Hillbillies win on a big stage
ERIE, Pa. — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys basketball team had a chance to play in a professional venue on Saturday afternoon in Erie and they lived up to the moment. Fredonia beat Corry (Pa.) by a score of 55-45 at the Erie Insurance Arena.
“It was a great experience for our kids,” said Fredonia coach Nick Bertrando. “Corry is a well-coached, talented team. It was a great battle for us and just a really memorable experience for our guys.”
Nick Whitfield made sure it was a day to remember from the start, as the Fredonia sophomore threw down a dunk for the team’s first two points. Whitfield was far from finished on the day, as he finished with a team-high 18 points. He also had nine rebounds.
Fredonia had a narrow lead after each of the first three quarters, including just a one-point lead at the half, but the Hillbillies broke the game open in the fourth quarter with 23 points as a team, including nine from Whitfield.
Also for Fredonia, second-leading scorer Tyler Putney had a big game on the boards with a team-high 13 rebounds, to go with his 12 points. Kaleb Rybij also had nine points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Fredonia (2-0) has another trip across state lines next week, as the Hillbillies travel to Harborcreek on Tuesday.