Lady Raiders down Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Holley girls win, Kendall boys clinch tie for title

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Alexandrea VeRost (21) and Medina’s Nicole Blount (23) battle for a rebound during the Lady Raiders win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Snapping a six game losing streak, Barker posted a 38-25 victory over host Medina this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game.

Medina did build up a 10-5 lead early in the second quarter as Molley Gross had three buckets in the early going.

However, Barker answered with a key 13-0 scoring burst to rally into the lead for good.

Back-to-back threes by Caitlyn Mason and Melissa Grosshans highlighted that decisive uprising which vaulted the Lady Raiders out to a 18-10 lead. Mason also had a jumper and a layup by Mason and Olivia Denny a jumper during that run.

A pair of layups by Taylor Miller kept Medina within five, 23-18, midway through the third period but the Mustangs could get no closer.

Barker maintained a nine point, 28-19 advantage at the three-quarter mark. Mason had eight points in the third period including a three, a layup off a turnover and a jumper.

The Lady Raiders put a lock on the win by opening the final period with an 8-0 run ignited by three straight layups by Julia Atwater.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Roman Hamner (15) tries to put up a shot over Barker’s VeRost and Melissa Grosshans (23).

Mason finished with a game high 15 points as Denny and Atwater both netted 9 and Grosshans 5.

Gross led Medina with 9 as Miller, Emily Kams and Nicole Blount each added 4 and Maddy Winters and Brittany Button 2 each.

Barker, which next hosts Roy-Hart at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, improves to 5-7 in the league and 9-7 overall.

Medina, which hosts Wilson at 6:30 Tuesday evening, slips to 1-11 and 2-14.

Holley 34, Attica 31
Closing out the regular season on a high note, Holley held off a late Attica comeback bid to claim a narrow 34-31 G-R victory.

Sam Barniak had 12 points and 6 rebounds, Nicole Blackburn 10 points and 5 rebounds, Nicki Mauro 6 points, 6 assists and 4 assists and Jade Underwood 11 rebounds to lead the way for Holley.

Holley led 20-9 at the half but Attica rallied with a 16-8 fourth period scoring edge to make the finish exciting.

Mauro made two clutch free throws late to help lock up the Lady Hawks victory.

Lima Christian 42, Lyndonville 37
Trailing 12-6 after one period, Lima Christian used a 17-5 second quarter scoring surge to key a 42-37 victory over host Lyndonville in a non league game.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Grosshans grabs a rebound away from Hamner.

Lima Christian rallied into leads of 23-17 at the half and 36-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Jenna Castricone had 11 points, Autumn Nesbitt 8, Abigail Feldman 7 and Morgan Hungerford 6 to lead Lyndonville.

Madison Gardepe had 13 rebounds and Hungerford 10 to spark the Lady Tigers on the boards.

Boys Basketball

Kendall 63, Byron-Bergen 53
Clinching at least a tie for the G-R Division 1 title chase, Kendall bested host Byron-Bergen 63-53 to improve to 11-4 in the league and 11-6 overall.

Alex Sutphen had 20 points and 4 steals, Isaiah Brown 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and Mookie Nauden 15 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds to lead the way for Kendall.

Brown had 12 points in the first half to help Kendall build up a 31-23 lead.

Sutphen then netted 15 in the second half, including three threes, to keep the Eagles in the lead.

The Eagles close out the G-R campaign with a home game against Alexander at 7 p.m. Wednesday.