GIRLS HOOPS: Dragons, Knights, Wolverines earn wins in girls hoops

Round one of the 2012-13 varsity girls basketball Backyard Brawl series goes to Eisenhower.

Despite trailing for much of the first half, the Lady Knights took firm control of the contest late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter of a 46-37 victory over Youngsville Tuesday at Youngsville High School.

“After falling behind early, we wanted to pick up the intensity, push the ball and attack the rim,” said Eisenhower girls coach Mike Logue. “I felt like we did that in the second and third quarters. We got to the line eight times in each of the second and third quarters and that kind of sparked us.”

Youngsville (1-8) took advantage of its fired up home crowd and some cold Ike shooting to lead 9-4 after the opening quarter. The Knights (4-4) began to chip away from there and the visitors finally took the lead for good with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.

With Youngsville within five (17-12) at halftime, the Knights put together a quick, third quarter run to take firm control of the contest. Kristen Williams scored eight of her game-high 22 points for the Knights in the third and Eisenhower led 36-23 after three quarters.

The Lady Eagles clawed into the lead during the fourth quarter, but never got closer than eight points.

Logue praised the strong effort of Williams and was also pleased with the bench minutes provided by Haylie Birt and Mallory Trumbull.

“Those girls really helped us early on when we had some players in foul trouble,” said Logue. “They entered the game and we didn’t lose a thing. They played extremely well.”

Brooke Stanton and Alyssa Peterson scored six points to go along with Williams’ 22. Stanton had a team-high six boards, Holly Chapman had four rebounds, Williams dished out three assists and Peterson finished with five blocks and three assists.

Youngsville got 16 points from Karissa Cratty, 11 points from Katie Chuzie and eight points from Kennedy Cratty.

The Lady Knights will try to go above the .500 mark Thursday when they host Rocky Grove. Youngsville hosts Cochranton that same night.

The Knights were a 28-12 winner in the junior varsity game. Emily McJunkin led the Knights with eight points while Jorie Clark paced the Lady Eagles with five points.

EISENHOWER (46): Kristen Williams 7 4-8 22, Holly Chapman 1 0-2 2, Halie VanOrd 1 0-2 2, Dakota Williams 1 0-0 2, Mallory Trumbull 0 0-0 0, Brooke Stanton 3 0-0 6, Haylie Birt 0 0-0 0, Danielle Bradish 1 2-2 4, Alyssa Peterson 1 4-7 6, Totals: 16 10-21 46

YOUNGSVILLE (37): Kelsey Anderson 0 1-4 1, Katelyn Maille 0 0-3 0, Karissa Cratty 5 6-11 16, Jorie Clark 0 0-0 0, Katie Chuzie 3 5-6 11, Jessica Jameson 0 1-1 1, Judi Lewis 0 0-0 0, Kennedy Cratty 2 4-12 8, Totals: 10 17-37 37

Eisenhower 4 13 19 10 – 46

Youngsville 9 3 11 14 – 37

3-pointers: E- K. Williams 4; Y- None

Junior varsity game

EISENHOWER (28): Meghan Hagberg 0 1-2 1, Taylor Haner 3 0-0 6, Bailey Burch 0 0-0 0, Mallory Trumbull 2 0-0 4, Haylie Birt 1 0-0 3, Shania Spicer 0 0-0 0, Abby Lundmark 0 0-0 0, Allie Schutt 1 0-0 2, Emily McJunkin 3 2-2 8, Kristen Wagner 2 0-1 4, Totals: 12 3-5 28

YOUNGSVILLE (12): Aubree Hendrickson 0 4-4 4, McKenzie Harrington 0 0-0 0, Jorie Clark 1 2-5 5, Katie Chuzie 0 0-2 0, Jessica Jameson 0 0-4 0, Judi Lewis 0 0-0 0, Kylee Edmisten 0 0-0 0, Savannah Pollow 1 1-2 3, Totals: 2 7-15 12

Eisenhower 9 11 2 6 – 28

Youngsville 4 1 2 5 – 12

3-pointers: E- Birt; Y- Clark

Warren 75, Fort LeBoeuf 32

It didn’t take long for the Warren girls to bounce back from their first loss of the season three days ago.

The Lady Dragons rode the strength of a 23-3 second quarter en route to a 75-32 Region 6 win over Fort LeBoeuf Tuesday night at Warren Area High School.

“We had a little bit of a slow start, but eventually our shots started to fall,” said Warren coach Lisa Ruhlman. “We still have more work to do, but it was a good region win.”

The Dragons were led offensively by Jaimie Eaton, who poured in a game-high 21 points along with eight assists. D.J. Hahn finished with 18 points, and Alexa Bupp added 15 in the win. Bupp and Paige Wilson grabbed nine rebounds each for Warren.

The Dragons (8-1 overall, 1-0 in region) will look to stay on the winning track Saturday when they travel to Erie for a non-region game with Central Tech.

Warren claimed a victory in the junior varsity game, 32-22. Amy Castagnino led the way with nine points, while Meghan Loutzenhiser and McKenzie Merenick each scored seven.

FORT LEBOEUF (32): Deemer 4 1-2 9, Orczechowski 3 0-0 7, Oberlander 0 1-2 1, Surrena 2 0-0 4, Jaroszewicz 2 0-0 4, Ebert 0 2-2 2, Newell 1 2-4 4, Patterson 0 1-2 1, Totals 12 7-12 32.

WARREN (75): Jaimie Eaton 8 3-5 21, Taylor Mineweaser 3 0-0 9, Alexa Bupp 6 0-0 15, D.J. Hahn 8 2-4 18, Brittni Merenick 1 0-0 2, Paige Wilson 3 2-2 8, Kari Santo 0 0-2 0, Meghan Loutzenhiser 1 0-2 2, McKenzie Merenick 0 0-0 0, Lizzy Marsh 0 0-0 0, Amy Castagnino 0 0-0 0, Totals 30 7-17 75.

Fort LeBoeuf 10 3 11 8 – 32

Warren 12 23 17 23 – 75

3-pointers: F – Orczechowski; W – Eaton 2, Mineweaser 3, Bupp 3.

Junior varsity game

FORT LEBOEUF (22): Newell 0 1-2 1, Boyd 5 3-4 14, Patterson 1 1-2 3, Ebert 1 2-2 4, Totals 7 7-10 22.

WARREN (32): Ashlee McClure 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Sedon 0 0-0 0, Megan Smoulder 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Adams 0 1-2 1, Meghan Loutzenhiser 1 4-6 7, Amy Castagnino 4 1-3 9, McKenzie Merenick 3 1-2 7, Brittany Massa 0 0-0 0, Lexi Ednie 0 0-0 0, Lizzy Marsh 3 0-0 6, Nerissa McIntyre 1 0-0 2, Totals 12 7-13 32.

Fort LeBoeuf 8 2 6 6 – 22

Warren 12 5 11 4 – 32

3-pointers: F – Boyd; W – Loutzenhiser.

Sheffield 43, Smethport 31

Sheffield’s girls basketball team has already surpassed its win total from last season after a 43-31 win over Smethport Tuesday at Sheffield High School.

“It was a good win tonight,” said Sheffield coach Jeff Labesky, whose Lady Wolverines are 4-6 overall. “We’re moving in the right direction. We played a little better defense tonight.”

In fact, up 25-23 at halftime, Sheffield held Smethport scoreless in the third quarter and never looked back.

Kaitlin Smead scored 15 of Smethport’s 23 points in the first half before Sheffield’s Abby Labesky and Ashley Davidson helped hold her to three points in the second half.

Labesky and Jen Isenberg had 15 points each to lead Sheffield, which hosts Ridgway on Wednesday. Labesky had a season-high nine assists, Hannah Vile had a season-high 16 rebounds, and Hanna Fitch added eight rebounds in the win.

SMETHPORT (31): Funk 1 0-0 2, Smead 6 4-6 18, Okerland 0 5-7 5, Mead 2 2-4 6. Totals 9 11-17 31.

SHEFFIELD (43): Hannah Vile 2 3-4 7, Hana Fitch 0 0-2 0, Ashley Davidson 2 0-0 6, Abby Labesky 5 3-4 15, Jen Isenberg 7 0-0 15, Tierra Hansen 0 0-0 0, Jade Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-10 43.

Smethport 11 12 0 8 – 31

Sheffield 18 7 6 12 – 43

3-pointers: Sm-Smead 2; Sh-Davidson 2, Labesky 2, Isenberg.

Junior varsity game

SMETHPORT (33): Benjamin 3 0-0 7, Taggert 1 3-6 6, Lord 2 2-2 7, Nolte 3 0-0 6, Duffy 3 0-0 6, Stratton 1 1-2 3. Totals 13 6-10 33.

SHEFFIELD (32): Julia Vile 0 0-0 0, Abby Cromwell 1 0-0 2, Mary Fiscus 0 0-0 0, Jade Moore 3 1-3 7, Rachel Maines 2 0-0 5, Mariah Fitzgerald 2 0-0 4, Tierra Hanson 7 0-0 14. Totals 15 1-3 32.

Smethport 7 7 9 10 – 33

Sheffield 9 6 6 11 – 32

3-pointers: Sm-Benjamin; Sh-Maines.

Erie Bethel 45, WCCS 31

The Warren County Christian School girls basketball team delivered a gritty performance Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to record its second victory in as many nights during a 45-31 loss to Erie Bethel at WCCS.

The first quarter was ultimately the Lady Lions’ undoing as the visiting Warriors held a firm 21-6 advantage in the opening stanza of the game. Over the final three quarters, the Lady Lions would outscore Erie Bethel by a 25-24 count.

Paige Collins was a big reason for Erie Bethel’s success with 27 of her team’s 45 points. No other Lady Warriors player scored more than seven points. WCCS was led by the 15-point effort of Allyssa Kerr. Sarah Parmeter added six points and Desirae Kerr chipped in five markers.

No junior varsity game was played.

The Lady Lions (1-4) return to action Tuesday when they host Erie First Christian.

ERIE BETHEL (45): Collins 13 1-3 27, E. Trevino 2 1-2 5, Austin 2 0-0 4, S. Trevino 1 0-0 2, Fowler 3 1-2 7, Carson 0 0-2 0, Totals: 21 3-9 45

WCCS (31): Beth Root 1 0-2 2, Kyra Keeler 0 0-2 0, Dymphee Zortman 1 1-2 3, Jessica Lauffenburger 0 0-0 0, Allyssa Kerr 7 1-5 15, Sarah Parmeter 2 1-2 6, Desirae Kerr 2 1-3 5, McKenna Phelps 0 0-0 0, Totals: 13 4-16 31

Erie Bethel 21 11 10 3 – 45

WCCS 6 6 12 9 – 31

3-pointers: E- None; W- Parmeter.