Girls hoops Hornets stop West Genny win streak

F-M avenges sectional semifinal defeat from a season ago

— A Rachel Miller 3-pointer pulled F-M even 53 seconds into the period before Fumano answered with a deep ball of her own 2:25 later. Erika Stube swished a left hook to put the Hornets ahead 27-25 with eight seconds left in the half, but Hudgins drained a long 3 at the buzzer to give WG a 28-27 halftime lead.

“It’s always a battle because they're such good athletes,” DeForest said. “They get up and down the floor. We run a little but, but that’s not our game.”

After two Assimon free throws put F-M ahead, Getman went over Fumano for a lay-up and knocked down a pair of free throws to increase the Hornets cushion to 36-31 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.

A Hudgins 10-footer cut the lead to three, but another Miller 3-pointer with 37 seconds left sent the Hornets into the fourth quarter up 41-35.

Hudgins and Melissa Bakowski combined to go 0-for-4 from the foul line while Pardee, Graveline and Hannah Bakowski all missed 3-pointers in the final 2:36 of the frame.

“We left a lot of points out there with free throws,” WG head coach Dan Hallinan said. .” A lot of points left out there. We missed a lot for layups.”

Graveline stole the ball from Amara Pulver and found Hudgins for a lay-up before Pardee canned a 12-footer as WG pulled within 41-39 with 5:46 left.

But the Wildcats were unable to pull even. A Getman three-point play pushed the F-M lead to 46-42 with three minutes left.

With the Hornets still leading 50-46, Patterson-Ricks made her return and lofted a pass to Beck over the Wildcats defense for an easy score with 48 seconds left.

Pardee canned a 3-pointer nine seconds later, but after a Beck missed layup, Patterson-Ricks scooped up the loose ball and was fouled by Fumano with just two seconds left.

After missing the first, WG called a time-out. During it, said DeForest, he was reminded that "she goes to the Y(MCA) all the time. I just said to her, ‘Imagine how many of these you’ve shot at the Y?’”

After the break, Patterson-Ricks stepped to the line, bent her knees and calmly sunk the second free throw to seal the win.

“Even though it’s a non-league game, that was a great win,” DeForest said. We’ll see if we can duplicate it when it counts for sectionals.”

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