A slow second quarter by the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies and a strong third quarter by the Olean Lady Huskies resulted in a 58-34 victory Thursday for the Lady Huskies, who remain undefeated in CCAA Division 1 girls' high school basketball.
Fredonia (3-6, 4-10) kept pace with Olean (10-0, 11-3) early, down 10-9 after the first eight minutes, but in the second quarter, the Lady Hillbillies only managed two baskets and the Lady Huskies took a 25-13 lead into halftime.
In the third, Fredonia found its offense, scoring 11, but its defense allowed 26 points by Olean as the Lady Huskies broke the game open.
Second Quarter of Fredonia Lady Hillbillies game
"I thought we came out and played very well the first quarter," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "I was pleased with how we handled their zone press. I was happy with how we moved the ball around. In the second quarter and the third quarter, I did not think we did the job on defense that we should have done. The girls worked pretty hard, but we just have some things we need to fix before our next game Monday."
Leading the way for the Lady Hillbillies, Rachael Smith recorded 12 points and three steals while teammate Morgan Genovese had seven points and two steals in her second game at the varsity level this season. Also playing well for Fredonia, Michelle Napierala chipped in with 10 rebounds, five points and three steals and Alyssa Goot added four points and three steals.
"I thought Michelle Napierala did a nice job on the boards" Zirkle said. "I was happy with her rebounding. I thought that Rachael Smith played a really nice game."
For Olean, Marissa Levia recorded a game-high 19 points, Lacee Pearl finished with 12 points and four steals, Maria Skrobacz and Laura Moore each had eight rebounds and four points and Melanie Yanetsko added five assists and three points.
Fredonia travels to Allegany-Limestone on Monday.
Southwestern 40, Gowanda 33
GOWANDA - Jennie Theise scored a game-high 21 points to power the Southwestern Lady Trojans over the Gowanda Lady Panthers, 40-33.
The senior forward was 9-of-14 shooting from the field and pulled down nine rebounds.
"Jennie moves well off the ball," Gowanda coach Kim Schon said. "She scored 13 points in the first half. We don't have anyone who can match up with her."
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, but Southwestern changed up its defense and went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter to take a 17-14 halftime edge. In the second half, the visitors outscored Gowanda, 23-19 for the victory.
Aiding in Southwestern's victory was its ability to get to the free throw line as they were 6-of-10 compared to the Lady Panthers' 2-for-2.
"They got to the line and that makes a difference," Schon said. "They took 10 and we took two. In a seven-point game, that makes a difference."
Taylor Edington led Gowanda with 12 points while Skylar Ondus had 11 in defeat. Edington and Taylor Johnson combined for 23 rebounds and Ondus had five steals in defeat.