The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 13, 2014

Medina drops halftime lead at Barker

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.

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