HONESDALE - It didn't take long for the Hornets to seize control of this one.
On Tuesday afternoon, Honesdale welcomed Western Wayne to the Red Palace for a Lackawanna League freshmen boys basketball game.
Coach Maria West's squad had been struggling to find an identity through the early part of the 2012-13 season. However, the Red & Black dominated the Wildcats from opening tip to final buzzer.
Thanks in large part to the play of Spencer Goyette and Travis Coar, the young Hornets sprinted out to a huge early lead then cruised to a 61-27 victory.
"This year's team is an interesting mix of kids," Coach West said. "Most of them are pretty raw and only a couple have ever played together before. I think after today's game that we're finally starting to develop some chemistry and move in a positive direction."
With the win, Honesdale improved its overall record to 3-4 on the season. The Red & Black will be back on the court Friday for a road game at Delaware Valley.
Opening tip for that Lackawanna League contest is slated for 4 p.m. in Milford.
Goyette and Coar formed a potent 1-2 punch in the early portion of Tuesday's game.
Spencer ran Honesdale's offense efficiently from the point, setting up his teammates for prime shots. He also attacked Western Wayne's zone off the dribble and drilled a pair of short jumpers.
"Pretty much everything we do begins with Spencer," Coach West said.
"He's a vocal kid, but he also leads by example. Spencer stepped up right from the start. He sees the court extremely well and he's a very smart player."
Goyette turned in a stellar all-round effort with six points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds.
Page 2 of 3 - Coar was equally effective against the Wildcats, especially in the opening stanza. Travis scored his first bucket of the game in transition, then stepped back behind the arc and knocked down a deep trey.
"I actually have to tell Travis to slow down sometimes," Coach West said with a smile. "He's always hustling. He's physical and he's very aggressive. Travis just makes things happen whe he's on the floor."
With Goyette and Coar leading the way, Honesdale roared out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter. The Hornets stretched that advantage to 35-13 at intermission and were never seriously challenged the rest of the way.
Justin Jay and Tristan Petroski proved to be match-up nightmares for the Wildcats on this particular day.
Jay warmed up with a pair of free throws in the first period, then ran wild in the second and third. He would finish up with a game-high 12 points and earn high marks from his veteran skipper.
"Justin has come along tremendously," Coach West said. "He's always been a good offensive payer, but Justin has become maybe our best defender and rebounder, too."
Petroski also terrorized Wildcat defenders, scoring 11 points on the strength of five field goals and on free throw.
Jack Rickard contributed key plays as well, slashing his way to nine points. The highlight of Rickard's offensive outburst was a deep trey midway through the second quarter.
Sam Kraft (seven pts), Kyle Ryzner (four), Garth LaBar (two) and Tom Minella (two) rounded out the Hornet scoring.
Coach West is realistic about the
"I know that Abington Heights and Scranton Prep are very good teams," she said. "We'll have our hands full with them. But, I'm also optimistic that this can be a very good season if we keep working hard and translating the things we learn at practice into game situations."
Page 3 of 3 - Over & Out
Western Wayne is struggling to this point in the young season.
The Wildcats were coming off a lopsided loss to perennial Lackawanna League powerhouse Abington and once again had trouble generating consistent offense.
Billy Polley paced the attack, scoring in every period en route to a team-best 12 points. Kourtney Harp and Rich Cuccura chipped in with four each, while Colin Howe added three.
Matt Russo and Tyler Bagnick closed out the stats with a basket apiece.
Score by Quarters...
HON (3-4) 19 16 17 9 - 61
WW (1-5) 6 7 6 8 - 27