Athens girls top Canton to clinch NTL East crown
CANTON - Four Athens players scored in double figures as Athens defeated Canton 74-20 on Wednesday night to wrap up the NTL East title.
"This group of girls have worked hard," Athens coach Kelly Burkhart said. "They kept fighting and overall they had a good year. They worked hard and the work started last summer. They were focused on their goal."
Burkhart knows that capturing the league title is something that the seniors on the team have waited four years for.
"I think it's the goal they always wanted," Burkhart said. "They will enjoy it and then look forward to districts."
Christin Dunkling led Athens with 14 points and Monica Dougherty had 13, while Danielle Stopper finished with 12 and Mackenzie Hafer added 10.
Morgan Westbrook and Danielle Dougherty each had six points for Athens and Jensen Dunkling had five, while Kiki Riban and Rachael Donnelly each added three points and Haley Preister had two points.
Donnelly had four assists and five steals and Danielle Dougherty had four assists.
Monica Dougherty had six assists and four steals, Christin Dunkling had five boards and four steals and Hafer and Stopper each had four rebounds.
Chelsey Heatley led Canton with six and Makenzy Route had five in the game.
Abby Herman had four points, Kiana Binford and Maddy Thoren each had two points and Lizzy Tymeson had one for Canton.
Athens won the JV game 29-19 with Westbrook leading Athens with 13.
Athens will be the top seed in the Class AAA Tournament and will find out the matchups on Sunday.
"Right now it's a waiting game," Burkhart said. "We will get back to work on Monday and take it day by day,"
Wyalusing 63, Williamson 38
In their final tune-up for the District Four playoffs Thursday night, the Wyalusing Rams topped NTL West Division champion Williamson, jumping out to a 20-9 first quarter lead on their way to the win.
The Rams will finish tied for second with Williamson and Southern Columbia in the District Four standings at 17-5 and hold the first tiebreaker over Williamson with Thursday night's head-to-head win. Conference records or a coin flip will serve as the tiebreaker for who will earn the second seed behind defending District Four champ Mount Carmel (18-3).
Arielle Kneller continued her strong play down the stretch with a game-high 21 points while Kasey DeVoir and Roni Morrison each chipped in with 12, Paighton Martin added 11 and Savannah Schools finished with six and Ciera Holland added two points.
Kneller once again led the Rams on the boards with eight rebounds while Schools added seven and Morrison had six.
Ally DeVoir led the Rams with five assists while Paighton Martin had four and Schools led the Rams with two blocks. Kasey DeVoir and Paight Martin each recorded two steals to lead the team.
Cheyenne Jones paced the Warriors' offense with 19 points while Lori Horton added 10.
Williamson got five points from Kim Daugherty and four from Jenna Hugic.
The Rams also won the JV game 46-19 as Keon Copp led the Wyalusing offense with 16 points followed by Brooke Force with eight, Pam Kelley with seven and Rayelle Johnson with six. Hannah Fitzmartin and Danielle Cross led the Warriors with five points each.
Towanda 56, Troy 21
TOWANDA - Towanda got 16 points each from Alysha Grimes and Kaitlin Hallabuk in the victory on Wednesday.
Alaina Wickwire added 13 for Towanda and Laci Manning had six in the win.
Danielle Zatkos and Kayla Miller each had two points for the Black Knights and Kayla Grimes added one point.
Wickwire had nine boards and three steals, Hallabuk had eight rebounds and two assists, Grimes had six boards and Zatkos had three steals.
Troy got 11 points from Brooke Mattocks and Faith Ceely and Orinda Ackley each had three points, while Casey Baxter had two points and Kristyn Kinner added one point.
Rachel Tice had 11 rebounds, Kinner had eight boards, Ceely had six assists and Mattocks had three steals and four boards.
Towanda won the JV game 35-8 with Kayla Grimes leading Towanda with 10 and Alaina Swain and Eleena Breese each leading Troy with four.
Sayre 58, NEB 44
The Panthers jumped out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter, but Sayre fought back to lead by one at the half and they scored 33 second-half points in the win.
"Northeast Bradford came ready to play and jumped out early, but we held our composure and fought back hard," Sayre coach Bill Trump said. "It was a huge effort from our bench tonight. At one point in the second quarter we had four of the five starters on the bench with foul trouble and not only did they not allow NEB to increase the lead, they slowly chipped away at it.
In the second half it was a strong effort from Sayre that got them the win.
"Mollie (Robinson) and Kelly (Villanti) knocked won three huge threes in the second half, but the post play of (Kelsey) Young in the third and especially (Adrienne) Malorzo in the fourth is what really extended the lead. I was proud of the aggressiveness offensively. It was a great come from behind win, a great road win, and a really great effort by both teams to battle it out heading into district play."
Sayre got 19 points from Robinson and 13 each from Malorzo, Villanti and Young.
Robinson had a double-double adding 11 assists and three blocks and Young had a double-double adding 10 boards and three steals, while Villanti had four steals and four assists.
Angelia Laudermilch led Northeast Bradford with 15 and Calla Martin had 13 in the game.
Alyssa Turner had nine for the Panthers and Alyssa Coon had four, while MaKaylah Holbert finished with three.
Laudermilch had eight boards and four steals and Maddy Johnson had four assists.
Sayre won the JV game 23-20 with Alison Hickey leading Sayre with eight and Lydia Werner leading Northeast Bradford with seven.
Both teams are done until the start of districts.
Mansfield 62, Liberty 47
After an even first quarter the Tigers outscored Liberty 22-7 in the second.
Liberty played Mansfield even in the second half in their final ever girls' basketball team as a school. Liberty will close after this school year.
Mansfield got 15 each from Jackie Hillson and Emily James, while Ali Hillson finished with 10 points.
Maddie York had nine for Mansfield and Molly Wood had seven.
Simone Lichty, Kasey Powlison and Mackenzie David all finished with two points for Mansfield.
Wood had eight boards and three assists and James had six steals.
Chelsea Repard led Liberty with 16 and Ashley Graham had 15.
Kelsey Harer had nine in the game and Crystal Dietrick had three points, while Brittany Bickhart and Nicole Black had two points each.
Liberty won the JV game.