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Big late rally lifts Albion girls past Newfane

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 December 2016 at 9:38 pm
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Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell goes up between Newfane defenders Alexa Littman (23) and Megan Knoll (10) during the Purple Eagles come-from-behind win over the visiting Lady Panthers this evening.

Rebounding from an 11 point deficit early in the final period, Albion put together a big stretch run rally to nip visiting Newfane 49-47 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game.

Trailing 44-33 two minutes into the final period, Albion put together a huge 14-0 scoring burst to key the comeback.

A jumper by Sierra Newton followed by layups by Chanyce Powell, off a steal, and Sierra Chudy ignited the Purple Eagles big rally which was capped off by back-to-back threes by Janae Doty, which knotted the contest at 44-44 with 2:45 remaining, and by Emily Blanchard, which put Albion up 47-44 with 1:45 remaining.

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Albion’s Janae Doty puts up a shot.

Newfane did answer right back with a three by Paige Emborsky to reknot the contest at 47-47 with 1:37 remaining but the Lady Panthers could not score again.

A free throw but Powell with 14 seconds remaining, which put Albion back not top to stay at 48-47, proved to be the game winner as Elisabeth Baker tacked on another foul shot with 8 seconds to go.

Powell finished with 15 to lead the Purple Eagles as Doty had 9, Chudy 7, Blanchard 5, Newton 4, Caitlynn Snook 3, Brylie Hapeman and Nicole Eldred 2 and Natalie DiCureia and Baker 1 each.

Emborsky took game high honors with 22 and Emily Foltz tallied 17 to pace Newfane as Alexa Littman added 4 and Olivia Littman and Megan Knoll 2 each.

Albion jumped out to an 11-8 first period lead as Powell scored 5.

The Purple Eagles maintained a slender 21-19 lead at the half on late free throws by Chudy and Snook.

However, Newfane put together a big 21-12 third period scoring surge to rally into a 40-33 advantage at the three-quarter mark. Emborsky scored 12, including two threes, and Foltz 7, including a three, to spearhead that uprising.

The Lady Panthers upped the advantage to 11, 44-33, at the outset of the final period on two free throws and a layup by Foltz.

Albion though came battling back with the decisive 14-0 scoring burst to reclaim the lead and the win.

Albion is now 1-1 and Newfane 1-2 in N-O action.

Wheatland-Chili 47, Lyndonville 33
Trailing 29-28 at the three-quarter mark, Wheatland-Chili rallied with big 19-4 fourth period scoring surge to down host Lyndonville 47-33 in a Genesee Region League game.

Aubry Lewis scored 12, Makenzie Muck 10 and Alecia Hinkson 7 for Lyndonville which led 20-17 at the half. Muck also grabbed off 18 rebounds.

Notre Dame 53, Kendall 20

Callie McCulley scored 12, Morgan Rhodes 11 and Margaret Sutherland 10 to lead Notre Dame past host Kendall 53-20 in another G-R contest.

Taylor ReQua had 9 points to lead Kendall.

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Albion’s Sierra Newton goes up for a shot as Alexa Littman defends for Newfane.