Home was not the advantage for local girls’ basketball teams on the opening night of Lackawanna League Division IV play.
Both Elk Lake and Mountain View got off the bus and captured league opening wins.
Against Mountain View, Blue Ridge got off to a hot start offensively as Kara Wdowiak scored 10 points in the first stanza and the Lady Raiders opened up a 14-8 lead.
Mountain View buckled down defensively in the second quarter holding Blue Ridge to Ashley Torres’ field goal and Jade Travis scored five points for the Lady Eagles as they took a 17-16 lead into halftime.
“We switched defenders on Wdowiak after that quarter and just took her out of the game,” said Mountain View Coach Bill Simons.
The teams battled back and forth after intermission as each team had four different players score as Blue Ridge retook the lead 26-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
Mountain View’s leading scorere Regan Cameron came alive in the fourth scoring eight of the Lady Eagles’ 17 points as Mountain View was able to take advantage at the foul line going 8-13 down the stretch while Blue Ridge managed just three makes on nine attempts.
“We were aggressive with the the pace and got to the line,” observed Simons.
Cameron led the way for Mountain View with 14 points while Travis and Emory Bewley each finished with nine. Wdowiak paced Blue Ridge with 12 and Torres added eight.
Elk Lake used strong opening quarters of each half to prevail over host Lackawanna Trail 58-40.
Tamara Voda and Mercedes Zajaczkowski combined for 11 points as the Lady Warriors moved ahead 17-6 after one quarter.
Trail’s offense came alive in quarter two as both teams scored a dozen points. Krista Jones and Kaitlyn Kerr each had four points as Elk Lake maintained the lead 29-18 at the break.
Elk Lake put the game out of reach after halftime outscoring the Lady Lions 18-11 as Zajaczkowski and Lily Decker each scored eight.
Zajaczkowski led the way with 14 points while Decker added 13 and Jones finished with 12.
The lone team to defend their court Montrose made pretty quick work of struggling Forest City dismantling the Lady Foresters 62-18.
Five different Lady Meteors scored in the first quarter as they took a 21-3 lead as Tangi Smith and Mya Snyder combined for 11 points.
In the second Montrose mainted the defensive pressure and built the lead to 30 points leading 35-5 heading into halftime. Smith scored four more points and Mia Snyder knocked down a pair of three balls for the Lady Meteors.
Smith led Montrose with 15 points and Ciara Hundley finished with 10. Mia Snyder chipped in with nine and Mya Snyder and Lizzy Lathrop each had eight. Bella Pleska’s 14 points led Forest City.
Susquehanna found Holy Cross not as gracious host as the other home teams in a Division III/IV crossover game held in Dunmore.
Holy Cross jumped out on the Lady Sabers 17-6 in the first quarter.
Susquehanna battled back in the second quarter as they were able to generate some offense and cut the lead to 30-23 at intermission.
The Lady Crusaders established control coming out of the locker room outscoring Susquehanna 33-15 in the second half.
Makenzie Steele paced Susquehanna with 15 points while Taylor Huyck was held to eight