Lady Marauders top Mustangs in B1 semi

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 March 2018 at 8:40 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Maddie Williams drives toward the basket against Dunkirk defenders Amari Carter and Gina Salemo during the Mustangs sectional semifinal loss to the Lady Marauders this evening at Kenmore West High School.

Shutout in the opening period and able to score a total of only five points in the second quarter, No. 10 seed Medina was downed 51-25 by No. 11 Dunkirk in the semifinals of the Section VI Class B1 girls basketball playoffs this evening at Kenmore West High School.

Dunkirk jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead as Medina went 0 for 14 from the field with eight turnovers during that stretch.

Medina’s Camri King grabs a rebound away from Dunkirk’s Amari Carter.

The Lady Marauders boosted their advantage to 20, 25-5, at the half as the Mustangs shooting woes continued hitting on only 2 of 16 attempts with five more turnovers in the second quarter.

Medina finally got on the scoreboard via a free throw by Maddie Williams with 3:14 to go in the second quarter.  Je’ne Brown then scored the Mustangs first field goal with 2:42 remaining in the period.

Dunkirk enjoyed a 22 point, 36-14, advantage at the three-quarter mark and led by as many as 28, 46-18, midway through the final stanza. Medina clicked on only 4 of 18 shots from the field in the third period.

Kymilondjie Nance scored 13 and Olivia Smith 12, on four threes, to lead the way for Dunkirk. Nance scored 7 in the second period while Smith hit a pair of threes in the third.

Brown finished with 9 for Medina as Camri King added 6, Kharise Johnson 4, Williams 3 and Shamaria Howard 3.

Dunkirk will now face rival No. 5 Fredonia in the B1 championship game on Sunday at Buffalo State College.

Fredonia upended top seeded Newfane 46-32 in the other semifinal. Trailing 26-22 in the third period Fredonia regained the lead for good by exploding for a decisive 18-0 scoring surge.

Trailing 15-7 after one period and 18-15 at the half, Newfane rallied into a 22-22 tie on a basket by Paige Emborsky before taking what proved to be a brief 26-22 lead.

Medina’s Je’ne Brown goes up for a shot as Nadara Odell and Olivia Thompson defend for Dunkirk.