Lady Bucks roll to their third consecutive Jaycees tournament championship
While it’s still very early in the season, a compelling case can already be made that Wallenpaupack Area has the best backcourt in the entire Lackawanna League.
On Thursday night, the dynamic duo of Megan Guerrieri and Hannah Smith led the Lady Bucks to a girls division title at the 58th Annual Jaycees Holiday Tournament.
Guerrieri earned Most Valuable Player honors, pouring in 27 points and leading Paupack to a 72-52 victory over Honesdale in the championship game.
Smith also turned heads, tallying 13 points and nabbing a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
“The thing I love most about those two girls is that they play hard for 32 minutes,” Head Coach Roy Gibbs said. “Megan and Hannah run baseline to baseline all game long. They never let up.”
While the Lady Bucks were cruising to a big win in the high school gym, the Hornets were fighting for their lives down in the middle school.
Unfortunately for a big, raucous Red Palace crowd, Honesdale just ran out of gas against a very athletic East Stroudsburg South squad in the boys title tilt.
Led by Most Valuable Player Jeremiah Anderson, the Cavaliers built a double digit lead then cruised to a 69-48 win.
“We played well in stretches, but we have to work on being more consistent,” Coach Tim Wood said. “We looked pretty darn good sometimes, but we need to mature a little bit and come together as a team.”
Joey Scarfalloto paced the Red & Black attack. The sophomore power forward rattled the rims for 20 points in earning and All-Tournament bid.
“We ask an awful lot of Joey as a sophomore, but he delivers,” Coach Wood said. “You always know that you’re going to get 100 percent every time he steps on the court.”
On a Roll
Western Wayne tipped off Day Two action at the Jaycees Tournament with a wild win over Forest City in the girls consolation contest
Gracie Guarino and Hannah Roedel once again led the Lady 'Cat attack.
Guarino powered her way to a team-best 13 points, while Roedel dialed-up three treys en route to 11.
Mackenzie Hartman paced the Foresters, scoring in every period en route to a game-high 16.
Paupack and Honesdale then hit the court for the evening's marquee match-up, a game that attracted a big crowd to the old high school gymnasium.
The Lady Bucks raced out to an early double-digit lead, thanks in large part to the play of Guerrieri and Smith. Megan tickled the twine for eight first period points, while smith slashed her way to seven.
Erin Worzel made her presence felt in the second quarter. Paupack's senior center wasn't expected to see much time in this one due to a high ankle sprain, but she gritted her teeth and toughed it out.
Worzel scored her first basket midway through the stanza and would wind up with 10 points and seven rebounds.
A scrappy Lady Hornet squad cut Paupack's lead to 29-21 at intermission, due in large part to the stellar play of Alexa Jones.
Honesdale's junior forward scored from every conceivable angle on her way to a team-best 21 points. Jones knocked down three deep treys, went 2-for-2 at the foul line and tallied five field goals.
Alas for Red & Black fans, this simply wasn't enough. Despite double digit efforts from Sarah Keast (12 pts) and Courtney Varcoe (11), the Buckhorns steadily pulled away.
Guerrieri was simply unstoppable at times.
Megan finished her night with five treys, but also ran wild in transition and attacked the basket off her dribble. It was a virtuoso performance that ended with an MVP trophy, her second in as many years.
A pair of Smith free throws early in the fourth quarter, followed by a nifty baby hook from Worzel, pushed the lead past 20.
“I'm very pleased with the effort,” Coach Gibbs said. “The bottom line is that we played good defense from baseline to baseline. We put a lot of pressure on them, which led to a bunch of turnovers, and we took advantage of that.”
Rachael Tirjan and Tabitha Boyd each chipped in with 10 points
Honesdale's boys team struggled in the first period of Thursday night's title tilt against ESS.
The Cavaliers rocketed out to a 21-11 lead after one period and held a 33-25 lead at intermission.
Sadly for Hornet fans, the visitors extended that margin after the break en route to a 21-point win.
Anderson was the ring leader, raining down jumpers from all over the floor on his way to 24 points and the MVP award.
Veteran guard Greg Eck was every bit as deadly, knocking down two treys of his own and winding up with 23 markers.
Scarfalloto was Honesdale's main man in the paint. Joey closed out his evening with 20, which included two treys and a 6-for-7 stint at the stripe.
Anthony DeGori also cracked double figures with 13 points.