Playoffs on the horizon

Wolves hot from beyond arc in win over Knights

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Westfield’s Katie Bodenmiller (23) escapes the defensive pressure of Silver Creek’s Jaleigh Cruz (5) during Thursday’s non-league girls high school basketball game.

Following a first quarter which saw the two teams combine to score a total of nine points, the Westfield Lady Wolverines exploded for 19 second-quarter points en route to a 36-25 victory over the Silver Creek Black Knights (7-13) on Thursday in non-league girls high school basketball.

Westfield hit seven 3-pointers in the game and eventually buried Silver Creek in the advantage provided from behind the arc.

The Black Knights held a slim, 6-3 lead going into the second quarter, but Westfield closed the gap and eventually took a 22-9 lead into halftime.

The two teams played evenly throughout the second half with Silver Creek holding a 16-15 advantage over the final two quarters, but by then, the damage was already done.

The Wolverines only scored two field goals from inside the 3-point line the entire game as seven of their nine field goals made came from beyond the arc.

Sophia DeMarco led all scorers with 16 points along with 14 rebounds and three steals while Madison Knapp added 10 points in the win.

Abby Rice scored seven points and pulled down seven rebounds for Silver Creek in the loss. Jaeleigh Cruz added eight points and four steals.


Fredonia seniors Hannah Cybart, Caitlyn Cybart, Morgan St. George and Zoya Katta, lifted the Lady Hillbillies (13-6) to a 61-47 victory over Allegany-Limestone (12-8) on Thursday in non-league girls high school basketball.

Hannah Cybart provided the scoring with 21 points while Caitlyn Cybart was stellar all around with five points, three assists and two rebounds, Katta provided the defense and St. George did all the small things which don’t show up on the stat sheet.

“It was nice to see all four of them step up and have a good game,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “They contributed a lot to teams and provided great leadership the last four years. They all work extremely hard. They showed dedication and made our program better. They will be missed greatly next year.”

The last time the two teams met, Allegany-Limestone’s Brooke Giardini scored 14 points. On Thursday, thanks to the defense by Katta and Hannah Gullo, she was held to just one point. However, the Lady Gators received 28 points from Morgan Davis.

“Davis is a tough post player,” Zirkle said. “She is 6-foot-1 and very athletic. She goes to the boards hard and has a nice turnaround shot and she can drive. She is one of the tougher post players I have seen this year. I thought we did an excellent job on her and she still had 28 points. She was very impressive.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Hillbillies received a scoring attack with seven players scoring more than four points.

Fredonia built an 18-11 lead after eight minutes and a 32-23 halftime cushion. It went on to outscore the visitors, 29-24, in the second half.

“Our scoring was very balanced,” Zirkle said. “Allegany-Limestone is a very good team. They threw different stuff at us. Hannah Gullo had seven of her nine points in the second quarter. Morgan St. George stepped up in the third and Katie Price was consistent throughout the game. We had better offensive movement and better cuts. It was a very good test getting ready for playoffs.”

The Lady Hillbillies return to action Saturday in a non-league game against Franklinville.