Medina Journal-Register — ALBION - Moving on top to stay with a late third quarter scoring burst, No. 10 seed Alden went on to edge past No. 7 Albion 44-39 Tuesday in the opening round of the Section VI Class B-1 girls basketball playoffs.
Breaking away from a 25-25 deadlock, Alden used a key 8-0 run, which included a three by Miranda Dauchan and a rebound bucket by Alyssa Gadd, to take the lead for good by a 33-27 margin at the three-quarter mark.
A three and a jumper by Justice Nauden and a rebound bucket by Kelsee Soule kept Albion within four 39-35, with two minutes to go.
Two free throws by Soule then rallied Albion to within two, 41-39, with 29 seconds remaining but the Purple Eagles could get no closer.
An Albion turnover with 22 seconds to go proved costly and Morgan Augustine answered with her only three points of the night for Alden on a free throw and a lay-up to lock up the narrow victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
Loron Kocker scored 12, Gadd 11 and Dauchan 10 to lead the balanced attack for Alden .
Soule scored 12 and Eboni Taylor 10 for Albion as Nauden added six, Mandy Covis five, Sarah Papponetti four and Chanyce Powell two.
The teams traded scores throughout a low scoring first period which ended deadlocked at 6-6.
Alden then made good on eight of 10 free throw attempts in the second period to tke a 16-14 led at the half.
Albion did pull even three times in the third quarter, first at 16-16 after a lay-up off a steal by Covis, then at 28-18 after a rebound bucket by Soule and finally at 25-25 after a lay-up off a turnover by Papponetti but the Purple Eagles could not regain the lead.
Alden advances to a Satuday quarterfinal matchup at No. 2 East Aurora with an 11-8 record while Albion finishes the season at 9-10.