Meteors in the pink after win over Trail
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Old Man Winter has been exceptionally harsh on high school sports this season with make-up games landing on Sunday afternoons.
A game between the Montrose boys’ basketball team and Lackawanna Trail originally scheduled for Thursday night was bumped back twice because of the weather.
The Meteors and Lions met up for the last game of the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Montrose “senior night.”
Seniors Erik Burgh, Brenton
Warner, Cameron Dean, Frank Fruehan, and Codi Bendict were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The game was also a “Play 4Kay Pink Out” event with Montrose fans wearing pink to show support for breast cancer research – part of Cameron Dean’s senior project to honor North Carolina State Women’s basketball coach (1975-2009) Kay Yow.
Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, but still continued coaching at NC State and won an Olympic gold medal by coaching the U.S. women’s basketball team in the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea. She died of stage four breast cancer when the disease reoccurred in January 2009.
Dean’s mother, Diane, attended NC State during Yow’s coaching tenure.
Donations collected at the game, totaling about $500, will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Montrose took control of the game in the first quarter with all five seniors starting the game. The Meteors scored 24 points in the first eight minutes with Dean posting six points; Burgh, eight; Warner added five; Fruehan making a bucket; and Troy Ely hit a 3-pointer.
Montrose also dominated on defense through the period. Burgh had three steals and two rebounds, Warner had four rebounds, and Dean had two.
The Lions scored 11 points which came from Aiuquidan Holmes, Tyler Rzucidlo, and Ross Fauquier.
By half time the Meteors were up 39-21 again outscoring the Lions 15-10 in the second quarter.
Austin Smith put in five points, Warner and Jack Fruehan each scored three, and Burgh and Dean also scored for Montrose.
Trail’s ten points were scored by Rzucidlo, Fauquier, and Josh Evancavich.
The Lions owned the third quarter, outscoring the Meteors 15-4. Points were scored by Rzucidlo, Fauquier, Addison Hoffman, and Steve Scioscia.
Sloppy ball handling resulted in six turnovers to Trail in the eight minutes with only Smith and Dean each scoring one basket.
But Montrose kept a big enough lead going into the period and were able to keep the score in their favor by seven points, 43-36, heading into the final quarter.
The Meteors turned around and played hard in the fourth period. Ely sank two from the foul line.
Dean made five baskets and went four for five from the foul line to add score 14 of the Meteors’ 16 points of the quarter. He also dominated under the basket, grabbing five rebounds for a game total of 13 rebounds and earning himself a double-double.
The Lions scored seven points in the quarter with a 3-pointer from Fauquier, who also made a foul shot and a basket. Scioscia also added a foul shot to the Trail tally.
The Meteors took the victory over the Lions with a final score of 59-43. Dean was the high scorer for Montrose with 24 points; followed by Burgh with 10.
Trail’s high scorer was Rzucidlo with 14 points, followed by Fauquier with 13.
The Montrose Meteors ended their regular season with a 10-2 record in District II AA basketball and will face off at home in post-season play on Wednesday, Feb. 19 either Blue Ridge or Northwest Area.
JV score: Montrose 48, Lackawanna Trail 20
In other boys’ basketball action last week:
Blue Ridge, 30
Mark Zappe scored a game-high 22 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter, to lead Susquehanna to a 52-30 victory over Blue Ridge in a Division IV matchup Friday night.
Josh Wheeler added 13 points and two 3-pointers for the Sabers.
Brad Palmatier scored 11 points to lead Blue Ridge.
Mid Valley, 74
Elk Lake, 61
Sixth-ranked Mid Valley got a jolt from the Kenny brothers and raced past No. 3 Elk Lake, which saw its 19-game winning streak to start the season snapped, 74-61, on Monday (Feb. 10) in a Lackawanna Division III-IV crossover boys basketball game.
Tanner Reyan led Elk Lake with 32 points and four 3-pointers, while Matt Woolcock added 15 points that included three 3-pointers. EL ranked 9th in Class AA state; Mid Valley ranked 8th.
Elk Lake, which made its first appearance at No. 9 in the Class AA state rankings compiled by Pennlive.com, wrapped up the Division IV title in a win over Susquehanna; the Warriors were then scheduled to play Mid Valley, which is ranked eighth in the state again, in the regular-season finale.
Forest City, 59
Mountain View, 52
At Mountain View, Noah Fedak scored 18 points to lead Forest City to a Division IV win.
John Darrenkamp added 12 points for the Foresters and Matt Nevins scored 11.
Nick Schermerhorn led Mountain View with 21 points and Brett Crowley scored 10.