Medina Journal-Register — BARKER — The Barker girls basketball team boasts a large contingent of athletes who also played field hockey in the fall, when the Lady Raiders made an impressive run to the Class C state semifinals.
The winning attitude of that core — which includes sophomore point guard/field hockey goalie Caitlyn Mason — has been on display early this basketball season, as Barker has rattled off a series of victories under head coach Jeff Costello.
It was no different on Friday evening against Medina. Mason paced the Lady Raiders with 10 points and 10 rebounds, as Barker bounced back from a rocky first half to edge the Lady Mustangs, 37-24, in an N-O contest.
Gabby Clare added seven points and seven rebounds for Barker, as Costello credited Clare for a scrappy effort that helped raise her teammates’ level of play down the stretch.
“Gabby Clare was a beast and a monster out there,” Costello said. “She crashed the boards, dove on the floor for loose balls, and was just a solid player defensively and offensively.”
Emily Kams led Medina with 10 points, as the Lady Mustangs used a 13-3 run in the second quarter to possess a surprising 19-15 lead at intermission.
But Barker battled back after halftime, holding Medina to five points in the second half and pulling away for the victory.
“Our press gave us some opportunities to score in the second half, and we had a lot of balance throughout the lineup,” Costello said.
Taylor Miller added five points for the Lady Mustangs, who fall to 1-4 in league competition, 1-7 overall. Barker remains undefeated in N-O play at 3-0, and is 5-1 overall headed into Monday’s matchup with Wilson. The Lakewomen are also 3-0 in the league.
Albion 53, Roy-Hart 22
ALBION — Coach Don Baker and the Lady Rams had a solid first quarter, opening up a 12-7 lead over a tough Albion squad.
But from there, the Lady Purple Eagles took over. Albion took a 20-15 lead at halftime and pulled away in the second half for a comfortable win in a Niagara-Orleans League contest on Friday evening.
Albion sophomore Kelsee Soule led all scorers with 19 points, proving that she has made a swift recovery after being sidelined due to injury for much of December. Freshman Chanyce Powell added 10 points for the Lady Purple Eagles.
Senior Brianna Lewandowski led the Lady Rams with eight points, including two three-pointers, while fellow senior Becky Harnish added seven points for Roy-Hart.
Albion improves to 4-1 in league competition, while Roy-Hart drops to 1-4.
Wilson 49, CSAT 26
BUFFALO — Dana Smith paced the Lakewomen with 20 points, as coach Brian Baker’s Wilson squad continued its march through the N-O with a convincing win at CSAT on Friday evening.
Wilson jumped out to a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and extended the margin to 27-13 at the half. From there, the Lakewomen cruised.
Allie Bubar added 10 points for Wilson, while Emily Lasher added eight. Smith’s 20-point night included three three-pointers.
Wilson remains undefeated in the league at 3-0, and is 5-3 overall. CSAT falls to 0-4 in the league, 2-5 overall.
Callara fourth at Lockport
LOCKPORT — Medina’s Brennen Callara finished fourth in the 106-pound weight class, leading the Mustangs in the Lockport Wrestling Tournament held Friday and Saturday.
At the JV level, Medina’s Kalvin Packer took second place in his weight class, while Ryan Kruger and Cody Crane took third-place finishes.
Medina has also announced that it will host a team wrestling tournament on Jan. 25. The six-team tournament will also include Holley, Maryvale, Wilson, St. Francis and Williamsville East.
Holley wins Cal-Mum duals
CALEDONIA — Martin Beadle was named Most Valuable Wrestler, as the Holley wrestling team emerged victorious in the Caledonia-Mumford duals this weekend.
Beadle, Kevin Avery and Lucas Silvis all compiled perfect 4-0 records for the Hawks, as Holley defeated Cal-Mum 67-9, Avon 60-21, Livonia 60-25 and North Rose Wolcott 44-38.
David Weaver went 3-0 for Holley, while Brandon Morell, Taylor Klimack, Nick Shenck, Dan Flanagan, Justin Lysyczyn and Jake Bailey each went 3-1.