Defense shines as Lady T’birds cruise to victory

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Silver Creek’s Jaeleigh Cruz scores on a breakaway during Monday’s CCAA East 1 girls high school basketball game against Randolph

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua Lake put on a defensive clinic, holding Falconer to 7 points through three quarters en route to a 43-22 CCAA West 1 victory.

Taylor Phelps led the Thunderbirds (4-5, 3-1) with 11 points to go along with six rebounds while Katelyn Fardink added 10 points and three steals. Abigail Henry and Jesse Zenns each had eight rebounds; Sam Bauer had five assists and three steals; Lakin Gustafson had eight points and six rebounds; and Brittany Fardink blocked three shots in the win.

Amber Micek led Falconer with nine points as the Golden Falcons (4-6, 1-4) used a 15-point fourth quarter to get into double figures for the game. Micek also grabbed 13 rebounds and two steals while Katie Fales pulled down five rebounds.

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OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda Chautauqua Lake’s Samantha Bauer takes a shot during Monday’s CCAA West 1 girls high school basketball game.

SILVER CREEK — Randolph’s transition game proved to be too much for the Silver Creek Black Knights in a 55-20 verdict Monday in CCAA East 1 girls high school basketball.

“Randolph is very good,” Silver Creek coach Tammy Rice said. “They force you into making errors. They are so good in transition. When you miss a shot, they are flying down the court.”

Randolph forced 23 Silver Creek turnovers — 17 in the first half.

Silver Creek did not help its own cause as it scored just nine field goals.

The Lady Cardinals held a comfortable 23-11 halftime lead and then outscored the visitors, 32-9, in the second half.

Haley Hettenbaugh led Randolph with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assist and six steals while MacKenzie Marsh added 14 for the winners. Sydney Hvizdak contributed with nine points.

Abby Rice was Silver Creek’s leading scorer with nine points and seven rebounds while Tessa Douglas had five points nine rebounds.

The Black Knights (4-4, 1-1) look to get back into the win column Thursday at Portville.