Dansville 34 Wayland-Cohocton 29
It was “ladies night”….”rival style” at “the Corral” as Dansville entertained Wayland-Cohocton in girls hoop action on Wednesday night (Dec. 16). It was a typical emotional battle for both clubs as each “had some chances” & each “missed some opportunities”…but the intensity of this rivalry was still quite evident on both sides of the floor. The game wound up being a “back & forth battle” throughout but Dansville’s defense held an “upstart” Wayland-Cohocton team to just 5 points in the 4th quarter to come away with a hard-fought 34-29 win over the Golden Eagles. Lady Mustangs first year skipper Kristen Moose noted, “there were certain things we needed to do to be successful tonight. We did many of those things & were able to win it. There are also some aspects of the game we still need some work on…its still very early in the season.”
The early portion of the game would be played in “streaks”. Dansville put the first 5 points of the game on the board in the first 2 minutes. The Golden Eagles knew it was far from over. Then the defensive momentum would swing Way-Coh’s way as the Mustangs would not score another point in the remaining 6 minutes of the quarter. The Golden Eagles managed to scratch away the next 7 points in the game to take a 2-point lead following the first quarter. The maroon & gold attempted to pull away as buckets by Alex Button & Reilly Landio would put the Eagles up by a half-dozen 20-14 about 2 1/2 minutes into second period. Dansville would make a run to tie things back up as Bri Henchen’s shot made it a 1-point game late in the half. Free throws by Mikaela Nielsen & Alex Button would give Wayland-Cohocton a very slim 16-14 lead at the half.
As the 3rd quarter commenced, once again Alex Button & Reilly Landino would get things going for coach Al Best’s offense as the Eagles began to spread their wings with a 20-14 lead just a couple minutes into the stanza. As quickly as Way-Coh established the lead, that was how rapidly Dansville would take over in the 3rd as Kristen Moose’s club would close the quarter on a 12-4 run! At the 3 minute mark Bri Henchen’s jumper tied the game at 20-20. Hope Didas & Sabrina Didas would help the home team garnish a slim 26-24 lead to close out the 3rd quarter as Dansvile now had regained the advantage. Free throws would be the most important aspect of the game in the final period. It boiled down to Dansville hitting 5-8 from the line, while Way-Coh would only hit 3 of eight. Probably one of the biggest shots of the night came as the Mustangs were attempting to protect a 3 point lead 29-26 as Bri Henchen pulled up following a turnover & drlled a 3-pointer that gave the Mustangs a 32-26 lead…the largest margin of the night. Wayland-Cohocton kept pulling the trigger but the ball would just go down. Brooke Hartson iced a pair of free throws while Sabrina Didas, Abby Kuhn & Sarah Cotton each hit a free throw which would wind up being the margin of victory for Dansville as the red & black would held off Way-Coh late, for a 34-29 win.
The Lady Mustangs (3-4) saw Bri Henchen notch 11 points with 3steals, 2 rebounds & an assist…Sabrina Didas had another double-double with 10 points & 14 reoubnds, plus 4 blocked shots….Abby Kuhn netted 6 points, while grabbing a dozen rebounds, she blocked 5 shots & dished out a couple of assists….Hope Didas scored 2 points, had 4 boards & an assist…Brooke Hartson had 2 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds & an assist….Meghan Waters had 2 points, a rebound & a blocked shot..& Sarah Cotton had 1 point, 4 assists & 4 rebounds for the winners. Dansville hosts Avon on Friday (Dec. 18) night.
W ayland-Cohocton (1-3) saw Alex Button score 15 points, Reilly Landino collected 6 points, Madison Gregorius netted 4, Ashlee Schumacher had 3, & Mikaela Nielsen scored one. Wayland-Cohocton visits Hornell on Friday evening. The 2 teams will meet again on Friday Jan. 22nd when the scene shifts to “the Nest” for a boys-girls varsity double-header.