Fredonia bounces back with key victory

Two days after having a disappointing showing against Frewsburg, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (9-2, 7-1) responded with an impressive 65-55 victory over Southwestern (5-6, 3-4) on Thursday in CCAA West I girls high school basketball.

Morgan Genovese led the way with a game-high 28 points, including 11 in the first quarter. During the opening eight minutes, the home team outscored the Lady Trojans, 21-17.

“To come out and scored 21 points in first quarter, and really follow the game plan on offense, and look to score was huge,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said, noting her team scored just 33 points Tuesday. “They came out and played with the intensity we were lacking Tuesday. We looked to push the ball and move the ball and get better shot selections. We crashed the boards I felt like we came in and played with the intensity and enthusiasm we were playing with earlier in the season.”

Fredonia held a slim 48-46 lead heading into the final eight minutes. There, Genovese scored 10 more points as the Lady Hillbillies outscored the visitors, 17-10, to walk away with the win.

“I thought she had much better court awareness and really picked good times to attack,” Zirkle said. “She played a very nice game defensively.”

Madison Abram contributed in the win with eight rebounds while Kirsta Wheelock had six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Sarah Cruver added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals for the winners while Alicia Deering pulled down six rebounds. Genovese also had four rebounds and two steals in the win.


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Emily Wuebbolt led the Lady Trojans with 24 points and six rebounds. Alex Sullivan had 19 points and four assists. Kara Schutt added seven boards and four assists, while Lucy Pannes had six rebounds in a losing effort.

Frewsburg 68, Dunkirk 36

FREWSBURG – Dunkirk kept things close early on, but Frewsburg (5-1, 7-5) caught fire in the second half and pulled away for a 68-36 victory in CCAA West I girls high school basketball Thursday.

The Lady Marauders (0-5, 1-8) were only six points down in the first quarter and seven by the half, but the Bears went on a 21-4 run in the third period to put things out of reach.

Emily Hair topped Frewsburg with 19 points with six rebounds and four assists. Mackenzie Swartzman poured in 13 points and had six rebounds and nine steals; Emilee Johnson drilled 12 points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals; Olivia Lynn pulled down seven rebounds and Maddie Whippo had five steals,

In total, the Bears were active on the boards with 41 rebounds.

As for Dunkirk, Sydney Charles shined with 11 points, Maddy Crandall added nine points, five rebounds and three assists, and Jessica Gifford had three steals.


Chautauqua Lake 79, Westfield 15

WESTFIELD – The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds put together a dominating performance Thursday as they took down the Westfield Lady Wolverines, 79-15, in CCAA West II girls high school basketball action.

Jenna Einink led the way with 20 points, 16 rebounds and nine steals. Ashton Albanesius added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Ashley Moulton had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Hewes charted 13 points for the winners.

The Lady Thunderbirds outscored the home team 26-1 in the first quarter and held a commanding 41-1 lead at halftime.

Westfield’s leading scorer was Kari Knopp with six points. Emma Fermier and Rachel Allen each had six rebounds in the losing cause.

Brocton 46, Cassadaga?Valley 26

BROCTON – The Brocton Lady Bulldogs (2-5, 3-6) picked up their second straight win with a 46-26 decision over Cassadaga Valley (1-6, 1-10) on Thursday in CCAA West II girls high school basketball.

Brocton jumped out to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and a 26-13 halftime lead. The Lady Cougars hung tough in the third quarter as they were only outscored, 14-13. However, Brocton held the visitors to without a point in the final eight minutes for the victory.

“I told the girls the other day they need to learn to win and I think they took that to heart,” Brocton coach Ken Purcell said. “They didn’t just hope to win, but they played to win. They played 32 minutes. That has been a challenge all year to get them to play more than just 16-20 minutes a game.”

Jessica Putcher led the way for the winners with 18 points and six steals while Jess Merle contributed with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Morgan Bennett had nine boards in the win.

“I had more than a couple scorers,” Purcell said. “The other night we had eight out of 10 players score. Tonight we had six out of 10. It’s nice when everyone contributes. It was a good team effort. They played for the second straight game as a team and helped each other on defense.”

Meghan Ames led the Lady Cougars with seven points and six rebounds while Ashley Repine had six blocks.

The Lady Bulldogs take on Forestville on Saturday.


Pine Valley 81, North?Collins 27

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (10-2, 5-0) remained perfect in CCAA East II girls high school basketball with a dominating 81-27 victory over North Collins on Thursday.

Kayla Mansfield led the Lady Panthers with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Kaylee Brunswick chipped in with 12 points, seven steals and six assists. Aaron Waterman contributed with five steals and four assists.

Pine Valley jumped out of the gates with a 29-6 run and held a comfortable 47-9 halftime edge. The home team went on to outscore the Lady Eagles, 34-18 in the second half for the win.

Arrika Bley led North Collins with 15 points.

Pine Valley returns to action next Thursday at Forestville.


Salamanca 49, Gowanda 39

GOWANDA – The Salamanca Lady Warriors (9-1) took down the Gowanda Lady Panthers (3-8), 49-39, Thursday in CCAA East I girls high school basketball.

Gowanda’s Rae White score a game-high 20 points in the losing effort.

“Rae does what she can,” Gowanda coach Katie Bailey said. “We are grateful for what she can give us. We need more people to step up offensively. Jess Sowa has been consistent under the basket. We just need more scorers.”

Sowa had six points, six steals and 10 rebounds for the Lady Panthers.

Salamanca was led by Keely Watt’s 18 points and seven steals. Andie Hill added nine points and as many boards for the winners.

Gowanda is home against Falconer on Tuesday.