Holland standout Schmidt scores 39 in win over Fredonia

The Holland Dutchmen’s (11-3, 9-2) Olivia Schmidt scored early and often Saturday to help her team earn a 51-43 victory over the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (12-4, 10-2) in non-league girls basketball.

Fredonia held a 33-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, but was outscored 24-10 in the final frame.

The story of the game was Schmidt, a sophomore, who finished the game with 39 points, five steals and three assists. She hit 25-plus foot 3-pointers, used her speed to consistently take the ball to the basket and overall proved to be too much for the Fredonia defense.

Fredonia held Schmidt to just eight points in the first half before she exploded to score 31 of her team’s 33 second-half points.

“I knew she was one of the top players in Western New York so I wanted us to play them,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “We held her to eight points in the first half, but she came alive in the second.

“We needed to step up and play better help defense,”?Zirkle continued. “It was a great learning experience; that’s why I scheduled it to help us prepare.”

Alicia Deering led the Lady Hillbillies’ offense with 12 points and added five rebounds. Sarah Cruver finished with a double-double, which included 10 points and 12 rebounds. Morgan Genovese had only four points in the game, but played solid overall with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Fredonia will travel to Immaculata on Tuesday before hosting Pine Valley for Senior Night on Valentines Day.