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Olean beats Lady Thunderbirds, moves to 11-0

January 21, 2016
By M.J. Stafford ( , Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE (Jan. 15)- Spurred by Sara Pfeiffer's 18 first-quarter points, the Olean Lady Huskies moved to 11-0 with a 70-46 win over the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (4-7, 1-4) in a CCAA West 1 girls basketball matchup Friday night.

Olean got out to a 27-10 lead after one period and was never really challenged thereafter. The first eight points of the game were a Pfeiffer family affair - Sara Pfeiffer's older sister, Gabby, hit a trey to open the scoring, then the freshman guard sank two free throws and a 3-pointer for an 8-0 Lady Huskies lead when the game was barely a minute old.

Chautauqua Lake's Jesse Zenns got the crowd going with a three-point play to make it 8-3, but Sara Pfeiffer singlehandedly gave Olean a 21-4 lead with 13 straight points. She led both teams with 24 points overall in the game, including four 3-pointers - all of those in her white-hot opening quarter.

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Chautauqua Lake’s Samantha Gleason dribbles the ball while being guarded by Olean’s Sara Pfeiffer during Friday’s CCAA West 1 girls high school hoops game.

"She is so much fun to be around and she elevates our play so high," Lady Huskies coach Randy Samuelson said of Sara Pfeiffer, who though just a ninth-grader, is already in her second season as a varsity player. "She loves to play, she works her tail off. She's gonna get bigger and stronger, but she's just a joy. I became a fan in the first quarter, it was unbelievable.

"They played a triangle and 2 (zone defense) with two players on her," he added. "What a compliment... and she still got points. But not selfish, forcing points. She elevates everybody. That's a rare, rare player to have as a coach. Chautauqua Lake had one like that last year in (Jenna) Einink."

The Lady Thunderbirds tightened their defense in the second quarter, giving up just 13 points. However, they scored only seven, going into the locker room down 40-17 at halftime.

Chautauqua Lake coach Eric Schuster said his team couldn't get consistent results at both ends of the floor.

"We went on a couple scoring runs, but we couldn't stop them. Then we can't score when we play defense," Schuster said. "We've just got to put it all together...We've got to really put our nose to the grindstone. Our defense needs to improve."

The second half proved to be much closer, with Olean outscoring the home team by a single point. Chautauqua Lake's Samantha Bauer had 12 of her team-high 15 points in the half, including two straight buckets in the fourth quarter that capped a 10-0 run to get the Lady Thunderbirds to within 59-44.

But that was as close as Chautauqua Lake ever got as Olean's Chantel Singleton and Courtney Martin scored two quick baskets to snuff out the Lady Thunderbirds' momentum.

"Was the killer instinct there? Probably not, but these kids are not like that," Samuelson said of his Lady Huskies. "They're good kids. If they're up by 25 they're not gonna try and win by 26... It's not important to win the game by 40 or 50 or 60. It's important to win the game and have fun. And my kids had fun."

On the other sideline, Schuster was impressed with his team's effort level.

"I give our kids a lot of credit. They battled, they never gave in," he said. "We were down 20 the whole game, but continued to play hard. Hopefully, that's something we can build on."

Chautauqua Lake's next game is a non-leaguer against Pine Valley at Jamestown Community College on Sunday. The Lady Thunderbirds' next CCAA West 1 division game is at home on Tuesday against Southwestern.

NOTES: Zenns had 11 rebounds, eight points and three blocks for Chautauqua Lake... Lakin Gustafson added nine rebounds for the Lady Thunderbirds, while Katelyn Fardink contributed four assists and four steals.

Pine Valley tops

Chautauqua Lake

JAMESTOWN (Jan. 17) - Pine Valley (4-5) built a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back Sunday afternoon at Jamestown Community College, as the Lady Panthers took care of Chautauqua Lake (4-8), 41-34, during non-league girls basketball action.

"It was just a good team win," Pine Valley head coach Brielle Cortwright said. "Everybody stepped up and contributed (Sunday)."

Despite a low-scoring second quarter, the Lady Panthers still held a 18-11 lead heading into the break, before the Lady Thunderbirds were able to cut their deficit to, 24-22, heading into the fourth. Pine Valley righted its ship over the game's final eight minutes, outscoring Chautauqua Lake, 17-12.

Jessica Wilcox and Kayla Hohl chipped in nine points each in the win while Jamie Wilcox added six points and eight rebounds. Emily Raiport charted eight rebounds while Lindsey Crisanti hauled down six boards. Also for the Lady Panthers, Karah Herman had seven points and four steals.

For the Lady Thunderbirds, Jesse Zenns had a game-high 16 points and 14 rebounds while Taylor Phelps chipped in seven points and four steals. Olivia Anderson added four points, four steals and nine rebounds.

Panama needs OT

to defeat Sherman

SHERMAN (Jan. 15) - Emilee Sperry scored six points and Taylor Bowen four in overtime as Panama (4-1, 8-4) prevailed over Sherman (2-2, 6-4), 53-50.

Bowen hit a clutch 3-pointer with 32 seconds left to enable Panama to gain a tie in regulation at 41-41. Sherman got a shot off, but it didn't fall.

Panama was nine points down entering the final quarter but got it tied with a 13-4 run.

Sperry led the Lady Panthers with 17 points followed by Taylor Bowen with 11 and Nicole Johnson with 10. Johnson had 11 rebounds and Katie Angeletti added 10 boards. Bowen had seven assists.

Jurnee Hannold had 15 points while grabbing eight rebounds to lead the way for Sherman. Roxanne Toy snared 13 rebounds and Bridget Yaw grabbed nine boards to go along with seven assists. Yaw also had 11 points and Shenley Luden chipped in with nine.

Westfield loses

to Frewsburg

FREWSBURG (Jan. 15) - A pair of underclassmen led undefeated Frewsburg to victory as Gabby Iuculano scored a career-high 24 points and Kaitlyn Blanchard added 19 in a 57-23 victory over Westfield.

Iuculano scored 12 points and Blanchard 10 during a 26-8 run in the third quarter to break it open. Blanchard wound with nine steals and Olivia Lynn four steals in addition to 13 rebounds for the Bears (13-0).

Taylor Kassman had eight points and Sophia DeMarco seven to go along with eight rebounds in the loss.



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