Weekly Feature

2018-01-11 / Sports

West girls hoops begins ’18 seeking four-quarter effort


West Seneca West’s girls basketball team began 2018 still looking to put together a consistent effort over the course of an entire game when it took on Jamestown Saturday. The Lady Indians’ energy to start the second half wasn’t where it needed to be and ultimately played a role in their 60-40 setback to the Lady Red Raiders.

West, which trailed just 23-22 going into the second half, was able to prevent Jamestown’s big scoring threat from the first half to put itself in position to contend. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians weren’t able to match that effort at the offensive end of the floor as Jamestown used a 16-2 run in the third quarter to take a 39-24 lead into the final stanza.

“Our energy just wasn’t there in the third quarter like it was in the first half,” coach Ashley Bonetto said. “We didn’t have any games scheduled over break, so we were off for a long time. We still played pretty well in the first half – holding Jamestown to five first-quarter points was a really nice accomplishment – but that third quarter was just a killer.

“If we can start putting a full game together I think we’ll start putting some wins on the board. This team has the talent to win and we’re having different people step up each time we play, but we’re just not putting it all together on a consistent basis.”

Sam Sigler led the way for West with 12 points, six rebounds and a block, while Da’Janai Hall added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks. Chloe Solomon netted five points, while Payton Bernardoni contributed three points, four assists and three rebounds.

The Jamestown game was West’s first since its 57-48 triumph over Sweet Home back on Dec. 20. West, which trimmed Sweet Home’s 16-8 first-quarter lead to 28-23 heading into the second half, used a big third quarter – fueled by Maddy Vanderlip’s pair of three-point baskets – to take a 39-36 lead into the final stanza.

The Lady Indians, who also sparked their offensive surge with transition layups that resulted from steals at the other end of the floor, had some nail-biting moments down the stretch after committing fouls that slowed the flow of the game, but in the end West was able to prevail.

“It always felt like we were in the game, probably in part because we had a lot of energy throughout the whole game,” Bonetto said. “We fought hard right through to the end and got a big win exactly at the point that we needed one. We were a little more patient offensively in the second half, too, which led to some open shots. It was just the first time all year where the girls seemed to collectively play with a ton of confidence, which was great to see.”

Vanderlip, who hit four three-pointers for the contest, led the way for West with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hall added 14 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists, while Solomon finished with seven points, five assists and four rebounds. Sigler (3 rebounds) and Miranda Held (2 rebounds) each netted six points.

West (2-4, 0-2 ECIC I) returned to action Tuesday against Bonetto’s alma mater, but information about that clash with Orchard Park was not available at press time. The Lady Indians close out their week by taking part in Pioneer’s tournament Friday and Saturday; West faces the host squad Friday before facing either Mount Mercy or Chautauqua Lake Saturday, depending on the outcome of Friday’s contests.

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