Weekly Feature



2018-01-10 / Sports

Lady Bulldogs shut down by Lancaster

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter


Serena Sordetto of Kenmore East looks for room to work with while being guarded by Molly Mahony of Lancaster. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 45-27 loss to the Lady Legends. 
Photo by Don Daly Serena Sordetto of Kenmore East looks for room to work with while being guarded by Molly Mahony of Lancaster. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 45-27 loss to the Lady Legends. Photo by Don Daly The Kenmore East girls basketball team suffered another frustrating loss last Wednesday, 45-27, in a home game against Lancaster. The Lady Bulldogs had nearly a two-week layoff between games, and the offense had trouble warming up early on.

“We started out slow with four points in the first quart er,” Kenmore East coach Les Simon said. “We were down 28-9 at the half; they had a big second quarter. They’re a highly ranked, top-five team in the area. They’re good; they’re well-coached. We always credit the victors when we lose.”

Serena Sordetto led the team with 16 points. Lexi Lagattuta had nine points and Lexi Cummings rounded things out with two. Carianne McCarthy had nine rebounds and a few blocks, coming up big on defense. The team was able to shut down Lancaster’s offense in the second half, but the offense was unable to close the gap.

“We worked hard on defense in the second half,” Simon said. “They have two extremely good players in Molly Mahony and Hannah Wozniak. We kept them in the 40s by working hard on defense, but it was just a challenge on offense. I liked our will and effort. We cut it to 32-18 late in the third quarter. We also missed 10 free throws, which didn’t help. We panicked a little bit on offense when things weren’t going well. We got away from our system. We hadn’t played for 13 days. It was a good non-league game for us to play.”

The team had a similarly tough performance against Grand Island before the holiday break, scoring 29 points. Shooting has been an issue in the past few games for the Lady Bulldogs.

“We need to find ourselves on offense,” Simon said. “You have to shoot well and score points to win at this game. We’re struggling right now, but we will get there.”

The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to play North Tonawanda Friday, but the weather forced a postponement. The makeup date has yet to be announced. The team will face East Aurora and Niagara Falls this week. They’re looking to turn things around on offense and in the win column.

“We only have one loss in league play; there is still a lot of basketball to be played,” Simon said. “Our first goal is to win the division and play for the NFL title. We’ve had back-to-back disappointing losses, but we’ll continue to work hard. We’ll play good defense like we did against a strong Lancaster team. The heart of our season starts now.”

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