Stroudsburg sweeps Bears
nancy scholz/special to the times news Pleasant Valley's Bryan Sharpe (left) looks to go around Stroudsburg defender Jacob Battle.
The Stroudsburg Mounties traveled to Pleasant Valley and took over Brodheadsville Saturday night.
Both games came down to the wire, but saw Stroudsburg prevail in the final minutes. The Mountie girls won 28-25 while the boys won 42-41.
The girls' game wasn't for the faint of heart and it showed in the 28-25 final score.
Pleasant Valley managed to score just seven points in the second half, including one in the fourth quarter, and allowed Stroudsburg to come from behind and win the season finale 28-25.
"When you shoot 9-for-47 from the field you are not going to win many games," said Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky. "Hopefully the girls recover quickly and we can move forward positively."
The Lady Bears took an 11-7 lead after one behind six points from forward Mackenzie Dorney. The second quarter didn't feature much action either, as the two teams combined for 13 points. Stroudsburg sat in a 2-3 zone and slowed the pace down whenever it could.
The Mounties made up two points in the third thanks to two three-pointers from Micaela Rodas.
It was in the fourth quarter that the Bears went completely cold. The locals had trouble finding any openings in Stroudsburg's zone and at one point decided to hold the ball in hopes of pulling the Mounties out. Pleasant Valley guard Keri Dekmar literally stood at half-court with the ball for roughly two minutes as time ticked away. Gauronsky finally called timeout around the 3:30 mark to regroup her team.
Unfortunately it didn't work. Pleasant Valley continued to miss shots and turn the ball over on forced entry passes. The Bears wouldn't score their first point of the quarter until Arden Cisluycis made her second of two free throw attempts with 50 seconds left in the game.
Jenny Faust nailed a three-pointer down the stretch while teammate Natalie McClaren hit another shot to give the Mounties a three-point lead late. The lead held up as Pleasant Valley simply could not put the ball in the basket.
Dorney led the Bears with nine points. Jordan Meckes added seven.
"We are going to have to prepare for more zone because after tonight I would expect to see more of it," said Gauronsky. "We were stagnant at times and of course it doesn't help when you can't make a shot."
Pleasant Valley will face East Stroudsburg South in the Mountain Valley Conference semi-finals next week.
Twice within the last seven seconds Pleasant Valley was at the line with a chance to tie the game.
Twice the Bears made the first attempt. Twice they missed the second.
Pleasant Valley, who trailed the majority of the night, found itself at the free throw line with seven ticks left and down two points. Devon Howard calmly knocked down the first attempt before sending the second one long. Howard quickly fouled to stop the clock and exited the game with his head in his jersey.
But it wasn't over. Stroudsburg's Jacob Battle made one of two from the line to put the Mounties up two. After missing his second shot, Skyler Brandt went over-the-back on the rebound. With that he gave the Bears two more free throws and another life.
This time Marquis Brown stepped to the line with 4.7 seconds to go. Brown sank the first, but like Howard, was long on the second attempt. Stroudsburg missed its free throw at the other end, but maintained possession after the ball went out of bounds. The Mounties ran the clock out after that and held on for the 42-41 win.
"I told Devon and Marquis to keep their heads up," said Pleasant Valley head coach Ken Piontkowski. "Everyone misses free throws. Nobody makes them all. Without them we aren't in the game to begin with. However, we can't go 9-of-20 as a team. One-point games can come down to a lot of things, especially free throws. Missing 11 is not good."
Stroudsburg's David Clowney scored six of his team-high 15 points in the first and helped his team to a 10-5 lead, but Pleasant Valley answered right back at the start of the second. Howard scored six straight points within the first two minutes, capped by a breakaway dunk, and gave the Bears an 11-10 lead. The Mounties didn't score their first point until one minute remained and went into the break down two.
Clowney then led his team out of the half with a quick four-point spurt. He would score nine in the quarter as Stroudsburg went back up by six.
Brown, who finished with 16 points, started to assert himself in the fourth and brought the Bears back. His lay-up at the 3:50 mark gave Pleasant Valley a 38-37 lead.
Scoring became hard after that as neither team tallied a point for the next two minutes. After milking the clock for roughly 40 seconds, Stroudsburg's Chris Cayo made a driving lay-up with 18 seconds to go to put the Mounties up two. It was then that the Bears missed two big free throws and lost the game.
Regardless of the outcome of the Eastburg North-Eastburg South game on Monday, Pleasant Valley is locked in as the No. 4 seed in the MVC tournament. The Bears will play Pocono Mountain West in the semi-finals.
"Obviously we wanted to stay away from West, but we are going to have to beat them one way or another if we want to win the MVC title," said Piontkowski. "If we can play like we did in our last game against them then we stand a chance."
Hagy 1-0-0-2, Rodas 2-0-0-6, Neal 0-0-0-0, McClaren 1-0-0-2, Jefferson 0-0-0-0, Myles 0-0-0-0, Melsee 0-0-0-0, Battle 0-1-2-1, Faust 5-4-4-15, Browning 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 10-5-6-28.
Meckes 3-1-2-7, Cisluycis 0-1-2-1, Dekmar 0-0-0-0, Dorney 3-3-4-9, Miller 2-0-0-4, Krcic 0-0-0-0, Fields 0-0-0-0, Russell 0-1-2-1, Sharpe 1-0-0-3. TOTALS: 9-6-10-25.
Stroudsburg 7 6 8 7 - 28
Pleasant Vy 11 7 6 1 - 25
Three-pointers: S - Rodas 2, Faust 1; PV - Sharpe 1.
Clay 1-0-0-3, Cayo 2-0-0-4, Brandt 2-2-2-7, Clowney 7-0-1-15, Battle 2-4-9-8, Fenn 0-0-0-0, Cuevas 1-0-2-2, Bragg 1-1-1-3, Lopez 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 16-7-15-42.
Sharpe 0-2-2-2, Brown 6-4-11-16, Howard 4-1-2-9, Jones 2-0-1-4, Hrbek 3-2-4-8, Pazienza 1-0-0-2, Robinson 0-0-0-0, Deegan 0-0-0-0, Neubert 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 16-9-20-41.
Stroudsburg 10 4 17 11 - 42
Pleasant Vy 5 11 9 16 - 41
Three-pointers: S - Clay 1, Brandt 1, Clowney 1.