Western Wayne's girls varsity hoops team is piling up the early season wins.
Western Wayne has struggled in each of its first two games of the 2013-14 girls varsity basketball season.
Last Saturday afternoon, the Lady 'Cats tipped-off their campaign with what Coach Colleen Kloss called an "ugly win" over East Stroudsburg Notre Dame at the Lake Region tourney.
Then the ugly weather descended and one practice after another was cancelled.
So, it was with serious trepidation that Coach Kloss sent her players out on the Varden Garden hardwood Wednesday night for a non-league battle with Carbondale Area.
Perhaps predictably, the Lady 'Cats once again got off to a sluggish start. They trailed after one period and didn't take their first lead of the game until late in the second quarter.
Thankfully for a small, but vocal hometown crowd, though, Western Wayne did just enough to win.
Rebecca Carmody tallied a game-high 24 points in leading her team to another less-than-artistic win, this one by a count of 56-51.
"If things keep going the way they have been these first two games, I'm going to have gray hair by the end of the season," Coach Kloss quipped afterward.
"We certainly aren't getting any style points, but we're winning and that's the most important thing. I'm proud of the girls. They kept fighting right up until the end of the game."
The Lady 'Cats (2-0) are now headed to Mountain View's annual tournament and an opening round encounter with Lakeland.
Weather permitting, that contest is scheduled for a Friday evening at 6 p.m. in Kingsley.
Most folks who follow the local girls basketball scene are familiar with the Carmody Twins.
Rebecca and Rachel are without question two of the best players in the entire Lackawanna League.
Against Carbondale Area, this dynamic duo combined for 41 of Western Wayne's 56 total points.
On this particular night, though, the Carmodys were buoyed by an outstanding performance from teammate Kelsey Russo.
A scrappy senior guard, Russo earned high marks from her mentor for stellar all-round play.
"Kelsey is one of those kids you absolutely need to have a winning team," said Coach Kloss. "She does all the little things well. Kelsey plays tough defense and wants the ball on offense.
Russo made her presence felt at both ends of the floor Wednesday evening. She scored from the field and at the line, finishing up with six key points.
She also made life difficult for the Chargerettes all night with her trademark aggressive defense. Sadly, Russo was the victim of overzealous officiating and fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
Nevertheless, Coach Kloss had nothing but praise for her efforts.
"Kelsey leads by example with all her hustle and hard work," she said.
By the Numbers
Carbondale Area jetted out to an early lead in this one, thanks in large part to the play of Sarah Totsky.
The eagle-eye junior guard rattled the rims for 19 points, including a 6-of-8 stint at the charity stripe and one deep trey.
Western Wayne countered with their an offensive barrage from their deadliest weapons, the Carmodys.
Rebecca was simply unstoppable at times, shredding every "junk" defense Carbondale Coach Bill Reckless threw at her.
The silky-smooth junior guard rattled the rims for 24 points, many of which came in transition or as a result of fearless drives to the rack.
"We told Becca that she had to step up and take over a little bit," Coach Kloss said. "And, she really did that. Becca played a great game and was a huge part of our winning tonight."
Rachel also turned in a sparkling performance.
The junior center/forward powered her way to a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Jordyn Jacques turned in a solid outing as well.
A multi-sport star who also excels on the volleyball court, Jacques hit back-to-back buckets off the fastbreak to give Western Wayne a comfortable third quarter lead.
Over & Out
Carbondale trailed by double digits early in the final stanza, but staged a furious rally that nearly resulted in an upset.
Missed free throws and blown lay-ups opened the door for the Chargerettes, who played hard right to the final buzzer.
Zoe Zazzera contributed 10 points to the cause, while Hayley Skorupa and Morgan Maura added seven apiece.
Bethany Giombetti, Kourtney Jones and Kallie Jones rounded out the late game scoring for Western Wayne, which held on for a 5-point victory.
Score by Quarters...
WW (2-0) 8 14 19 15 - 56
CAR (1-1) 11 8 13 19 - 51