Genovese hits clutch free throws in?Fredonia win
ALLEGANY – Morgan Genovese’s two free throws with :05 left on the clock sealed Fredonia’s 46-45 win over Allegany-Limestone, during CCAA Division 1 girls basketball action Friday night.
“It was a hard-fought battle all the way,” Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle said. “I think the difference for us was we were able to step up and finish plays and make shots.”
The Lady Hillbillies (3-5, 2-2) led 14-11 after the first quarter and 20-17 at halftime, before the Lady Gators (4-3, 1-2) cut Fredonia’s lead to 30-29 after the third quarter. However, both teams scored 16 points over the final eight minutes, allowing the Lady Hillbillies to secure their second league win of the year.
“We’re doing a better job of running an offense and finishing,” Zirkle said. “Allegany-Limestone is a tough team, they always play us hard. They’re very athletic, and they’re very well disciplined. They play good, smart basketball.”
Genovese had a team-high 15 points while adding three steals. Also for the Lady Hillbillies, Alicia Deering chipped in 12 points, Sarah Cruver had seven points and as many rebounds, Emily Valvo added four points and seven rebounds. Olivia Pucciarelli contributed a team-high eight rebounds to go with her four points.
For Allegany-Limestone, Halee George had a game-high 23 points, adding five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Dunkirk 65, Falconer 36
FALCONER – Khee Nance had a game-high 24 points, adding eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, as Dunkirk (6-2, 4-0) cruised past Falconer (0-8, 0-4), 65-36, during CCAA Division 1 girls basketball action Friday night.
“The girls have gotten off to a really great start,” Dunkirk head coach Sarah Bogardus said. “I’m really happy with the way they played (Friday), it was a big team effort. We’re looking forward to Tuesday against Olean, because they are the other undefeated team in the league.”
The Lady Marauders jumped out to a 16-9 lead after the first eight minutes, before ballooning their lead to 41-16 at halftime. Dunkirk outscored Falconer 24-20 in the second half for the 65-36 final.
Lacey Clark added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds to go with four assists for Dunkirk while Joyce Bomasuto chipped in five points, four assists and three steals.
Forestville 36, Westfield 22
FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Lady Hornets (1-2, 5-5) defeated the Westfield Lady Wolverines (0-2, 4-4), 36-22, Friday in CCAA Division 3 girls high school basketball.
Despite shooting just 10 for 51, Forestville received 15 points for Alisha Szumigla and nine points from Sydney Youngberg. Westfield, meanwhile, was no better as it shot just 7 of 50.
The visitors held a 5-4 lead after the first quarter, but Forestville responded with an 11-6 run to take a 15-11 halftime edge.
In the second half, the Lady Hornets outscored the visitors, 21-12, for the victory.
Youngberg also had nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Szumigala pulled down 13 boards, blocked four shots and had eight steals. Jessica Makuch also had nine rebounds in the win.
Forestville outrebounded Westfield, 43-25. Nina Manzella had nine boards and Emily Archer had six points for the Lady Wolverines.
Panama 51, Pine Valley 45
SOUTH DAYTON – On the scoring of Brittany Lenart, Panama rallied to defeat Pine Valley, 51-45, to move to 3-0 in Division 3 girls basketball and 6-2 overall.
Lenart had nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter when Panama overcame a 10-point deficit with a 22-10 edge. She also brought down 11 rebounds.
“We’ve got to find a way to win,” Pine Valley head coach Tim Nobles said. “We had a 41-31 lead in the fourth quarter and we lost by six. It’s a lot of little things that make up the big things.”
Allison Strickland had four steals and two assists for Panama while Lenart had a couple of assists in the win.
Kayla Mansfield was high for PV with 18 points and eight rebounds and Laura Killock added 12 points. Mansfield also had seven steals, Erin Waterman six and Alex Bentham five assists.