Lady Panthers fend off Lady Timberwolves, 54-45

CATTARAUGUS — The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (15-5, 6-4) used a big first quarter and a much-needed big fourth quarter to top Cattaraugus-Little Valley (9-10, 4-6), 54-45, Tuesday in CCAA East 2 girls high school basketball.

After Pine Valley built a 17-10 lead after eight minutes, the Lady Timberwolves won the second and third quarter, cutting the deficit 35-33, entering the final quarter. There, the Lady Panthers responded with a 19-10 run to put the game away.

Kayla Hohl led the Lady Panthers with 16 points and nine steals while Kelly Andrews, Kaylee Crisanti and Zoey Nelson each scored nine points in the win. Crisanti had eight steals while Emily Raiport and Andrews each had five rebounds.

“They had a good start and shot well,” Cattaraugus-Little Valley coach Mike Jones said. “They shot better than when we played them (at Pine Valley) earlier in the season. Defensively, they played a diamond-and-one defense on Katie Jones and made us do other things. We didn’t respond real great.”

Katie Jones led the Lady Timberwolves with 14 points and five steals.

CCAA West 2

Panama 63, Westfield 33

WESTFIELD — Freshman Natalie Angeletti had a game-high 21 points while adding 14 rebounds to finish with a double-double, as Panama (14-5, 7-2) spoiled Westfield’s Senior Night with a 63-33 drubbing Tuesday night in CCAA West 2 girls basketball action.

“We’ve just been cold shooting the ball,” Westfield head coach Dave Mathews said. “We’re taking good shots, we’ve just had a low shooting percentage and that’s been the difference. The first time we played them, we had eight 3-pointers and scored 42 points, so I was hoping at home to have scored more than 42, but we just struggled to put it in the basket.”

The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Wolverines (6-19, 3-10), 22-11, in the first quarter, 13-9 in the second, 10-6 in the third and 18-7 in the fourth for the lopsided final.

“(Jeff) Angeletti is one of my favorite coaches,” Mathews said. “His girls are just good, solid, fundamentally-sound basketball players. And they always show good sportsmanship. It was just a pleasure to have them here for Senior Night.”

Nicole Johnson added 15 points, 15 rebounds and three steals to finish with a double-double of her own while Madalyn Bowen had 12 points and Lauren Barmore six points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the win.

For the Lady Wolverines, Sophia DeMarco had a team-high 19 points while chipping in four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the loss. Also for Westfield, seniors Sydney Abele and Rachel Mathews (two assists) had five points each.

“It’s been awesome,” Mathews said when asked what it’s been like to coach his daughter Rachel in her senior year. “We’ve just had an absolutely fantastic year. We didn’t have the wins we would’ve liked, but we’ve had a lot of close games. I really have a special group of young ladies. They’re very united and I saw a lot of positive things to build on for next year. The seniors were my three captains and everything was just great. We just would’ve liked to have had a few more wins.”

Besides Abele and Mathews, Westfield also honored Maddison Knapp, as well as Panama’s three seniors Tara Sweeney, Erin Fransen and Barmore.

Westfield is back in action on Thursday at Silver Creek for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off while Panama plays in Ripley against Chautauqua Lake on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.