Kingsfield scores 30, 20 rebounds in win over NC

FORESTVILLE — The North Collins Lady Eagles and the Forestville Lady Hornets both played their league opener in CCAA East 2 Division on Tuesday night with the Lady Hornets coming out on top 60-36 behind Clare Kingsfield’s memorable night. Kingsfield opened the scoring for the Hornets with a couple quick buckets set up off well executed half court plays. North Collins (0-1, 3-4) responded with fast break baskets by Myah Gabel and Baylee Romano. After Forestville added a two more layups, Isabelle Wroblewski connected on the Eagles only three of the game while in transition. Michaela Rice contributed with two baskets from offensive rebounds including a bucket as time expired to give the visitors a 14-10 lead after one quarter.

Early foul trouble challenged the Hornets in the second quarter as the Eagles were able to extend their lead. North Collins quick guards were able to get steals which they were able turn into points with efficient passing. Rice was able to add another bucket with her consistent post play. Forestville closed their deficit with steals that lead to easy baskets by Sylvea Cleary and Kingsfield to bring the Hornets within seven at halftime.

Forestville (1-0, 1-5) was able to keep that momentum up in the third quarter as they were able to score on their first four possessions. The Hornets full court pressure plagued North Collins. Cleary’s quickness on the court lead to her game high 15 steals in which she was able to get her team multiple uncontested layups. Ashlee Bailey finished the quarter with an offensive put back to give the Hornets a three point lead after three. “We had way too many turnovers today,” said North Collins coach Vince Fininzio. “We threw the ball all over the place and that lead them to getting a large number of easy opportunities.”

The Hornets exploded with 29 points in the fourth quarter to solidify the victory. On the first possession, Robin Hidy had a steal and layup to bring North Collins to within one point before Forestville responded with a flurry of baskets. Phoebe Kingsfield had a steal with a quick basket followed by another steal from Cleary in which she found Clare Kingsfield for an old fashioned three point play.

North Collins continued to struggle with Forestville’s press as numerous steals lead to quality scoring chances in the paint.

“I am very proud of how they played together as a team tonight,” said Forestville coach Lisa Szumigala. “That really was what made the difference.”

Both teams play league games on Friday as North Collins hosts Pine Valley while Forestville travels to Franklinville.

Clare Kingsfield lead the Hornets with 30 points while bringing down 20 rebounds to go with nine steals. Cleary also had a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds, and 15 steals while Bailey contributed with ten points and nine rebounds. Rice and Wroblewski each lead the Eagles with nine points.