Crestwood Basketball Teams Fall In District 2 Class 3A Quarterfinals

Crestwood’s fabulous season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals when the Comets were upended by Pittston Area, 48-38. The second-seeded Comets were upset by the seventh-seeded Patriots last Friday evening, February 21 at the Wyoming Area gym.

Crestwood had defeated Pittston in two previous meetings this season but Pittston avenged those losses, shutting down the Comet sharp shooters and playing tough defense throughout the game. The Patriots were up by 10 at the end of the first half of play and continued to edge the Comets in the second half.

Chris Fazzini was the only Comet to score in double figures, leading Crestwood in scoring with 12 points. Cole Wasco added nine.

Contributing to the score for Crestwood were Brian Markowski with four, Josh Malkemes, three, and Brady Gallagher was held to two.

Crestwood captured a 60-40 win over Coughlin in the opening round of the tournament on February 19.

Wasco led the second-seeded Comets’ scoring effort with 17 points that included five three-pointers. Also scoring in double figures for Crestwood were Luke Casey and Jason Dotzel who each contributed 12 points while Josh Malkemes tossed in five. Gallagher, Markowski and Fazzini chipped in with three points each. Robbie Hopkins scored two in the win.

Crestwood ended the season with a 20-4 record and won the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I Championship in a win over Hazleton Area on February 16.


The Crestwood girls were eliminated from the District 2 Class AAA tournament when they lost to Abington Heights, 38-28, in the quarterfinals on February 22 at the Wyoming Area gym.

Rebecca Rutkowski led the lady Comets with 12 points, followed by Maddie Ritsick with nine. Maury Cronauer finished with five and Dallas Kendra tossed in three in the loss.

In the opening round of the tournament, Crestwood cruised to a 73-61 win over West Scranton on February 20.

Ritsick led the lady Comets with 22 points. Rutkowski and Taryn Wojnar each scored in double figures with added 17 and 14 points, respectively. Dallas Kendra also helped out on the scoreboard with six.

The lady Comets finished a fabulous season as champions of the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I.