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Season in Review: Girls Basketball

From left: Ciera Toomey, Cadie Lewis, Ana Pacewicz and Maddie Valvano represented Dunmore at Sunday’s Coaches vs. Cancer Media Day. Dunmore was the only team to win both a District 2 title and a regular-season division championship in 2021-22. (Tony Callaio Photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a step in getting ready for the 2022-23 winter sports season, is taking a look back at the 2021-22 season in District 2.

Team champions

Dunmore was the only team to win both a divisional title and a District 2 championship. The Lady Bucks won Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A.

Lake-Lehman also claimed two championships, winning the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 and tournament titles.

The other District 2 champions were: Class 6A, Wilkes-Barre Area; 5A, Abington Heights; 3A, Riverside; 2A, Holy Cross and A, Susquehanna.

Scranton Prep, Western Wayne and Montrose won Lackawanna League Division 1, 2 and 4 titles.

Pittston Area won WVC Division 1.


Lackawanna Division 1: Scranton Prep 13-0, Abington Heights 10-3, Scranton 8-5, Valley View 4-9, West Scranton 1-12.

Lackawanna Division 2: Western Wayne 12-1, Wallenpaupack 7-6, Honesdale 6-7, North Pocono 3-10, Delaware Valley 1-12.

Lackawanna Division 3: Dunmore 12-0, Riverside 10-2, Holy Cross 8-4, Lakeland 5-7, Mid Valley 5-7, Old Forge 2-10, Carbondale 0-12.

Lackawanna Division 4: Montrose 12-0, Elk Lake 9-3, Lackawanna Trail 7-5, Blue Ridge 6-6, Susquehanna 5-7, Mountain View 2-10, Forest City 1-11.

WVC Division 1: Pittston Area 12-2, Wilkes-Barre Area 12-2, Hazleton Area 9-5, Wyoming Valley West 7-7, Dallas 6-8, Berwick 4-10, Crestwood 3-11, Tunkhannock 3-11.

WVC Division 2: Lake-Lehman 11-1, Holy Redeemer 10-2, Nanticoke 8-4, Wyoming Area 7-5, Wyoming Seminary 4-8, Hanover Area 2-10, MMI Prep 0-2.


Dunmore and Riverside were the final No. 1 teams in the My City Mortgage Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Dunmore finished 25-2 and led the Big Schools. It was followed by: Scranton Prep, second; Abington Heights, third; Lake-Lehman, fourth; Pittston Area, fifth; and Wilkes-Barre Area, sixth.

Riverside went 23-5 and led the Small Schools. It was followed by: Western Wayne, second; Holy Cross, third; Montrose, fourth; Lakeland, fifth; and Elk Lake, sixth.

State impact

Dunmore’s Moriah Murray became a four-time, first-team, all-state selection while Pittston Area’s Jeff Gregory was named Class 5A Coach of the Year when Pennsylvania Sports Writers announced their all-state team.

Riverside’s Kylie Lavelle landed on the first team in Class 3A for the third time.

Ciera Toomey, Murray’s Dunmore teammates, joined her on the first team in Class 4A, earning her second selection as a first-teamer and third all-state honor overall.

Kaci Kranson from Holy Cross repeated as a first-teamer in Class 2A.

Western Wayne’s Kaeli Romanowski made the second team in Class 3A.

All five of District 2’s entries in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament in Class 4A and 3A won at least once.

Dunmore, in 4A, and Riverside, in 3A, each reached the state quarterfinals.

Abington Heights in Class 5A; Scranton Prep and Lake-Lehman in 4A; and Western Wayne in 3A all won one game to reach the second round.


Wilkes-Barre Area, Abington Heights, Riverside, Holy Cross and Susquehanna all repeated as district champions. The title was the sixth straight in Class A for the Lady Sabers. … Dunmore has won the last four district tournaments in which it competed. The Lady Bucks won in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in Class 3A, but had to sit out the 2021 tournament because of COVID. … All four Lackawanna League champions were also repeaters. Dunmore has won nine straight division titles and Scranton Prep has won five. … Lake-Lehman repeated as division champion. The Lady Knights have also won the last two available WVC Tournament titles, winning the four-team event in 2020. It was not contested in 2021 because of the season being shortened by COVID. … Pittston Area went from last place to first place in WVC Division 1. Gregory earned his state award for leading the turnaround from 1-11 in the division and 4-13 overall the previous season to 12-2 and 24-5. The Lady Patriots won the division title in a playoff with Wilkes-Barre Area. … Scranton Prep enters the season on a 67-game Lackawanna League winning streak. Dunmore has won 47 straight Lackawanna regular-season games, plus a division playoff game since the streak started. Montrose has won 28 straight league games.

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