Wallenpaupack Area upset Wyoming Valley West this weekend, thereby advancing to the District Two Class AAAA finals and qualifying for the PIAA state playoffs.
Wallenpaupack Area’s girls basketball team continued its electrifying late season run with a stunning upset in the District Two playoffs.
The Lady Bucks stunned second-ranked Valley West Monday night at Wyoming Area in the Class AAAA semifinals. With this 42-33 triumph, Paupack advances to the 2011-’12 championship game against Hazleton Area or Abington.
Weather permitting, that contest was scheduled for Tuesday evening at Pittston Area High School. This year’s D-2 title tilt is tentatively slated for Friday, time and location to be announced.
In addition to earning a berth in the finals, Paupack also qualified for the PIAA State Tournament, which is set to begin March 9th.
“The bottom line is that I’m very proud of how this team has peaked at the end of the season ,” Coach Robin Scartelli told TWI Sports. “These girls have worked incredibly hard and they’re confidence is growing every single day. I?know they had this in them and I’m just so happy to finally see it.”
Paupack got off to a slow start against Valley West, scoring just six points in the opening stanza.
The Spartans, who came in with 19 wins and the #2 seed, put the proverbial clamps on Alexix Roman. The Lady Bucks’ best player managed only nine points on the night, which is seven below her Division One average.
However, Paupack’s dynamic young backcourt compensated with a 20-9 second quarter run...a rally that featured relentless defensive pressure and a slew of deep treys.
Bridgette Mann led the way with a pair of long-distance bombs. The freshman guard finished up with 10 points and earned rave reviews from her mentor.
“Bridgette has really steped up her game these last few weeks,” Coach Scartelli said. “She understands her role much better now. Bridgette is showing more patience on offense and playing great defense.”
Nicki Mann augmented her sister’s perimeter play by slashing to the rack and getting to the line. Mann wound up with a team-best 11 points, six of which came at the free throw line.
“Nicki is showing a level of intensity that I?haven’t seen at Paupack in a long time,” said Coach Scartelli. “She’s become our on-court leader and all the other girls are feeding off her energy.”
Over & Out
Despite a stellar outing from Tara Zdancewicz, the Spartans couldn’t manageto overcome Paupack’s second quarter run.
Valley West’s 5’10” senior forward muscled her way to a game-high 17 points in the paint, including a 3-for-4 stint at the stripe.
Paupack responded with two more treys, one each from Ruth Casadevall (five pts)?and Kaelyn Ragonese (three pts). Paige Hiller also contributed key plays to the Paupack attack, ending with four points.
Score by Quarters...
WAL (16-8) 6 20 9 7 - 42
WVW (19-6) 10 9 12 2 - 33