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Albion girls down Medina; Barker tops Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2020 at 9:39 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Aly Knaak puts up a shot over Medina defender Sarah Sones during the Purple Eagles win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Trailing after each of the first three periods, Albion used a 14-5 fourth quarter scoring edge to earn a 37-29 win over host Medina in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game this evening.

Trailing 24-23 at the three-quarter mark, Albion regained the lead for good at 30-24 by opening the final period with a 7-0 run on a layup by Honesty Little, a jumper by Melissa Robinson and a three by Paige Derisley.

A layup by Aly Knaak and a free throw by Derisley kept Albion up by six, 33-27, with less than two minutes to go.

A layup by Little, which put the Purple Eagles up by eight, 35-27, with just 1:10 to go then put a lock on the win.

Derisley finished with 15 and Little 11 to lead Albion as Knaak added 5 and Ryan Olles, Abbie Pappalardo and Robinson 2 each.

Sarah Sones led Medina with 12 as Janiyah Holloway added 7, Gracie Hughes 4 and Anya Bloom, Nodia Osby and Faith Vanderwalker 2 each.

Medina held narrow leads of 9-7 after one period and 16-13 at the half as Sones and Holloway each scored 6 in the half. Derisley scored 8 during that stretch for Albion which was blanked from the field in the second quarter.

Medina maintained a narrow 24-23 lead after three quarters but the Mustangs could not score from the field in the final period until the last minute.

Both teams had 11 field goals but Albion won at the free throw line making 12 of 15 compared to 5 of 12 for Medina.

Albion improves to 6-2 in the league as Medina slips to 0-8.

(Click here to see a video of Albion’s Honesty Little making a rebound basket at the near end while Medina’s Sarah Sones makes a shot at the far end.)

Medina’s Sarah Sones puts up a shot against Albion defender Quinn McCue.

Barker 36, Akron 27
Avenging an earlier season 10 point (65-55) loss, Barker bested Akron 36-27 as Sydnie Luckman scored 18, Serena Harris 5 and Courtney Hillman 4. Luckman also grabbed off 10 rebounds.

Jessee Jonathan scored 9 and Ella Hill 8 for Akron.

Breaking away from a 25-25 deadlock at the three-quarter mark, Barker claimed the win by outscoring Akron 11-2 in the final stanza as Luckman led the way with 7.

Barker is now 3-5 and Akron 2-6 in N-O action.