Lady Raiders post first Div. IV win
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
The Blue Ridge Lady Raiders basketball team has not had the season they had hoped for this year, but picked up their first Division IV win of the season over Elk Lake on Friday.
Isabella Cosmello scored 16 points as the Lady Raiders earned their first win in a Division IV game, Friday, Jan. 31.
Lindsey Burdick added 14 points for Blue Ridge.
Casey Tyler led Elk Lake with 19 points.
Leading up to the Elk Lake win the Lady Raiders also faced two division foes last week, Montrose on Monday, Jan. 27 and Mountain View on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Against the Lady Meteors of Montrose, the Lady Raiders fell 51-25 being outscored significantly each quarter except the fourth when all of Montrose’s players on the court were JV players. Montrose plays a fast game and often times seem to score at will. The Lady Raiders were able to keep pace on the floor but were only able to post five points to the board, four from Jenna Bennett and one foul shot made by Isabella Cosmello.
The match-up was no contest for the Lady Meteors who scored 24 points in the quarter, 11 from Morgan Groover, six from Meghan Gilhool, four from Nicki Lewis, and three from Myra Lattimore.
Montrose has two seniors on their roster, but they keep the ball and play defense that frustrates most, if not all, of the other teams in the division. Junior varsity players started coming off the bench and into the game during the second quarter.
Fallon Gurn, rebounded heavily on both ends of the court; offensively and defensively. This gave Montrose possession of the ball for a greater amount of time throughout the game, leading to more scoring opportunities for the Lady Meteors. Gilhool added five more points to her total and Gurn turned her rebounds into points and scored six during the second quarter.
The Lady Raiders scored four points during the quarter and by half time were down 35-9.
The third quarter was the best for the Lady Raiders who nearly doubled their score with eight points and held the Lady Meteors to ten points.
Bennett dropped in a 3-pointer, teammates Kim Klim and Abigail Roe each scored a bucket, and Cosmello scored on one of her two foul shots for Blue Ridge.
For Montrose, Gilhool added four points, Lattimore two, and Kourtney Snigar and Angela Russell each scored baskets to bring the score at the end of the third quarter to 45-17 in favor of Montrose.
All of the Montrose varsity players came out of the game during the last quarter, leaving the finishing to the JV players. Snigar added the final six points for the Lady Meteors, which were the only points scored by Montrose in the fourth quarter.
Blue Ridge outscored their opponent eight to six with Callie Wyatt and Lindsey Burdick each scoring two points and Cosmello adding a field goal and two foul shots to the scoreboard for the Lady Raiders.
High scorers for the Montrose were Gilhool with 15, followed by Groover with 11. Blue Ridge high scorers were Cosmello with 9 and Bennett with 7.
JV score Montrose 29, Blue Ridge 15
On Wednesday night, the Mountain View Lady Eagles arrived at Blue Ridge to take on the Lady Raiders in their second division game of the week.
Mountain View has a current record of 3-3 in the division and 4-10 overall.
The Blue Ridge fans had high hopes having just watched their JV team win their first game of the season against Mt. View 23-21 in an exciting come-from-behind-nail biter.
The first quarter of the varsity game did not leave the fans disappointed as they Lady Raiders kept pace with the Lady Eagles ending the first quarter with a score of 9-6 in favor of Mt. View.
Klim, Cosmello, and Bennett scored for Blue Ridge; and Tori Wilder and Makenna Whitaker of Mt. View each sank 3-pointers plus another basket for Whitaker and teammate, Mikaela Phillips, scored a foul shot for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles took control of the second quarter only allowing the Raiders to score two baskets, both by Cosmello, who also made four of six foul shots, in the quarter while scoring 19 points of their own as a team.
Four different players scored for Mt. View in the second quarter; Megan Getz had six points, Wilder scored five, Whitaker had four, and Ariana Gabriel and Christine Zeck each made a basket to give Mountain View a 28-16 lead at half-time.
The frustration of Blue Ridge coaches Nicole Wellman and Paula Finn was evident as they pleaded with their players to drive to the basket, “We can’t win if we don’t score.”
During the third quarter things remained the same with Blue Ridge plagued by turnovers, missed lay-ups and scoring opportunities taken away by the aggressive Mt. View team who could not be stopped.
Mt. View added 21 more points to the scoreboard with Whitaker, who has scored a very impressive 322 points so far this season, putting up 11 points; Getz with four; Wilder with three; and Nichols with two to end the quarter with the Lady Eagles ahead 49-27.
The last quarter’s stat sheet matched the first quarter stats with Mountain View outscoring Blue Ridge 9-6 again.
Cosmello kept the ball and scored all the points for the Lady Raiders in the fourth quarter giving her 21 points on the night as Blue Ridge’s high scorer. Bennett followed with five points.
Mt. View, once again divvied up the points among the team with Whitaker, Getz, and Samantha Krisa each scoring two and Wilder landing another 3-pointer to end the game with a final score of Mt. View 58, Blue Ridge 33.
Whitaker was the high scorer for the Lady Eagles, followed by Wilder with 14 and Getz with 13.
In other game action last week:
Mountain View, 53
Elk Lake, 50
Makenna Whitaker scored 20 points to lead Mountain View in a Division IV matchup Monday, Jan. 27 over Elk Lake.
Casey Tyler scored a game-high 22 points to pace Elk Lake.
Forest City, 56
Katelyn Zembrzycki scored 14 points to lead the Lady Foresters in a 56-40 win on their home court over Susquehanna.
Mikayla Hargett scored a game-high 17 points to lead Susquehanna.
Carbondale Area, 45
Forest City, 40
At Forest City, Sarah Totsky scored a game-high 20 points to lead Carbondale to a Division III-IV crossover win.
Cassandra Bendyk led Forest City with 16 points
Mt. View, 52
Lack. Trail, 45
Makenna Whitaker scored 19 points to lead Mountain View to a 52-45 win over Lackawanna Trail in a Lackawanna League Division IV girls basketball game.
Megan Getz added 11 points for the Lady Eagles.
At Montrose, Morgan Groover scored 25 points to lead the sixth-ranked Meteors. Meghan Gilhool added 10 points.
Mikayla Hargett led the Sabers with 12 points.