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By Douglas Sciorra

Youth is served: 9th-grader Hoyt scores 22 as Hornell opens sectionals with 69-33 win over Batavia (story, photo gallery, box score)

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By JOHN ANDERSON, photo gallery by STEVE HARRISON

Hornell coach Brian Dyring was concerned about a slow start in the Section V quarterfinals Thursday night as the Red Raiders girls’ basketball team hosted Batavia.

It’s times like this, Dyring forgets he has 3/5 of a modified basketball team on the roster in the Section V playoffs.

The two eighth graders and a freshman combined for 43 points as Hornell defeated Batavia, 69-33.

We definitely started out slow but did a good job putting it together,” said Hornell coach Brian Dyring. “We have to start better in the semi-finals.”

No. 2 Hornell (15-5) will take on the winner of Friday’s game between No. 3 Greece Olympia (11-9) and No. 6 Newark (8-12) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Photo by Steve Harrison.

The second game of the double header at a site to be determined will be at 7:45 p.m. between No. 1 Waterloo (21-0) and Pal-Mac (11-9) or Aquinas (10-10).

As for those underclassmen, 9th-grader Lillian Hoyt scored a game-high 22 points, five three-pointers with five rebounds and three steals. Eighth-grader Jordyn Dyring had 17 points, drained three 3-pointers with three steals and two assists. Eighth-grader Selena Maldanado had four points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

“Lillian and Jordyn really stepped it up on the offensive and defensive end to really get us going,” Dyring said.

But there was more. In the third quarter, the upperclassmen dominated the boards and played great defense, holding Batavia scoreless the entire third quarter to seal the victory.

Senior Tayghen Doorley had 15 points, four assists, three rebounds a steal and a block while senior Jane Spitulnik had five rebounds and three steals, junior Maddie Moore had eight points, eight rebounds and four steals and senior Lilly Adams had two points and grabbed three rebounds. Senior Juliet Marino had two rebounds.

Batavia 5 11 0 17 — 33

Hornell 14 23 17 15 — 69

BATAVIA: Anna Vailand 2 0-0 5; Jaylene Dershawn 4 0-0 11; Isa Walsh 1 0-0 2; Jaimen MacDonald 0 2-2 2; Julia Preston 0 0-0 0; Julia Petry 5 3-3 13. Totals: 12 5-5 33.

HORNELL: Tayghen Doorley 4 7-8 15; Jordyn Dyring 7 0-0 17; Lillian Hoyt 7 3-3 22; Jane Spitulnik 0 1-2 1; Selena Maldanado 2 0-0 4; Maddie Moore 4 0-0 8; Lilly Adams 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 25 11-13 69

3-pointers: Batavia 4 (Dershom 3, Vailand). Hornell 8 (Hoyt 5, Dyring 3)

Total fouls: Batavia 19, Hornell 11. Fouled out: Preston (B).

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