MAYVILLE — A strong defensive effort and the post play of senior captain Abbie Henry proved to be the keys in Chautauqua Lake’s 50-43 non-league win over Franklinville on Monday evening.
The Thunderbirds moved to 4-1 on the year thanks to a 18-point, 18-rebound double-double from Henry, which included two steals and a block.
The hosts proved to be a frustrating defensive challenge for junior Panthers’ star Dani Haskell, who finished the contest with 26 points while fighting through double teams for much of the night.
“We’re seeing a box-and-one, triangle-and-two (defense) every night,” Franklinville coach Allan Dunlap said. “Tandem-and-two on Haskell and one on (Abby) McCoy, we see it every night and it is a battle every night.”
“That’s what I expected to see,” Dunlap added. “I don’t know how many turnovers we had, we had a ton especially in the first half. As much as I say that, give them credit … their kids played extremely hard. They had a great game plan and part of the reason why didn’t play well and turned it over was their hard work and effort.”
Haskell’s first quarter included back-to-back inside buckets in the closing minutes while Chautauqua Lake was able to a end the period with a 10-8 lead after Alexis Jacobson picked up a steal and finished it off on a drive.
Jacobson’s night included 10 points and three steals.
The Thunderbirds were able to use a variety of offense across their roster with Katelyn Fardink getting into the mix in the second period with a baseline jumper and a sweet feed to Henry for a transition bucket.
Haskell continued to find success inside while adding some more points at the free throw line for the Panthers (1-3), who carried a two-point lead into halftime.
With things close to even in the opening series of the third quarter, Henry was able to take over for the hosts after finishing off a nice feed from Emily Phelps.
Henry would then pick up back-to-back buckets in the paint, adding one make at the free-throw line and then hitting another inside shot to give her team a 31-26 lead.
“Abbie Henry is probably the most underrated player around the area,” Chautauqua Lake coach Bill Persons said. “She just does a nice job for me. Defensively she talks and communicates. She is an absolutely great leader and then offensively she gives you that every single night.”
Abby Burrell did her best to keep the Panthers close, scoring an easy bucket in transition and adding a putback on the way to a nine-point, 17-rebound performance.
After Henry’s explosion in the third, Lily Woodis supplemented the scoring for the hosts with a bucket on a fast break and an old fashioned three-point play after being fouled on a drive to give her team a 44-39 margin.
The Thunderbirds rode that lead all the way to victory while Haskell was forced to settle for extremely long outside shots to try and get her team back into contention.
“Really just the amount of touches that she has … that’s what we preached before the game is we just wanted to limit the number of times that she had the ball,” Persons said of Haskell. “My girls really did a nice job of helping and denying, and it really came down to just trying to frustrate her a little bit.’
NOTES: Fardink finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Phelps and Jacobson each grabbed three steals. … McCoy grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.
Broadwell 1 0 2, Burrell 4 1 9, Brennan 0 0 0, Haskell 9 8 26, McCoy 2 0 4, Szymanski 1 0 2. Totals 17 9 43.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE (50)
Henry 8 2 18, Fardink 4 1 11, Perdue 0 1 1, Phelps 0 0 0, Jacobson 3 3 10, Lily Woodis 4 2 10. Totals 19 9 50.
3-point goals–Fardink 2, Jacobson.
Franklinville 8 10 16 9 — 43
Chautauqua Lake 10 6 18 16 — 50