Hornets get first playoff win in nine years

FORESTVILLE – Ten different players scored as the No. 2 Forestville Hornets rolled past No. 7 West Valley, 57-30, Friday in a Section 6 Class D boys high school basketball quarterfinal contest.

The win gave Forestville its first playoff victory since 2005.

The Hornets came out of the game strong as they outscored the visitors 16-4 in the first eight minutes. The onslaught continued in the second quarter as Forestville went into halftime with a comfortable 37-11 lead.

The Panthers went down strong in the second half as they were outscored just 20-19.

“West Valley kept playing and kept fighting,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “They kept it competitive to the end. It was tough to play a team three times. I told kids all week it’s tough to beat a team three times.”

Jeff VanVlack led the Hornets with 12 points while Sharef Corley scored 10 of his own. Caleb Makuch charted eight points, seven rebounds and four assists for the winners. Wayne Hartloff had seven rebounds, seven blocks and four steals while Jackson Egan had four steals in the win.

“Ten out of our 12 guys scored,” Jackson said. “We spread the ball around and found the open guy.”

West Valley received 15 points from Derek Wells. Collin Proctor and Emil Erlandson combined for 16 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Hornets now face Panama next Wednesday at Jamestown Community College. Panama has defeated Forestville twice this season.

Ellicottville 49, Pine Valley 42

ELLICOTTVILLE – No. 4 Ellicottville picked up the pace in the second half and the Eagles (11-8) came away with a 49-42 victory over Pine Valley (6-13).

The combination of Cameron Wilson and Phalla Musall was the key for Ellicottville as Wilson poured in 18 points and collected six rebounds and Musall was right behind with 17 points and five steals, hitting nine of those points in the fourth quarter.

For Pine Valley, Jake Wilcox scored eight points and pulled down 13 rebounds and Talon Snyder and Dan Weaver also netted eight points each.

Sherman 62, North Collins 23

SHERMAN – Twelve different players scored for the top-seeded Sherman Wildcats (18-1) as they rolled past eighth-seeded North Collins (1-16), 62-23.

Sherman picked up 27 points in the opening quarter to just nine for the visitors and had no trouble maintaining their lead the rest of the way.

Jake Card led the way on the glass with nine boards and four blocks to go along with his 10 points for the winners while Nate Ottaway chipped in nine points and Devin Moorhead had seven. Moorhead also managed four assists and three steals.

Zane Lloyd had a huge night on the glass for North Collins with 17 rebounds, but only managed six points, while Kyle Loretto chipped in nine.

Sherman will take on fourth-seeded Ellicottville in the semifinals at JCC on Wednesday at 6 p.m.