At the break, the Hornets trailed by one, 29-28, and despite its struggles from the perimeter, it managed to hang around through playing its own solid defense. Early in the fourth quarter, it moved back within one, 44-43, on Schurman’s pair of free throws.
But M-E promptly went on a 7-0 run, ignited by Drew Gallagher’s 3-pointer, and after F-M closed the gap to 51-47, it managed just one free throw the rest of the way as the Spartans sank a series of foul shots to put away the victory.
F-M made just four 3-pointers, by far its lowest total of the season, and was just seven-for-28 from the field in the second half. Schurman had two of those successful long-range conversions, but got held to 18 points, plus six rebounds.
No one else was in double figures, though Avellino, with nine points and five rebounds, came close. Wittig finished with eight assists, but had just four points. Jake Sinicki paced the victorious Spartans, earning a game-high 20 points, plus nine rebounds.
Now F-M finds out how it rebounds from a defeat when it meets Rush-Henrietta (Section V) Friday night in just its second home game of the season.