Lady Raiders edge Eagles in opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Nicole Browe (10) drives against Barker defenders Olivia Denny (1) and Gabby Clare (12) during the host Lady Raiders season opening win this evening.

BARKER – Free throw shooting down the stretch proved to be the difference as Barker trimmed Kendall 27-21 this evening in a season opening non league girls basketball game.

Turnovers and cold shooting dominated much of the contest but in the end it was free throw opportunities that decided the issue. Each team in fact had over 20 turnovers on the evening.

Trailing 15-13 heading into the final quarter, Barker outscored Kendall 14-6 down the stretch, including a 10-3 edge in made free throws, to claim the win. The Lady Raiders went 10 of 18 from the line in the period and the Lady Eagles 3 of 8.

Three free throws by Kelsi Flegal, along with one each by Maicie Baker, Morgan Brown and Julie Atwater, rallied Barker into a 19-16 lead three minutes into the final period.

Kendall did rally back into a brief 20-19 advantage on a three by Shelby Reis with just under four minutes to play but the Lady Eagles managed just one more point the rest of the way.

Barker regained the lead for good at 21-20 on a jumper by Melissa Grosshans with 3:35 to go.

The Lady Raiders then put a lock on the victory on a lay-up by Olivia Denny along with two free throws by Brown and one by Caitlyn Mason.

Barker led 4-2 at the end of a turnover filled opening period.

The lead then changed hands four times in the second quarter which ended with Barker up 13-12 on a late jumper by Denny.

Kendall grabbed a 15-13 lead at the three-quarter mark as a three by Nicole Browe was only tally of the period.

Denny and Mason both scored eight points to lead Barker.

Browe took game high honors with 11 and Reis added six for Kendall.

Kendall next hosts rival Holley at 7 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Lady Eagles Tournament.

Kendall: Reis 6, ReQua 3, Browe 11, Arellano 1, Total 21.
Barker: Denny 8, Atwater 1, Mason 8, Baker 1, Grosshans 2, Brown 4, Flegal 3, Total 27.
3-Point Field Goals: Reis, ReQua, Browe.
Kendall: 2-10-3-6 = 21
Barker: 4-9-0-14 = 27

Photo By Cheryl Wertman – Jaimie Smith (23) drives to the basket for Kendall as Morgan Brown (5) and Caitlyn Mason (4) defend for Barker.

Byron-Bergen 50, Holley 12

HOLLEY – Jumping out to a 23-5 half-time advantage, Byron-Bergen went on to defeat Holley 50-12 this evening in the Genesee Region League opener for both teams.

Abby Kelly sparked Byron-Bergen with a game high 23 points.

Nicole Blackburn had five points and four rebounds for Holley.


Holley goes 4-1 at Avoca Tournament
AVOCA – Despite going into the Southern Tier with a depleated lineup, Holley went 4-1 at the Avoca Team Tournament Saturday.

Holley defeated Addison 54-27, Penn Yan 48-39, Hornell 63-24 and Avoca 38-35 but lost to North Rose-Wolcott 48-40.

Dan Flanagan, Martin Beadle and Issac Miller all went 5-0 for the Hawks.

Holley next visits Brighton Thursday for a non league match.