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ROUNDUP: Neshannock girls edge Mohawk in overtime

Feb. 6—The Neshannock High girls basketball team picked up a key victory Monday night.

Kaitlyn Fries led three Lady Lancers in double figures with 13 points in a 54-50 WPIAL Section 1-3A home win over Mohawk. The win locks up at least a share of the section championship for Neshannock.

The win pushes the Lady Lancers (8-1 section, 15-5 overall) into sole possession of first place by a half game over Beaver Falls (7-2, 13-6). The teams play on Thursday on the Lady Tigers' home floor. The game is tentatively scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Neshannock won the first meeting, 70-40. A Lady Lancers win nails down the section championship outright. Beaver Falls can force a split for first with a win over Neshannock.

"I never expected to be where we are," Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski said. "Now we're right up there in first place and we could win an outright section title.

"This is probably the least nervous group I have ever coached. They just play and play hard. I try not to yell as much and just coach and correct them. They don't seem nervous to me. Us going down (to Beaver Falls) and not having to win is a plus. But, you want to win because you get a better seed. Everything we do now is a plus. For us to be where we are is really a tribute to the kids and their hard work."

Erynne Capalbo tied the game at 45 with 1:33 in regulation on a field goal in the lane. Rian Owens gave the Lady Lancers a 47-45 advantage with 1:09 to play on a free throws.

Capalbo buried a pair of foul shots on the other end with 35 seconds left in regulation to knot the count at 47 and the game remained deadlocked going to the extra session.

"They did a really nice job with Erynne in the second half," Grybowski said. "She scored six points in the third quarter and six more in the fourth quarter."

Owens put Neshannock up for good with two foul shots with 3:41 to go in overtime for a 49-47 margin. Fries converted a layup for a 51-47 buffer with 3:10 to go.

Lily Rowe and Payton Newman both went 1 of 2 from the foul line to give the Lady Lancers a 53-47 advantage with 2:19 to go.

Mohawk (4-5, 11-9) had three players foul out in overtime — Aricka Young, Kiera Julian and Capalbo.

The Lady Lancers let the Lady Warriors hang around by converting just 16 of 32 attempts from the charity stripe.

"If we could have made some free throws, we could have put it away earlier," Grybowski said. "We were 5 of 12 in the overtime. I think it's youth.

"I don't care how old you are, you should be able to shoot free throws, and we missed a ton. When you get into playoff time, you better make those. It doesn't surprise me. It's not like we don't shoot them, because we do. (Tuesday), we will be shooting a lot more."

Fries added eight rebounds. Newman notched 12 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Jaidon Nogay contributed 11 markers.

Owens added eight markers and eight boards.

The Lady Lancers turned the ball over 21 times.

Capalbo collected 16 points for Mohawk and Julian posted 10. Chloe Fadden followed with nine.

"My hat's off to Mohawk," Grybowski said. "Matt Walsh did a great job preparing his team.

"If we could keep our turnovers under 15 that would be good. We have to get better at that. We're finding ways to win. They play hard and they give me everything they have. The effort is there. I'm really proud of them."

Mohawk meets Aliquippa at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at home.

Wilmington 58,

Grove City 31

The Lady Greyhounds closed the game on a 25-1 run to capture the District 10, Region 4-3A/4A home victory over the Lady Eagles.

Wilmington (8-1, 15-4) jumped out to a 13-7 lead after one quarter and maintained a 26-20 buffer at recess.

The Lady Greyhounds have three region games remaining and Grove City (9-1, 15-5) has two. If the teams win out, they will share the region crown.

"There's still plenty on the line down the stretch," Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. "We have to take it one game at a time."

Lia Krarup poured in a game-high 25 points and Maya Jeckavitch chipped in 11.

"Our girls, they battled," Jeckavitch said. "We knew this was a game we had circled on the calendar.

"We followed the game plan to a T. The girls got after it. They followed the game plan. They really suffocated their three best players."

Maddie Osborn tossed in 13 tallies for Grove City (9-1, 15-5).

Wilmington hits the road for a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Sharon on Thursday.

Riverside 42,

Laurel 27

The Lady Spartans fell short in a Section 1-3A road setback to the Lady Panthers.

Laurel (1-8, 4-16) trailed 5-4 after one quarter and 17-9 at the break.

Morgan Barker bucketed 10 points for the Lady Spartans and Shyan Tindall tallied eight.

Gigi Finch paced Riverside (1-8, 5-14) with 17 points.

Laurel welcomes Ellwood City Lincoln at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Portersville Christian 53,

Shenango 37

The Lady Wildcats started slow and couldn't recover in dropping a nonsection home matchup to Portersville Christian.

Shenango trailed 6-4 after one quarter and 22-12 at the break.

Amara DeFrank netted 15 points for the Lady Wildcats and Addison Kays tossed in 10.

Shenango visits Sewickley Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday in the season finale.

Ellwood City 46,

Beaver Falls 40

The Lady Wolverines hung on for a Section 1-3A home victory over the Lady Tigers.

Ellwood City dug an early 14-8 deficit after one stanza before trailing 24-23 at the half. The Lady Wolverines carried a 35-32 margin into the final frame.

Kayla Jones posted 15 points for Ellwood City and Delaney Sturgeon supplied 13.

Ellwood City travels to Laurel at 6 p.m. Thursday.

rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com