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2018-02-07 / Sports

Lady Bulldogs hoops splits pair of games

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter


10 and Under swimmer Delaney O’Brocta of the Tonawanda Aquettes performs the Figure called Single Ballet Leg. She earned a first-place finish in her age division at a meet held at Sweet Home High School. 
Photo by Lisa Ermer 10 and Under swimmer Delaney O’Brocta of the Tonawanda Aquettes performs the Figure called Single Ballet Leg. She earned a first-place finish in her age division at a meet held at Sweet Home High School. Photo by Lisa Ermer The Kenmore East girls basketball team split a pair of league games over the past week, staying alive for a potential division title.

Monday, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Niagara Wheatfield, 60-50. The team fell into a big hole early, trailing 31-13 at half. Kenmore East had 20 points in the fourth quarter to make things a little closer, but couldn’t quite close the gap.

Serena Sordetto led the team with 27 points. Carianne McCarthy played a huge defensive game, which included grabbing eight rebounds. Lexi Cummings had nine points, which was a career high. But none of that was enough to match a Lady Falcons team that was dominant on offense.

“They played great, they shot the lights out and we probably played our worst half of the year,” Kenmore East coach Les Simon said. “We didn’t rebound, didn’t contest, didn’t box out. They’re a good team. In the second half, we played much better. We had 20 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. It was a disappointing team loss. We shot 15-52, which won’t get it done.”

The team bounced back to avenge that loss Friday with a 41-31 win over the Charter School for Applied Technology. The game was a much closer affair than the first go-around at Kenmore East in December. Sordetto had another monster game with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals. McCarthy had 10 blocks, 10 rebounds and eight points, again showing up big on defense. Lexi Lagattuta had eight points and eight rebounds. Victoria Sujka also played strong minutes and Cummings added five points.

“We were never in trouble, but we couldn’t pull away either, Simon said. “Lindsay Bergman is a really good coach; she had them ready to play. We beat them by 40 in December at our place. But they put up much more resistance at their place. We played OK, well enough to win.”

The Lady Bulldogs will take on Grand Island this week in a divisional matchup that has major playoff implications. The Lady Vikings are one game ahead of the Lady Bulldogs in the standings. If Kenmore East wins its final two league games, they’d tie with Grand Island at worst, and would hold the tiebreaker. They’ll play their final league game Monday against North Tonawanda.

“But it’s never easy to win at Grand Island,” Simon said. “They’re a very well-coached team. We haven’t been playing our best ball lately, but I have total belief that our kids are going to show up, give their total effort and achieve a great victory.”

If the team is going to close out this season strong, the Lady Bulldogs will have to be more productive on offense than they have been the past two games. They’ll also have to deal with a Grand Island team that has a lot of firepower.

“If we’re going to win, it’s going to take some better basketball,” Simon said. “Our offense has been off, our shot selection has not been great. We’re developing a habit of slow starts. Grand Island poses problems with Lydia Sweeney, Samantha Bailey and Julia Eichel. We lost 38-29 to them the first time. We played well on defense, but couldn’t score. It should be a great game. All of our goals remain in front of us, and I believe in our kids. The kids have won enough games to put themselves in position to achieve their goals. We deserve to be in the position we’re in.”

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