Disappointing loss

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (8-2, 6-1) shot just 15 percent from the field Tuesday in a 33-30 loss to the Frewsburg Bears (6-5, 4-1) in CCAA West I girls high school basketball.

“Frewsburg played a tough zone defense and we struggled with it,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle lamented. “We missed layups and close shots we should make. I’m disappointed with how we played. We will go back to practice to work on it for our next game and use it to motivate us. It’s a good opportunity to see we are not there yet and have to work on a few aspects.”

Fredonia held a slim 7-6 lead after the first quarter, but the Bears responded by taking a 16-15 lead into halftime. Frewsburg increased the lead, 29-25 after three quarters and held on for the win as it was outscored Fredonia, 5-4, in the final frame.

Making the loss even more frustrating was the fact it was a chance for the Lady Hillbillies to take command of the division lead.

“It’s disappointing that we were not able to perform the way we were capable of,” Zirkle said. “It was an opportunity to distance ourselves and pull away. Now we have to fight. It’s a very competitive league and there are no easy games. There are no games you can take for granted. We need to come in with more intensity and play better and learn from it.”

Hannah Cybart led Fredonia with nine points and six rebounds while Madison Abram had four points and eight boards. Kirsta Wheelock added six rebounds and three assists in the losing effort.

“When you hold a team to 33 points, you should win,” Zirkle said. “I thought we played pretty good defense. We should be able to score more than 33 in a game. We didn’t shoot well. It’s going to be a learning tool. I wasn’t happy with how we came in. We didn’t have the right intensity level.”

Emilee Johnson led Frewsburg’s offense with eight points. She also added three steals. Emily Hair finished with three points, six rebounds and three assists while Maddie Whippo charted three points and five rebounds.

Fredonia is home again Thursday when it hosts Southwestern.