Let the games begin

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies showed they are a much improved team from last year as they took down the Allegany-Limestone Lady Gators, 43-37, Monday in non-league girls high school basketball.

Fredonia had seven different players score, led by Morgan Genovese, who had 13 points and five steals. While she was the only player to score in double digits, it was a team effort as several players hit key shots throughout the game.

“Different players stepped up at different times,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “Alicia Deering had a big bucket and had five points in the fourth quarter. Morgan (Genovese) had big steals and big buckets, and Sarah Cruver had some key rebounds. I was happy with how we started. We have things to improve on, but it was a good opening game for us.”

The Lady Hillbillies came out strong and took a 14-7 first-quarter lead, before increasing the cushion, 24-14 at halftime.

“We played with a lot of intensity in the first half,” Zirkle noted. “We came out ready to play. Allegany-Limestone is a good team. I knew they were going to fight back. They always do. You can’t take anything for granted.”

The Lady Gators outscored Fredonia, 23-19 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

Allison Forness led Allegany-Limestone with seven points and 12 rebounds.

Deering added nine points and five rebounds for the winners while Caitlyn Cybart and Cruver combined for nine rebounds in the win.

“We have been preparing for this for nine months,” Zirkle said. “We did a lot of good things. To come in and be able to move the ball around and have different players step up and score was huge. To have different people take open shots, that’s the big difference from this year to last year. We were more confident and made better decisions. It’s just confidence. There are things we have to improve on, but it is a good start for us.”