Western Wayne traveled to the Pioneer City Friday night for a Division II battle with Carbondale Area. And, thanks to another big offensive effort from Courtney Kromko, the Lady 'Cats rallied for a 35-27 win/
Carbondale Area has yet to taste victory in Lackawanna League girls hoops action this year.
On Friday evening in the Pioneer City, Western Wayne sent the Chargerettes spiraling to a 17th straight loss. The final score in this one was 35-27.
On the heels of this Division II win, Coach Colleen Kloss’ club improved its record to 5-11 overall. The Lady ‘Cats are now 1-1 in second half action.
Next on the agenda for the local lasses is a road trip to Old Forge. That contest is tentatively scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
Turn it Around
Western Wayne stumbled out of the gate against a scrappy Carbondale squad.
Led by Molly Carachilo, the Chargerettes raced out to a 13-8 lead after one.
“It took us a little while to get going,”?Coach Kloss said. “Once we made a couple of adjustments and started comunicating on defense, things improved.”
Carachilo, a guard/small forward who likes to shoot from the perimeter lit it up in the first half. She finished up with 13 points.
However, the tag-team tandem of Brianna Vinton and Kacie Urian combined to shut Carachilo down in the second half.
“Those two girls just did a phenomenal job,” Coach Kloss said. “They were all over that girl. She didn’t get many clean looks at the basket in the second half... and that’s a tribute to Brianna and Kacie.”
The Lady ‘Cats trailed by two at halftime, but took control of the game after intermission.
As has been the case for most of the season, Courtney Kromko led Western Wayne’s offensive assault.
The senior center proved deadly in the paint and at the stripe. Kromko power-ed her way to four field goals and knocked down 9-of-10 free throw tries.
Down the Stretch
Courtney received plenty of help on this particular evening.
In addition to playing inspired defense, Urian chipped in with six points at the offensive end.
Sarah Lutat, Ellen Clauss and Vinton contributed three each. Sarah Wilden-stein added a bucket and Kaitlin Jones drained 1-of-2 foul shots.
Western Wayne limited Carbondale to nine points in the second half.
“This was a very good win for us,”?said Coach Kloss. “I’m hoping we build on it for the rest of the year.”
Score by Quarters...
WW (5-11) 8 8 12 7 - 35
CAR (0-17) 13 5 7 2 - 27