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Three Routs By Susquehanna Girls Leave Team Alone In Division Lead

By Tom Robinson

The Susquehanna girls dominated throughout the busiest week in the Lackawanna League basketball schedule.

The Lady Sabers won their three games, each by at least 24 points, to claim sole possession of the Lackawanna Division 4 lead and return to the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Susquehanna finished the week with a 5-0 record in the division. With a five-game winning streak and wins in seven of the last eight games, the Lady Sabers improved to 8-5 overall for second in the District 2-11 Class A Subregional tournament seeding race. The Lady Sabers returned to the Super Six as the sixth-ranked Small School girls team.

The Lady Sabers opened the week by shutting out Blue Ridge in the second half of a 60-11 win at Blue Ridge Jan. 13. The win, combined with a Mountain View loss, gave Susquehanna sole possession of the division lead.

Susquehanna won its only home game of the week, 59-35, over Mountain View Wednesday.

The Lady Sabers rolled to a 53-29 win at Lackawanna Trail Friday.

Taylor Huyck had 6 of his 13 points in the first quarter when Susquehanna jumped to a 16-2 lead against Blue Ridge.

The Lady Sabers stretched the 32-11 halftime lead to 49-11 when Mackenzie Steele scored 8 of her 12 points in the third quarter.

Geena Miller and Alexandra Iveson added eight points each.

Huyck had 21 points, 7 steals and 4 assists during the win over Mountain View. She had three 3-pointers and 15 points during the third quarter when Susquehanna built its lead from 29-14 to 51-22.

Steele had 6 of her 14 points to get the Lady Sabers out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter.

Alexandra Iveson added eight points.

Steele had 17 points while Amanda Iveson and Meghan Kiernan added 10 each at Lackawanna Trail.

Susquehanna led 18-8 after one quarter and 28-13 at halftime.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Mountain View won both of its Lackawanna League Division 4 boys' basketball games to finish the week alone in second place.

The Eagles won at Elk Lake, 71-56, Jan. 14 and beat Susquehanna, 41-29, Thursday.

Mike Fanelli scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win at Elk Lake.

Susquehanna and Elk Lake each went 1-1 for the week.

Susquehanna defeated Blue Ridge, 43-34, Jan. 14.

Gavin Baker scored 15 points and Jakub Tomczyk added 11 for Susquehanna in the win over Blue Ridge.

Tomczyk hit three 3-pointers while the Sabers were outscoring the Raiders, 17-2, in the second quarter to take a 22-11 lead.

Baker had 11 points in the second half.

Spencer Beamer went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to finish with eight points.

Elk Lake won at Forest City, 66-56, Thursday.

Blue Ridge lost its two league games, then beat Carbondale, 48-41, Friday in a crossover game that does not count in the league standings.

In girls' basketball, Montrose went 2-0 in Lackawanna Division 4 with wins over Lackawanna Trail, 56-20, and Elk Lake, 55-25. The Lady Meteors also lost a non-league crossover to Old Forge, 67-35.

Elk Lake won its first two games, edging Mountain View, 38-37, and Forest City, 54-25, before losing to Montrose.

After losing twice, Mountain View defeated Forest City, 37-15.

Morgan Hammond scored 11 points and Taylor Neri added 10 for Mountain View in the win.

In wrestling, Mountain View edged Elk Lake, 27-21, Wednesday in a Lackawanna League Division 2 match when Hunter Jones and Jeremiah Schwartz produced consecutive, second-period pins in the final two bouts, at 160 and 170.

Nathan Ofalt pulled out a 6-4 decision over Codi Bomboy at 145.

Joseph Merschen had a pin at 132, Todd Snyder won a technical fall at 138 and Thaddeus Woodhead won a major decision at 152 for Elk Lake.

First-place Lackawanna Trail routed defending champion Blue Ridge, 64-11, Thursday.

Jordan Williams had a pin at 160 and Eli Aldrich had a technical fall at 220 for Blue Ridge.

COLLEGE CORNER

Skyla Wilson helped the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team win the championship of the Penn 8-Team Select, an indoor meet in Staten Island, NY, Saturday.

Wilson, a sophomore from Susquehanna, finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.75, fifth-best in the history of the program at the Ivy League school.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Montrose (2-2) is at Blue Ridge (3-2) in a Lackawanna League Division 2 wrestling match between teams fighting for spots in the District 2 Class 2A Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament.

The match is the league finale for Blue Ridge.

In boys' basketball, Lackawanna League Division 4 leader Lackawanna Trail has two important games with Susquehanna County opponents.

Lackawanna Trail began the week with a 5-0 division record, making it the only boys' team that was unbeaten in Lackawanna League play.

The Lions are at defending champion Susquehanna (2-2) Wednesday. They are scheduled to play Tuesday Jan. 28 against Mountain View, the team that reached a playoff for the division title last season and began this week alone in second place at 3-1.

In girls' swimming, two of the Lackawanna League's last three unbeatens meet Friday when Scranton Prep (5-0) is at Elk Lake (4-0).

In girls' basketball, the top two teams at the start of this week will square off Monday, Jan. 27 when Montrose plays at Susquehanna in Lackawanna Division 4.

Going into this week's action, two-time defending champion Susquehanna was unbeaten in the division while Montrose had lost just once, in a triple-overtime game against the Lady Sabers.

TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at RobbyTR@aol.com or followed on Twitter at @tomjrobinson.

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