No. 4 Pine Valley advances past No. 5 Panama

OBSERVER Staff Report

SOUTH DAYTON – The No. 4 Pine Valley Lady Panthers’ (11-8) defense limited the No. 5 Panama Lady Panthers (7-12) to four first-half field goals en route to a 53-36 win in a Section 6 Class D girls basketball quarterfinal Saturday.

Pine Valley out-scored Panama, 30-13, after 16 minutes of play and held the visitors to just 25 percent (12-for-47) shooting throughout the contest.

“We came out in the first half and we played very staunch defense,” Pine Valley head coach Tim Nobles said. “We did a really nice job on the boards and I think that made a difference.”

Panama came out of the locker room and managed to cut Pine Valley’s lead to eight points in the third quarter but couldn’t draw closer.

Kayla Mansfield led Pine Valley by recording a double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds while Laurel Killock added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Bentham recorded 11 points, four steals and four assists in a victorious effort, one in which the home team claimed a 43-29 advantage on the boards.

Brittany Lenhart tallied 11 points and nine rebounds for Panama in defeat while Brianna Marsh had three points, seven rebounds and four steals.

With the win, Pine Valley claimed the season series in the third meeting between the two.

“I was pretty happy, pretty pleased with how our team played most aspects of the game,” Nobles said. “Each game we’ve gotten better and that’s what we’re always looking for – improvement.”

Next up for Pine Valley is a meeting with top-seeded Clymer in a semifinal matchup Tuesday at Chautauqua Lake. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s Class D final.

“They’re the exact same team we played last year,” Nobles said. “We have to be better on the boards and we have to be stauncher with our defense.”

No. 2 Sherman 68, No. 7 Brocton 20

SHERMAN – Elle Reed recorded a triple-double in her final home appearance as No. 2 Sherman downed No. 7 Brocton, 68-20.

Playing just over half the game, Reed had 24 points, 11 assists, 10 steals and seven rebounds.

The victory means that Sherman will meet No. 3 Ellicottville in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chautauqua Lake Central School.

Reed scored 12 points in the opening period and 17 overall by halftime when the Lady Wildcats emerged with a 45-18 cushion.

Danielle Reed chipped in 11 points and five rebounds, and Bridget Yaw added 10 points and four rebounds for the Lady Wildcats.

Julia Rater didn’t score but contributed six rebounds in the winning effort.

Overall, the Lady Wildcats had 12 treys, including 10 in the first half.

Brocton finishes 6-11.

No. 1 Clymer 52, No. 8 Forestville 36

CLYMER – Dani Reinwald scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, Jo-Linda Rhodes delivered 20 points and No. 1 Clymer handled Section 6 Class D quarterfinal foe No. 8 Forestville, 52-31.

The victory earned the Lady Pirates a Tuesday night (8 p.m.) semifinal showdown at Chautauqua Lake Central School with No. 4 Pine Valley, who were winners over Panama, 53-36.

Reinwald scored 11 of her 22 points in the opening half and Rhodes chipped in with eight points, helping Clymer overcome a slow start – it faced a 7-0 deficit to start the game and built a 34-14 advantage by the break.

Coming out strong in the third quarter, the Lady Pirates (17-2) outscored Forestville, the 10th-seed, 15-6 and maintained its cushion from there on out.

Rhodes had a particularly solid showing over the game’s final 16 minutes, scoring 12 points while not missing a single shot from the field.

Carly McAfoose had seven rebounds for the winners and Reinwald also made a team-high five steals.

For Forestville, which closed its season with a 7-12 record, Alisha Szumigala had 11 rebounds to go with her nine points, Ryanne Dugan netted a team-high 13 points and Sydney Youngberg pulled in eight rebounds.