Fourth quarter run carries Blue Ridge past Lackawanna Trail in girls hoops

By Robert Tomkavage -


    CLINTON TWP. — A poor start to the fourth quarter prevented Lackawanna Trail from earning its second win of the season.

    Blue Ridge began the fourth with a 9-0 run and the Lady Raiders held off the Lady Lions, 59-47, in a Lackawanna League Division 4 girls basketball game Feb. 6.

    Abby Hartman, who finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, scored six in the first quarter when Blue Ridge took a 14-9 lead. Cali Fauquier, scored four of her 11 points in the quarter for Lackawanna Trail (1-18, 1-2 Div. 4).

    Kalynne Myers scored seven of her game-high 20 points for the Lady Raiders in the second quarter. Samantha Baltrusaitis gave Lackawanna Trail a boost off the bench with four points and a steal in the quarter.

    Blue Ridge outrebounded Lackawanna Trail, 56-28, in the game and held a 29-9 edge in the first half.

    “It was discussed at halftime. I think we improved in the second half, but they still outrebounded us way too much,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Lauren Sheakoski said.

    The Lady Raiders (12-7, 2-2) began the third quarter with a 5-0 run to stretch their lead to 12 points. Lackawanna Trail responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to cut the deficit back to three points.

    Laurelann Penn scored nine of her team-high 14 points and Lexie Kwiatkowski scored five of her eight for Trail in the third quarter.

    Several missed opportunities kept the Lady Lions from taking the lead. Lackawanna Trail converted just 16 of 71 shots from the field and 11 of 24 from the free-throw line.

    “Missing two-foot shots and foul shots has kind of been the story of our season, and it cost us the game,” Sheakoski said. “We can only go over it so many times in practice, they have to be able to focus a little bit more and try to put those shots in the basket.”

    Hartman scored twice after grabbing offensive rebounds in the third quarter to help the Lady Raiders maintain their lead.

    “We have a scrappy team,” Blue Ridge head coach Paula Finn said. “We might not outsize everybody but we’re going to work harder than everybody else and we’re going to get on the floor for loose balls.”

    Lackawanna Trail was held scoreless for nearly five minutes to begin the fourth quarter before Baltrusaitis ended the drought.

    Isabella Cosmello, Blue Ridge’s leading scorer on the season, finished with 14 points to join Hartman and Myers in double figures.

    “We try to be well-rounded,” Finn said. “Isabella does a lot of our scoring, but we need to be team-oriented. When she’s not having her best shooting night, we need other people to step up and that’s what they’ve been able to do.”

    Lackawanna Trail will travel to play Susquehanna in a Division 4 game at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9.

    By Robert Tomkavage

    Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

    Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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