The Bradford Area Lady Owls basketball team escaped with a 54-51 District 9 League victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Owls entered the contest undefeated and it wasn’t until the final seconds of the game that they remained that way. Bradford held an 8-4 lead after one period of play. The Lady Dutch battled back to even the score at 23 at the half. In the third period, Bradford outscored St. Marys 15-13 for a 38-36 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Lady Owls managed to outscore the Lady Dutch 16-15 in the fourth quarter to win the game by three.
“It was a good game. We just needed that extra stop in the third quarter when they got three uncontested layups,” said St. Marys coach Leona Hoohuli.
“We moved the ball pretty good offensively and when we did move the ball, we had good movement,” said Hoohuli. “I am proud of the way we competed with them. Kiana (Hoohuli) and Adair (Gennocro) did a good job creating our offense.”
The Lady Dutch offense was led by Kiana Hoohuli with 22 points on three twos, four threes and a four-for-seven night from the foul line. Adair Gennocro added 12 points on three twos and two threes.
For Bradford, Ali Rinfrette led the way with 17 points on four twos, a three and a six-for-seven night from the foul line. Kaserra Owens had 14 points on five twos, a three and a one-for-one night from the foul line. Emily Marshall had 11 points on five field goals and a one-for-three night from the foul line. Alex Vinelli had 10 points on three twos, a three and a one-for-one night from the foul line.
Gennocro scored the first points of the game with 6:35 left in the opening period. Rinfrette answered for Bradford. Hoohuli made it 4-2 with 5:23 left. Bradford scored the final six points of the period to lead 8-4 after the first eight minutes of play.
Rinfrette hit a three to open the second quarter for the Lady Owls. Becky Krieg scored for the Lady Dutch with Owens adding a three-point play for Bradford. She then connected on a three as Bradford led 17-6. St. Marys went on a 12-2 run to cut the Bradford lead to 19-17. Hoohuli connected on two foul shots and a three while Gennocro and Anderson both hit threes. Alex Vinelli made it 22-17 with a three-point play. Anderson hit a three, 22-20, with 1:21 left. Marshall made one of two from the foul line, 23-20. DeAnna Yost hit a three with four seconds remaining to knot the game at 23 at the half.
Gennocro and Yost hit back-to-back threes and Gennocro added a two as St. Marys took a 31-23 lead. Unfortunately, Bradford went on an 11-0 run to take a 34-31 lead with 2:12 left in the third period. Hoohuli knotted the score with a three. Owens and Hoohuli traded field goals, 36-36. Alex Vinelli connected on a field goal as Bradford led 38-36 at the end of three quarters.
Rinfrette scored for Bradford to open the fourth quarter. Taylor Schutz converted a three-point play for the Lady Dutch, cutting the Bradford lead to 40-39. Rinfrette sank two foul shots and Haley Vinelli made it 44-39. Gennocro hit a two and Hoohuli converted a three-point play to knot the score at 44 with 4:17 left. Marshall made it 46-44. Hoohuli connected on a three, giving St. Marys the 47-46 lead with 2:06 left. Rinfrette sank two foul shots before Hoohuli made one of three, 48-48. Owens gave Bradford the 50-48 lead with 1:14 left. Hoohuli hit a three, giving the Lady Dutch the 51-50 lead with 56 seconds remaining. Rinfrette scored with 40 seconds remaining, 52-51. After a St. Marys miss, Bradford called a timeout. Rinfrette was able to sink two foul shots with 23 seconds remaining to make it 54-51. St. Marys had three opportunities in the closing seconds, but was unable to connect as Bradford won 54-51.
The Lady Dutch are now 4-6 overall and 1-1 in District 9 League play.
St. Marys returns to action next Tuesday when they play host to the DuBois Area Lady Beavers in another District 9 League game. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m., with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.
The St. Marys Area Dance Team entertained those in attendance at halftime of last night’s varsity contest.
Emily Marshall 5-0-1-3-11, Alex Vinelli 3-1-1-1-10, Ali Rinfrette 4-1-6-7-17, Liz Coppella 0-0-0-0-0, Payton Ambrose 0-0-0-0-0, Haley Vinelli 1-0-0-0-2, Kaserra Owens 5-1-1-1-14. Totals 18-3-9-12-54.
St. Marys 51
Jenna Anderson 0-2-0-0-6, Sloan Foster 0-0-0-0-0, Adair Gennocro 3-2-0-1-12, DeAnna Yost 0-2-0-0-6, Kiana Hoohuli 3-4-4-7-22, Becky Krieg 1-0-0-0-2, Taylor Schutz 1-0-1-3-3, Rachel Krieg 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 8-10-5-11-51.
Score by quarters
Bradford 8 15 15 16 54
St. Marys 4 19 13 15 51
The St. Marys junior varsity squad held off a fourth quarter rally by Bradford to register a 36-34 victory.
St. Marys took an 8-6 first-period lead and outscored the Lady Owls 8-4 to take a 16-10 halftime lead.
St. Marys outscored Bradford 9-7 in the third period to increase their lead to 25-17 with one period remaining. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Owls outscored the Lady Dutch 17-11, but it wasn’t enough as St. Marys won 36-34.
SMA scoring: Courtney Luepkes 2, Jackie Lenze 2, DeAnna Yost 5, Cassie Daniels 9, Taylor Schutz 12, Rachel Krieg 6.
Bradford scoring: Hailey Burgess 4, Liz Coppella 10, Payton Ambrose 2, Mackenzie Race 10, Courtney Holzwarth 2, Rylee Lundgren 4, Hannah Vezina 2.