Big first quarter leads Immaculata past?Fredonia


The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (2-4, 3-8) could not overcome a rough first quarter in falling to Immaculata (10-3), 51-31, Tuesday in non-league girls high school basketball action.

The visitors started the game on a 21-6 run and never looked back.

“We didn’t do as good a job on defense,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle lamented. “We were not able to stop their top scorer. We tried a bunch of different people.”

Zirkle was referring to Immaculata’s Taylor Heinold who scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter.

The Lady Hillbillies were outscored, 30-25 the rest of the way, but the first quarter proved to be too much.

“It’s very difficult to make up a 15-point deficit,” Zirkle said. “They are a top team. They are very good. They started four girls who were taller than our tallest. They are disciplined, well coached and run the offense. We didn’t do a good job on defense like we are capable of. We’re just going to keep working.”

Morgan Genovese led Fredonia with 12 points and four steals while Olivia Pucciarelli had five rebounds. Emily Valvo, Kirsta Wheelock and Baylee Tarnowski each had four rebounds in a losing effort.

Fredonia returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Falconer.