Honesdale's junior high girls basketball teams are off to a stellar start
While the varsity squad has been struggling a bit during the early portion of the 2017-18 season, Honesdale's junior high girls basketball teams are off to a scintillating start.
Under the direction of coaches Joe Theobald, Jenna Kinzinger and Ryan Gearhart, the young Lady Hornets are piling up the wins hurtling toward an exciting future.
“This is absolutely a great group of girls,” said Coach Theobald. “They all work hard and give 100 percent every time they step on the court. We're having a great season so far.”
Honesdale's eighth grade team is currently 4-1 with the lone loss coming by a single point to Carbondale Area at the season-opening Rosler Tournament.
Three potential stars were promoted to the freshmen team, but this only served to give several other players a chance to shine.
“Some of these girls have had to embrace new roles,” Coach Theobald said. “But, they all have great attitudes and are working very hard every single day.”
Off & Running
Honesdale's eighth grade team tipped-off the season with a win and a loss at the annual Rosler tourney, held at Carbondale Area.
The Lady Hornets rolled to a 41-12 victory over arch rival Wallenpaupack Area in the semifinals, but then suffered a heartbreaking 20-19 loss in the title tilt.
The local lasses didn't let this early season loss get them down, though. In fact, they bounced right back to dominate Lackawanna Trail in their home opener. The final score was 27-9.
“As a team, our defensive effort was outstanding,” said Coach Theobald. “And, our offense was very well-balanced.”
Chloe Lyle paced the Red & Black attack. The talented young cager dominated in the paint, tallying a team-best nine points. Lyle also hauled down six rebounds and blocked five shots.
Also finding their way into the scoring column were Paige Fiume, Alyssa Martin, Emma Modrovksy, Jenna Edwards, Katie Ludwig, and Olivia Canfield. Ludwig and Canfield also combined for a total of 10 steals.
Honesdale was every bit as impressive in its next contest as the Lady Hornets cruised to a 42-30 win over Dingman-Delaware.
Lyle also led the way in this one. Chloe rattled the rims for a game-high 18 points and dominated the offensive glass.
Ludwig contributed seven points to the cause, while also leading the team in assists. Marissa Gregory made her season debut after re-habbing an injury and tallied five points.
Canfield, Edwards, Modrovsky and Fiume rounded out the scoring.
Lyle continued her torrid shooting earlier this week in Honesdale's 48-32 victory over Delaware Valley. She notched her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 boards.
“Chloe has had a couple of real breakout performances,” said Coach Theobald. “She's just been dominant lately.”
Fiume also dazzled in the low post, powering her way to eight points and a team-best 12 rebounds.
“Paige has really taken over that starting role,” said Coach Theobald. “She's learning to dominate on the glass at both ends.”
Canfield, Gregory and Hessling contributed key buckets in this one as well.
Ludwig (who scored 12 points in the DV win) and Canfield form one of the best young backcourt tandems in the area.
“Katie does a great job at the point,” Coach Theobald said. “And Olivia has been playing terrific defense.”
Over & Out
Due to multiple weather postponements, Honesdale still has a total of 13 games remaining on its eighth grade schedule.
The Red & Black still face stern challenges against the likes of Western Wayne, Forest City, North Pocono, Mountain View and Abington Heights.
This year's campaign will close out at the Damascus Invitational Tournament, slated for February 20-21.
Honesdale's eighth grade roster consists of: Katie Ludwig, Olivia Canfield, Chloe Lyle, Paige Fiume, Emma Modrovsky, Marissa Gregory, Jenna Edwards, Abby Hessling, Emily Gunuskey and Alyssa Martin.
While we caught up with Honesdale's eighth grade squad in our last edition, now it's time to take a look at the seventh graders.
Both teams are coached by the veteran triumvirate of Joe Theobald, Jenna Kinzinger and Ryan Gearhart. However, Jenna focuses on the youngsters and is extremely pleased with their progress to date in the 2017-18 season.
“These girls have a lot of promise,” Coach Kinzinger said. “Their sheer athleticism makes them a constant threat at both ends of the court.”
That athleticism has led to a deadly combination of balanced offense and high pressure defense, which in turn has led to three wins in four games.
Honesdale tipped off its 2017-18 campaign with a dominant 23-6 victory over Lackawanna Trail. The Lady Hornets then suffered their first setback of the season after the holiday break, a heartbreaking 16-14 loss at the hands of Damascus.
However, the local lasses wasted no time in bouncing back. Coach Kinzinger's squad posted back-to-back wins over Ding-Del and North Pocono.
Weather permitting, the Red & Black will be back in action Tuesday afternoon at Wallenpaupack Area.
Opening tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the North Intermediate gym.
On the Attack
Honesdale authored a solid all-round effort in its season-opening 23-6 win over Lackawanna Trail.
Anna Coar paced the Red & Black offensive attack with eight points.
“We have high hopes for Anna this year,” said Coach Kinzinger. “Her consistent hustle on defense and instinctive nature is a true asset to the team. We will also be leaning on her nice shot from the outside for some points and to open up the inside for our bigs.”
Coar was aided and abetted by Amaya Yarrish and Madison Meagher, each of whom tallied four.
Rounding out the scoring were Rachael Collins and Kalin Pietraszewski with two points apiece.
This was the Lady Hornets' lone game before schools recessed for their annual holiday hiatus. On January 2, the local lasses returned to action, but were dealt a stunning 16-14 loss by Damascus.
The Demons built up an eight point lead by halftime and cruised to the win.
“We played much better in the second half,” Coach Kinzinger said. “The girls showed a lot more hustle and intensity.”
Ciara Young, Rochelle Keast, Yarrish, Meagher, Collins and Coar each etched her name in the scorebook for Honesdale.
The Lady Hornets took another major step forward with an overwhelming effort against Ding-Del. The final score was 45-0.
“We really came out of the gate strong,” said Coach Kinzinger. “Ding-Del is a much younger and inexperienced team.”
Collins led all scorers in this one, powering her way to a game-high 14. Yarrish contributed eight to the Red & Black cause.
Also chipping in with key buckets were Klayre Yarrish, Carley Fries, Coar, Meagher and Keast.
Honesdale made North Pocono its most recent victim, traveling to Moscow on Thursday for a make-up game with the Trojans.
Once again, the Lady Hornets turned in a stellar all-round effort, cruising to a 23-8 triumph.
Coar led the way, scoring eight points. Anna also hauled in five rebounds, snagged five steals and blocked one shot.
Amaya Yarrish also tallied and contributed four boards. Collins, Meagher, Fries, Pietraszewski and Yarrish rounded out the scoring.
On Their Way
Coach Kinzinger has high praise for her young team.
Honesdale's hard-working young coach thinks that each player has something unique to offer this year's team.
“Amaya Yarrish has blazing fast hands and legs,” she said. “Klayre Yarrish, Madison Meagher, and Carley Fries's scrappy play also presents a major threat for teams in the backcourt.
“Ciara Young is relatively new to the basketball scene, but she's shown promise not only down low on offense with the potential for put-backs, but up top on defense grabbing some steals.
“Rachael Collins has consistently found herself in the scorebook and shown phenomenal ability to adjust within the game. She also allows us to balance out the left side of the court.
“Rochelle Keast and Kalin Pietraszewski will be charged with dominating down low this season.
“Pietraszewski is just making her way back from an illness so I am excited to see what she is able to do. She has been working very hard on improving her shot.
“Keast is also proving valuable and has already thrown down some memorable blocks.