FREDONIA - Fredonia (3-7, 2-4) fought back in the third quarter Friday night, but couldn't get any closer than six as Southwestern (4-6, 2-3) downed the Lady Hillbillies, 54-36, during Division 1 girls basketball action.
"The second and third quarters, we outscored them," Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle said. "But you can't come out against any team in our league and not play your best in the first (quarter)."
The Lady Trojans built a 20-5 lead after the first quarter, and a 24-14 lead at the break. Fredonia kept with Southwestern for much of the third quarter, as each team scored 17 points, but the Lady Trojans experience proved to be too much, as they outscored the Lady Hillbillies, 12-5, over the final eight minutes.
"Our kids played hard," Zirkle said. "They fought back and got (Southwestern's lead) down to six in the third. And then we just kind of fell apart again. We fell behind 11 after the third and weren't able to finish.
"We need to come out and play at a higher level of intensity than we did," Zirkle continued. "Southwestern is a good team. They are disciplined. They lost a lot of people, but they still have players with championship experience. We just have to keep improving and see what we can do at the end of the season."
Alicia Deering led Fredonia with 15 points while Morgan Genovese added seven points and three steals. Bre Dahn chipped in seven points in the loss while Olivia Pucciarelli and Sarah Cruver tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
For Southwestern, Alex Sullivan had a game-high 17 points, adding four steals, while Emily Wuebbolt added 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Also for the Lady Trojans, Mary Agarwala had nine points and Jenna Yuchnitz had six points, five rebounds and three assists.
GOWANDA - Kayla Isaac had a game-high 20 points to go with seven steals as the Gowanda Lady Panthers (3-2) dropped Falconer, 56-47.
After falling behind 17-8 after the first quarter, the Lady Panthers cut the Lady Golden Falcons' lead to four, 25-21, at halftime.
Gowanda outscored Falconer, 14-9, in the third quarter to pull ahead, 35-34, before exploding 21 points over the final eight minutes to pull out the win.
Lexi Farner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Jessica Sowa chipped in 10 points and seven steals in the win while Markie John had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with four points.
Shannon Gunnell led the Lady Golden Falcons with 13 points and nine rebounds while Emma Steele, Alyssa Brooks and Julia Anderson each had eight points. Brooks added six rebounds while Steele charted seven steals and four assists.