Fredonia gets back on track, wins over Harborcreek, 50-44

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Pictured above, Fredonia senior Keith Piper dribbles the ball up the court during a game earlier this week.

Since Fredonia’s 100 point performance against Dunkirk just a couple of weeks ago, it’s safe to say the Hillbillies have been trying to find themselves after dropping two of their last three contests.

With a non-league opponent in Harborcreek coming to town from Pennsylvania, they were able to do that.

Fredonia used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to sprint ahead and never looked back, winning by a final score of 50-44.

“We’ve definitely made it interesting these past few games,” said Fredonia head coach Nick Bertrando. “With Harborcreek coming from Pennsylvania and having no shot clock they’re very disciplined and they work hard for their baskets.”

In that third quarter, Coach Bertrando said Fredonia focused on their spacing to open up some opportunities.

“At halftime we were talking about how we were all bunched up and we weren’t getting the quality looks,” said Bertrando. “Defensively we just had to stick to it. We just locked it in and made sure we didn’t give up any second chance points.”

It was Senior Night for the Hillbillies and none other than senior Nate Shuart led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds. Fellow seniors Keith Piper (10 points) and Brayden Myers (11 points) chipped in nicely for the Hillbillies.

As for the rest of the seniors, Fredonia couldn’t be prouder of their careers.

“We would not be where we are without their sacrifices as well as the sacrifices of their families for the past four-five years,” said Bertrando. “It was good to send them off with a win tonight.”

Fredonia (12-7, 8-3) will welcome Olean in on Thursday, the top team in the state.

“We’re looking forward to having the No. 1 team in the state in our town,” said Bertrando. “We look forward to that challenge and opportunity.”