BOYS HOOPS: Warren falls to Girard in region game; Sheffield loses on Senior Night

GIRARD – Warren’s postseason hopes took another hit Friday night as the Dragons lost for the sixth time in their last nine games during a 50-43 loss to Girard at Girard High School.

With the top four teams in Class AAA Region 6 likely to qualify for the District 10 Class AAA playoffs, the Dragons (9-7 overall, 4-5 Region 6) currently sit in fifth place, a half game behind fourth-place East. The Dragons host the Warriors on Thursday, but first host Region 6 co-leader General McLane on Monday.

After losing to the Yellowjackets (12-5, 7-2) by just a single point earlier this season, the Dragons once again played a close game with third-place Girard. Warren trailed 12-10 after a quarter, but rallied back to take a 24-22 lead into intermission.

The third quarter would prove to be Warren’s undoing as the usually potent Dragons offense was limited to just four points and the Yellowjackets stormed to a 35-28 lead by the end of the stanza.

Another undoing was the discrepancy in free throw attempts. Girard held a 25-3 edge at the charity stripe, shooting 41 freebies to Warren’s seven.

“I thought we came out in the third quarter and didn’t do a very good job defensively,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “I didn’t think we played poorly on defense by holding them to 13 points, but when you only score 4 of your own, 13 is a big number.”

Berdine was also frustrated with the free throw numbers.

“There obviously was a big discrepancy at the free throw line tonight,” said Berdine. “You can read into that what you want. At times, it didn’t feel like we were fighting a fair fight tonight.”

Matt Sandberg was the lone Warren player to reach double figures with 17 points. Jacoby Passmore added eight points, Mark Davis six points and Collin Fantaskey and Tanner Stanz five points apiece.

Davis led the team in rebounding with 10 boards and Austin Jerman added seven. Davis also had four blocks and Fantaskey and Sandberg each finished with five assists.

Warren dominated the Yellowjackets in the junior varsity game, 43-14. Austin Schwanke led the winners with 12 points.

WARREN (43): Austin Jerman 1 0-1 2, Phil Hachula 0 0-0 0, Mark Davis 3 0-0 6, Matt Sandberg 7 1-2 17, Collin Fantaskey 2 0-1 5, Tanner Stanz 2 0-0 5, Andrew Hammersley 0 0-0 0, Jacoby Passmore 3 2-3 8, Jack Daley 0 0-0 0, Grayson Foley 0 0-0 0, Totals: 18 3-7 43

GIRARD (50): Bonnett 3 5-11 12, Cruz 1 0-0 2, Swanson 6 8-14 20, Dunn 2 9-10 13, McNalley 0 3-6 3, Totals: 12 25-41 50

Warren 10 14 4 15 – 43

Girard 12 10 13 15 – 50

3-pointers: W- Sandberg 2, Fantaskey, Stanz; G- Bonnett

Junior varsity game

WARREN (43): Nathan Sandberg 0 0-0 0, Austin Schwanke 3 3-3 12, Ryan Gustafson 3 1-1 7, John White 2 0-0 5, Max Gross 0 1-2 1, Scott Vasilisin 3 0-0 7, Kyle Kulka 0 0-0 0, Matt Hultquist 2 1-2 5, Jason Tipton 0 0-1 0, Justin Wright 2 1-2 5, Totals: 16 6-9 43

GIRARD (14): Dinger 0 1-2 1, Koehner 2 0-0 4, Moore 1 3-6 5, Johnson 1 2-4 4, Totals: 4 6-12 14

Warren 9 15 6 13 – 43

Girard 5 1 6 2 – 14

3-pointers: W- Schwanke 3, White, Vasilisin; G- None

Ridgway 78, Sheffield 28

If Ridgway was looking for a fast start to quiet the home crowd at Sheffield Area High School Friday night, they certainly got it.

The defending District 9 Class A champions jumped out to a 36-10 advantage in the first quarter en route to a 78-28 win over the Wolverines, which drop to 6-13 overall and remain at 0-7 in the Allegheny Mountain League North.

“We knew they were good. They’re up with Johnsonburg as the top two teams in the AML,” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch. “You’re most likely going to see those two playing for the championship. We just have to learn from a program like this and move on.”

Sheffield’s Tyler Fitzgerald posted a team-high 14 points in his last home game as a Wolverine, and nearly missed a double-double with eight rebounds on Senior Night.

“Tyler played probably his best game of the season,” said Fitch. “Without him inside, we would have struggled.”

Fellow senior Shequan Wright added eight points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Elkers (15-3, 7-1) were led by Jesse Reynolds, who poured in a game-high 27 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Wolverines will close out the 2012-13 season with a pair of road games starting Tuesday with a trip to Curwensville. They will finish next Friday at Smethport in a non-league game with the Hubbers.

Sheffield lost the junior varsity contest to the Elkers, 36-19. Nic Confer scored eight points for the Wolverines.

RIDGWAY (78): Reynolds 9 5-7 27, Bobby 0 1-2 1, Leithner 4 8-10 16, Mitchell 3 5-6 11, Byrd 5 1-4 11, Breier 2 0-0 4, J. Roselli 1 4-8 6, Stark 1 0-1 2, Totals 25 24-38 78.

SHEFFIELD (28): Dylan McNeal 0 4-6 4, Chris Pedersen 0 0-2 0, Brendan Winslow 1 0-0 2, Dylan Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Tyler Fitzgerald 7 0-0 14, Shequan Wright 4 0-2 8, Nic Confer 0 0-0 0, Brandon Kipp 0 0-0 0, Adam Higby 0 0-0 0, Jim Vile 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 4-10 28.

Ridgway 36 14 15 13 – 78

Sheffield 10 7 7 4 – 28

3-pointers: R – Reynolds 4; S – none.

Junior varsity game

RIDGWAY (36): Horning 4 2-4 11, Breier 6 1-2 13, Cowan 3 0-0 6, Lineberger 1 1-2 3, Delhunty 1 1-2 3, Totals 15 5-10 36.

SHEFFIELD (19): Nic Confer 4 0-2 8, Brandon Kipp 0 1-2 1, Adam Higby 2 0-0 4, Dan Pierson 2 0-0 4, Jim Vile 1 0-0 2, Jake Johnson 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Totals 9 1-4 19.

Ridgway 10 12 10 4 – 36

Sheffield 2 4 8 5 – 19

3-pointers: R – Horning; S – none.