Under the direction of veteran Coach Rick Flederbach, Honesdale's seventh grade girls basketball team closed out a 22-1 season by winning the Damascus Invitational Tournament.

Honesdale’s seventh grade girls basketball team closed out a stellar 2007-’08 campaign with a tournament title.

The young Lady Hornets traveled to Damascus to compete in that school’s annual invitational event and came away with the gold medal. Coach Rick Flederbach’s girls defeated Western Wayne in the semifinals and Damascus in the title tilt.

“We had a great season,” Coach Flederbach told TWI Sports. “I’m really happy with how everything went. This is just the nicest group of girls. They’re very coachable, they work hard and they have fun.”

With these victories, Honesdale finished out the year with a 22-1 overall record. The Lady Hornets’ lone loss came early on against archrival Pau-pack, 19-15. However, the Red & Black eventually avenged that defeat later in the season. The final score in that one was 28-15.

League & Tourney Titles
Honesdale rolled into the Damascus Invitational fresh off an unofficial Lackawanna League team title. The Lady Hornets finished three games up on their next closest pursuer in the overall standings.

Coach Flederbach’s girls opened their quest for gold medals with a 41-22 victory over Western Wayne. As has been the case for the majority of the season, Kaci Johannes led the Red & Black offensive attack. A talented young forward, Johannes tallied a game-high 10 points.

Emily Langendoerfer and Sam Krempasky contributed eight points each to the Lady Hornets’ cause. Ashley Flederbach chipped in with seven and Sydney Goyette added six.

Abby Carmody paced Western Wayne with eight points. She was aided & abetted by teammates Kelsey Jones (five pts), Ellen Clauss (four pts) and Tyler McKinney (two pts).

Honesdale took control of the championship game almost from the opening tip. Goyette led the charge in this one, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds. It was a solid all-round performance that drew rave reviews from Coach Flederbach.

“Sydney played an excellent game,” he said. “She worked very hard and really held her own against much bigger girls. She also did a great job on defense.”

Krempasky led all scorers with nine in this one. Flederbach tallied six and Johannes five. Nicole Cush (two pts) and Carmen Francesco (one pt) also contributes key minutes.

Summer Hill led Damascus with six points while Katelyn Pfeil added five. Katie Marianschek and Chelsea Grasse chipped in with two apiece.