Hornets drop last-second thriller to Westhill

McAvoy's rebound basket pulled the Warriors back within 56-54 and, with 11.0 seconds left, Schurman was fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Warriors' Mark McAnaney rebounded the ball, then called a time-out.

Westhill quickly worked it down the court. McAvoy flashed open in the left corner, took a pass and, with five seconds left, made the go-ahead 3-pointer. Without a time-out, F-M rushed down the court to Schurman's heave that found the net - if only it had been released a moment sooner.

Shaking this off, F-M went to Nottingham Friday night and, trailing again in the fourth quarter, this time made the rally stick and beat the Bulldogs 51-46.

Following a 21-21 first half, the Hornets fell behind, 33-30, but it turned things around in the final period behind a barrage of 3-pointers.

By himself, Palermo had six of them as, with 25 points, he posted nearly half of F-M's offensive total. Schurman and Tomer Nesher both connected three times beyond the arc as Schurman gained 13 points and Nesher added 11 points.

Meanwhile, the F-M girls basketball team, back after a week of rest, was dazzling early against Nottingham and worked its way past the Bulldogs 54-44.

The Hornets nearly pulled off a first-quarter shutout, zooming out to an 18-2 lead. And though it couldn't keep up that kind of domination, F-M made sure that Nottingham did not inch too close.

Kiley Shoemaker had one of her best efforts of the season, finishing with 22 points. Charlotte Beers had 10 points and Erica Assimon added six points as F-M improved to 11-2 on the season. Both of the Hornets' teams face West Genesee this Friday night.

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