Bell’s 2 earns MV go-ahead win

After almost a week-long hiatus due to weather conditions, girls’ basketball teams hit the hardwood Friday and Saturday as regular season play entered the second half.

While Susquehanna maintained its lead at the top of Lackawanna League Division IV, Mountain View moved ahead of Montrose when Mackenzie Bell hit the go-ahead basket with four seconds remaining to send the Lady Eagles to 29-27 win over the Lady Meteors.

Mountain View built a 17-10 halftime advantage with a balanced scoring attack. Playing their second game in less than 12 hours Montrose shrugged off their slow start to outscore Mountain View 9-2 in the third quarter to knot the game at knot the game at 19.

The teams traded buckets until Bell’s game winner. Sydney Newhart led Mountain View with 10 points while Bell added 7. Grace Aukema and Brianna Spence paced Montrose with 7 points each.

Susquehanna maintained its lead on the division picking up an easy 56-34 win over Forest City.

The Lady Sabers wasted little time jumping out on the host Lady Foresters 18-6 in the opening stanza. Taylor Huyck buried two three-pointers and was 4-4 from the charity stripe. Mackenzie Steele added six points and then scored 8 more in the second quarter as Susquehanna extended their advantage to take a 30-16 lead into the half.

Huyck and her teammates put the game out of reach in the third quarter as the junior guard scored 11 points.

Huyck finished with a game-high 23 points to lead Susquehanna. Steele added 16 and Bethany Maby added 7. Sarah Korty paced Forest City with 11 and Maggie Kowalewski chipped in with 9.

Despite the loss to Mountain View, Montrose took down Forest City 26-20.

After a back and forth first quarter that found the Lady Meteors up 9-6, Montrose couldn’t find the basket in the second and trailed the Lady Foresters 13-9 at the half.

Montrose again found the basket in the third, outscoring Forest City 17-7 over the final two quarters.

Aukema and Spence again led Montrose with 6 points each. Korty led Forest City with 8. 

Elk Lake remained in the hunt with a pair of wins.

Elk Lake traveled to Blue Ridge on Friday and took care of the Lady Raiders early.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter lead and held the Lady Raiders to single digits in all four quarters.

Mercedes Zajackowski led Elk Lake with 10 points while Tamara Voda added 8 and Maddie Tewksbury chipped in with 7. Danielle Goff paced Blue Ridge with 14.

The following day the Lady Warriors again jumped out early on their way to a 53-41 victory over Lackawanna Trail.

Racing out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter, the Elk Lake offense stalled in the second stanza and Trail cut the lead to 19-15 by halftime.

Elk Lake again found an offensive rhythm after halftime scoring 17 points in each of the final two quarters and held Trail to 26 second-half points.

Krista Jones led Elk Lake with 20 points and was aided by Voda’s 11 points and Zajaczkowski’s 9. Tewksbury chipped in with 13 rebounds.

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