Lackawanna League season approach season's halfway point

The high school basketball season reaches its halfway point tonight with Lackawanna League divisional races and district seeding chases heating up:

Boys Play

In D-III, a wide-open race could be developing if early games are any indication.

Carbondale Area rallied from a 16 point deficit to force overtime but fell short in a 56-50 loss to Dunmore (see story).

Holy Cross edged Mid Valley, 41-38 while Riverside got past Holy Cross, 61-58. Lakeland battled Riverside on nearly even terms for three periods after falling behind by eight in the first period in an 11 point loss to Riverside.

In AAA action, Wyoming Seminary and Holy Redeemer have jumped into the first two slots in the D2 races with the next six slots packed closely among the Lackawanna League D-III teams.

Girls Action

Dunmore has established itself as the front runner in D-III and AAA with Holy Cross, Mid Valley and Riverside giving chase.

Carbondale Area and Lakeland are amongst 11 teams chasing eight District berths.

Boys Battles

Mid Valley 48

Chargers 32

CA was outscored 10-4 and 17-12 in the second half and was unable to overcome 18 turnovers and a 35.4 percent shooting effort from the field.

Andrew Manarchuck (10) topped CA’s scoring.

Riverside 61

Chiefs 49

Lakeland fell behind 16-8, battled on even terms the next two quarters (26-26) but was outpointed 19-15 in the final 8:00.

James Lewis (11) and Nick Berthoff (11) led Lakeland’s effort.

Old Forge 84

Foresters 43

OF jumped to a 26-16 start and put the game away with a 20-4 second quarter. Jordan Non (15) paced FC.

Girls Games

Dunmore 61

Chargerettes 23

After a 14-6 start, Dunmore iced the game with a 22-2 second period. Amelia Zazzera (6) and Christina Carachilo (6) topped CA.

Riverside 69

Lady Chiefs 34

Riverside pushed a 15-5 start into a 34-11 halftime spread.

Cheyenne Dippre (11) and Colby White (10) led the Lady Chiefs.

Old Forge 53

Lady Foresters 26

FC fell behind 22-8 then 32-13 at halftime. Mackenzie Hartman (11) fueled FC’s attack.

District AAA Races

Boys Standings

Heading into this past week’s action, the Chargers (.3315) were at No. 3 in the ratings formula with little separation from Dunmore (.3166) and Mid Valley (.3031). Riverside (.2750), the Chiefs (.2423) and Montrose (.2191) were in striking distance.

With teams now in league play, ball clubs could make significant movement by stringing together wins. Since all games on the schedule are counted and opponents’ record are calculated into the formula, strength of schedule boosts a team’s rating.

The Chargers (4-6) have been boosted by the play of Honesdale (9-2), Valley View (9-2) and Wyoming Area (6-2) all losses but aiding the CA cause every time they rack up a win.

Dunmore (4-4) is aided by games vs. Abington Heights (8-2), Scranton (7-3) and Scranton Prep (7-3).

Mid Valley’s (4-6) top three non-division are Scranton (7-3), West Scranton (5-6) and North Pocono (3-8).

Riverside (4-6) benefits from Abington Heights (8-2), Honesdale (8-2), Nanticoke (7-2) and Scranton (7-3).

Lakeland (2-6) keeps an eye on Valley View (8-2) and Wyoming Area (6-3) to help the Chiefs’ cause.