We’re into the first full week of the high school basketball season and…. there were no games Tuesday or Wednesday because of the winter weather. Nice.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to chit chat about.
Holy Cross started the season at No. 2 in The Times-Tribune girls basketball poll. But Monday’s loss to Western Wayne, 61-49, will undoubtedly send the Lady Crusaders downward in the poll.
The team has bigger problems, however, at least for the next few week to a month.
Junior point guard Alyssa Alfano suffered a nasty sprained ankle in practice Saturday morning, an injury that will require physical therapy and has her in a walking boot. Not good for getting the team clicking, but better now than for it to be a season-ending injury.
Prepped to go
When leading scorer Tricia Byrne graduated, the first question had to be, where are the Classics going to get their scoring? So far, no worries.
Madison Ashby stepped up to score 19 and Jess Genco clicked for 16 in a huge win in the opener, a two-point victory at Bethlehem Catholic, led by Pitt recruit Kalista Walters and ranked by pennlive.com as the No. 5 Class AAA team in the state. Prep started the year at No. 3 in the state rankings.
In Monday’s road win at Crestwood, 11 players scored for Prep and Bridget Walsh led the Classics with 11, while Genco and Clare Philbin added nine apiece. And while it’s a small sampling, Prep is averaging 57.5 points per game in its two starts. Pretty impressive.
It was an MVP-worthy performance for West Scranton junior Maria Coyne in Monday’s championship game of the Wyoming Valley West tournament.
Only problem, Coyne’s stellar effort came in a loss to Honesdale, ranked
No. 5 in The Times-Tribune poll, as senior Katie Miller took home the MVP award.
But Coyne kept the Lady Invaders in the game with a career-high 32 points which included a career-best matching seven 3-pointers, despite more than one defender on the West guard.
Her 49 points in two games makes her the leading scorer in the area, which goes nicely with her class ranking, which is third overall.
It’s early, but….
Apparently, somebody forgot to tell Forest City’s boys basketball team about this whole remaining a doormat thing. The Foresters gave third-ranked Honesdale one heckuva scare in the final of the Jerry Finan Memorial Tournament at Carbondale on Monday.
If not for a 6-0 run sparked by Adam Kelly at the 3:30 mark, the Foresters might have had a statement win in their second game. Noah Fedak led the club with 19 points, and the runners-up hit 8 of 23 from 3-point. Not great, but as a wise coach once explained to me, 33 percent from 3 is the same as 50 percent from 2.
It was an impressive enough performance to make me think they can at least be a factor, if not a contender, in the Lackawanna League Division IV race.
Of course, head coach Luke Pisarcik’s (let’s hope these don’t become his trademark) purple pants might have had something to do with throwing off Honesdale. So did early foul troubles for leading scorer Ian Langendoerfer and Kelly, who can leap out of the gym.
Definitely giving at least a B-plus to Abington Heights’ sophomore Seth Maxwell in his first career start Friday night, which resulted in eight points and 11 rebounds for the 6-9 center. Not a fair comparison, but Seth seems to be way ahead of where his brother Evan, a 6-foot-11 freshman center at Division I Liberty, was at this point in his career.
And Timmy Toro, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, was impressive, despite missing that breakaway dunk in the first minute. Toro went 7 for 12 from the floor with 17 boards and four blocks. So, the inside game looks pretty solid for the second-ranked Comets. What about the rest of the team?
Obviously, you take state Gatorade Player of the Year J.C. Show out of the mix and a team is going to struggle to find its way. But Colin Klingman was impressive from outside, and despite a 4 for 18 effort from 3, in the words of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, “ALL IS WELL!”
AH rolled to a 34-point win at Holy Cross, and did it without projected starting point guard Jordan Hollander (lacerated kidney), 6-foot-4 reserve big man Chase Wickenheiser (back) and senior guard Tyler Ksiazek (family vacation).
Could be a grand season
It’s a team sport, but here’s a look at a dozen players who could be enjoying a very special evening, celebrating their 1,000th point in the upcoming weeks and months. Through Monday’s games:
1. Katie Miller, Honesdale 982
2. Kayleigh Semion, Dunmore 935
3. Gab Giordano, Holy Cross 878
4. Olivia Kosin, Holy Cross 846
5. Sarah Totsky, Carbondale 824
6. Rebecca Carmody. West. Wayne 827
7. Bridgette Mann, Wallenpaupack 822
8. Makenna Whitaker, Mtn. View 810
9. Kaitlyn Lewis, North Pocono 797
10. Mariah Maciejewski, Dunmore 788
11. Rachel Carmody. West. Wayne 770
12. Meghan Gilhool, Montrose 709