Kendall girls bow as late rally falls short
A late comeback bid fell just short as No. 8 Kendall dropped a narrow 36-33 decision to visiting No. 9 Naples this evening in the opening round of the Section V Class D1 girls basketball tournament.
Trailing by 10, 32-22, early in the final period, Kendall put together an 8-0 run on free throws by Daniela Volkmar and Lyndsay Wright, a layup by Taylor ReQua and a pair of jumpers by Lizzie Rath to slice the decifit to just two, 32-30, with 2:17 remaining but the Lady Eagles could get no closer.
Naples got a huge basket on a driving layup by Autumn Kunes with 17 seconds remaining to get a little breathing room at 34-30. The Big Green then scored the clincher on a layup off a turnover by Faith Glovine.
Kendall’s only tally in the final two minutes came on a three by ReQua at the buzzer.
Kunes led Naples with 12 points as Faith Glovine and Sarah Glovine both added 9, Makenzie Northrop 4 and Adrienna Bradley 2.
ReQua took game high honors with 13 for Kendall as Volkmar had 8, Rath 6, Jenna Regan and Lizzie Sutphen 2 and Wright and Rachael Bakutis 1.
Points proved hard to come by for Kendall over the first three quarters as Naples grabbed leads of 11-9 after one period, 18-14 at the half and 30-22 at the three-quarter mark.
ReQua had a layup and a three and Volkmar a three to keep Kendall close in the first period. Another three by Volkmar pulled the Lady Eagles even at 12-12 early in the second period but Kendall could manage just one more basket the rest of the period.
Naples got three point plays by Northrop and Sarah Glovine and pair of baskets by Kunes in the third period to open up an eight point, 30-22, advantage as a three by ReQua was Kendall’s only basket of the quarter.
The Lady Eagles picked up the scoring a bit over the first six minutes of the final period to rally back to within two but could not pull even.
Naples advances 9-12 record while Kendall finishes the season also at 9-12.
Notre Dame 55, Lyndonville 23
Leading by only six, 22-16 at the half, No. 3 Notre Dame used a big 17-2 third period scoring edge to key a 55-23 win over visiting No. 14 Lyndonville in another Class D1 opener.
Callie McCulley scored 15 and Margaret Sutherland 13 for Notre Dame which advances with a 15-6 record.
Aubrey Lewis and Makenzie Muck both scored 8 for Lyndonville.
In a Class C1 opener, No. 2 Gananda defeated visiting No. 13 Holley 67-22.