GIRLS HOOPS: Eagles win home game over Sheffield

If the first meeting between Youngsville and Sheffield was any indication, Thursday night’s game between the two teams would go down to the wire. Sheffield claimed a victory in that game nearly two months ago, but this time it was the Lady Eagles that came from behind for a 46-42 win on Senior Night at Youngsville High School.

“I was very happy, especially because it was Senior Night,” said Youngsville coach Dave Becker. “We had a rough first half, but I’ve been telling them that the season isn’t over. We have the talent, we have the ability, and we’ve shown improvement. This one was all about the girls.”

The Lady Eagles dug themselves a hole early on, spotting the visitors a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and going into the half trailing 28-18.

After a few halftime adjustments, Youngsville came back strong with a 15-6 third quarter, and took their first lead of the game early in the fourth. The defense clamped down on the Lady Wolverines, and holding on to a three point lead with under a minute remaining, Karissa Cratty hit a clutch free throw to put the game out of reach and give Youngsville it’s fifth win of the season.

Kennedy Cratty led all scorers with 20 points for the Eagles, including a 10-15 performance from the foul line, while Karissa Cratty added 13.

Jen Isenberg and Abby Labesky paced the Wolverine attack with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Thursday’s loss marks the end of the season for Sheffield, which finishes up with an overall record of 7-15, and an Allegheny Mountain League record of 1-9. Youngsville (5-14 overall, 1-9 in Region 3) will be in action three times next week to close out it’s season, starting with a Region 3 road contest at Saegertown on Monday.

The Lady Wolverines used a 22 point fourth quarter to down Youngsville in the junior varsity game, 52-27. Tierra Hansen scored a game-high 17 points for Sheffield, while teammates Mariah Fitzgerald and Abby Cromwell added 15 and 10, respectively. Jorie Clark paced the Lady Eagles with 13 points, and Aubree Hendrickson added 11 in the loss.

SHEFFIELD (42): Jen Isenberg 7 2-4 15, Hannah Vile 2 1-2 5, Hanna Fitch 2 0-0 4, Ashley Davidson 0 0-2 0, Abby Labesky 4 2-4 14, Tierra Hansen 2 0-0 4, Mariah Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0, Jade Moore 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 5-12 42.

YOUNGSVILLE (46): Kennedy Cratty 5 10-15 20, Karissa Cratty 6 1-5 13, Katie Chuzie 1 0-2 3, Kelsey Anderson 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Maille 1 0-2 2, Jorie Clark 2 0-0 6, Jenna Bower 1 0-0 2, Jessie Jameson 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 11-24 46.

Sheffield 17 11 6 8 – 42

Youngsville 5 13 15 13 – 46

3-pointers: S – Labesky 2; Y – Chuzie, Clark 2.

Junior varsity game

SHEFFIELD (52): Abby Cromwell 4 1-1 10, Mary Fiscus 0 1-2 1, Jade Moore 1 0-0 2, Rachel Maines 2 1-2 7, Mariah Fitzgerald 7 1-4 15, Tierra Hansen 7 3-7 17, Totals 21 7-16 52.

YOUNGSVILLE (27): Aubree Hendrickson 4 3-4 11, McKenzie Harrington 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Anderson 0 1-2 1, Jorie Clark 5 2-3 13, Jenna Bower 1 0-2 2, Judi Lewis 0 0-0 0, Kylie Edmisten 0 0-0 0, Persephanie Harkins 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 6-11 27.

Sheffield 12 13 5 22 – 52

Youngsville 6 8 10 3 – 27

3-pointers: S – Cromwell, Maines 2; Y – Clark.

Warren 40, Kane 32

KANE – Warren and Kane displayed contrasting styles on Thursday at Kane Area High School, but the Lady Dragons eventually pulled away for a 40-32 non-league win.

“It’s a completely different style than what we play every single day in District 10,” said Warren coach Lisa Ruhlman, whose Dragons are 15-4 overall. “The girls just weren’t ready for Kane’s style; they did a nice job of being ready for us. Eventually, we ran away from it with our defense.”

Tied 26-26 after three quarters, D.J. Hahn scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, many off Kane turnovers, in a 14-6 Warren fourth quarter.

“They zeroed in on Taylor (Mineweaser) and Jaimie (Eaton), so somebody had to step up and D.J. did,” said Ruhlman, whose Dragons are at first-place in Region 6 Villa Maria on Tuesday.

The Dragons also made 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch.

Kaila Jamerson, who Ruhlman said Wilson “did a nice job playing defense on,” led Kane (17-4) with 12 points and Dawn Saquin had nine.

Eaton, who has scored over 1,200 points in her career, led Warren with 15, and Mineweaser had five assists. Wilson had seven rebounds in the win.

WARREN (40): Jaimie Eaton 4-4-4-15, D.J. Hahn 5-3-6-13, Alexa Bupp 1-0-0-2, Taylor Mineweaser 2-0-0-4, Meghan Loutzenhiser 1-0-4-2 Kari Santo 1-0-1-2, McKenzie Merenick 0-0-0-0, Paige Wilson 1-0-0-2, Brittni Merenick 0 0-0 0. Totals 15-7-15-40.

KANE (32): Bedford 0-0-0-0, Dietrick 0-0-0-0, Kaila Jamerson 5-2-3-12, Kocjancic 0-0-0-0, Perry 3-0-2-6, Rich 0-0-0-0, Saquin 3-2-2-9, Bucheit 1-1-2-3, Moran 0-0-0-0, Morgan 1-0-0-2, Totals 13-5-9-32.

Warren 9 6 11 14-40

Kane 8 6 12 6-32

3-pointers: W-Eaton 3; K-Saquin.

Junior varsity game

WARREN (42): Ashlee McClure 1 0-0 2, Kaitlin Sedon 0 0-0 0, Megan Smoulder 0 0-0 0, Katlyn Adams 0 1-2 1, Nerissa McIntyre 3 0-0 6, Meghan Loutzenhiser 2 1-3 5, Amy Castagnino 3 3-5 9, McKenzie Merenick 5 0-2 10, Brittany Massa 1 0-0 2, Lizzy Marsh 3 1-2 7. Totals 18 6-14 42.

KANE (31): Coran 5 0-4 10, Truden 2 5-6 9, Johnson 5 0-0 10, Hauser 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 5-10 31.

Warren 8 12 13 9 – 42

Kane 4 6 7 14 – 31

3-pointers: None.