Hornets defense stings Panthers

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Pine Valley’s Trent Mihalko (33) gets a shot blocked by Forestville’s Trent Hartloff (34) during Thursday’s CCAA East 2 boys high school basketball.

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FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Hornets (6-8, 4-3) found a way to contain Pine Valley’s Dylan Chase and Zach Mansfield to walk away with a 36-22 victory Thursday in CCAA East 2 boys high school basketball.

“We know Pine Valley wants to run sets through Chase and Mansfield,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “We tried to take them away as much as possible and make the other guys beat us.”

The duo combined for just 14 points as the Panthers (9-7, 2-6) had a low-scoring first half, as they trailed 21-6 after two quarters of play.

“I was very happy with our defense,” Jackson said. “Holding them to six points in the first half was great. I knew a 15-point lead wasn’t going to be enough. They had it down to seven because they had six points off transition turnovers in the third. It’s a rivalry game. I know they aren’t going to quit. They kept playing. I didn’t feel comfortable until the final horn.”

Lewis Markham led Forestville’s offense with 13 points while Kalvin Stanbro had 15 rebounds and four steals. Trent Hartloff had eight rebounds in the win.

Both teams had a rough night shooting as the Panthers were just 8 for 34 (23 percent) from the field while Forestville was 11 for 43 (25 percent).

Forestville received clutch free throw shooting from Markham down the stretch as he went 5 of 6 from the charity stripe while the team was 8 for 11 in the fourth quarter.

For Pine Valley, Gilberto Ortiz had seven rebounds while Chase and Mansfield combined for 11 steals.

Forestville returns to action Monday at Cattaraugus-Little Valley.