Albion girls surge past Springville
Rebounding from an ice cold shooting first quarter, No. 8 seed Albion rolled to a 41-26 victory over visiting No. 9 Springville this evening to open the Section VI Class B1 girls basketball tournament.
Breaking away from a 3-3 tie after shooting a frigid 1 of 19 from the field in the first quarter, Albion put together an 18-8 second period scoring burst to move into the lead for good.
The Purple Eagles opened the decisive quarter with a 7-0 run highlighted by a three by Emily Blanchard and a layup off a steal by Chanyce Powell.
A three by Janae Doty, jumpers by Caitlynn Snook and Powell and a layup off a steal by Natalie DiCureia then helped to boost the Purple Eagles advantage to 10, 21-11, at the half.
Albion then put a lock on the win by extending the lead to 17, 32-15, at the three-quarter mark. Two jumpers by Sierra Chudy and a three by Nicole Eldred keyed that 11-4 scoring edge.
The Purple Eagles opened up as much as a 22 point, 41-19, advantage midway through the final period.
Blanchard finished with 8, Eldred 7, Powell and Snook 6, Chudy 5, Doty 3 and DiCureia, Sierra Newton and Elisabeth Baker 2 each.
Springville’s Julia Krzemien took game high scoring honors with 17.
The victory propels Albion (12-8) into a quarterfinal round contest at No. 1 Depew at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Newfane 59, Emerson 34
Breaking away from a 19-19 half-time deadlock, No. 7 Newfane used 20 point scoring bursts in both the third and fourth quarters to key a 59-34 victory over visiting No. 10 Emerson in a B1 opener.
Paige Emborsky scored 22, Emily Foltz 15 and Olivia Littman 11 to spark Newfane which next visits No. 2 East Aurora on Thursday. Emborsky reached the 1,000 point career scoring mark with a late three.