Medina Journal-Register — Medina girl’s basketball coach Ken Haak could not have been more satisfied with his team’s performance on Senior Night Thursday despite a 35-29 Niagara-Orleans matchup loss to Akron.
“I’m extremely happy with how the game went tonight,” Haak said. “Last time we played [Akron], we didn’t score until the third quarter. Today we took them right down to the buzzer.”
Medina got off to a hot start in the first quarter putting up 12 points as opposed to Akron’s five. The Lady Tigers clawed back in the second and brought the score to 19-14 in favor of the Lady Mustangs heading into halftime.
Medina’s offense went cold in the third quarter and could only muster up four points, which Akron capitalized on to take a 24-23 lead. Akron pulled away in the fourth after hitting a 3-pointer late in the game to extend its final lead to six.
Steady play was an issue for the Lady Mustangs. It’s a problem Haak contributes to the youth of his team.
“The fact that we have four freshmen and three sophomores on the team, and three freshmen start, being consistent through the game is a challenge.” Haak said. “Given the young make-up of our team and the inexperience, we’re playing with a JV team.”
Medina’s other two starters, seniors Brianna Dunn and Taylor Miller, were honored before the start of the game and made an impact on keeping the game competitive.
“Taylor played her best game tonight,” Haak said. “She realized this was her last game out here and she came to play. Brianna has been on the team a couple years and is really the heart and soul of our team. It was nice to get her some floor time.”
Dunn and Miller helped to set an example for the rest of the team all season, and Haak said they will surely be missed once it comes to an end.
“It would’ve been very easy for them to hang their heads, but they didn’t,” Haak said. “They worked hard, they pushed, they showed great leadership and perseverance and led by example. That’s all I can ask for.”
The Lady Mustangs’ record shows the team has two wins for the 2013-14 season. What it doesn’t show is how much the team has truly come along since it first began.
“I’m extremely proud of where these kids came from,” Haak said. “We were nothing like this in the beginning of the year. We’ve been improving every single game drastically.”
And with seven underclassmen currently on his roster, Haak is excited looking forward to the future of the program.
“The future’s bright for these young kids,” Haak said.
Leading the scoring for Akron was Maggie Kowalik with 12 points. Gina Henley was next with 10, Tobie Abrams had five, and Cailin Regan and Ashley Mietz each had four for the Tigers.
Miller and Nicole Blount each had nine points to lead Medina in scoring. Molley Gross chipped in with eight, Madeline Winters had two, and Emily Kams hit one free throw.
Medina Athletics Director Mark Kruzynski said he expects the girl’s basketball team to play its first playoff game Tuesday and the boy’s basketball team to host a playoff game Friday. The official seedings for N-O playoffs will be released Sunday.
Wilson 54, Newfane 19
WILSON — The Lakewomen put a giant exclamation point on their undefeated N-O championship season with a big win over visiting Newfane on Thursday night.
Head coach Brian Baker’s Dozen (14-0 N-O, 16-2 overall) earned their 32nd straight league win without a loss, while also officially securing a fifth straight N-O girls hoops championship.
The Lakewomen led 21-8 after one quarter and never looked back, leading 33-9 at halftime and 42-17 after three quarters.
Senior Emily Lasher topped Wilson with a game-high 18 points, adding 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists. Dana Smith added 13 points, 5 steals and 3 blocks and fellow senior Allie Bubar chipped in with 10 points, 5 steals and 7 assists.
Bailey Koithan led the Lady Panthers (9-5 N-O, 11-7) with 14 points.
Next up for Wilson is the Section VI playoffs and the Lakewomen are expected to garner a top seed in Class B-2.
A likely scenario next week is the Lakewomen hosting a B-2 quarterfinal contest against the No. 8 or 9 need at 7 p.m. Thursday.
CSAT 60, Roy-Hart 38
BUFFALO — Super sophomore Emma Lundke led the Lady Rams (1-13 N-O) with a team-high 16 points.
Junior Kendra Hill added 8 points for head coach Don Baker’s Lady Rams.
CSAT finished 7-7 in the N-O.
Albion 40, Barker 32
BARKER — The Lady Raiders led by two, 30-28 heading to the decisive fourth quarter, before Albion outscored host Barker by 12-2 to win it.
Sophomore Caitlyn Mason topped head coach Jeff Costello’s Lady Raiders with 12 points. Senior Julia Atwater chipped in with 8 points for Barker (5-9 N-O, 6-10).