GIRLS BASKETBALL: Balance Leads Scranton Prep Past West Scranton

January 11, 2019

SCRANTON — It’s a combination that’s hard to beat: players who share the ball with others who know how to get open.

Scranton Prep had a lot of that going on in a 57-36 win in a Lackawanna League Division I girls basketball game Thursday at West Scranton.

“Our team has great shooting, great shooters,” said sophomore guard Rachael Rose, who led the third-ranked Classics with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals. “Everyone can score from the perimeter and we can score inside. We’re hard to beat when you can score that way.”

They’re even harder to beat when shooting 63 percent from the field.

“Wow,” said Scranton Prep coach Bob Beviglia when he heard the 24-for-38 effort. “Layups. We say to them that we have to make other teams play defense. And if we’re patient, with our guards, we feel like we can create opportunities where we get somebody backdoor going to the basket, like Elisa Penetar does, like Kathleen (Rose) does.

“And No. 10 (Rachael Rose) is really tough. She’s tough to stay in front of. She makes plays, she finds her teammates, very unselfish given the number of points that she scores. If we can just be patient and run the offense, we can be pretty tough to guard.”

Scranton Prep’s offense got untracked early, getting layups on three of its first four scores, with Rachael Rose’s left-handed floater in the paint part of the opening 8-0 salvo.

“We got lost a little bit in our help defense, and credit Prep, they move well without the basketball,” West Scranton coach Leo Ciullo said.

However, Scranton Prep’s offense bogged down and the lead was just 23-15 at halftime.

“I said to the kids at halftime, if you looked at their first-shot percentage, it was probably like 10 percent,” Beviglia said. “We gave them second shots in the first half. At halftime it was 23-15, and I said the problem isn’t the 15, it’s the 23.”

Conversely, for West Scranton the problem was the 15, which came on 5 of 25 shooting.

“We just have to shoot better,” Ciullo said. “If we knock down some shots early in that game, we’re in that game. Once we start shooting the ball — and I think we have the shooters — we just need to get more reps and more confidence.”

Confidence is not a problem for Scranton Prep. The Rose sisters combined for the Classics’ first 12 points of the quarter.

“I think why we make it look so easy is we have such a great connection together,” Rachael Rose said. “I know where everyone is on the court, where all my teammates are. And they know when they are being overplayed to cut back door. We’re always looking ahead. We have no selfish players on this team.”

Elisa Penetar scored on a putback, part of her 6-for-6 effort she credited to fellow forward Kathleen Rose.

“She’s always able to find me open,” Penetar said. “I’ve played with her for so long, it’s a lot easier with her.”

Nya Johnson, who scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds, completed a three-point play at the third-quarter buzzer, and then added a drive to start the fourth to cut the deficit to 41-29.

Despite 13 points and eight boards from Angelina Moraca, West got no closer.

“In the second half, I thought (Nya) Johnson made some plays,” Beviglia said. “She wiggles through and she gets to the basket, and then we sagged and it slowed her down and we were fine.”

Scranton Prep polished it off with a 10-2 spurt that featured plenty of teamwork, with Kathleen Rose picking up a pair of assists, one to Cecelia Collins for two of her 10 points, and another to set up Penetar for a 51-31 cushion with just under two minutes left.

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Scranton Prep (11-1, 4-0) — R. Rose 6-9 3-5 17, E. Penetar 6-6 0-1 12, C. Collins 4-5 2-4 10, K. Rose 4-10 0-0 8, M. Mills 2-4 1-2 5, G. Stampien 1-1 0-0 3, M. Belardi 1-2 0-0 2, E. Kopicki 0-0 0-0 0, M. Purcell 0-1 0-0 0, M. Flynn 0-0 0-0 0, B. Wilder 0-0 0-0 0, O. Lange 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-38 6-12 57.

West Scranton (6-5, 2-2) — N. Johnson 5 6-8 16, A. Moraca 5 2-4 13, T. Repshis 2 0-0 5, N. Ross 1 0-1 2, T. Grissom 0 0-0 0, T. Turner-Boyd 0 0-0 0, C. Moraca 0 0-0 0, O. Bolsar 0 0-0 0, K. Miller 0 0-0 0, J. Johnson 0 0-0 0, M. Maloney 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-47 8-13 36.

Scranton Prep 13 10 18 16 — 57

West Scranton 7 8 12 9 — 36

3-point shooting: SP 3-6 (R. Rose 2-3, Stampien 1-1, Mills 0-1, Belardi 0-1), WS 2-21 (A. Moraca 1-3, Repshis 1-7, C. Moraca 0-3, N. Johnson 0-4, Ross 0-4). Rebounds: SP 27 (R. Rose 5, Mills 5), WS 33 (N. Johnson 14). Assists: SP 13 (R. Rose 5), WS 0. Steals: SP 5, WS 6 (N. Johnson 2, Repshis 2). Turnovers: SP 10, WS 7. Blocks: SP 2 (Collins, R. Rose), WS 1 (Repshis). JV: Scranton Prep, 52-10 (SP: Belardi 15, WS: Bolsar 5).