Lady Lancers earn ‘big win’ over Mohawk
Neshannock (46) Vs. Mohawk (36)
The Neshannock High girls basketball team did it with defense last night.

The Lady Lancers limited Mohawk to just 11 field goals and five points in the fourth quarter to pick up the 46-36 WPIAL Section 2-AA home win.

“This was a big game for us,” Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski said. “We played really, really well all-around with the exception of fouls. It was just a crazy, crazy game.

“I told the kids if we can keep them in the 30s that we’d have a great shot of winning and that if we outrebounded them, we’d have a good shot at winning. I was really pleased with our defense. I thought a lot of the fouls were questionable, because I thought we had good position most of the time.”

Neshannock (1-0, 4-0) was red hot from the field to start the game and took a commanding 26-13 lead, but 11 first-half fouls slowed the Lady Lancers down.

The Lady Warriors (0-1, 3-1) pulled to within 26-21 at halftime with an 8-0 run to the half, which was fueled by 6-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe. Neshannock managed just four points in the second stanza.

Mohawk went to the free-throw line 27 times on the night, making 13, while the Lady Lancers made 7-of-11 attempts from the line.

“We came out on fire in the first quarter,” Grybowski said. “We hit all our 3-pointers in the first quarter. In the second quarter, our shot selection wasn’t great. All the shots we made in the first quarter, we missed in the second. We really didn’t have many opportunities, because they went into a trap. I think we had turned it over three or four straight possessions and then started fouling them.”

Madison McHale scored eight points in the pivotal fourth quarter and Tayler Grybowski made four freebies as the Lady Lancers extended their three-point lead entering the final period to double digits.

Tayler Grybowski led Neshannock with 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while McHale tied her season-high with a game-high 21 points. Cassidy Burrelli chipped in seven points, five rebounds and three steals. Erin Warvell handed out four assists.

Aliya Gage paced the Lady Warriors with 17 points.

“It was a big win for the kids,” said Luann Grybowski, Tayler’s mom. “It’s a real confidence-builder to start 1-0 in the section.”
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Neshannock 22 4 8 12 0 46
Mohawk 11 10 10 5 0 36
Box Scores
MOHAWK (36)
Jaki Bender 0 0-0 0
Holly Duncan 0 2-4 2
Samantha Carr 4 2-4 10
Melissa Verlotte 2 2-6 7
Aliya Gage 5 7-10 17
Ashley McConnell 0 0-3 0.
Totals: 11 13-27 36.

NESHANNOCK (46)
Stephanie Paras 3 0-0 7
Cassidy Burrelli 3 1-1 7
Erin Warvell 0 0-0 0
Tayler Grybowski 3 4-4 11
Madison McHale 9 2-6 21
Regan Moorhouse 0 0-0 0
Maeley McHale 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 18 7-11 46.
MOHAWK 11 10 10 5 — 36
NESHANNOCK 22 4 8 12 — 46
3-point goals — Mohawk 1 (Verlotte 1), Neshannock 3 (Paras 1, Grybowski 1, Mad. McHale 1).
JV score: Neshannock 35, Mohawk 19. High scorer: M — McConnell 5; N — Paras 13.
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