Medina Journal-Register — Making it six wins in a row, the Niagara-Orleans League posted a 55-43 victory over the Genesee Region League Friday in the 14th annual Exceptional Senior girls basketball game at Medina High.
Medina’s Alba Perez scored a game high 16 points and Newfane’s Katie Shaw tallied 14 to lead the way for the N-O which extends its lead in the series to 10-4. Newfane’s Maddy Passuite added 9 and Akron’s Courtney Hallett-Jonathan 8.
The G-R did jump out to a 12-9 first quarter lead as Becca Bykowski (Alexander) and Missy Engle (Elba) both had a pair of baskets.
The N-O answered with an 8-0 run to open the second quarter, including two buckets each by Perez and Shaw, to rally into a 17-12 lead.
However, the G-R closed the period with a 11-5 run, including six by Maria Dominick (Alexander) and five by Bykowski, to regain a narrow 23-22 lead at the half.
Perez, who made a late three-point play to pull the N-O within one at the break, had seven in the period and Shaw six.
The N-O finally moved on top to stay by outscoring the G-R 16-8 in the third period to grab a 38-31 advantage. Hallett-Jonathan and Passuite both had a pair of baskets and Shaw chipped in with a three to lead that uprising.
Keeping the momentum, the N-O opened the final stanza with a 11-4 run which included two lay-ups by Hallett-Jonathan and a three by Shaw to stretch the advantage to 14, 49-35 with three minutes to go.
The G-R did cut the deficit a bit to eight, 49-41, but Perez countered with a rebound bucket and a layup to put a lock on the N-O victory.
Local players in the contest also included Abby Button from Medina on the N-O as well as Haley Anderson and Sierra VanWycke from Lyndonville, Ashley Makowski and Abbey David from Kendall and Alyssa Scherer from Holley on the G-R.
N-O 55, G-R 43
G-R: Bykowski 11, Marshall 6, Makowski 2, Engle 6, Dominick 6, Dorman 4, Scherer 4, Futter 2, Anderson 2, Total 43
N-O: Perez 16, Passuite 9, Hambruch 2, Shaw 14, Moeller 4, Hallett-Jonathan 8, Button 2, Total 55
3-Point Field Goals: Shaw (2), Bykowski
G-R: 12-11-8-12 = 43
N-O: 9-13-16-17 = 55