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O’Shea leads Scranton past NP

Maggie O’Shea scored 17 points Thursday when Scranton took advantage of a strong start to run over visiting North Pocono, 64-31, in a District 2 Class 5A girls basketball quarterfinal.

The win advanced the Lady Knights into the district semifinals and avenged a 45-38 loss to North Pocono in their Lackawanna League crossover meeting Jan. 19.

“We didn’t do very well last time so we had a lot of motivation going into this game,” O’Shea said. “We watched a lot of film. We just really wanted to win.”

O’Shea and Finley Bittenbender, who finished with 13 points, made three 3-pointers each.

Scranton opened a comfortable lead late in the first quarter.

The Lady Knights led by a point before scoring 11 straight points in the last 2:32 of the first quarter, then 2 more 29 seconds into the second quarter for a 17-3 lead.

Kennedy Bittenbender, who added 11 points, had five straight during the run.

Scranton pushed the lead to 24-5 midway through the second quarter.

North Pocono closed to within 28-15 at halftime. Kylie Mastillo had all eight of her points in the first half.

The Lady Trojans remained within 34-21 with 4;30 left in the third quarter before the Lady Knights broke the game open.

Lanee Olson, Kennedy Bittenbender and Finley Bittenbender each hit 3-pointers during a 10-2 burst over a stretch of 1:14.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was created from the reporting of Ben Magnotta.


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