Medina Journal-Register — BARKER — Raider coach Dave Carson was quite pleased with his team’s chemistry and cohesiveness in its non-league victory over Elba on Tuesday night. But when approached after the game, Carson first and foremost wanted to congratulate one of his players on a special accomplishment.
With 21 points against Elba, senior Barker guard Jacob Haight surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. A four-year starter, Haight entered the game with 997 points and reached the milestone in the first quarter.
After a standout football season in which he received first-team All-Western New York honors, Haight has kept the good times rolling with his play on the court.
“That’s your headline, right there,” Carson said of Haight’s 1,000-point achievement. “Congrats to Jake. It’s really nice for him; he’s an exceptional athlete, and it’s nice for him to do that.”
Once Haight reached the mark, Barker had no intention of losing the contest. The Raiders took a 23-9 lead after the first quarter and expanded it to 45-19 at halftime, as Haight and the rest of the starting lineup put the pedal to the metal and never let up.
Carson credited senior point guard Mitch Luckman in particular for controlling the game’s tempo and getting all his teammates involved.
“Mitch really makes everyone else better,” Carson said. “He was creating for everyone else, and we kind of rely on him to create for everyone. And when he gets to the basket, it opens everything else up.”
Aside from Haight’s 21-point effort, Luckman contributed 14 points for the Raiders on the evening. Senior Bryce Moeller added 12, while junior Tristan Payne and junior Thomas Callaghan added eight apiece.
Senior Dan Scott led Elba with 12 points in the losing cause, while sophomore John Hochmuth added 10 points for the Lancers.
Barker improves to 2-0 on the season and will open Niagara-Orleans League play on Friday night, in a road contest at Newfane.
Wilson 53, Roy-Hart 16
WILSON — It was all Lakewomen in the season-opening N-O girls basketball contest on Tuesday evening.
Dana Smith led Wilson with 17 points, Emily Lasher had 13, and Wilson dominated from the get-go in a blowout victory over coach Don Baker’s Roy-Hart squad.
Wilson jumped out to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 29-8 at the half. Needless to say, Wilson coach Brian Baker was quite pleased with his team’s output.
“We were able to limit them to one shot per possession,” Baker said. “Our rebounding was good, and we did a nice job of getting the ball out in transition up the floor. We played a heck of a game defensively.”
Brianna Lewandowski and Emma Lindke led Roy-Hart with six points apiece, while Kendra Hill — a transfer this year from Medina — added four points.
Baker was impressed with Roy-Hart’s effort in a narrow 51-41 loss to Nichols over the weekend, and was happy to see his team make such a definitive statement against the Lady Rams in the league opener.
“Coming in, you never know how it’s going to go,” Baker said. “Watching the film, Roy-Hart played well against Nichols, and you never know. I’m just proud of our kids.”
Wilson improves to 1-0 in the league, while Roy-Hart falls to 0-1 in league play, 1-3 overall.
Elba 52, Albion 43
ALBION — Sarah Metzler led the Lady Purple Eagles with 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep Albion from suffering its second consecutive loss to open the young season, a 52-43 defeat at the hands of Section V Elba in a non-league contest on Monday evening.
Chanyce Powell also scored in double figures with an 11-point effort for coach Lucian Price’s Albion squad, as the Lady Purple Eagles fell behind at halftime, 27-14, but battled back to make it a tight contest after halftime.
Early in the fourth quarter, Albion made it all the way back to square one when a layup by Metzler tied the score at 43-43. However, Elba pulled away late, finishing the game on a decisive 9-0 run.
Kelsey Bezon led Elba in scoring with 22 points, including four three-point baskets.
Albion starter Kelsee Soule, who was injured in last week’s loss to Batavia, sat out against Elba. Justice Nauden finished with seven points for the Lady Purple Eagles, while Emily Blanchard had five and Mandi Covis tallied four.
Albion will travel to Akron on Friday evening for a season-opening Niagara-Orleans League contest.