Weekly Feature



2017-12-06 / Sports

Kenmore East girls basketball team wins home tournament

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter


The Kenmore East girls basketball team celebrates its victory this weekend in the Ken East Tip Off Tournament. Front row, left Lexi Cummings, Serena Sordetto, Lexi Lagattuta and Katia Weeks. Back row: Tori Sujka, Jordan McKenna, Savanna Root, Carianne McCarthy, Lyndsay O'Brien, Sarah Burhans, Kiara Smith and Jasmine Williams. Missing: Brooke O'Connor. The Kenmore East girls basketball team celebrates its victory this weekend in the Ken East Tip Off Tournament. Front row, left Lexi Cummings, Serena Sordetto, Lexi Lagattuta and Katia Weeks. Back row: Tori Sujka, Jordan McKenna, Savanna Root, Carianne McCarthy, Lyndsay O'Brien, Sarah Burhans, Kiara Smith and Jasmine Williams. Missing: Brooke O'Connor. The Kenmore East girls basketball team checked a box on its list of season goals already. The Lady Bulldogs won their home tipoff tournament with a pair of impressive victories.

In the first game, they took on Hutch-Tech and came away with a 61-34 victory. Serena Sordetto put up a career-high 32 points, Carianne Mc- Carthy had 15 and Lexi Lagattuta had seven.

“Overall, we played very well,” Kenmore East coach Les Simon said. “We had a better commitment to running the offense and trusting the system that has been in place for 20 years. Full credit to our kids, they know it’s not about how you get knocked down, but how you get back up. We came back after some good practices and played well.”

They then took on Sweet Home in the championship game and played to a 55-35 victory. They jumped out to a huge lead and never relinquished it.

“We came out very strong; we were up 23-9 after the first quarter,” Simon said. “Lexie had 12 in the first quarter and Serena had 11. We just came out flying with a high-energy game. It was a great start. They cut the lead to seven early in the third quarter, but we had a good finishing kick the rest of the way.”

Sordetto had 23 points and won tournament MVP. Lagattuta had 18 points. McCarthy was strong inside. Both of them earned all-tournament honors. Tori Sujka had four points and played well. Kiara Smith was strong on defense while Katia Weeks was strong all over the court. Sarah Burhans and Lyndsay O’Brien served as tournament captains.

“It was a great weekend,” Simon said. “We’re extremely proud of the girls. We had many goals this year, and we’re happy to be able to accomplish one so far. I give full credit to Sweet Home; they are a very good team. We could have given tournament honors to all of our kids. They all contributed. It was a total team effort.

“Serena is an elite talent. We have to enjoy her while she is here. She’s not only a great player, but a great leader. She richly deserved to be MVP. She’s a great scorer and an even better teammate.”

The tournament moved the team to 2-1 on the season after an opening loss to Orchard Park last Tuesday. They stuck with them for the first half, but the Lady Quakers pulled away for a 58-28 win. Sordetto had 14 while Lagattuta had seven.

“Orchard Park was very good,” Simon said. “They had a lot of size that we couldn’t handle. They played a good game, so full credit to them. They just went inside in the second half and pulled away. It was 27-17 at the half, but they were dominant in the second half. They were a very well-coached team and we just couldn’t handle their size inside. We panicked offensively at times. The effort and attitude were good; we just lost to a better team.”

The team will get back to work this week with Lexie Cummings returning from injury to add a boost. They’ll take on St. Mary’s Wednesday and Kenmore West Friday.

email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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