monday night.
“Maddie is a really good shooter,” Franklin said. “I didn’t think I was going to block it. I just wanted to get a hand in her face so she would have some more pressure on her. But it was a great feeling.
“You just react. The whole game, I don’t like to think too much because then you overthink.”\

 

 

Holy Cross celebrates a 47-45 win over Dunmore
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

If you recall, that led to a playoff game to determine the Lackawanna Division III championship only four days later at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

And in that one, the Lady Bucks exacted some revenge.

 

LADY BUCKS BOUNCE BACK

 

BY MARTY MYERS / STAFF WRITER

 

In her four years, Dunmore’s Megan Hartshorn has been a part of a lot of wins.
But she never had the opportunity for a defining moment — until Friday night.
With less than two minutes left and Dunmore clinging to a one-point lead, Hartshorn ripped the nets with a 23-footer that gave the Lady Bucks just enough cushion to hold off arch-rival Holy Cross, 43-37, in the Lackawanna League Division III all-season playoff before a large, boisterous crown at Lackawanna College Student Union.
“I’ve never had a game-winning moment in my entire career,” said Hartshorn, who finished with six points, all on 3s. “Usually that’s Maddie (Martin) beating the buzzer or Emily (Sheehan) making an awesome drive. When that happened, I’m running down the court saying to myself, ‘Did that just happen?’ ”

 

 

Dunmore players, from left, Megan Hartshorn, Erika Bistran, Isabelle Cooper and Emily Sheehan celebrate their 43-37 victory over Holy Cross in the Lackawanna Division III all-season championship game.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

So let’s dig even deeper into this rivalry.

 

Dunmore’s Maddie Martin.

11

Lackawanna division championships in the last 12 seasons for Dunmore.

 

5

Wins by Holy Cross over Dunmore since 2013 including a 35-30 victory in the District 2 Class 2A semifinals in 2016.

 

2

Losses to team other than Holy Cross in Lackawanna division play since 2013. (Old Forge, 2 in 2012-13 season)

 

48

Wins by Dunmore in the Lackawanna League Division III in its last 50 games with only losses to Holy Cross in 2016 and Jan. 14 in 2014.

 

 


 

 

 

HEAD TO HEAD

(Since 2008-09 season)

 

DUNMORE VS. HOLY CROSS

 

Date

Winner

Score

02/07/17

Dunmore

58-44

01/16/17

Dunmore

61-45

02/22/16

Holy Cross

35-30

02/12/16

Dunmore

43-37

02/08/16

Holy Cross

47-45

01/18/16

Dunmore

56-29

02/10/15

Dunmore

79-55

01/19/15

Dunmore

61-46

02/28/14

Dunmore

57-45

02/06/14

Dunmore

37-32

01/25/14

Dunmore

62-41

01/13/14

Holy Cross

45-39

03/01/13

Dunmore

54-39

02/07/13

Holy Cross

48-44

01/14/13

Holy Cross

69-67

01/27/12

Dunmore

51-29

01/02/12

Dunmore

39-31

02/25/11

Dunmore

49-35

01/28/11

Dunmore

57-31

01/03/11

Dunmore

52-36

03/01/10

Dunmore

48-41

02/04/10

Dunmore

46-27

01/11/10

Dunmore

60-41

02/24/09

Dunmore

49-38

02/12/09

Dunmore

68-32

01/12/09

Dunmore

69-67

 

 


 

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

 

 

TOOMEY

WALSH

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1 DUNMORE vs. No. 2 Holy Cross
Monday, 7:15 p.m.
Dunmore High School

 

Dunmore

PPG

Holy Cross

PPG

Victoria Toomey

17.5

Lexi Walsh

17.5

Kelly Quinn

10.8

Abby Sempa

10.5

Lisa Tallo

9.6

Haley Bestrycki

10

Gianna Delfino

8.2

Abby Lentowski

7.2

Anna Talutto

3.6

Caroline Kranick

4.5

 

 


 

 

ON TAP

 

MONDAY

Riverside’s Julia Antoniacci
Averaging 17.5 points a game

(Varsity starts at 7:15 p.m.)
Division I
West Scranton at Valley View
Division II
Wallenpaupack at Western Wayne
Division III
⇒Holy Cross at Dunmore
Old Forge at Riverside
Carbondale Area at Lakeland
Division IV
Susquehanna at Elk Lake
Forest City at Montrose
Blue Ridge at Lackawanna Trail
Crossovers
Abington Heights at Honesdale
Delaware Valley at Scranton
North Pocono at Scranton Prep
Mid Valley at Mountain View