Medina Journal-Register — The Medina girls basketball team has battled adversity all season long. The Lady Mustangs squad entered this winter season with no returning starters from last year’s team, as experience-lacking freshmen and sophomores are scattered throughout the varsity roster.
But the team demonstrates plenty of heart, as was the case in Thursday evening’s home loss at the hands of Niagara-Orleans League rival Albion. Senior Taylor Miller sparked the Lady Mustangs with eight points, and freshman Emily Kams added five, but it wasn’t enough to counter the fierce Albion attack sparked by Lady Purple Eagles coach Lucian Price.
With a 47-19 loss, Medina falls to 1-3 in league play, 1-6 overall. Albion improves to 3-1 in league play, 4-4 overall.
Throughout the game, Albion took advantage of a soft Medina defense to score on plenty of easy-basket layup opportunities. The Lady Purple Eagles also kept up a consistent full-court press that led to a handful of Medina turnovers, many of which came before the Lady Mustangs could even reach half-court.
Both teams struggled to shoot for most of the first half, but once Albion began to get into a rhythm offensively, the eventual outcome became apparent.
Led by dominant inside player Kelsee Soule — a sophomore who led all scorers with 16 points — the Lady Purple Eagles used physicality to their advantage and proved themselves as the more polished team. Justice Nauden added 14 points for Albion.
Baskets by Miller and Kams kept the score close at 6-4 Albion with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, but the Lady Purple Eagles opened things up with a 20-0 run that spanned nearly eight minutes. Albion led 28-8 at halftime, with Nauden scoring all of her 14 points before the intermission. Medina sophomore De’Andrea Salone added four points in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the halftime deficit.