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Game Recap: West Shamokin 63, Highlands 27

By Josh Shreckengost

West Shamokin senior guard Sophie Fusaro (34) spins through the lane and drops in two of her game-high 25 points in the Wolves' 63-27 win over Highlands on Friday night. Fusaro is averaging just under 26 points per game during West Shamokin's 4-0 start to the 2021 season.


Rural Valley, Pa. — Ever since West Shamokin senior guard Sophie Fusaro opened the 2021 season with a 36-point onslaught against Burrell in the season opener, she and the Wolves have been flying on the offensive end of the court.


After beating the Bucs by 22 (68-46), West Shamokin cracked the 60-point plateau against Blairsville (61-57) and Saltsburg (65-30). In those three games, Fusaro averaged 26 points and the Wolves were 3-0 to begin the year.


It was more of the same Friday night as West Shamokin played its second WPIAL opponent of the season in the form of the visiting Highlands Golden Rams. Just has they had done in their previous three games, the Wolves put up 60-plus in a convincing victory over and Fusaro led all scorers with 25 points in the contest.


Despite raising its season record to 4-0, West Shamokin struggled from the field in the first half. While the Wolves led, 26-10 at the break, West Shamokin head coach Frank Nagy preached to his team to finish their looks in the second half, which they did in bunches to the tune of a 24-point outburst in the third quarter.


"Honestly, I was happy with what we were getting in the first half, but we were finishing weak in the paint," Nagy said. "We weren't going really strong and I felt like we were getting moved away from the basket. Sh