Defense shines as Pine Valley prevails

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (8-1, 2-0) played their usual suffocating defense in taking down the Ellicottville Lady Eagles (5-3, 1-1), 63-24, Tuesday in CCAA East II girls high school basketball.

With a 29-17 halftime edge, the Lady Panthers cranked up the defensive pressure and outscored the visitors, 34-7 for the victory.

Alex Bentham led the offensive attack with 14 points while Kayla Mansfield contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kayleigh Brunswick, Aaren Waterman and Laurel Killock each pulled down six rebounds. Waterman, Brunswick and Kaitlyn Hoth were solid on defense with four steals each. Killock also had four assists in the win.

“Our pressure forced turnovers and we came out and actually scored well,” Pine Valley coach Tim Nobles said. “We missed some shots in the first half. I thought we played really well defensively. We pressured all their girls and kept the ball out of (Marissa) Hamilton’s hands and we did OK.”

Pine Valley plays at Franklinville on Friday.

Franklinville 64, Forestville 32

FORESTVILLE – Ally Haskell had a game-high 22 points while adding six rebounds as Franklinville (7-2) cruised past CCAA East II foe Forestville (1-8, 0-2), 64-32, Tuesday during girls basketball action.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter and ballooned their lead to 45-8 at the break. The Lady Hornets had a better showing in the second half, as they outscored the Lady Panthers, 24-19.

Ashley Vanbuskirk had a team-high 11 points while Alisha Szumigala and LynAnne Woolley each had nine points in the loss. Szumigala chipped in a game-high 14 rebounds while Faith Mierzwa added eight boards of her own.

Forestville is back in action Friday night when it hosts North Collins.

CCAA West II

Panama 74, Brocton 39

BROCTON – Panama (5-2, 1-2) had four players score in double figures Tuesday night as it cruised past Brocton (1-5, 1-4), 74-39, during CCAA West II girls basketball action.

Taylor Bowen led the way for the Lady Panthers with 27 points while Brittany Lenart added 18 points, Brianna Marsh 12 points and Emilee Sperry 10 points.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter, before building it’s lead to 37-25 at the break. Then, in the second half, Panama outscored Brocton 37-13 for the easy victory.

Sperry and Marsh chipped in 10 rebounds each while Kelsey Johnson chipped in five points and nine rebounds in the win.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Jess Putcher had a team-high 18 points while adding five boards, Jess Merle had six points and a team-high 12 rebounds, Jess Delcamp had seven points and Morgan Bennett contributed six points and five rebounds.