Lyndonville and Holley score narrow victories in Kendall Tournament opening round games
Lyndonville and Holley both scored narrow wins in the opening round of the Kendall girls basketball tournament this evening.
Lyndonville edged past Barker 34-30 in the opener and then Holley snapped a multi year long winless streak by besting rival Kendall 31-25 in overtime.
The victories also made successful debuts for new coaches Kate Draper at Lyndonville and Sal DeLuca at Holley.
Barker will now face Kendall in the consolation game at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by Holley vs. Lyndonville in the championship contest.
Lyndonville 34, Barker 30
Breaking away from a 26-26 deadlock, Lyndonville outscored Barker 8-4 from the foul line over the last three and a half minutes to claim the narrow win.
Alecia Hinkson made 4 free throws, Savannah Poler 2 and Grace Hayes and Kaylee Nesbitt 1 each for Lyndonville during that stretch while Serena Harris had all 4 of Barker’s free throws to keep the Lady Raiders in the contest.
Hinkson scored 9 of her game high 15 points in the decisive final period. Poler finished with 8, Anna Lewis 4, Nesbitt and Ella Lewis 3 and Hayes 1.
Harris led Barker with 12 points as Gabby Baker and Sydnie Luckman both added 8 and Kylie Annable 2.
Leading 12-9 at the half, Lyndonville extended its advantage to 7, 18-11, early in the third period after two baskets by Hinkson and one by Poler.
Barker though answered with an 8-0 run, including a three and a two by Baker and a layup by Luckman, to take the lead for the first time at 19-18. Another basket by Luckman kept the Lady Raiders up by one, 21-20, at the three-quarter mark.
A three and a two by Hinkson helped Lyndonville regain a 25-21 lead at the outset of the final period.
Barker though answered with a three by Harris and a free throw by Baker to retie the contest at 26-26 with 3:26 to go.
The rest of the scoring all came from the free throw line as Lyndonville’s 8-4 advantage earned the Lady Tigers the win.
Holley 31, Kendall 25 OT
A three at the outset of the four minute overtime period by Olivia Radford put Holley on top to stay. Two free throws by Radford followed by one each by Julia Smith and Halee Passarell then locked up the Lady Hawks big win over rival Kendall.
Radford finished with a game high 15 points as Madison Marsh added 6, Smith 5, Passarell 3 and Sarah Klatt 2.
Brittney Marks, Jenna Regan and Elizabeth Snyder each had 6 for Kendall as Katie Pearson added 4, Alezya Brown 2 and Kaitlyn Gregory 1.
Pearson sent the contest into overtime when her two clutch free throws with 13 seconds to go knotted the contest at 24-24.
Holley also got off to a fast start taking a 9-0 lead at the end of the first period as Radford had a three and a two and Klatt and Smith baskets.
Kendall though rebounded with a 9-2 second period scoring edge, including baskets by Marks, Pearson and Snyder, to cut the deficit to 11-9 at the half.
Keeping the momentum, Kendall then outscored Holley 9-3 in the third period to rally into a 18-14 lead at the three-quarter mark. Marks, Brown, Regan and Snyder all chipped in with baskets during that stretch.
Holley though answered back with s 7-0 run to open the final period, capped off by a layup by Passarell to regain the lead at 21-18.
The lead then changed hands two more times before Pearson’s two free throws retied the contest at 24-24 forcing the overtime period in which the Lady Hawks outscored the Lady Eagles 7-1 to claim the win.
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