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G-R girls surge past N-O

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Wilson’s Kaylee Stoelting (31) tries to block a shot by Lyndonville’s Jenna Castricone (15) during the Genesee Region League’s win over the Niagara-Orleans League this evening at Albion.

Leading by a narrow three point margin at the half, the Genesee Region League used a big scoring burst to open the second half keying a 59-47 victory over the Niagara-Orleans League in the 15th annual Exceptional Senior girls basketball game between the two leagues this evening at Albion High.

Up 23-20, the G-R put together a 26-10 uprising over the first 11 minutes of the second half to take control.

Lyndonville’s Jenna Castricone ignited that decisive uprising with a burst of seven straight points on a rebound bucket, a layup and a three-point play.

Holley’s Nicole Blackburn helped to cap off that surge which vaulted the G-R into a commanding 49-30 lead, with a six point spurt on two baskets and a three-point play.

Castricone had 10 of her game high 14 points and Blackburn 8 of her 10 in the second half.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Olivia Denny (1) looks to pass as Kendall’s Nicole Browe (10) defends for the G-R.

The N-O could get no closer than 12 down the stretch as a basket by Kendall’s Shelby Reis and a free throw by Blackburn closed out the G-R ‘s victory.

Notre Dame’s Laurie Call also hit double figures with 11 for the G-R as Lydia Spiotta (Alexander) added 7, Abby Kamszy (Attica) 5, Chance Alexyn (Pembroke) 5, Michaela Hale (Oakfield-Alabama) 3, Reis 2 and Breanna Johnson (Pembroke) 2.

The G-R lineup also included Kendall’s Nicole Browe.

Akron’s Tobie Abrams led the N-O in scoring with 12 on four threes. Inez Sullivan (CSAT) added 8, Taylor Miller (Medina) 6, Julia Atwater (Barker) 5, Kaylee Stoelting (Wilson) 5, Gina Henley (Akron) 4, Claire Puff (Newfane) 3, Oliva Denny (Barker) 2 and Jennifer Komosinski (Akron) 2.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Nicole Blackburn rebounds against Newfane’s Claire Puff.

Call tallied 6 and Castricone and Spiotta 4 each to help the G-R grab the 23-20 half-time advantage.

Sullivan had 6 and Miller, Henley and Stoelting 4 each for the N-O in the opening half.

Despite the loss the N-O still holds a 9-6 lead in the series.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Taylor Miller drives on Castricone.