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Girls basketball roundup

December 31, 2015
Westfield Republican

Chautauqua Lake

falls to Fredonia

FREDONIA (Dec. 22) - Hannah Cybart's school-record six 3-pointers spurred the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies to a 58-42 CCAA West 1 win against the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds.

The junior cashed in two treys in each of the first three periods from beyond the arc. She hit two on consecutive possessions in the first period to give Fredonia (4-1, 2-0) a 10-4 lead, and also opened both the second and third quarters with threes. For the game, Cybart totaled 23 points, also grabbing nine rebounds.

"Early on, Hannah Cybart was on fire ... It hurt us," Chautauqua Lake coach Eric Schuster said. "Fredonia hit seven threes in the first half."

Nevertheless, the Lady Thunderbirds (1-5, 0-2) were down just eight at halftime thanks to Katelyn Fardink's own long-shot heroics. The freshman dribbled downcourt with time running out in the half, then launched a shot from the halfcourt line that swished through the net, drawing by far the loudest cheers of the game from both teams' supporters.

Fredonia continued staying just ahead of Chautauqua Lake in the third period, outscoring the visitors, 14-10, to take a 12-point advantage at the quarter's end.

Madison Abram extended the Lady Hillbillies' lead to 16 at the start of the fourth with a layup where she was fouled, then scoring on a rebound after she missed the free throw. Abram finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

"Madison Abram played the best game I've ever seen her have," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "She just had some monster rebounds, both offensively and defensively."

The Lady Hillbillies' coach praised her entire team's game.

"It was a big win for us," she said. "I was really pleased with how we played as a team. The girls stepped up. Every player came in and played well. We still have a way to go to be where we want to be for the playoffs, but we played with intensity and executed our game plan.

"They adjusted on defense very well," Zirkle added. "They did a pretty good job of boxing out."

Schuster lamented his team's defense and rebounding. The Lady Thunderbirds were outrebounded 49-26 by the Lady Hillbillies, he noted. "That's why you lose games," he said.

"When we've got to play man-to-man defense, we're not there right now," Schuster continued. "I don't want to say (the loss) is demoralizing, but the kids don't like to lose.

"We have to keep battling. The race is not won at the beginning, it's won at the end."

Fardink led the Lady Thunderbirds in scoring with 11. Taylor Phelps chipped in 10 points for the team. Jesse Zenns was Chautauqua Lake's leading rebounder, grabbing seven boards. She also had a team-leading four assists.

Hannah Gullo led Fredonia in assists, with five helpers. Caitlyn Cybart contributed eight rebounds and four assists.

Repine helps Cougars edge Wolverines

SINCLAIRVILLE (Dec. 22) - The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars rallied from two points down in the final minute to edge Westfield, 38-37, in CCAA West 2 girls high school basketball action.

The Lady Wolverines had a chance to tie the game with two seconds left, but missed the back end of two free throws as Cassadaga Valley held on for the win.

The Lady Wolverines shot just 4 of 14 from the foul line in the contest.

Cassadaga Valley held a slim 9-7 lead after the first quarter, but the visitors used a 19-10 second-quarter run to take a 26-19 halftime lead.

The Lady Cougars outscored Westfield, 19-13 in the second half for the win.

Ashley Repine led the way for the victors with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Paige Hitchcock and Amber Morrison each had eight rebounds.

Westfield's Sophia DeMarco had eight points, 13 rebounds and four steals in a losing effort. Brenna Culbreth had seven points and as many boards for Westfield.

Sherman loses in

OT to Frewsburg

SHERMAN (Dec. 22) - Frewsburg made 9 of 10 free throws in overtime to escape Sherman with its perfect record intact following a 42-38 Division 2 West win.

The Bears had a 32-30 lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats' Katie Pacy hit a 3-pointer - her only basket of the game - for a 33-32 lead. Sherman then fouled a Frewsburg player coming up the floor and a free throw tied the game. The Wildcats did get a jump shot off inside of the 3-point line, but missed at the buzzer.

The Bears (9-0, 3-0) went ahead early in overtime on four free throws, and from there Sherman (3-2, 0-1) was playing catch-up, putting the guests at the line 10 times.

Defense was the name of the game in the first half as Frewsburg took a 12-6 lead into the locker room at halftime, with the Wildcats being shut out in the second quarter.

"This was the best defensive game we've played in quite some time," said Sherman coach Mel Swanson. "Frewsburg has been playing really well and just came off a big win over Panama. Defensively I was really happy. They are a very good team defensively too."

Kaitlyn Blanchard led the Bears with 16 points to go along with six steals while Olivia Lynn had 12 rebounds. Frewsburg finished the game 17 of 30 from the free-throw line.

Bridget Yaw led the Wildcats with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Roxanne Toy had 10 rebounds. Sherman was just 5 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Panama tops Clymer

PANAMA (Dec. 22) - Natalie Angeletti got Panama off to a good start with seven points in a 19-9 opening quarter and the Panthers went on to a Division 2 West win over Clymer.

Angeletti went on to score a varsity-high 16 points while Emilee Sperry led Panama with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, in the 74-44 victory.

Taylor Bowen came up with 11 of Panama's 27 steals and joined Angeletti with 16 points for the winners. Sperry and Madalyn Bowen each had five steals.

Sperry led the way with nine assists, Madalyn Bowen added six and Taylor Bowen had five in the win. Rebounding saw the Panthers (4-4, 1-1) ahead, 33-28, with Madalyn Bowen having seven rebounds and Tara Sweeney six rebounds.

Lauren Dunnewold led Clymer (3-5, 2-1) with 14 points, including two 3-pointers, to go along with six rebounds. Teammate Libby Heil had 11 points and nine rebounds.



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