Lady Panthers surge past Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 January 2018 at 9:27 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Camri King puts up a shot as Newfane’s Paige Emborsky tries for the block. The action took place during the Mustangs home court loss to the Lady Panthers this evening.

Moving on top to stay with an early third period scoring burst, Newfane went on to defeat host Medina 67-51 this evening to improve to 5-0 in Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball competition.

Leading by a narrow 36-35 margin at the half, Newfane began to pull away by opening the second half with a 9-1 run including a three and a jumper by Paige Emborsky along with jumpers by Marlee Passuite and Alexa Littman for a 45-36 advantage.

Back-to-back baskets off steals late in the period by Emborsky kept the Lady Panthers up by nine, 51-42, at the three-quarter mark.

Medina could get no closer than nine down the stretch as Emborsky hit three more threes to help the Lady Panthers pull away for a 16 point victory.

Medina’s Je’ne Brown puts up a shot against Newfane defenders Alexa Littman and Mackenzie Perry.

Emborsky finished with a game high 38 points, including eight threes, as Emily Foltz added 9, Littman, Megan Knoll and Emily Geeer 6 each and Passuite 2.

Je’ne Brown led Medina with 25 as Camri King added 12, Maddie Williams, Kharise Johnson and Divere Brown 4 each and Maleyah Brewer 2.

Newfane grabbed a narrow 17-16 lead at the end of a sea-saw first period which saw eight lead changes. Emborsky scored 9 to lead the way for the Lady Panthers while Je’ne Brown tallied 7 and King 5 for Medina.

A pair of threes by Emborsky helped Newfane increase it’s lead to six, 27-21, early in the second period but Medina answered with a 10-2 run, including 6 by Je’ne Brown, to take what proved to be its last lead at 31-29.

However, Newfane answered right back with a 7-0 run including a three by Emborsky and layups off steals by both Littman and Knoll to regain the lead for good at 36-31.

Medina did get late layups by King and Brewer to cut the deficit to one, 36-35, at the half but the Mustangs could not regain the lead.

Medina is now 0-3 in N-O action.

Albion 45, Barker 15
Building up a commanding 33-6 half-time advantage, Albion went on to defeat host Barker 45-15 as Caitlynn Snook scored 15 and Janae Doty 9.

Hailey Brown scored 7 for Barker which will next host Wilson at 4:15 p.m. Friday..

Albion is now 3-1 and Barker 0-3 in N-O competition.

Akron 70, Roy-Hart 48
Akron downed Roy-Hart 70-48 to stay unbeaten a 3-0 in N-O action.

Ellie Todd scored 10, Skyler Christopher and Maddie Fry 8 and Meghan Washington 7 for Roy-Hart which slips to 0-4.

Boys Basketball: Albion game time change

Friday’s Barker at Albion boys varsity game will be played at 5 p.m.

Medina’s Kharise Johnson drives against Newfane’s Emily Foltz.