Albion girls edge past Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2019 at 9:38 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Aly Knaak puts up a shot against Akron defender Sydney Hall during the host Purple Eagles narrow win over the Lady Tigers this evening.

Turning back a late challenge, Albion edged past visiting Akron 46-45 in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game this evening.

Up by 10, 42-32, at the three-quarter mark, Albion saw Akron come battling back down the stretch with a 13-2 run to rally into a 45-44 lead with 40 seconds to go.

A basket by Jessee Jonathan capped off that big Akron rally with also included two baskets by Sophia Jones and one each by Sydney Hall, Ella Hill and Giahna Lafromboise

However, Albion weathered the storm as Paige Derisley answered with a clutch jumper with 22 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory at 46-45 for the Purple Eagles.

Aly Knaak scored 13 and Paige Derisley 11 to lead the way for Albion as Ryan Olles had 6, Honesty Little and Kendall Derisley 5,, Maya Knaak 4 and Breanda Johnson 2.

(Click here to see Albion’s Honesty Little put in the turnaround shot.)

Jayni Sundown led Akron with 11 as Jonathan had 9, Lafromboise 7, Sophia Jones and Hall 6, Hill 5 and Laura Jones 1.

(Click here to see Akron’s Sophia Jones hit a jumper for 2.)

Akron jumped out to a 15-9 first period lead as Sundown and Jonathan each had a three and a two.

However,Albion answered back with a big 17-8 second period scoring surge to rally into a 26-23 lead at the half.

Aly Knaak scored 9, Little 5 and Paige Derisley 4 during that Purple Eagles uprising.

Keeping the momentum, the Purple Eagles then used a 16-9 third period scoring edge to up the advantage to 10, 42-32, at the three-quarter mark.

Olles and Maya Knaak both had a pair of baskets and Paige Derisley a three to key that surge.

Akron though made the finish exciting rallying back into a one point lead in the final seconds as Albion needed a late bucket by Paige Derisley to claim the win.

Albion improves to 3-0 in the league as Akron slips to 1-2.

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Albion’s duo of Abbie Pappalardo and Breanda Johnson go up for a rebound ahead of Akron’s Jessee Jonathan and Sophia Jones.