SILVER CREEK - Down by 25 points with eight minutes remaining, Melissa Mjoen sparked the Silver Creek Black Knights to score 30 points and get to within four points of winning.
However, the clock was not on their side as the Randolph Lady Cardinals recorded a 61-52 victory in CCAA Division 2 action Thursday.
"She gave us the 'Mjo'-mentum," Silver Creek coach Rich Norton said. "She came off the bench in the fourth quarter, scored five points and had two assists and two rebounds. She was kind of the catalyst that got things going. She just has unbelievable energy. She was the spark for us."
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Silver Creek’s Missy Keem scores on a layup during Thursday’s CCAA?Division 2 girls’ high school basketball game.
Marah Maycock recorded a game-high 37 points for the winners, 16 from the charity stripe, and added nine rebounds and five assists.
Randolph built an early lead, outscoring Silver Creek (0-7, 4-9) 13-6 in the first quarter, and were leading 33-12 at halftime. With eight minutes left, the visitors held a 47-22 advantage. However, the Black Knights had their breakout quarter, scoring 30 points to the Lady Cardinals 14 and closing the gap to four points with just three minutes left to play.
"We made a couple of changes in the lineup and things just clicked," Norton said."It was just a wonderful eight minutes of basketball."
The Lady Cardinals held on to the win in part by making their foul shots down the stretch, going 11-of-13 in the fourth quarter.
Playing well for the Black Knights, senior captain Jessica Jamison scored 18 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, to break 900 points in her varsity career. She also added 12 rebounds and five steals. Additionally, freshman Jordan Brooks had 16 points and 17 rebounds, 12 of them offensive.
"She just kept putting back misses and that gave us confidence to keep shooting," Norton said. "She had by far her finest outing."
McKenna Maycock scored 11 points and had seven rebounds and four assists and Kelsie Beaver chipped in with seven points, as many rebounds and two assists for Randolph.
Silver Creek's next game is its "Pink Out the Gym" event Monday when the Black Knights will raise money for a local memorial scholarship and the Cancer Society while taking on the Frewsburg Bears.
Cassadaga Valley 59, Catt. LV 14
SINCLAIRVILLE - Taylor Storer scored 13 of her 14 points in the first half as Cassadaga Valley (3-7, 3-13) easily defeated winless Catttaraugus-Little Valley (0-9), 59-14.
Lady Cougars coach Mark Petersen played Storer about half of the game and the winners saw all 12 girls dent the scorebook, including several career highs.
The first half saw the Lady Cougars open up a 43-11 cushion, led by Storer.
Brita Howe tallied nine points and eight rebounds, Heather Ames six rebounds and Storer five steals for CV. Kelcie Brown had eight points.
Emily Fuller had six points and Crystal Lore five points for C-LV.
Chautauqua Lake 42, Westfield 35
WESTFIELD - The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (10-5, 8-2) improved to 8-2 in CCAA Division 3, pulling out a close 42-35 victory over Westfield (5-9, 2-7) on Thursday.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Wolverines cut the score, 38-34 late in the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Thunderbirds capitalized on late turnovers and scored two quick baskets to put the game out of reach.
The visitors held a 6-4 edge after the opening eight minutes and a 18-14 lead at halftime. The Lady Thunderbirds outscored the host team, 15-9 in the third quarter to take a 33-23 lead into the final frame. Westfield outscored Chautauqua Lake, 12-9 in the fourth, but it was not enough to pull out the win.
Jill Einink led the Lady Thunderbirds with 15 points and nine steals while Courtney Hughes had 10 rebounds in the victory. Tara Hunt contributed in the win with seven assists.
The Lady Wolverines were led by Erica Woodruff's 16 points and 14 rebounds.
"Erica plays well for us all the time," Westfield coach Rich Morrison said. "She is a nice senior leader. It was a good solid game for her."
Shauna McGuay and Megan Shepard combined for 17 rebounds in defeat.