Anna Talutto Sparks Dunmore Off Bench

Athlete of the Month - Anna Talutto

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore junior Anna Talutto knows her role.

She comes off the bench for the Lady Bucks and sparks the team.

And she does more than a good job at that.

Daughter of Joe and Lori Talutto, the junior point guard came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers and score 19 points to lead the second-ranked Lady Bucks to a 68-28 win over Old Forge, Thursday, January 23. 

Dunmore sophomore Moriah Murray added 15 points in the win. 

Anna, 17, has helped the Lady Bucks to a 16-1 record at press time under veteran coach Ben O’Brien.

Anna is a three-year member of the Dunmore basketball team. She is also a member of the Dunmore soccer team and is a football cheerleader. 

She is a member of the Spanish Club and French Club. The junior scholar-athlete has a 92 academic average. Her favorite subject is history. 

Anna is averaging 8.0 points and 3.0 assists off the bench for Dunmore.

As the first girl off the bench, Anna said she has learned a lot from coach O’Brien. “He always tells me to keep sharp mentally and work hard. He says it will pay off in the end.”

Anna said her parents keep her focused too. “They tell me to be mentally tough and keep playing my game.”

The talented junior is not sure where she will attend college, but she would like to continue playing basketball or soccer and possibly major in physical therapy.

The two-sport athlete plays the wing on the Dunmore soccer team. This was her third year on the team. She was a second-team soccer all-star as a sophomore. She was a first-team all-star pick this year. 

She said basketball is her favorite sport because of playing it longer. She has played in local AAU basketball leagues since age 12. She played for J.B. Hoops, the NE PA Flames and the NE PA Elite. 

Anna praised the late John Bucci, the former Bishop Hannan basketball coach who started J.B. Hoops. “I learned a lot from him. He had me playing my game and working hard. He made me put a lot of time in. I was heartbroken when he died.”

Anna talked about her position, point guard. “You need to be assertive to play point guard. You can’t hold back from making the big play. You can’t be afraid of an open lane. You need to be confident.”

She enjoys being the sixth girl off the bench. “While on the bench, I focus on the game. So when I go in the game I can can be fresh and full of energy.”

Confident and full of energy, Anna said she enjoys listening to music and would like to see Post Malone in concert. 

She talked about her goals. “The biggest one is that I want to be successful and never stop working hard.”

And her team goal. “We want to continue getting better and push our teammates to be the best.”

The team oriented spark plug said she loves Dunmore. “The community is the best by far. Dunmore is amazing. We get so much support from everyone. Without all this support, it just wouldn’t be Dunmore. I love the school, the people and the town.”

Scranton Prep defeats top ranked Lady Bucks in Lynett

prep lynettBy Steve Svetovich

Scranton Prep defeated the top ranked Dunmore Lady Bucks, 44-28, in the 17th annual girls Lynett Memorial Basketball Tournament Sunday, December 29, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Lady Classics ended Dunmore’s four-year championship run with a strong defensive effort.

Prep held Dunmore to only three baskets over the final three quarters.

Tournament MVP Rachael Rose scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half.

Lizzie Neville played a strong defensive game for the Lady Classics. Meredith Purcell had a game high eight rebounds and three steals for Prep.

Maria Belardi, Maggie Mills and Cecelia Collins all contributed on the offensive end, hitting big shots for Prep.

The Lady Classics (8-0 at press time) never trailed in the game as coach Bob Beviglia’s tight defense held Dunmore to 3-for-21 shooting over the final three quarters.

Neville’s steal on the first possession set the tempo for the contest.

After Dunmore (6-1 at press time) hit on four 3-pointers, two by Mia Blume, in the first quarter, the Prep defense tightened up.

The second half began with two Scranton Prep steals and scores. However, Blume’s floater in the lane brought Dunmore to within 25-23. 

Two field goals by Rose put Prep ahead, 29-23.

Prep then stretched the lead to 42-25 before Dunmore’s Ciera Toomey, an All-Tournament pick, hit on a 3-pointer. By then it was too late for the Lady Bucks.

Dunmore sophomore Moriah Murray led her team with 12 points and five assists in the loss. Toomey had seven rebounds. Blume scored eight points.

The Lady Bucks easily defeated the Scranton Lady Knights, 63-27, in the Lynett Memorial Tournament girls semifinal contest Friday, December 27, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

The Lady Bucks totaled 20 assists on 24 field goals in the win.

Toomey led the team with 18 points and was one of five players with at least three assists for Dunmore’s team oriented offense under coach Ben O’Brien.

O’Brien called the defensive communication and team effort the keys to the easy win.

The Dunmore defense forced 17 first half turnovers and the Lady Bucks had a commanding 16-2 lead after the first quarter.

Blume added 11 points in the win. Murray had nine points, five steals, five rebounds and four assists. Gianna Delfino scored five points and had four assists. Anna Talutto came off the bench and had four steals for Dunmore. Alexis Chapman scored eight points for Dunmore.

Commissioners Honor Lady Bucks

Lady Bucks Honored Pix

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recently presented ceremonial proclamations to the Lady Bucks basketball team in recognition of its PIAA Class 3A State Championship run.

Members of the squad and coaching staff were feted during a brief assembly at the high school on April 11.

With members of the squad, are at back left, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings and Head Coach Ben O’Brien. Back inside right is Assistant Coach Mike O’Malley along with Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.