OBSERVER Staff Report
Fredonia (2-5, 1-2) came out quick - both on the floor and on the scoreboard - as the Lady Hillbillies downed Forestville, 48-38, Thursday in a non-league high school basketball contest at Fredonia High School.
Morgan Genovese scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the first half to help Fredonia jump out to a 26-15 lead at the break.
OBSERVER?Photo by Sean Pecuch
Fredonia’s Bre Dahn?(13) gets into triple-threat position while being defended by Forestville’s Alisha Szumigala (32) during Thursday’s non-league basketball game.
Many of Fredonia's early points came on fast breaks caused by turnovers.
"That got us off to a good start," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "It was key for us to be able to pressure the ball and score some points off layups. We were really trying to shut down their inside game because that hurt us the first time we played."
Forestville was paced by Alisha Szumigala's 15 points while Sydney Youngberg and Cherish Pope each chipped in with nine.
Frankie Sysol only accounted for three of Fredonia's points, but Zirkle was quick to praise the junior for her work on the court.
"Frankie probably played the best game of her high school career," she said. "She really came in and did some nice things.
"Emily Valvo came in and got a couple key steals," Zirkle added. "Alicia Deering always plays hard on defense and was able to convert on a couple buckets for us."
Bre Dahn was held scoreless, but dominated the boards with nine rebounds.
After Fredonia earned the win, the team hosted its alumni game. There were 18 former players ranging from the graduating classes of 2005-2012.
"We were fortunate to have so many players come back," Zirkle commented. "It was a fun night."