YATESVILLE — The task will be difficult enough. The long layoff created another situation.
Still, the women’s basketball team in the Pittston area overcame almost everything on Friday night.
The Pittston area remained right next to the long-standing Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 Power Haze Luton area throughout the second half, but Cougars refused to abandon the lead and maintained a 39-34 victory.
The Patriots (0-1 Div. 1, 8-1) were to play the fifth division game of the season on Friday night. Instead, it was their first, as the COVID-related situation during the meeting was forced to postpone four times.
“That was certainly not ideal,” said Jeff Gregory, coach of the Pittston area, where the team last played on December 29th. It’s a difficult situation, but as you know, no one feels bad about us. It’s something we can’t control. You just have to control what you can do and you have to play. “
With the start of the 8-0 non-conference, the total number of wins in the Pittston area has doubled since last season. The Patriots are approaching adding to it.
When Ava Callahan hit the corner 3 pointer, they dragged 35-33, leaving 1:45. When the Hazelton area missed a free throw, they went down 37-34 with 17.3 seconds remaining.
That last chance ended when Sophia Shults of the Hazleton Area grabbed the rebound and led to the end-of-game basket by Lacie Kringe.
“Give credit (Pittston area). They did a good job,” said Joe Gavio, a longtime coach in the Hazelton area. “They threw us a lot. They kept switching box-and-one, but we weren’t ready for that. It surprised us and we. I was throwing everything at. “
The defense of the Pittston area led to a sequence of four consecutive stops past the midpoint of the third quarter. This effort resulted in only one point on the attacking side, resulting in a 25-24 Hazelton area.
The Cougars (4-0 Div. 1, 9-3) finished the third with a 6-0 run, opened 4th in Klinge’s basket and raised the lead to 33-24. However, after the third time at 5:25, the Pittston area counterattacked despite no field goal.
Amanda Fas scored two rebounds and Daniela Ranieri’s drive reduced the deficit to 33-30 at 5:12 for the fourth time. Later, the Pittston area stole, but failed to capitalize. The Patriots’ last lead was 17-16 in the middle of the second quarter. Klinge’s 3 pointers permanently returned the lead to Cougars.
“I thought our kids were hanging out to give them a chance to win in the end, but there were big moments in the game that didn’t play as needed.”
Hazelton Area 39, Pittston Area 34
Hazelton area (39) — Kyli Kilker 0 0-0 0, Lacie Kringe 7 2-5 18, Kaci Kilker 2 0-2 4, Olivia Williams 0 0-0 0, Taylor Kilker 0 0-0 0, Sophia Shults 7 0-0 14, Brianna Kennedy 11-23. Total 173-939.
Pittston area (34) — Daniella Ranieli 3 0-1 7, Kallie Booth 3 2-5 10, Ava Callahan 3 0-0 8, Leah Zambetti 0 0-0 0, Taylor Baiera 0 1-2 1, Amanda Fath 3 0-0 6, Ava Butcher 02-42. 125-1234 in total.
Lost ton area `9`12`10`8— 39
Pittston area `12`7`5`10— 34
Three point goal — HAZ 2 (Krinji 2); PA 5 (Booth 2, Callahan 2, Ranieri)
HS Women’s Basketball: The Pittston area is slightly short compared to the No. 1 Hazelton area.
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