Weekly Feature



2009-01-07 / Sports

North ends East's tournament win streak

Girls basketball
by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Corrin Genovese of Williamsville North, left, avoids a block by Bailey Weigel of Williamsville East in the fifth annual Williamsville Holiday Tournament final on Dec. 30 at Williamsville East. Genovese scored 12 points to help the Lady Spartans win, 38-34. It was the first time a team other than Williamsville East had won the tournament. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Corrin Genovese of Williamsville North, left, avoids a block by Bailey Weigel of Williamsville East in the fifth annual Williamsville Holiday Tournament final on Dec. 30 at Williamsville East. Genovese scored 12 points to help the Lady Spartans win, 38-34. It was the first time a team other than Williamsville East had won the tournament. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Since the Williamsville East Holiday Tournament began five years ago, only the Lady Flames have taken home first-place honors. Not this year.

Williamsville North out-scored Williamsville East, 16-11, in the fourth quarter to win, 38-34, in the tournament final played on Dec. 30 at Williamsville East.

"This is something they have wanted for a long time," said Williamsville North coach Clare Crowley. "Their desire really showed through. They know they can't just go out there and play basketball. They have to be thinking about what they need to do and that started to show, especially in last-minute situations. It shows how our mental game and composure has improved over the last couple of months."

Becca Rumschik of Williamsville East makes a baseline drive in the Lady Flames' 38-34 loss in the final of the fifth annual Williamsville East Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30 at Williamsville East. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www. BeeNews. com Becca Rumschik of Williamsville East makes a baseline drive in the Lady Flames' 38-34 loss in the final of the fifth annual Williamsville East Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30 at Williamsville East. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www. BeeNews. com Williamsville East led, 23-22, after three quarters but Williamsville North had out-scored them, 8-4, to close the quarter and began the first four minutes of the fourth quarter on a 10-3 run.

"I can't figure out why that happened," said Williamsville East coach Chris Durr. "It's frustrating for me and the kids. If it was conditioning, you would think we would be bad in the whole fourth quarter but we out-scored them, eight to six, in the last four minutes. I think part of it is conditioning but it's mainly the mental aspect of the game."

Williamsville North players also used their height to out-rebound Williamsville East. Nikki Attea and Katie Kubala are 6-foot-2 and 5-foot-11, respectively, and Emily Helwig and Allie Ahern are each 5-9.

In the fourth quarter, Durr said his team gave up four or five offensive rebounds that gave the Lady Spartans a couple more scoring opportunities.

"There were several times where they got two or three opportunities off of rebounds," said Durr. "We only had six offensive rebounds in the whole game. That shows their size difference was a huge factor."

"We really forced them to take tough shots and our defense made them work for shots," said Crowley. "We boxed out well, rebounded, and took off in transition."

Williamsville North led, 5-4, after the first quarter, but Williamsville East went ahead, 14-12, at halftime.

"I was so excited with how hard we played in the first half," said Durr. "To hold North to twelve points with the kind of talent they have, was a great effort by our kids. We held Corrin (Genovese) to two points, Allie Ahern to one, and (Nikki) Attea to six at halftime. And that was without our best defender, Neha Bakhai, who was out of town. Our biggest flaw was our defensive rebounding."

Genovese finished with 12 points (four baskets, three free throws), Ahern had eight points, and Attea added six points and nine rebounds.

Taylor Klun led Williamsville East with nine points. Becca Rumschik and Kristen Ostanski each scored six points. Jordan Kowalski added five points. Shannon Hughes tacked on four points and Bailey Weigel and Sarah DiPofi each scored two points.

As a team, Williamsville East shot 13 of 47 and 6 of 9 from the foul line but committed 22 turnovers. Williamsville North made 8 of 20 free throws.

Williamsville North and Williamsville East each won first-round games on Dec. 29. Williamsville North out-scored Williamsville South, 28-13, in the second half to break a 20-20 tie and win, 48-33. Williamsville East dominated Newfane, 41-12.

Williamsville North led Williamsville South, 14-8, after the first quarter but the Lady Billies responded with balanced scoring from Cassiana Hyppolite and Maggie Kreuz (four points each) and Heather Caputi and Stephanie Bauer (two points each) to win the second quarter, 12-6.

Williamsville North switched to a 3-2 half-court defense in the second half and Williamsville South struggled against it. The Lady Spartans led by six, 32-26, at the end of the third quarter.

By the fourth quarter, Williamsville South coach Erik Solomon said his team ran out of gas and shots started not to fall.

"We made the proper adjustments and got some decent shots," said Solomon. "They were just not going in."

Williamsville South finished shooting 34 percent from two-point range, but only grabbed 18 total rebounds. They also committed 23 turnovers.

Williamsville North only shot 29 percent but Crowley said the difference was that in the fourth quarter, her players kept attacking the basket and eventually, shots started dropping, and they rebounded the ball better.

Sarah Marcus, normally a double digit scorer, led Williamsville South with seven points. She also recorded five steals and four assists.

Joanna Ostroot added six points and five rebounds. Hyppolite, Kreuz, Allison Couche and Stephanie Bauer each scored four points.

Hyppolite grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. Couche hauled in four rebounds and made four steals. Caputi and Charlie Falletta each scored two points.

Helwig (14 points), Corrin Genovese (11 points) and Maddie Genovese (10 points) each scored in double figures for Williamsville North.

Williamsville East shut out Newfane, 19-0, in the first quarter, led 32-4, at halftime, and went up, 40-6, after the third quarter.

"Our play in the first half was excellent," said Durr. "In the second half, we still played good defense but our offense went in the tank because we were slowing things down and trying to work and run things."

Hughes led seven Williamsville East players in scoring with nine points, including 2 of 3 from threes. Klun added eight points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Others who scored points for the Lady Flames were: Weigel (eight), Rumschik (six), Kowalski and DiPofi (four each) and Ostanski (two). Ostanski also recorded five steals.

Williamsville East shot 18 for 60. Williamsville South downed Newfane, 66-39, in the consolation game.

Solomon switched the defense they usually run from man-to-man to a full court press and it paid off huge.

After trailing, 8-2, in the first quarter, the Lady Billies finished off the quarter with a 9-0 run and went into halftime ahead, 33-15. Williamsville South increased the lead to, 51-26, after the third quarter.

"We put pressure on them when they got the ball in and a little pressure on their way up the court," said Solomon. "It took a little while for us to settle into it but once we did, we started to take control."

Marcus led the Lady Billies with 27 points on 6 of 8 shooting from two-pointers, 2 of 6 from three-point range, and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. She was also aggressive on defense with five steals and four assists.

Couche scored eight of her 10 points in the third quarter. She hit 2 of 2 free throws, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists.

Hyppolite scored five of her nine points in the first half. She also made four steals. Ostroot scored six of her eight points in the second half.

Caputi and Allison Bauer each scored four points. Kreuz and Stephanie Bauer each chipped in two points.

Williamsville South shot 40 percent from twos, 33 percent from threes, and 68 percent from the free throw line. They only committed seven turnovers.

"The game gave the girls a lot of playing time and gave me the confidence to play some girls in defensive modes," said Solomon.

Solomon said he will continue to use a full-court pressure defense heading into this week. The Lady Billies (3-6, 2-2) hosted Iroquois on Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They host West Seneca East at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Williamsville East (5-2, 4-0) hosted Starpoint on Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They host Iroquois at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Williamsville North (7-3, 3-2) hosted Lancaster on Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They host Jamestown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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