Khee Nance had a game-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals, but that wasn't enough as Olean (6-2, 4-0) outlasted Dunkirk (6-3, 4-1), 55-49, Tuesday night to remain undefeated in CCAA Division 1 girls basketball.
"It was very evenly played," Dunkirk head coach Sarah Bogardus said of the game. "It just seemed like we were always down by six and struggled to find the momentum that we needed throughout the entire game. We had our opportunities, we just didn't capitalize on them down the stretch."
Olean outscored Dunkirk 16-12 in the first and 10-8 in the second to build six-point lead at the break. The Lady Huskies pushed their lead to 10 after the third quarter, 38-28. The Lady Marauders outscored Olean, 19-17 in the fourth, for the 55-49 final.
OBSERVER?Photos by Sean?Pecuch
Dunkirk’s Jessica Gifford leads a fast break during Tuesday’s CCAA?Division 1 girls high school basketball game against Olean.
"It was a very good learning experience," Bogardus said. "We didn't play anywhere close to our potential and we lost by six. I think we can take away (from the loss) that we can compete with anybody and we learned a lot from this loss that we can take as the season progresses and we head toward playoffs."
Alexis Clark added 11 points, three rebounds and two assists while big sister Lacey Clark chipped in eight points, five rebounds and four steals. Jessica Gifford scored 11 points in the loss.
For Olean, Kaylee Pearl had a team-high 15 points while Maddie Stavish contributed 10 points. Rachel Painter and Maggie Moore each scored eight points for the Lady Huskies.
Gowanda 42, Fredonia 39
GOWANDA - Gowanda Lady Panthers coach Megan Hinelein admitted her team caught some luck Tuesday in a 42-39 victory over Fredonia in CCAA Division 1 girls high school basketball action.
Despite being outscored 12-3 in the final eight minutes, the Lady Panthers (2-2) did just enough to hold on for the win.
"The fourth quarter was unreal," Hinelein said. "We have a tendency of losing in the fourth quarter, but we managed to win. We played well until the fourth. We made silly turnovers. We got lucky."
Gowanda held a slim 6-5 lead after the first quarter and a 25-20 halftime edge. In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers used a 14-7 run to take a 39-27 lead. However, in the fourth quarter, the Lady Hillbillies used a 12-3 run to make it a close contest.
Lexi Farner led the way for Gowanda with 15 points while Kayla Isaac scored 12 points in the win. Farner also had seven rebounds. Having an all-around strong game for the winners was Emma Weyand as she scored eight points while adding five rebounds and four steals.
"Emma was a key part to our win tonight," Hinelein said.
For Fredonia, Alicia Deering scored 13 points and Morgan Genovese added 11.
Kirsta Wheelock, Olivia Pucciarelli and Sarah Cruver each had five rebounds in a losing effort.
Gowanda returns to action Friday when it hosts Falconer.