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By CHRIS BROOKS, managing editor, wellsvillesports.com
FRIENDSHIP — The fire continues to burn very strongly for Hope Russell and the Lady Eagles of Fillmore, as she posted five of the team’s eight goals to up her season total to 43 to help set a massive tone against host Friendship/Scio on the road Tuesday night, returning home with an 8-0 shutout for their 12th straight win.
The Lady Eagles (12-0) scored four goals in each half to set up shop for their offense, which also saw three more goals come from Grace Russell and Mylee Miller combined, with Russell netting a pair to go with four big helpers, while Miller scored the team’s final goal to wrap up the victory.
Adding special teams help were Summer Friedl and Montana Gayford, each recording an assist.
Fillmore’s eight goals came on 18 total shots, as they outshot Friendship/Scio (6-7) by an 18-1 count. In net for the Lady Eagles, Preslee Miller and Grace Clark split time and combined to record the one-save shutout.
On the opposite end, Grace Drumm made 10 saves for the hosts in black and gold, who now prepare for a quick turnaround to Arkport/Canaseraga tonight at 7 p.m.
Up next, the Lady Eagles head back home for a 7 p.m. first kick of their own, as they prepare to host the Wellsville Lady Lions.
Andover/Whitesville 3, Hammondsport 1
HAMMONDSPORT — Graci Lewis-Ellison helped set the table for Andover/Whitesville in the first 40 minutes of play, giving them a 2-0 lead to control their own destiny against the host Lady Lakers of Hammondsport on Tuesday. Although their advantage was threatened going into the break, it was never lost, as they remained out on top with one final goal in the late stages to cement what was a 3-1 win.
After a midfield battle occupied the first 20 minutes of the half, Lewis-Ellison would assist in breaking open the game for Andover/Whitesville (2-8) with the first of two goals, connecting with Ava Grice and her pass to take the game’s first lead at the 17:54 mark.
Just over seven minutes later, the junior would post her second of the game all by herself to push the team’s lead out to a pair.
But it would not remain intact when the first half reached its conclusion, as Hammondsport cut the lead in half with Danica Dresser’s tally.
Andover/Whitesville would continue to cling to their one-goal lead for the majority of the second half. But when time kept winding down, there was no better opportunity to strike than with nearly 10 minutes left to play, as Makaila Brewster essentially put the game on ice with 13:12 remaining to record the victory at the end of the night.
The three goals for the visitors in white came on nine total shots applied against Hammondsport, narrowly outshooting the Lady Lakers by a 9-8 count. In goal, Olivia Waters made seven saves to pick up the win.
Andover/Whitesville is back on the field with another road trip in store for Thursday in a 7 p.m. first kick, as they visit Judy Bliven Field in Belmont to take on host Genesee Valley/Belfast.
Houghton Academy 3, Rochester School of the Deaf 0
HOUGHTON — A fine night of offense created by Abby Reitnour propelled the Lady Panthers of Houghton Academy back into the win column Tuesday night on their home floor, as they took care of business against visiting Rochester School for the Deaf in straight-set fashion, scoring the 25-11, 25-14, 25-15 decision.
Reitnour led all Lady Panthers (5-4) from the libero position with a strong night of offense, posting nine digs on defense to pair with eight aces from the service line and six kills. Julia Winkens chipped in with five more kills to go alongside a pair of aces, while setter Ellie Brubaker handed out 10 assists to couple with four aces of her own.
Houghton Academy is right back on their home floor tonight with a 7 p.m. visit from Genesee Valley/Belfast.
Wellsville 5, Olean 0
ALLEGANY — The perfect regular season for the Lady Lions of Wellsville has officially been captured, as they hit the road for St. Bonaventure University on Tuesday and returned home with a 5-0 complete sweep of the host Olean Lady Huskies.
Fresh off of a Class B2 Individual Sectional title, Samantha Bidzerkowny led the way for the Lady Lions (13-0) with a strong first singles win. Following up were Meagan Riley and Sarah Mattison, who garnered a win each to complete the sweep.
In the doubles department, Caitlin Bittel and Hanna Miles, along with McKenna Wonderling and Kelsey Seely both recorded victories of their own to finish off their regular season on the highest of notes.
Set scores for the matches were not made available to report on publication.
The Lady Lions will now await Team Sectional play beginning on Thursday, as they begin preparations to take on either Fillmore or Canisteo-Greenwood on their home court in a 5 p.m. first serve.