The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

December 30, 2013

Raiders have no trouble

BY KEVIN PRISE kevin.prise@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — BARKER — Coach Dave Carson and the Barker boys basketball team have had no trouble with their early-season schedule so far. The Raiders have been dominating opponents by 30- to 40-point margins on a consistent basis, and have started to receive recognition on a regional level in the process.

It was no different in Saturday afternoon’s non-league contest against Section V Lyndonville. The Raiders took a 25-3 lead after the first quarter and were relentless, showing no mercy in opening up a 37-9 advantage at halftime and 52-15 lead after the third.

The final was 62-26 Barker, as the Raiders improve to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in Niagara-Orleans League play.

For Carson, the recipe was just as it has been all season long: strong defensive play and good ball movement.

“We played well defensively, and we moved the ball well on offense,” Carson said. “It’s been a good start, and we’re ready to start the New Year against Wilson.”

Mitch Luckman led Barker’s balanced attack with 12 points, while Chris Sweeney and Thomas Callaghan had 10 points each. Career 1,000-plus point-scorer Jacob Haight added five.

Ty Hrovat led Lyndonville with 14 points, including three three-pointers.

Roy-Hart 72, Alden 63

ALDEN — Senior Alex Stoddard led the Rams with a 27-point performance, despite being in foul trouble for much of the second half, and Roy-Hart earned a comeback victory at Alden in a non-league holiday contest on Friday evening.

Alden took a 40-30 lead at halftime, but the Rams battled back on the strength of a 22-9 run that spanned the third quarter. Roy-Hart outscored Alden by a 20-14 margin in the final quarter to secure the victory.

“We played much better defense in the second half,” said veteran Roy-Hart coach Mark Rydza. “They got a lot of good looks in the first half, but we clamped down after halftime, and it made a difference.”

Senior Cody Breedlove added 11 points for Roy-Hart, while sophomore Andy Xapsos finished with 10. The Rams improve to 2-4 overall this season, and are 1-1 in Niagara-Orleans League play.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Barker 40, Lyndonville 17

BARKER — Julia Atwater led the Lady Raiders with 19 points and nine rebounds, as Barker cruised to victory over Lyndonville as part of a basketball marathon between the two schools at Barker on Saturday afternoon.

Melissa Grosshans added six points for coach Jeff Costello’s Barker squad, which opened up a 20-11 halftime lead and extended it with a 12-4 run in the third quarter.

Caitlyn Mason added four points and eight steals for the Lady Raiders, while Olivia Denny had seven assists along with her two points.

Morgan Hungerford led the Lady Tigers with seven points, in a game in which no three-point baskets were made.

Barker improves to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in Niagara-Orleans League play.

Caledonia-Mumford 47, Albion 40

SCOTTSVILLE — The Lady Purple Eagles fell victim to a 24-point fourth quarter by the opposition, as Caledonia-Mumford rallied late to surprise Albion in a non-league contest as part of the Wheatland-Chili Tournament on Saturday.

Chanyce Powell and Justice Nauden led coach Lucian Price’s Albion squad with 10 points apiece, while Gillian Flint led Caledonia-Mumford with 18 points, including three three-pointers.

Albion jumped out to a 12-5 lead after the first and extended the margin to 22-10 at halftime, and the advantage was 33-23 after the third quarter.

But Caledonia-Mumford came to play in the final eight minutes, using a 24-7 burst to come away with the victory.

“They had a strong fourth, and we got in some foul trouble,” Price said. “We committed too many turnovers, and that was it.”

Albion falls to 2-4 on the young season.

Albion 42, Wheatland-Chili 28

SCOTTSVILLE — Sarah Metzler led the Lady Purple Eagles with 13 points, as Albion earned a 14-point victory at Wheatland-Chili in a non-league contest as part of the Wheatland-Chili Tournament on Friday evening.

Albion jumped out to an 11-3 lead after the first quarter, and maintained a 17-12 advantage at halftime despite some cold shooting in the first half. The Lady Purple Eagles used a 15-6 run that spanned the third quarter to pull away.

Chanyce Powell had 10 points for Albion, while Justice Nauden added seven. Albion coach Lucian Price credited Nauden’s work at point guard as an important factor in the victorious result.

“Justice did a good job of running the offense and keeping us together,” Price said. “We got off to a cold start in the first half, shooting-wise, but stuck with it and made some baskets in the second.”

Taylor Seilheiner led Wheatland-Chili with 11 points. Albion improved to 2-3 overall, and is 1-1 in the Niagara-Orleans League.