Wallenpaupack Area fans turned out in force for an emotional pre-game ceremony on the shores of The Big Lake
Although they still have one more home game left on the regular season schedule, Wallenpaupack Area officials chose to host its Senior Night celebration before Thursday's game against Delaware Valley.
This season, just two seniors, Raeann Ehrhardt and Nicki Mann graced the Lady Bucks' roster.
Both are four-year veterans of the basketball squad and each is serving as a captain this season.
While Ehrhardt's future plans include studying biology and genetics and Mann's pursuits lie in the special education field, their scholastic résumés are very similar.
In addition to their time on the court, both young ladies have graced the soccer pitch as well as the softball diamond since freshman year.
Both are members of the National Honor Society, have served on student council, SADD, and the Friends of Rachel.
Ehrhardt also volunteers as a peer helper and help with fundraising for the Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, while Mann is active with Queen of Peace church, coaches Biddy Basketball, and has been a volunteer fundraiser for Retinal Research.
Off & Running
Bridgette Mann opened the show with an easy 2-pointer off the tip-off, but then neither team scored for almost four minutes.
Finally Molly Jansco hit 1-of-2 free throws and Irene Dispenza followed with a bucket in the low post.
Lauren Goetz lobbed in a deuce and Ehrhardt continued the Lady Bucks' run-up with a 3-pointer.
Anna Chamberlain then tallied DV's lone first quarter point by hitting the second of two shots from the line.
Olivia Scartelli landed an inside bucket and Jansco closed things out with a nice steal off a rejection, but couldn't get into shooting position before the buzzer went off.
Up 12-1 going into the second quarter, Dispenza checked in for two while Jansco followed with another 1-for-2 effort.
Nicki Mann tallied her first basket of the night but a free throw attempt by Alyssa Aragano yielded another point for DV.
Bridgette Mann then went on a tear by first driving in for a lay-up, then hitting a trey from in front of the basket, and following that up with another 3-pointer from the left.
Hannah Gallagher snuck in a 2-pointer for DV but Nicki Mann added a 3-pointer of her own.
Before the close of the half, Chamberlain dropped in a shot for DV but Scartelli would add another Lady Buck basket to make it 30-6 at halftime.
Delaware Valley re-grouped and came out on fire, outscoring Paupack by a margin of 15-9 in the third quarter.
Marisa Barcarcel, who had been silent in the first half, chipped in four baskets and went 1-for-2 from the stripe, giving the Warriors a well-needed boost.
Nikki Cuccio added two points to the DV effort as did Erin McNealy, who also made two from the line.
While the Lady Bucks were outscored in the third, Jansco hit for two in the paint and Ehrhardt opened up the long range artillery three times in leading Paupack to a 41-21 lead.
Bridgette Mann, Dispenza, Jansco, each added two more points for Paupack.
Balcarcel made a 2-point shot and a free throw for DV in what was a slow fourth quarter.
With victory pretty much assured, Paupack cycled through its bench late in the game allowing their younger players to get some court time.
Kennedy Thomas, landed the last shot of the night and closed things out for the Buckhorns, 49-24.
"One more Senior Night left for us," Nicki Mann pointed out, alluding to the fact she and Ehrhardt still have a softball season before they finally sail off into the sunset over the Big Lake. "But, this is a good bunch to play with."
"This is awesome," Ehrhardt said, "I got game high for the first time."
Her four 3-pointers gave her 12 points on the night, tying with Bridgette Mann for the top tally of the night.