The author of West Scranton’s only District 2 girls basketball championships is stepping down after 13 years at the helm.

West Scranton alumnus Leo Ciullo made the announcement before Friday’s season finale against Valley View, a 38-36 loss.

The Lady Invaders, the defending champions in Class 5A, announced Wednesday they would not participate in this year’s postseason prior to wrapping up a winless season.

“We had a young team and all new starters this season, and tonight they played very good against a good Valley View team,” Ciullo said. “We enjoyed the night. I wish we could have come away with the win, but we enjoyed it.”

Ciullo was the Times-Tribune Coach of the Year in 2010, and won the school’s first district title in 2011, defeating Holy Redeemer, 53-49, for the title.

West Scranton defeated Abington Heights, 37-33, a year ago, in the district final.

Ciullo’s teams won their first-round state playoff game in both appearances in the PIAA tournament.

In his finale, Skylar Bianchi scored 10 points to lead No. 9 Valley View to a Division I win.

Alexa Evangelista added eight points for the Cougars.

Olivia Dougher had 15 points for West Scranton and Mia Butka scored 11.