Knapp’s big quarter lifts Lady Wolves past Lady Cougars

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley’s Savannah Nickerson (22) takes a shot during Tuesday’s CCAA West 2 girls high school basketball game against Westfield.

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SINCLAIRVILLE — Maddison Knapp scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Westfield Lady Wolverines to a 46-29 victory over Cassadaga Valley (4-12, 0-6) on Tuesday in CCAA West 2 girls high school basketball.

The Lady Cougars held a slim 6-4 lead after eight minutes, but trailed, 13-10 at halftime. After another low-scoring third quarter, both teams found their offensive rhythm as the visitors outscored the Lady Cougars, 24-15.

While Knapp led the offense, she received help from teammate Sophia DeMarco, who had 14 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, six steals and four blocks.

Cassadaga Valley’s leading scorer was Mikayla Falkner with 10 points. Paige Hitchcock, Sara Briggs and Amber Morrison combined for 24 rebounds in defeat.

The Lady Cougars are back in action Friday when they host Frewsburg. The team will be accepting donations for Hospice at the door.

CCAA East 2

Ellicottville 54, Pine Valley 25

SOUTH DAYTON — Marissa Hamilton scored a game-high 26 points while adding a game-high 12 rebounds to help lead Ellicottville (15-1, 5-1) past Pine Valley (12-3, 3-3) in CCAA East 2 girls basketball action at Pine Valley High School Tuesday night.

“Marissa Hamilton is a great player,” Pine Valley head coach Bryelle Cortright said. “She’s very hard to defend and very hard to stop, so we had trouble with that.”

The Lady Panthers also had trouble scoring on the Lady Eagles, as they were held to just seven first-half points, all of which came in the opening quarter.

“Our defense was OK,” Cortright said. “We just couldn’t buy a bucket to be honest. We just didn’t take very good shots and that led to easy buckets for them in transition.”

The Lady Eagles, the state’s 18th-ranked team in Class D according to the New York State Sportswriters Association’s latest poll, outscored the Lady Panthers, 17-7 in the first quarter and 19-0 in the second to take a 36-7 lead into the break. In the second half, Ellicottville and Pine Valley both scored 18 points for the 54-25 final.

Besides Hamilton’s 26 points and 12 rebounds, Emmalea Erlandson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

For the Lady Panthers, Kelley Andrews had a team-high six points while Emily Raiport had four points and a team-high seven rebounds. Also for Pine Valley, which is back in action on Friday when it hosts CCAA East 2 foe Forestville at 7:30 p.m., Zoe Nelson had four points and six rebounds.

Ellicottville plays again on Friday against league counterpart North Collins at 6 p.m. at home.