Hanover Area uses tight defense, balanced scoring to defeat Lackawanna Trail


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Decker drives to the basket during a non-league game girls basketball against Hanover Area Dec. 7.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Lexie Kwiatkowski scored a team-high nine points during Lackawanna Trail’s, 58-19, loss to Hanover Area in a non-league girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 7.


Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

FACTORYVILLE — Hanover Area scored the first 13 points and rolled to a 58-19 win over Lackawanna Trail in a non-league girls basketball game Monday.

Sophomore guard Lexie Kwiatkowski, who led the Lady Lions with nine points, ended a nearly seven-minute scoring drought for Lackawanna Trail by hitting a jump shot, but Hanover scored three of the final five points of the first quarter to lead, 16-4.

“We’re pretty pleased with how hard the girls played tonight,” Hanover Area head coach Thomas Gilroy said.

Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Decker scored the first basket of the second quarter, but the Hawkeyes scored the next 16 points to take a commanding 32-6 halftime lead.

The Hawkeyes defensive pressure forced the Lady Lions to commit 21 first-half turnovers.

“We have to slow our offense down a little bit and play within ourselves instead of playing to the other team’s level,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Lauren Sheakoski said. “We’ll be fine; they’re young. I have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing.”

Hanover Area (2-1) continued its hot start by scoring the first seven points of the third before Trail’s Laurelann Penn made a shot to stop the run. Asdone Hooper, who led the Hawkeyes with 19 points and four steals, scored nine in the quarter to help Hanover stretch its lead to 49-13.

“Asdone is a good player,” Gilroy said. “She’s our point guard and serves as the quarterback of our offense.”

Lackawanna Trail played its best quarter of basketball in the fourth, limiting Hanover to nine points while scoring six.

“We’re still learning,” Sheakoski said. “We have a low number of girls and have played three games in three days. We’ll go into the gym tomorrow and work on some minor things and improve.”

After Hooper and Haylee Bobos combined to score 68 of the Hawkeyes’ 84 points in the first two games of the season, Hanover Area spread the scoring around against Trail with Genesis Rodriguez accounting for 14 points and Victoria Benning adding 11.

“Our goal is to try to have a more balanced offense,” Gilroy said.

Freshman Cali Fauquier scored two points and grabbed six rebounds for Lackawanna Trail. Senior guard Alyssa Sohns and Penn each scored two points and grabbed five rebounds.

Sheakoski believes improving communication and developing confidence will be the biggest keys for the team to improve throughout the season.

“I have a lot of girls playing junior varsity to get some game-time experience and then they’re coming up and giving me big varsity minutes,” she said.

Lackawanna Trail (0-3) will travel to play Northwest Area in a non-league game at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 14.

Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Decker drives to the basket during a non-league game girls basketball against Hanover Area Dec. 7.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-LT-Basketball-Decker.jpgLackawanna Trail’s Allison Decker drives to the basket during a non-league game girls basketball against Hanover Area Dec. 7. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

Lexie Kwiatkowski scored a team-high nine points during Lackawanna Trail’s, 58-19, loss to Hanover Area in a non-league girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 7.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_ABJ-LT-Basketball-Kwiatkowski.jpgLexie Kwiatkowski scored a team-high nine points during Lackawanna Trail’s, 58-19, loss to Hanover Area in a non-league girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 7. Alice Stuffle photos | For Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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