Carbondale Area honors seniors in recent Lackawanna League finale
Carbondale Area's Evan Dearie buried a 15 footer at the buzzer vaulting the Chargers (10-11) to their fourth straight win and a 48-46 victory vs. Riverside (6-15).
"Between in-season and off-season, our kids have been in about 200 games over four years together so they have been in all kinds of situations," said head coach Landon Gabriel.
"We were down by nine in the second half but fought back to be in a position for Evan to hit that huge shot."
CA trailed 16-6 at the end of the first period but closed the gap to 23-17 by halftime. The Chargers trailed 39-33 after three quarters but eventually pulled ahead 45-41.
With CA leading 45-43 with :30 left, Bobby Salitsky hit the front end of a one-and-one for a 46-43 margin. Riverside buried a trey with :16 left to tie the game.
After a timeout to set up a final play, CA ran the clock down when Dearie came off a double screen and hit nothing but net as time expired for the win.
Giovanni Mustica (13) led the scoring.
Old Forge 67
A 39-23 OF start gave the hosts the upper hand. Jake Curnow (20), James Lewis (16) and Silas Stearns (15) paced Lakeland.
Elk Lake 33
CA jumped to a 13-2 start and put game out of reach with a 16-7 second quarter. Giovanni Mustica (12) led the Chargers.
A 38-16 first half decided the outcome after 16:00. Silas Stearns (14), James Lewis (13), Jake Curnow (11) and Jerry Borosky (10) led Lakeland while Jared Paulin (14) topped FC.
Mid Valley 65
MV seized control with a 23-5 start. Jake Curnow (14) paced the Chiefs.
Elk Lake 54
EL jumped to a 19-10 start and added a 15-11 third period run. Kolby Rotella (14) and Jared Paulin (14) paced FC.
Blue Ridge 61
Blue Ridge pulled away with a 17-10 fourth period. Kolby Rotella (13) and Jared Paulin (12) topped Forest City.
Weather permitting last Wednesday's games completed regular season play and finalized seedings for next week's district playoff action.
The NEWS deadline for this story was before Wednesday's games.
Carbondale Area (13-8) and Lakeland (11-10) have joined Mid Valley (13-8) and Riverside (11-10) in a musical chairs battle all season for the No. 4 through No. 7 seeds in the Class 3A field.
District play in 3A tips off next Wednesday.
With three teams advancing to the state tournament, ballclubs that win an opening round game are guaranteed at least two more games.
The second round winners play in the district title game and are guaranteed a state spot while the second round defeated teams will battle for the third and final state berth.
Of those four squads (CA, Lakeland, Riverside, MV), whoever finishes No. 4 and No. 5 will play each other. Those four squads have been knocking off each other so the 4-5 match-up would be a coin flip.
Whoever finishes No. 6 or No. 7 will play either Holy Redeemer (16-4) or Holy Cross (15-5).
While No. 1 seed, Dunmore (20-0) is the favorite for the district crown and will be a heavy favorite in the opening round game vs. No. 8 WB Meyers (12-8) the Chargerettes showed the Lady Bucks are vulnerable.
CA gave Dunmore its toughest game of the season two weeks ago when the Chargerettes led by as many as eight points deep in the second half before Dunmore nailed a buzzer-beating trey for a 47-44 win.
Lakeland owns a 74-68 win over Holy Cross.
Carbondale Area has posted 46.0 ppg and yielded 43.3 ppg. The Chargerettes will head into the post season without top scorer, Mikenna Walsh.
Walsh was coming off a 20 point effort in the upset bid vs. Dunmore when she suffered a season-ending injury after getting off the bus that night.
CA responded with three wins since the injury by handling Old Forge, Lakeland and Elk Lake and dropped a close battle to Riverside but Walsh was the team's top trey scorer.
Anna Totsky (10.7 ppg, 21 threes) and Amelia Zazzera (10.1 ppg, 28 treys) lead the scoring while Maresa Artone (7.3 ppg) tops the paint production. Alex Artone (4.6 ppg) Kaitlyn Savage, Christina Carachilo and Emily Wall have provided solid contributing roles.
Lakeland has netted 43.8 ppg and given up 42.4 ppg.
Brooke Estadt (12.4 ppg, 42 threes) and Madison Harding (11.3 ppg) lead the way while Katie Retzbach (8.3 ppg, 28 treys) and Haley Clauss-Walton (7.3 ppg) have also been scoring threats. Jordyn Flynn and Cheyenne Dippre round out the top six.
Dunmore has posted 59.0 ppg points and yielded 41.6 ppg. Maddie Martin (11.6 ppg, 43 threes) leads the team while Victoria Toomey (10.0 ppg), Erika Bistran (8.8 ppg, 43 treys) and Gianna Delfino (8.8 ppg) key the Lady Bucks.
Holy Cross has posted 57.0 ppg and surrendered 46.0 ppg. Abby Anderson (20.0 ppg, 35 threes) and Lexi Walsh (13.0, 20 treys) pace the scoring. Abby Sempa (9.0 ppg, 25 threes) has also been a scoring threat.
Mid Valley has netted 45.2 ppg and given up 39.6 ppg. Erica Haefele (11.3 ppg, 21 threes) and Anielly Holt (7.1 ppg) and Kiana Williams (7.1 ppg) ignite the scoring. Lauren Owens (6.1 ppg) adds to the scoring attack.