PHOTO GALLERY BY STEVE HARRISON
The Hornell girls’ basketball team has been on a hot streak, with big wins over Wellsville, a win over #1 seed Dansville and other dominant wins.
Monday night, taking on the top Class B team in the state, Hornell lost, 60-40.
“I thought we showed flashes of our potential. The girls worked hard on defense and we found a decent amount of open looks on offense,” said Hornell coach Jimmy Dagon. “We struggled taking advantage of those open looks though unfortunately. Waterloo is solid on both ends of the floor and they’re very experienced. That kind of experience leads to consistency, and I think that was the difference in the game.”
Dagon said he likes the schedule as Hornell plays great teams as part of the non-league schedule.
“I really wish we could play teams of that caliber every game because it makes you better in the long run. As a coach, a game like that makes my life easy because it highlights all of the things we need to work on,” he said “As a fan of the game, Waterloo plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played- with great flow and rhythm, they work hard, and they’re unselfish. It’s a great style of play for our girls, especially the underclassmen, to be exposed to. Moving forward, we get to see the bar that they set, and we have to strive to reach that level.”
Next up, another top-tier school program in Aquinas.
“Looking forward to Wednesday’s matchup with Aquinas, it’s going to be another test, and another competitive game that will get us geared up for the sectional tournament. It’s a great thing having this type of strength in schedule down the stretch, so I’m just looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity to play another very good team,” he said.
Waterloo was paced on Monday by Morgan Caraballo (23 points ) and Jazzmyn Lewis (19).
For Hornell, Selena Maldonado and Raegan Evingham each scored 10 points while Maddie Moore had eight points and Jordyn Dyring seven.