Wayland-Cohocton 47 Perry 36
In conversing with legendary Wayland-Cohocton coach Al Best in regards to Monday (Dec. 21) night’s Perry game, the skipper noted…” I really don’t know much about them (Perry) at all. But right now we have enough areas of concern, so I’d rather concentrate on making ourselves better, rather than worry about the opponent.” One of those worries was the Eagles offensive woes…Best added, ” we really have had a tough time scoring. Our defense has kept us in games. We’ll hold a team to 30 points, but can’t score enough to win. Hopefully we’ll get familiar with the new system & those shots will start dropping.” It seemed like those “trouble spots” were quite evident early in this game as well. However, a strong 2nd half performance on both ends of the floor lifted the Golden Eagles over visiting Perry in girls hoop action at “the Nest” by a 47-36 final. Wayland-Cohocton showed signs of shedding those “offensive doldrums” while making some key stops as well.
Early in this game both teams were struggling to put the ball in the bucket. Ashlee Schumacher’s field goal about 4 minutes into the contest was the first score of the game. With a 2-0 lead, it seemed like Ashlee was on the slab on the softball diamond protecting a 2-run lead. In a very offensively anemic period Perry would take the lead when McKenna Croll buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer making it Perry’s lead at 6-4. The teams would trade baskets throughout most of the 2nd quarter as both clubs managed to shake out the “jitters” & start to loosen up. Allysa Pascoe & Jessica Kelly drilled 3’s for Perry. Ashlee Schumacher & Alex Button countered for the home team as it remained a close contest. The Yellowjackets would get another buzzer-beater heading into the half as Rachel Evans would get a ‘put-back’ on a missed shot putting Perry in front 20-16 at the half.
Way-Coh coach Al Best made some adjustments at halftime as the Eagles recognized the fact that the Yellowjackets would sting them following a turnover. So the maroon & gold went to work on attempting to protect the ball a little bit better. That move would pay immediate dividends in the 3rd quarter as Wayland-Cohocton would open the half on a 12-2 run that would last the first 5 minutes of the period. Alex Button would net 10 points in the stretch that reversed the momentum of the game as the Golden Eagles would soar into the lead in the game & took a 30-26 advantage into the final stanza. Way-Coh was certainly not comfortable with that lead as Perry battled back & tied the game at 33-33 with a little over 5 minutes left to play. Over the next 4 minutes the Eagles would flap their wings on both offense & defense scoring the next 14 unanswered points making it a 47-33 game with just under a minute to play. In that stretch Ashlee Schumacher blocked a shot, Maggie McAllister picked up the loose ball & won the footrace to the other end converting the bucket. Kadeynn McInnis grabbed a couple of key rebounds allowing Perry only one shot while Way-Coh would find 5 different players who would score in the 4th in a very balanced attack as the Eagles swooped in for the 47-36 kill.
Wayland-Cohocton ( 2-5) would record its 2nd win of the season while showing some great strides of improvement on both ends of the floor. Coach Best added, ” I was greatly encouraged with what I saw in the second half. We’re certainly not all the way to where we want to be yet, but now we have to work on playing that way on a more consistent basis.” Offensively the Golden Eagles were led by Alex Button’s 19 points as she would score 15 of those in the 2nd half. Ashlee Schumacher added 10, while Maggie McAllister scored 7, Reilly Landino netted 6, & Kadeynn McInnis had 5 in the victory. Way-Coh went 10 of 15 from the in foul line as well. For Perry ( 3-6) Allysa Pascoe netted 14 points, Rachel Evans & Chelsea Pascoe had 8 apiece, while McKenna Croll & Jessica Kelly each scored 3 points. Perry hosts Warsaw on Wednesday in a girls-boys varsity double-header at “the Bee Hive”. Wayland-Cohocton welcomes Division One foe Livonia to “the Nest” on Wednesday to close out the pre-Christmas portion of the season.