Pembroke girls edge Lyndonville; Kendall downs W-C in G-R League openers
A decisive scoring burst at the outset of the final quarter keyed Pembroke to a 43-35 win over host Lyndonville this evening to open the Genesee Region League girls basketball season.
In other G-R openers, Kendall defeated host Wheatland-Chili 31-26 and Attica downed host Holley 66-24.
Leading by a narrow one point (29-28) margin, Pembroke opened the final period with a 10-3 run highlighted by a three and a jumper by Serene Calderon and a three by Emily Peters to open up a 39-31 advantage with 4:30 remaining.
Lyndonville did close the gap to four, 39-35, in the final minute after a layup by Gracie Johnson and two free throws by Alexis Hughes but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.
Isabel Breeden answered with a big three-point play for Pembroke with 32 seconds remaining to put a lock on the win.
Calderon finished with a game high 16 and Breeden added 14 to spark Pembroke.
Ashlee Stephens led Lyndonville with 10 as Lorelei Dillenbeck added 8, Ella Lewis 7, Hughes 6 and Johnson and Karlee Rounds 2 each.
Pembroke put together an early 13-0 run to grab a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Calderon netted seven during that stretch.
Lyndonville closed the gap to four twice in the second period, first at 18-14 after a three by Stephens and again at 20-16 after a jumper by Rounds. However, Pembroke maintained an eight point, 24-16 lead at the half on late back-to-back layups by Breeden.
The Lady Tigers came battling back in the third period outscoring the Dragons 12-5 to slice the deficit to just one, 29-28, at the three-quarter mark. Lewis had a layup and a jumper, Stephens a three, Hughes a jumper and Dillenbeck a layup off a steal during that stretch.
Pembroke though countered with a 14-7 scoring edge down the stretch to claim the win.
Lyndonville next visits Attica on Friday.
Kendall 31, Wheatland-Chili 26
Coming from behind in the second half, Kendall bested host Wheatland-Chili 31-26 as Elizabeth Snyder had 8 points and 13 rebounds, Julie Coble 7 points and 7 rebounds and Alezya Brown 6 points and 7 rebounds.
Trailing 16-11 at the half, Kendall rallied with a 12-2 third period scoring surge to grab a 23-18 advantage at the three-quarter mark. Back-to-back threes by Brown and Grace Levett keyed that uprising.
Down the stretch the Lady Eagles then got a basket and two free throws from Snyder, a basket by Emma Allen and two clutch free throws in the final minute by Brown to lock up the win.
Now at 2-0 overall, Kendall next hosts Oakfield-Alabama on Friday.
Attica 66, Holley 24
Building up a 38-11 half-time advantage, Attica went on to down Holley 66-24 as Chase Harding led the way with 17.
Halee Passarell and Tatum Gagne each scored 7 for Holley which next hosts Bryon-Bergen on Friday.