Maple Grove tops Westfield in Division 3

WESTFIELD – Lauren Nickerson led the Maple Grove Lady Dragons (7-3, 9-7) with 15 points and added eight rebounds in a 45-38 victory over the Westfield Lady Wolverines (0-8, 4-10) in CCAA Division 3 girls basketball action Wednesday.

Nickerson also recorded three steals in a victorious effort, while Jordan Ahlstrom added nine points and seven assists. Nikkara Lydell also grabbed eight rebounds for Maple Grove.

The game was tight – with Maple Grove holding a one-point advantage after three periods of play – until the Lady Dragons pulled away with a 14-8 fourth quarter.

“They made seven more free throws than we did and we lost by seven,” Westfield coach Rich Morrison said regarding his team’s defeat.

Nina Manzella scored 14 points and eight rebounds in defeat for the Lady Wolverines, while Emily Archer added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Pine Valley 58, Panama 50

PANAMA – Pine Valley’s pressure proved too much for Panama in CCAA Division 3 girls basketball action on Wednesday night.

“It came down to handling (Pine Valley’s) pressure,” Panama coach Rob Collver said. “They have a very aggressive, in-your-face press and we didn’t handle it well.”

That press created 27 Panama turnovers, and helped the visitors earn a 58-50 victory.

Trailing 33-25 at the break, Panama had a particularly difficult time with the pressure in the third period – as it was held to just two field goals and eight total points – allowing Pine Valley to balloon its advantage to 48-33 heading into the final period.

Laural Killock led the victors with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla Mansfield added eight points and 13 boards and Alex Bentham had five steals to go with her nine points.

For Panama, which dropped to 6-8 overall and 5-4 in league, Brittany Lenart tallied a game-high 16 points, Megan Conway pulled in nine rebounds and Brionna Swanson scored eight points and made five steals.

Panama won’t have much time to think about this loss, however, as it will be right back on the court tonight at Maple Grove.