Pembroke girls edge Lyndonville; Kendall downs W-C in G-R League openers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 February 2021 at 9:59 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis drives to the basket against Pembroke’s Isabel Breeden during this evening’s Genesee Region League opener at Lyndonville.

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.

Lyndonville’s Karlee Rounds puts up a shot as Serene Calderon and Isabel Breeden defend for Pembroke.

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.