Albion girls complete sweep of Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 January 2018 at 10:15 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Natalie DiCureia grabs a rebound from Medina defender Maddie Williams during the Purple Eagles win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Leading from wire to wire, Albion completed a home-and-home season series sweep over rival Medina by downing the host Mustangs 41-32 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game.

Natalie DiCureia poured in a season high 18 points to lead the way for Albion, which also bested Medina 27-16 earlier in the season on the Purple Eagles court. Brylie Hapeman added 8, Caitlynn Snook 6, Lexi Wolck 3, Elisabeth Baker and Natalie Lathrop 2 and Kirsten Struble and Tess Pettit 1 for the Purple Eagles.

Je’ne Brown led Medina with 12 as Maddie Williams added 7, Camri King 6, Maleyah Brewer 4, Hannah Sones 2 and Shamaria Howard 1.

Albion jumped out to a 16-7 first period lead as DiCureia scored seven including a three.

Brylie Hapeman puts up a shot for Albion against Medina defender Je’ne Brown.

The Purple Eagles maintained a 20-16 lead at the half despite scoring only one basket in the second quarter, a jumper by Hapeman with 20 seconds to go.

Je’ne Brown tallied six in the period to keep Medina close.

Medina closed the gap to one, 21-20, early in the third period on a pair of layups by Je’ne Brown but the Mustangs would get no closer.

DiCureia answered with a big three to give Albion a little breathing room. The Purple Eagles went on to outscore the Mustangs 8-4 over the rest of the period, capped off by a three by Hapeman and a jumper by DiCureia, to extend the lead to 32-24 at the three-quarter mark.

Medina closed back to within four, 35-31, midway through the final period on a rebound basket by King but the Mustangs could mange only one more point over the final four and a half minutes as two baskets by DiCureia helped Albion lock up the win.

Albion, which has won four of its last five N-O games improves to 5-2 in N-O action while Medina slips to 0-6.

Newfane 61, Roy-Hart 44
Front-rrunning Newfane improved to 8-0 with a 61-44 victory over Roy-Hart (0-6).

Paige Emborsky poured in 29 and Emily Foltz added 11 to lead the way for Newfane while Meghan Washington tallied 10 for Roy-Hart.

Wilson 48, Akron 40
Wilson trimmed Akron 48-40 leaving both teams at 4-3 in N-O action.

Skylar Munnikhuysen scored 17 and Emily Kelly 7 to lead Wilson.

Attica 49, Lyndonville 24
Jumping out to a 23-9 half-time advantage, Attica went on to defeat visiting Lyndonville 49-24 in a Genesee Region League game.

Ella Lewis scored 11 and Alecia Hinkson 6 for Lyndonville.

In another G-R game Alexander trimmed Kendall 39-33.

Boys Basketball
Wheatland-Chili 47, Holley 43
Trailing 19-17 at the half, Wheatland-Chili used a 19-11 third period scoring edge to key a 47-43 G-R win over Holley.

Andrew Moseman scored 14, Patrick Bower 10 and Ryan Andrews 9 for Holley.

Oakfield-Alabams 64, Barker 49
Oakfield-Alabama built up a 36-17 half-time lead in route to posting a 64-49 non league win over Barker.

Ryan Douglas took game high honors for O-A with 29 as Malik Smith tallied 16 for Barker.

Medina’s Divere Brown puts up a shot against Albion’s Elisabeth Baker as Shamaria Howard moves in for the Mustangs.