OBSERVER Staff Report
BUFFALO - In the consolation game of the Holy Angels Tournament, Nardin knocked off the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies 38-28, Tuesday in non-league girls' basketball.
The Lady Hillbillies held a slim 10-8 advantage after the first quarter, but Nardin went on a 27-9 run over the next two quarters to take control.
"We had a lot of turnovers and our shooting was awful," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "We had 29 turnovers tonight. When that is your high stat, you know you are in trouble and we didn't shoot well. In the second quarter, we started off well and then we let them back into it."
The fourth quarter saw the momentum swing in favor of the Lady Hillbillies. They played very well on defense, holding Nardin to just three points, but their offensive struggles continued and they were unable to mount a comeback.
"In the fourth quarter we started making a little run, but we weren't able to score," Zirkle said. "The turnovers and a poor shooting night was difficult to overcome."
Nardin's Erin O'Brien was the top scorer with 11 points.
Aidan Geise scored eight points for Fredonia while grabbing seven steals and blocking four shoots. Erin Patterson had 11 rebounds, which is her season high, along with six blocks. Julie Arnold pulled down five rebounds and Jessica Johnston dished out four assists.
"We had some good numbers in some areas, but we didn't do the job we needed to on the defensive end and we struggled shooting," Zirkle added.
Fredonia will play at Dunkirk next Wednesday.
Chautauqua Lake 73, Brocton 36
BROCTON - A big third quarter helped the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (5-0) set the tone in their 73-36 dismantling of the Brocton Lady Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4) on Tuesday in non-league girls' basketball action.
With a 32-22 lead after the first half, the Lady Thunderbirds put the game away with a 29-6 third quarter run. Chautauqua Lake had four players score in double figures. Leading the way was Jill Einink with 15 points. Julia Einink and Michaela Meleen each scored 13 points and Anna Preston added 12. Lexi Stroebel pulled down a game high 12 rebounds while both the Einink's grabbed eight boards a piece.
Cynthia Ferguson and Kim Hilburger each scored 10 points for Brocton in the loss. Ferguson also had eight steals and seven boards while Hilburger added seven steals. Jacquie Merle scored eight points and pulled down six boards.
Chautauqua Lake's next game is Jan. 5 at Westfield.
Brocton will host Forestville today.