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hursday Roundup: Lions dominate season opener in water, use 9 1st place finishes to ignite 90-75 win over GV/Belfast; B-R rolls by North Collins, Fillmore wedges way past Warsaw in boys hoops action  

WELLSVILLE — Just a few weeks removed from the end of what was deemed to be another glorified championship-winning season for the Wellsville Lady Sea Lions, the pool was occupied once again, this time for the winter season and the Wellsville boys, as they hit the water on Thursday for their home opener against Genesee Valley/Belfast.

Right from the very beginning, the tone was set by the Lions, as they began to bundle together a massive strand of victories to propel their ascension to the top. In all, nine consecutive victories, including a quick finish in the 200 medley relay to kick off the meet, as well as a phenomenal performance from Tyler Rahr off the diving board aided the team’s 90-75 season-opening triumph.

“After graduating three seniors last year who helped us get the team to a second-place finish in Sectionals, this year’s group started out the season with a solid win over GV/Belfast. All the boys swam good times for the first meet out. Tyler looked good off the Diving board early, and that’s just one of some awesome results we hope to get this year.” said Lions coach Steve Hand.

Out of the nine total finishes for the Lions (1-0), two were recorded by Ethan Crandall to lead the way, garnering one in each half of the meet. His first would come right before the break-point, as he flew towards victory with the top finish in the 50 freestyle. Crandall followed up with his last win later on, in the 500 freestyle.

Crandall also raced the final leg in the team’s winning 200 freestyle relay alongside Ben Jordan, Eli Brophy and Sean Driscoll — all of which recording individual wins themselves, with Jordan claiming top honors in the 200 individual medley, Brophy in the 100 butterfly and Driscoll right after in the 100 freestyle.

The Lions also garnered one last individual win from Brayden Ketchner in the 200 freestyle to pair with Tyler Rahr’s strong showing off the Diving board with 166.80 points.

Genesee Valley/Belfast claimed three first place finishes in consecutive fashion to close out the road trip, with Nolan Hunter and Emily Carman scoring back-to-back wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively. The team would also collect a 400 freestyle relay win from Hunter, Bryce Davis, Graham Bradt and Regina Dougherty.

Wellsville is back in the water on Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. visit to Campbell-Savona.

Team Scores: Wellsville 90, Genesee Valley/Belfast 75.

Results

200 Medley – 1. Wellsville (Rahr, Jordan, Cooke, Brophy) 2:01.66, 2. Genesee Valley/Belfast, 3. Genesee Valley/Belfast.

200 Free – 1. Brayden Ketchner (WLSV) 2:15.42, 2. Landon Cinque (WLSV), 3. Regina Dougherty (GVB).

200 IMR – 1. Ben Jordan (WLSV) 2:14.32, 2. Sean Driscoll (WLSV), 3. Addison Bradt (GVB).

50 Free – 1. Ethan Crandall (WLSV) 26.19, 2. Bryce Davis (GVB), 3. Jack Eddy (WLSV).

Diving – 1. Tyler Rahr (WLSV) 166.80.

100 Fly – 1. Eli Brophy (WLSV) 1:07.64, 2. Thomas Cooke (WLSV), 3. Nolan Hunter (GVB).

100 Free – 1. Sean Driscoll (WLSV) 1:01.47, 2. Regina Dougherty (GVB), 3. Emily Carman (GVB).

500 Free – 1. Ethan Crandall (WLSV) 6:26.08, 2. Graham Bradt (GVB), 3. Brayden Ketchner (WLSV).

200 Relay – 1. Wellsville (Jordan, Brophy, Driscoll, Crandell) 1:51.16, 2. Wellsville, 3. Genesee Valley/Belfast.

100 Back – 1. Nolan Hunter (GVB) 1:07.35, 2. Tyler Rahr (WLSV), 3. Thomas Cooke (WLSV).

100 Breaststroke – 1. Emily Carman (GVB) 1:42.53, 2. Jamie Szalay (GVB), 3. Harmony Jenson (GVB).

400 Free – 1. Genesee Valley/Belfast (Davis, G. Bradt, Dougherty, Hunter) 4:15.83.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

ACE Tournament at Portville

Bolivar-Richburg 70, North Collins 39

PORTVILLE — The season for the Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg commenced with tradition. Thursday night marked their annual visit to a town just down the road from them off to the west: Portville, and their ACE Tournament.

The Wolverines navigated their way towards a fine start across the opening eight minutes of play, keeping North Collins in check early with the lead in hand. But with the assistance of Derek Ebersole, the Section VI representatives were able to turn the tables slightly on Bolivar-Richburg to close out the first half, cutting their deficit to seven.

But when the second half approached, the Wolverines turned the game inside out and upside down.

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In the third quarter, all of the pieces to the team’s puzzle were assembled with perfection, as the inside game of Aydin Sisson and a deep threat from downtown posed by Landon Barkley aided Bolivar-Richburg towards a breakaway frame that fueled what was a 70-39 rolling of North Collins to mark their return to the tournament’s title game this weekend.

“The first quarter was solid aside from a couple errant turnovers and some shots that didn’t fall,” Wolverines coach Justin Thomas said. “The second started to get even more murky, which saw them come back into the game. We got a chance to take a break and chat, and then they flew out of the gate and answered the bell in the second half. The guys were moving around better and generating a lot of great looks that started to fall. Defensively, we clamped it down, despite their letterwinner scoring 30 on us.”

After garnering a 24-17 halftime lead, courtesy of a strong 16-8 first quarter lead, the Wolverines (1-0) were able to shake off what pressure North Collins was able to apply later on in the half and exchange it for a dominant second half of basketball. The lead would eclipse insurmountable levels for the team in white and red, as they posted a ginormous 24-point third quarter — a 24-10 run in all to turn the tables in their favor for the remainder of the battle.

Playing a big role in the team’s success was Landon Barkley from downtown, as he ignited a three-point game that saw him knock four of his five triples down in the last 16 minutes of play. He would finish with 19 points in all for the Wolverines.

At the top of the stat sheet was Aydin Sisson, who led all Bolivar-Richburg scorers with his team-high 24 points. Following Barkley, who also chipped in with five rebounds, three assists and three steals, was a monster night off the boards from Waide Karnuth, as he grabbed 15 in all.

Adding more offense along the way was Reiss Gaines, who had eight points to pair with seven additional rebounds and three steals. On special teams, James Margeson furthered the team’s cause with eight rebounds while Sisson chipped in with five.

The Wolverines are back on the floor in Portville to defend their crown on Saturday, as they face either New Life Christian or the host Panthers in the Championship game of the ACE Tournament beginning at 4 p.m.

North Collins 8 9 10 12 – 39

Bolivar-Richburg 16 8 24 22 – 70


NORTH COLLINS: Scott Armbrewster 1 0-0 2, Lucas Demmerly 0 0-2 0, Derek Ebersole 9 9-9 30, Alex Pagan 1 0-0 2, H. Potter 1 0-0 2, Walter Ebersole 1 1-2 3. Totals: 13 10-13 39.

BOLIVAR-RICHBURG: Aydin Sisson 11 0-3 24, Landon Barkley 7 0-0 19, Brayden Zilker 1 0-0 2, David Abdo 2 0-0 4, Waide Karnuth 1 1-4 3, Maddox Davison 1 0-0 2, Reiss Gaines 3 2-5 8, James Margeson 3 0-0 6, Kingston Loucks 1 0-1 2. Totals: 30 3-13 70.

3-point goals: NC 3 (D. Abersole), B-R 7 (Barkley 5, Sisson 2).
Total Fouls: NC 16, B-R 16. Fouled out: None.

Warsaw Tournament

Fillmore 68, Warsaw 54

WARSAW — Like Bolivar-Richburg, the Eagles of Fillmore also opened up their season with tournament action of their own up north in Warsaw, where they waged an opening round war against the host Tigers through much of the opening half that saw them claim a one-point lead going into the break.

The second half remained a tight quarters battle, especially in the third quarter when Warsaw was able to rebound and reclaim the lead for themselves to control going into the last eight minute session. However, the Eagles had other plans in store.

How about one last game-changer?

In the last eight minutes, Fillmore turned on the jets on both ends of the hardwood Thursday night, as the offense began to hit all strides across the board with the assistance of Campbell Mucher from outside, as well as perfect of an outing at the charity stripe you could ask for from sharpshooter Zach Sisson.

Because of it, the Eagles soared towards victory number one on the season with a 68-54 victory over Warsaw to claim a spot in this weekend’s title game.

“I didn’t know what to expect tonight. We had to cancel our second scrimmage because of weather, so we hadn’t really gotten a chance to gel yet,” said Eagles coach Randy Crouch. “Warsaw’s pressure troubled us initially as we looked a little nervous. We were down by as much as 10 in the first half, had four guys with two fouls, but we kept working and found our footing. Zach and JD (Bialek) got some big buckets, and Mark (Wolfer), Isaiah (Sisson) and Jameson (Rhett) were huge off the bench.”

The Tigers of Warsaw found a way to get going in the first eight minutes against Fillmore with their strongest array of points in the game, marching forth to record a 23-16 lead of the Eagles. In return, the visitors in green and black responded with a strong finish to the half themselves, highlighted by a stout presence at the charity stripe and a trio of three-pointers — one each from Marcus Wolfer, Zach Sisson and Jonah Bialek to set up a 35-34 lead at the break after a 19-11 second quarter run.

The momentum would sway back and forth across the third quarter, all while Fillmore looked to Campbell Mucher to deliver the goods on the attack, posting 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to help set up shop. That, despite the Eagles losing control of the lead to Warsaw by the time the third quarter had reached its conclusion.

But it wasn’t long until the Eagles regained it back once and for all, as they went on a game-shifting jaunt of the Tigers to change the complexion of the game completely. With the help of two more massive triples from the hand of Mucher and a perfect 6-for-6 outing at the charity stripe from Zach Sisson, Fillmore went on to outscore Warsaw by a 19-4 count in the last eight minutes to cement their first win of the season in style.

Crouch says the pressure his team was able to apply, paid massive dividends in the second half.

“I felt like the second half pressure really wore them down,” he said. “We made plays when we needed to, because of that. Cam was huge down the stretch, and Zach made the free throws we needed. We have work to do, but we scheduled games like this to get tougher. Tonight, we did just that.”

Following behind Mucher’s leading performance was Sisson, who wound up finishing the night 10-for-11 at the line to complete his 17-point effort. Jonah Bialek chipped in with nine points, while JD Bialek had eight points of his own to go with 10 rebounds.

Up next for the Eagles is Championship game action on Saturday, as they face either Byron-Bergen or Pavilion for this year’s tournament crown right back in Warsaw.

Tip-off is slated for a 7 p.m. start.

Fillmore 16 19 14 19 – 68

Warsaw 23 11 16 4 – 54


FILLMORE: Eben Schilke 2 0-0 5, Campbell Mucher 6 5-5 21, Marcus Wolfer 1 0-0 3, Isaiah Sisson 1 0-0 3, Brandon Buck 0 0-2 0, Zach Sisson 3 10-11 17, Jonah Bialek 3 2-5 9, Jameson Rhett 1 0-0 2, JD Bialek 4 0-0 8. Totals: 21 17-23 68.
WARSAW: Ty Joy 5 3-4 14, Quinton Librock 6 0-0 14, David Shute 2 1-2 5, Patrick Klump 6 1-2 13, Carter Bakowski 1 2-2 5, Tristian Schurr 1 1-4 3. Totals: 21 11-14 54.
3-point goals: Fillmore 9 (Mucher 4, Schilke, Wolfer, I. Sisson, Z. Sisson, Jo. Bialek), Warsaw 4 (Librock 2, Joy, Bakowski).
Total Fouls: Fillmore 15, Warsaw 22. Fouled out: Bakowski (WAR).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Canisteo-Greenwood 60, Hammondsport 52

HAMMONDSPORT — The Lady Chargers of Canisteo-Greenwood was presented with a tough game one challenge out of the hands of host Hammondsport on Thursday. Right out of the gate, a back-and-forth pace was set, allowing the Lady Lakers to capitalize early off the hot hand of Sam Pratt.

But that fire was extinguished come the second quarter, when Canisteo-Greenwood shifted the momentum in their favor with multiple Lady Chargers helping the team’s cause with a big run to garner a six-point lead at the break.

From that point onward, it was simply all about surviving and advancing.

That’s exactly what the Lady Chargers did, as they used an outstanding second half from Bailey Mullen to the fullest of their advantages to claim their first win of the season over the road — a 60-52 decision after Mullen’s key fourth quarter tenure at the charity stripe allowed them to maintain their lead for good.

The game was in the hands of Hammondsport early on, as Sam Pratt caught fire from downtown out of the gate. Out of the team’s 16 points they would record from within the stanza, 11 of them belonged to Pratt — nine from outside off three of her five triples, as they quickly established a narrow 16-13 early lead on Canisteo-Greenwood after the first quarter.

The Lady Chargers (1-0) would not let the early inferno faze them one bit however, turning the tables in the second quarter with a stout defensive performance to keep the Lady Lakers at a near-standstill. With four different Lady Chargers, including Lillian Mullen, all playing an active role in producing what was a 16-7 second quarter run, the visitors would use it to jump back on top with a 29-23 lead going into halftime.

When the last 16 minutes kicked into gear, the momentum would remain with the Lady Chargers despite Hammondsport remaining right on their coattails until the end. Under the guidance of Bailey Mullen and her 17 second half points, they would not be denied the victory that would await them in the end, as Mullen went on to score a perfect 8-for-8 at the line in the fourth quarter to permanently weld together the season-opening triumph.

Mullen would finish with a game-high 25 points for the Lady Chargers, pairing them with nine rebounds. Following behind was Lillian Mullen, who finished with 15 points to go with seven steals and four assists. Peyton Peters had eight points to couple with six rebounds and five steals of her own, while Harlie McCaffery led the boards with 10 off the glass.

Coming up on Saturday is a visit to Wayland-Cohocton and their Hall of Fame Showcase, as the Lady Chargers now prepare to do battle in a titanic showdown with the Hornell Lady Red Raiders beginning at 6 p.m.

Canisteo-Greenwood 13 16 19 12 – 60

Hammondsport 16 7 14 13 – 52

CANISTEO-GREENWOOD: Kora Button 0 1-4 1, Bailey Mullen 7 11-13 25, McKenna Ferris 1 0-0 2, Lillian Mullen 6 2-2 15, Harlie McCaffery 2 1-2 5, Sidney Drouin 1 2-2 4, Peyton Peters 3 2-2 8. Totals: 20 19-25 60.
HAMMONDSPORT: Lazell Locey 5 1-3 11, Arielle Szathmary 1 0-0 2, Danica Dresser 5 0-0 10, Sam Pratt 7 0-0 19, Nicole Pratt 3 0-0 8. Totals: 21 1-3 52.

3-point goals: C-G 1 (L. Mullen), Hammondsport 7 (S. Pratt 5, N. Pratt 2).
Total Fouls: C-G 7, Hammondsport 19. Fouled out: Szathmary (HAM).

Wednesday Basketball: Borden orchestrates 26-point night as GV/Belfast wards off Honeoye through back-and-forth 2nd half to claim 65-54 win; Houghton, And/Whi boys; B-R girls garner wins  

BELFAST — Basketball fever has officially hit Allegany County in full stride. With the Fall season now having come and gone, and a fresh blanket of snow now occupying and sheathing the ground outdoors, it was time to take the action inside to the hardwood.

In Belfast, the stage was set for Genesee Valley/Belfast to mark their season debut against the Honeoye Bulldogs in the first of two meetings this season. It was a beginning to the night that saw them springboard out in front almost immediately after the opening tip at center, garnering a double-digit lead along the way.

It was an advantage that was threatened from the beginning and to the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, but it was never squandered. Jacob Borden made sure of that with his fine performance from down low for the hosts in white.

Mixed in with a couple of big three-pointers to get Genesee Valley/Belfast’s engine ripping and roaring through the first eight minutes of play, Borden was able to take care of business as the man in the middle, as he dug in to deliver 26 game-high points — all near-evenly distributed across the four quarters of play to ensure his presence was known in the team’s 65-54 season-opening win over Honeoye.

The first quarter allowed Genesee Valley/Belfast (1-0) to get the commencement they wanted right out of the gate against the Bulldogs, as they used a trio of triples — two from the hand of Kyle McCumiskey, and one from Ian McKenzie, along with a strong inside presence by Borden to aid in setting an early tone with a 15-4 lead. The Bulldogs would chomp away at the deficit however, closing the gap down to eight with five of the last seven points in the frame.

Despite the visitors in blue working their way back into the fray, Genesee Valley/Belfast was able to sprint back off with another 17-point interval in the second quarter. Once more, the Bulldogs fought their way back to trim the deficit back down to as little as six to Genesee Valley/Belfast beelining down the stretch with the assistance of four different scorers all recording at least a two-point basket to propel the offense.

But the Honeoye offense was soon shut off for the remainder of the quarter, as the hosts collected the half’s last nine points in consecutive fashion to claim a 34-19 lead at the break.

All throughout the second half, a dead even exchange of pleasantries between both teams made the rounds up and down the hardwood after Honeoye started the third quarter with eight of the first 13 points, providing some early capitalization behind their full-court press to keep Genesee Valley/Belfast on their feet, forcing a couple of key turnovers for points along the way.

The contest’s buffer zone would hover right around the difference of 10 points for much of the time consumed in the second half, as Genesee Valley/Belfast did everything in their power to hang onto their advantage while Honeoye continued to chip away in the same swing. Because of it, Genesee Valley/Belfast would ensure the victory that awaited in the end, as they added some insurance from the charity stripe in the final minute to lock up victory No. 1.

Following Borden and his 26-point dispatch down low, Kyle McCumiskey concluded with 12 points of his own. Following up were Kadin Logue and Kenton Schultz, as each recorded eight points.

Up next: The Belmont Rotary Tip-Off Tournament inside the Jungle this Friday night, as Genesee Valley/Belfast prepares for an opening round battle with Alfred-Almond slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. In the adjacent gym next to them, Andover/Whitesville and Friendship/Scio will also do battle in a 7:30 p.m. opening round battle of their own.

The winners will meet in Saturday’s Championship game, which is set for a 2 p.m. start. The Consolation round will precede the final clash of the day at 12 p.m.

Honeoye 9 10 20 15 – 54

Genesee Valley/Belfast 17 17 15 16 – 65


HONEOYE: Owen Cuba 4 2-2 10, Evan Anseim 3 0-0 6, Owen Reynolds 3 0-0 6, Billy Covey 6 0-2 13, Johnny Blair 1 0-0 2, Riley Johnson 1 0-0 3, Landon Washburn 5 4-6 14. Totals: 23 6-10 54.
GV/BELFAST: Kyle McCumiskey 3 3-6 12, Kadin Logue 4 0-2 8, Lannden Tilton 2 2-2 6, Ian McKenzie 1 0-0 3, Owen Heaney 1 0-0 2, Jacob Borden 12 2-7 26, Kenton Schultz 2 4-6 8. Totals: 25 11-23 65.

3-point goals: Honeoye 2 (Covey, Johnson), GVB 4 (McCumiskey 3, McKenzie).
Total Fouls: Honeoye 19, GVB 10. Fouled out: Cuba (HON).

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Andover/Whitesville 59, Hinsdale 23

ANDOVER — The first game jitters are a common formality that teams experience firsthand when a new season for action arrives in full force. Andover/Whitesville came in contact with that themselves out of the gate on Wednesday when they opened up with their home opener against visiting Hinsdale.

Although they were able to carry a first quarter lead forward into the next, it wasn’t easy by any means, as they made due with what opportunities they were given to start. But once they started going through the motions, they settled in. Especially Brody Vance, who erupted with a second quarter avalanche to airlift Andover/Whitesville’s offense straight to the peak of victory, as they strolled past the Bobcats with a 59-23 win in Andover.

“It was a very solid, all-around effort for the first game of the season,” Andover/Whitesville coach Jimmy Joyce said. “We came out of the gates a little sluggish, and then I thought they really started to settle down and performed the way they can and should. Brody and Colton (Calladine) really found their shooting touch, which always helps. It was a pretty physical game, and I liked how our guys maintained their composure. Every single guy on the team contributed, and in order for us to get to where we want to go, that’s exactly what it’s going to take.”

Vance led all scorers on the hardwood with a game-high 28 points to pace Andover/Whitesville’s (1-0) offense, as the hosts provided a massive extension to their 11-4 first quarter lead behind the senior’s guidance in the next frame of play, as Vance posted 10 second quarter points to aid in recording a 17-7 half-ending run of Hinsdale.

The lead was further cemented upon their return to the floor in the second half, as the defense kept the Bobcats (0-1) at a standstill to headline a 21-1 jaunt in the third quarter, led by Vance and Colton Calladine, who converged to record 19 of those points.

Calladine would finish with 18 points right behind Vance to further Andover/Whitesville’s cause on the attack. Vincent Joyce had six points.

For Hinsdale, Henry Schwartz led with nine points, while Cody Barton had seven. The Bobcats are back on the floor Friday night with a 6 p.m. visit from Mount Morris back home for their home opener.

As for Andover/Whitesville, they now head for the Jungle at Genesee Valley on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. first-round contest against Friendship/Scio in the Belmont Rotary Tip-Off Tournament.

Hinsdale 4 7 1 11 – 23

Andover/Whitesville 11 17 21 10 – 59

HINSDALE: Brad Bergstrom 0 0-2 0, Henry Schwartz 4 0-6 9, Cody Barton 2 2-2 7, Caleb Elliott 1 0-0 2, Tyler Richards 2 1-3 5. Totals: 9 3-13 23.

ANDOVER/WHITESVILLE: James Miller-Young 2 0-0 4, Jake Mattison 0 2-2 2, Vincent Joyce 2 2-2 6, Brody Vance 12 1-1 28, Colton Calladine 8 1-4 19. Totals: 24 6-9 59.
3-point goals: Hinsdale 2 (Schwartz, Barton), A/W 5 (Vance 3, Calladine 2).
Total Fouls: Hinsdale 13, A/W 15. Fouled out: Barton (HIN), Mattison (A/W).

Houghton Academy 47, Alfred-Almond 17

ALMOND — After an early Alfred-Almond lead was garnered, the Panthers of Houghton Academy responded with a counterattack of epic proportions immediately following on Wednesday, as they used the first of two 17-point frames to catapult ahead into the driver’s seat against the host Eagles for good to capture a season-opening 47-17 road win.

With baskets being rare to come by in the first quarter, both teams buckled down on defense to keep one another at bay. All while Alfred-Almond was able to create a narrow opening to capture an early 6-4 lead of Houghton Academy through the period. 

But in the second quarter, a complete flip of the script from the Panthers was conducted, as Josh Davidson and Jack Prentice each helped propel the offense towards a big 17-6 run of the hosts to lay claim on a 21-12 lead at the break.

The same half-ending tone by the visitors in blue was set again in the second half to start, as Davidson and Prentice picked up where they left off behind three combined threes from downtown, along with a pair of James Adenuga baskets down low, while the defense kept Alfred-Almond held to just a single basket from the field in the midst of their 17-2 run to remain in front until the end to grab their first win of the season.

Davidson finished as Houghton Academy’s leading scorer with a game-high 20 points. Adenuga followed with 12 points to couple alongside nine rebounds, while Prentice finished with 11.

The Panthers return to the floor on Monday with a 7 p.m. visit to Keshequa.

Houghton Academy 4 17 17 9 – 47

Alfred-Almond 6 6 2 3 – 17

HOUGHTON ACADEMY: Jack Prentice 4 0-3 11, Josh Davidson 8 1-6 20, James Adenuga 6 0-0 12, Jack Qi 1 0-0 2, Ricky Song 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 1-9 47.
ALFRED-ALMOND: Jackson Jusianiec 2 1-4 5, Ryan Washburn 1 0-0 2, Noah Heffley 1 1-2 3, Liam Ruthven 3 0-0 7. Totals: 7 2-6 17.
3-point goals: HA 6 (Prentice 3, Davidson 3), A-A 1 (Ruthven).
Total Fouls: HA 10, A-A 5. Fouled out: None.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bolivar-Richburg 36, Campbell-Savona 18

BOLIVAR — The Lady Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg used a strong start right out of the gate in the first eight minutes to set up shop against visiting Campbell-Savona on Wednesday. 

Led by the presence of Raegan Giardini inside and a slew of free throws across the second half to further cushion their advantage, Bolivar-Richburg was able to get the job done with a 36-18 doubling-up of the Lady Panthers to record win No. 1 on day one.

“I was pleased with the girls and their performance tonight. It’s nice to see their hard work play out positively for them,” Lady Wolverines coach Hadley Ferris said. “We still have a lot to work on, but it’s nice to be able to see the season start off with a win. We will see a tough battle on Friday with Oswayo Valley, but we’re looking forward to it.”

The first quarter allowed Bolivar-Richburg (1-0) to set the tone immediately against the Lady Panthers, as Raegan Giardini’s occupancy of the inner threshold, coinciding with a defensive stand that saw Campbell-Savona score just one basket from the field, helped record a big 10-2 lead out of the gate.

With the advantage in hand, the Lady Wolverines proceeded to spread the wealth across the floor in the second quarter, with Aaliyah DeGroff and Carmen Crowley combining to record 10 of the team’s 16 points in the frame. 

For DeGroff, a pair of shots inside, while Crowley connected with a 2-for-3 outing at the stripe to go with her inside basket to power the team’s offense, concluding a first half that gave them all the room they needed to secure the victory at the final buzzer.

Crowley led all Bolivar-Richburg scorers with a game-high 16 points. Following behind was Giardini, who had 13 points. DeGroff chipped in with five points.

The Lady Wolverines will return to their home floor Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the visiting Oswayo Valley Lady Green Wave.

Campbell-Savona 2 8 3 5 – 18

Bolivar-Richburg 10 16 2 8 – 36

CAMPBELL-SAVONA: Abby Rieley 0 1-2 1, Elizabeth Crosson 1 0-0 2, Jenna Machuga 1 2-6 4, Olivia Zimmar 1 3-4 5, Jalynn Machuga 3 0-2 6. Totals: 6 6-14 18.
BOLIVAR-RICHBURG: Jaelyn Kinnicutt 0 1-2 1, Raegan Giardini 5 3-4 13, Sydney Faulkner 0 1-2 1, Rylee Whiting 0 0-2 0, Aaliyah DeGroff 2 1-2 5, Carmen Crowley 7 2-4 16. Totals: 14 8-16 36.
Total Fouls: C-S 20, B-R 18. Fouled out: J. Machuga (C-S), Faulkner (B-R).

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