Dunkirk, Fredonia girls teams advance

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew Kuczkowski Lake Shore's Shawni Cornfield, right with ball, dribbles up court with Lewiston-Porter's Claire Skowronski (22) keeping her to the sideline.

BUFFALO — The No. 11 seed Dunkirk Lady Marauders pulled another upset in the Section 6 Class B1 high school girls basketball playoffs Thursday, beating No. 3 seed City Honors, 67-64.

Amari Carter had a huge game for Dunkirk (10-12), scoring 26 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Jessica Beehler also came up big for the Lady Marauders, netting 19 points and adding four assists. Kymi Nance had a double-double for the team, with 10 points and 10 assists, and Olivia Smith contributed eight points.

“We got out to about a 12-point lead in the first quarter … (but) our girls got into foul trouble late in the game,” Dunkirk coach Darnell Baldwin said. “One of their freshmen, Olivia Thompson, got onto the court and hurt us, so shout out to her.

“It was a good team win, we regained our composure throughout the game,” the coach continued. “We had to settle down and get back to what we do best — dictate the tempo and apply pressure. As long as we do that, we should be OK.”

Dunkirk now advances to play either International Prep or Medina in a Thursday semifinal at Kenmore West High School. The result of I-Prep vs. Medina was not available at press time.

“We get a lot of support from our community,” Baldwin said. “Our girls are working extremely hard and deserve recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court.”


ALBION — The fifth-seeded Fredonia Lady Hillbillies beat No. 4 seed Albion, 35-29, in a Section 6 Class B1 high school girls basketball quarterfinal Thursday night.

Katie Price led Fredonia (10-12) in scoring with 10 points, while A’Cetta Farrait added eight points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Gullo contributed eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Billies.

“I was very happy with how we played defense, we held them to two points in the first quarter and 11 points in the first half,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “I thought we did a good job closing out and did a good job most of the time rebounding.”

“Hannah Gullo had a great second quarter, she had seven of her eight points in the second quarter,” the coach added. “A’Cetta had seven of her eight in the third quarter. So we had different people stepping up at different times.”

Fredonia will now play a semifinal Thursday at Kenmore West High School against either Newfane or Alden.



HOLLAND — The Silver Creek Black Knights high school girls basketball team is out of the Section 6 Class C playoffs after they dropped a 60-40 decision to the Holland Lady Dutchmen in a Thursday quarterfinal.

Eighth-seeded Silver Creek (12-10) got 23 points and 13 rebounds from Abby Rice. Tessa Douglas contributed eight points and six rebounds.

The top scorer for Holland (19-2), the No. 1 seed in Class C, was Cassidy Slocum with 18 points. Kaitlyn Bulega added 14 points for the Lady Dutchmen, while Haley Shanahan and Maddy Scull each scored eight points for the team.

“It was very close at halftime,” Silver Creek coach Tammy Rice said. “Holland’s experience and senior leadership benefitted them down the stretch. We struggled inside with their strength and rebounding.”



ELLICOTTVILLE — No. 4-seeded Pine Valley routed No. 5 seed Ellicottville (10-11) in a Class D girls basketball quarterfinal Thursday.

Leading Lady Panthers scorer Kayla Hohl stepped up again for Pine Valley (14-7), scoring 21 points and adding nine rebounds and five steals. Katelyn Miller scored 13 for the team while Kaylee Crisanti added eight points and five steals.

Pine Valley enjoyed leads of 17-4 after the first quarter and 31-5 at halftime.

“We knew to get the early lead was important,” Lady Panthers coach Dave Pihlblad said.

The Lady Panthers advance to a Thursday semifinal at Jamestown community College against top-seeded Panama (19-1), which defeated No. 8 seed North Collins on Thursday.



ANGOLA — The Lake Shore Lady Eagles survived an off game from leading scorer Shawni Cornfield to edge Lewiston-Porter in a back-and-forth win in the Section 6 Class A2 girls basketball playoffs.

Lani Cornfield scored 17 points and made five steals and five rebounds for No. 3-seeded Lake Shore. Sophie Snyder contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, while Celina Park added 12 points to the Lady Eagles’ effort.

Shawni Cornfield, who averaged 21 points a game in the regular season, had just eight points and six steals before fouling out. Another key scorer for the team, Ivy Santana, also fouled out early.

Lake Shore coach Danielle Arnone was pleased with the way her team responded to the foul-outs.

“The girls all had to step up their games and take care of the ball. Lew-Port worked hard and it was nice to see our girls pull together at the end,” she said. However, “I would have liked to see us take care of some things a lot better and hopefully we will make those changes for the next game,” she added.

That next game will be Tuesday at Kenmore West High School, a semifinal matchup against No. 2 seed Amherst.