Foresters defeated in Class A finals

Old Forge’s Lauren Carey, left, drives to the outside while covered closely by Forest City’s Kylie Borick on Wednesday night at the Lackawanna College Student Union. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/BUTCH COMEGYS

Old Forge’s Lauren Carey, left, drives to the outside while covered closely by Forest City’s Kylie Borick on Wednesday night at the Lackawanna College Student Union. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/BUTCH COMEGYS

BY MARTY MYERS
Times-Shamrock Writer

The Forest City girls’ basketball team was handed a 50-26 loss in the District II Class A finals on Wednesday night in coach Carl Urbas’ final game as head coach of the Lady Foresters.
At Lackawanna College, Old Forge sophomore forward Tori Tansley scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds – six offensive – as Old Forge won its second straight crown and fifth in the last six years, pulling away in the final 11½ minutes.

Forest City (12-10) trailed by 14 early in the third quarter before Cassandra Bendyk hit two free throws, Michaela Martines buried a 3-pointer and Kylie Borick hit a free throw, slicing the deficit to 26-18 with 3:46 left in the third.

That’s when Tansley took over, scoring the next six for the Lady Devils, who improved to 24-0.

“The Tansley girl did hurt us,” Urbas said. “She kept banging, banging, banging.

“It was like a David and Goliath, and we were David there for a few minutes. It was an uphill climb.”

She was too powerful to handle inside. Taking a bounce pass from Vicky Lee, Tansley ripped the ball away from a defender and went up strong, completing a three-point play. She added a baseline runner with nine seconds left in the quarter to stretch the lead to 32-20.

She scored five second-half points off free throws following offensive rebounds.

Borick’s baseline drive cut the lead to 32-22 on the first possession of the third quarter, but Rhyan Barnic buried a 3 – one of six Old Forge players to connect from long distance – and Tansley and Carey scored the next six at the foul line before Barnic’s layup pushed the lead to 43-23 with under four minutes to play.

Bendyk paced Forest City with 12 points, but Old Forge’s Teri Vieira, who had four steals, and Lee did a terrific job harassing Forest City’s leading scorer, Carly Erdmann. She was held to just three points on 1 for 5 shooting.

Forest City (12-10) – C. Bendyk 4-9 4-6 12, K. Borick 2-5 1-5 5, C. Erdmann 1-5 1-2 3, M. Martines 1-2 0-0 3, M. McGraw 1-2 0-0 3, E. Statkun 0-0 0-0 0, M. Barrese 0-0 0-0 0, L. Grigaitis 0-1 0-0 0, C. Komar 0-0 0-0 0, K. Zembrzycki 0-3 0-0 0, M. Saul 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 9-28 6-13 26.
Old Forge (24-0) – T. Tansley 4-10 9-11 18, L. Carey 3-10 4-7 11, R. Barnic 3-8 0-0 8, V. Lee 2-6 0-0 5, T. Vieira 1-3 0-0 3, M. Zambetti 1-1 0-0 3, B. Souryavong 1-3 0-0 2, N. Bieryla 0-0 0-0 0, R. Coval 0-0 0-0 0, K. Yesnowski 0-0 0-0 0, T. Nemetz 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 15-45 13-18 50.
FC 4 8 8 6 – 26
OF 12 12 8 18 – 50
3-point shooting: FC 2-7 (Martines 1-1, McGraw 1-1, Bendyk 0-1, Saul 0-1, Erdmann 0-3), FC 7-21 (Barnic 2-7, Carey 1-1, Zambetti 1-1, Tansley 1-2, Vieira 1-3, Lee 1-4, Nemetz 0-3). Rebounds: FC 18 (Borick 5, Zembrzycki 5), OF 36 (Carey 10, Tansley 10). Assists: FC 4 (Erdmann 2), OF 8 (Lee 2, Nemetz 2, Tansley 2). Steals: FC 8 (Erdmann 3), OF 11 (Vieira 4). Turnovers: FC 25, OF 20. Blocks: FC 3 (Bendyk 2), OF 1 (Nemetz).