Medina girls edge past Akron
Surviving a late rash of turnovers, Medina trimmed visiting Akron 50-46 this evening to close out the Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball season.
Je’ne Brown scored 20, Molley Gross 15 and Maddie Williams 10 to lead the way for Medina which finishes the N-O season tied for second place with Newfane at 8-4. Emily Kams added 3 and Maddie Winters 2 for the Mustangs. Winters also grabbed off 12 rebounds, Brown 10 and Gross 7.
Chooch Jonathan had 14 to lead Akron which finishes at 5-7. Helena Hill added 7, Neely Abrams 6, Ellie Leeds and Jenna Robnett 4 and Skylar Jonathan 2 for the Lady Tigers.
Medina grabbed a slender 13-12 lead at the end of a sea-saw first period which saw six lead changes.
Brown then erupted for 11 points and Williams added a jumper and a three in the second period to help the Mustangs maintain a 31-27 lead at the half. Jessie Jonathan tallied 9 in the period to keep Akron close.
Akron rallied back into a 33-33 tie midway through the third period after consecutive baskets by Hill, Abrams and Robnett.
However, Medina answered with a quick 11-0 run to regain the lead for good at 44-33. Gross led that uprising with 6 points on a jumper, layup and rebound bucket as Williams added a three and Brown a rebound bucket.
Gross had a total of 9 in the period which finished with the Mustangs up by 8, 45-37.
Akron again came battling back cutting the deficit to three, 45-42, midway through the final period after back-to-back baskets by Abrams.
Brown though countered with a key burst of five straight points to put the Mustangs up by 8, 50-42, with three minutes remaining.
A rash of turnovers then almost proved fatal to the Mustangs as Akron capitalized on a couple of those miscues to cut the deficit to 50-46 after tallies by Chooch Jonathan and Hill but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.
Newfane 43, Niagara-Wheatfield 33
Emily Foltz scored 16 and Paige Emborsky 10 to spark Newfane to a 43-33 win over Niagara-Wheatfield in the non league regular season finale.
The Lady Panthers led 18-11 at the half.