Opening week of girls basketball Lackawanna League Division IV play saw a rematch of the Reddon-Hoffman tourney championship game when Susquehanna hosted Montrose on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Meteors were determined to not have a replay of their tournament defeat and jumped out to a 10-5 lead.
Harper Andre nailed two three-point field goals and Chalice Guyette scored four points to spark Montrose.
Susquehanna answered in the second quarter turning up the pressure and outscoring Montrose 17-9. Mackenzie Heath scored 7 points in the quarter to gain a Lady Saber 22-19 halftime advantage.
The teams matched scores in the third. Susquehanna held their 3-point lead going into the fourth. Taylor Huyck proved why she’s the reigning Division IV Player of the Year scoring 8 points in the quarter to preserve the 43-36 Susquehanna win.
Huyck finished with 19 to lead Susquehanna. Mackenzie Steele added 10.
Andre led Montrose with 15; and Guyette finished with 9.
The win kept Susquehanna a half game behind Mountain View in the standings. The Lady Eagles opened with two victories after going winless during the preseason.
Mountain View gained a 12-5 advantage in the first quarter behind Regan Cameron’s 6 points. They then put the game out of reach as Sydney Newhart and Mackenzie Bell combined for 9 points and Mountain View took a 26-8 lead into halftime and never looked back on their way to a 47-21 win.
Cameron finished with 13 and Newhart added 12 to lead Mountain View. Danielle Goff pace Blue Ridge with 9 points.
Two days later Mountain View faced Lackawanna Trail where Bell scored 6 of her 8 points in the opening stanza to help propel the Lady Eagles to 19-15 halftime lead.
Cameron scored 7 of her team-high 14 in the third quarter as Mountain View tried to maintain control. Despite shooting 6-17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles held on for 48-45 victory.
Morgan Hammond chipped in with 9 points for Mountain View. Bell added 8.
Susquehanna opened league play with a crossover game with Holy Cross of Division III. The Lady Crusaders jumped out on their hosts 16-9 in the first quarter.
Susquehanna settled down and turned the tables in the second outscoring Holy Cross 16-7. Bethany Maby and Huyck combined for 11 points to give the Lady Sabers a 25-23 halftime lead.
Susquehanna pushed the lead to 35-26 when Huyck was called for her fourth foul and had to join Steele on the bench. With two key players on the pine, Holy Cross took advantage and finished the quarter on 13-0 run to take a 38-35 lead into the final quarter of play. Holy Cross outscored Susquehanna 19-9 in the final stanza to prevail 57-44.
Huyck finished with 19 points and Steele added 9.
Montrose earned their second win of the season and first in division with a 36-18 pasting of Forest City on the opening night of the regular season.
The Lady Meteors raced to a 20-8 halftime advantage and never looked back as Andre led the way with 14 points.
Elk Lake opened up Division IV play with a 48-39 win over Lackawanna Trail as Mercedes Zajaczkowski poured in 20 points.
The Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Lions 11-4 and 11-8 in the first two quarters to establish control. Maddie Tewksbury and Tamara Voda chipped in with 8 and 7 points, respectively.
Elk Lake then dropped their crossover with Lakeland the following night 54-28. The Lady Warriors trailed only 7-6 after one quarter and 20-11 at halftime. But Lakeland opened up in the third outscoring Elk Lake over the entire second half. Voda led the way for the Lady Warriors with 7.
Forest City kept Blue Ridge winless with a 52-31 victory.
The game was held up for nearly 30 minutes in the second half when the Forest City Coach Joe Ferguson was ejected, No assistant coach was available and a volunteer had to be verified before play-action could continue.
After a 13-13 draw in the opening quarter, Forest City surged ahead in the second quarter and seized control in the second half outscoring the Lady Raiders.
Bella Pleska led Forest City with 15 points and Maggie Kowalewski added 14.
Goff led Blue Ridge with 14 points.