Dunmore sophomore guard leading Lady Bucks

By Steve Svetovich

During the absence of injured Dunmore stalwart Ciera Toomey, Lady Bucks sophomore guard Sophia Talutto has taken on a leadership role.

Daughter of Joseph and Lori Talutto, Dunmore, Sophia led the Lady Bucks to four wins in its first five games this season averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 assists per contest.

Sophia led Dunmore with a game-high 19 points in the Lady Bucks 58-42 win over Scranton Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Lackawanna College Student Union in the semifinals of the 19th Lynett Memorial Girls Tournament.

The contest marked the return of North Carolina-bound center Ciera Toomey who has been sidelined since March with a torn ACL. The three-time all-state center returned at the start of the second half and hit a top-of-the key 3-pointer. The shot, her only one, swished through the nets to the crowd’s delight. She played a little more than two minutes in the contest as her teammate Sophia took control of the game for the Lady Bucks.

Dunmore held a 28-22 halftime lead before Ciera entered the contest.

Dunmore lost to Scranton Prep, 52-33, in the Lynett Tournament final Thursday, Dec. 29.

Sophia is a second year starter on the Dunmore Lady Bucks basketball team.

The talented sophomore guard has a 98.5 academic average at Dunmore. Her favorite subjects are chemistry and math.

Sophia is unsure where she will attend college, but most definitely wants to play basketball and probably study business in college.

The scrappy sophomore said her parents taught her a lot. “They taught me to be humble and above all be consistent and work hard at anything I do.”

She talked about the Lady Bucks starting the season without Ciera on the court and under new coach Carrie Bowen Toomey, Ciera’s mom, who replaced Ben O’Brien.

“It was definitely different without Ciera’s leadership early on. And we lost Moriah Murray to graduation. So I did take more of a leadership role. As long as we stay consistent and focused at practice, we will be successful as a team.

“This team is very good. We saw that some are doubting us, but that keeps us very motivated. We are going to have another good year. With more practice, we will be very good. We are focused on it. We also know Ciera will be with us at full strength during districts.

“Our new coach was an assistant under coach O’Brien. So we are doing many of the same things. The transition is going very well.

“Sure, we miss coach O’Brien. But Carrie Toomey is doing great as our new coach.”

Well-spoken and polite, Sophia is also a left wing on the Dunmore soccer team. She is a member of TACT and the French Club at Dunmore.

Sophia enjoys listening to music and would like to see Bruno Mars in concert.

The hard-working scholar-athlete talked about what it takes to excel as a guard in high school basketball. “You need to stay consistent and focused,” she said. “And you should be humble.”

Sophia was an honorable mention on the Lackawanna League all-star team last season. She was named the 570 Sports Freshman of the Year. “That was surprising,” she said. “A lot of people talked about it and I received some very nice messages. A lot of people supported me.

“It was a great feeling.”

Sophia said she loves living in Dunmore and playing for the Lady Bucks.

“It’s definitely memorable,” she said. “I have loved Dunmore since being a little kid. Our community is great. Everyone supports us.”

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