Albion girls surge past Springville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 February 2017 at 8:59 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell puts up a shot over Springville defenders Alexia Sopko (10) and Carrie Dickinson (2) during the host Purple Eagles Class B1 sectional win over the Griffins this evening.

Albion’s Sierra Chudy drives by Springville defender Julia Krzemien.

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.

Albion’s Caitlynn Snook looks to go by Springville defender Alexia Sopko.