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Hornell boys and girls basketball pick up wins on Tuesday night, both Red Raider squads undefeated

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Photo gallery of JV and varsity girls at end courtesy JC’s Photography

The Hornell Red Raiders improve to 4-0 on the season with their 65-38 win on the road against the Haverling Rams Tuesday night.  

The Raiders grabbed the lead early and led 31-16 going into halftime.  “I thought we shared the ball well,” said Hornell coach, Kirk Scholes.  “We also rebounded the ball well.  We were able to get in transition and play the game at our pace.”  

Senior guard, Gennaro Picco, led his team with 22 points.  “Gennaro had the hot hand early and lived in the paint with 22, and PJ got the ball moving at the point,” commented Scholes.  Gennaro tallied 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.  PJ Picco led his team with 9 rebounds and added 10 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals on the night.  

Several Hornell players earned impressive stats in the win, including Aaron McInerney with 6 rebounds and 6 points, Wyatt Evingham with 9 points and 3 assists, and Xzaiver Patrick with 6 rebounds and 4 points.

Haverling’s Jake Hagadone had a big night for the Rams, leading all players with 13 rebounds and adding 22 points for his team.  Austin Durand added 12 points for Haverling.

The NY Landquest team are big fans!!!

When asked about his team down the line this season, Scholes replied, “When we put it all together, I think we will be scary good.  I’ve seen signs of it, and I know it’s there.”

The Red Raiders travel to Geneseo to take on the 4-2 Blue Devils this Friday at 7pm.  Tune in to Peish Sports on YouTube for live action.  

Red-hot Hornell girls improve to 3-0, a look at all the games

Lillian Hoyt’s late three-pointer sparked host Hornell past Pal-Mac 63-59 in non-league action Tuesday night.

“We had the presence of mind to get Lilly a great look from three for the win and she rose to the occasion like she always does,” HHS coach Jimmy Dagon said.

In fact, the junior sharpshooter hit four, 3-pointers in the fourth period, and finished with 19 points. She had six, 3-pointers on the night.

Payton Bentley also played a fantastic game and scored 19 points as well for the Lady Raiders.

Selena Maldonado and Jordyn Dyring added 14 and nine points respectively.

After Hoyt’s three, a huge defensive block at the other end by the sophomore Dyring on a slicing Marionna Hodgins to the basket sealed the victory.

“Pal-Mac is a fantastic team that is very versatile,” coach Dagon said. “Defensively they’re tough and gritty, they can score from all three levels, and (Hodgins) is a rebounding machine that gives them tons of second chance efforts on offense. It’s great to play in big games like tonight’s game. Win or lose you end up getting better due to the level of competition. I’m very happy with how the girls played. They have a tendency to find ways to win close games. Our performance was not perfect by any means, but coming up with big plays on both ends of the floor seems to be in their DNA as a group. It was a great momentum builder kind of win, and I’m looking forward to the girls continuing to get better every day.”

Hornell’s next game will be a huge LCAA matchup with D-I rival Dansville on Dec. 22 in Hornell.

Hornell 57, Letchworth 36

After what Hornell coach Jimmy Dagon described as “an uninspired first half” of basketball Friday night, the Lady Raiders turn it up a notch.

Actually, several notches.

Undefeated Hornell outscored host Letchworth 34-16 after the intermission to come away with the 57-36 victory in LCAA crossover action Friday night.

Hornell led 23-20 at the break.

“Letchworth came to battle from the opening tip so you have got to give them lots of credit, they were the aggressors in the first half outrebounding us and just outworking us in general,” coach Dagon said. “We regrouped and began the second half with much better energy. I take full responsibility for the flat start, as I allowed them to get away with having an unfocused practice the night before. It’s not often that you can learn a tough lesson and win by 20 points in the same night, so hopefully moving forward we will be able to learn from it and continue to improve.”

Jordyn Dyring was fabulous for HHS as the sophomore led all scorers with 22 points. She also added eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

“On a night where offense was hard to come by for certain stretches, she really stepped up her game and led the way for us,” coach Dagon said. “

Payton Bentley scored 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half while Raegan Evingham scored 10 points and added nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Selena Maldonado added six points, all after the intermission, along with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

“It’s important for us to learn our lesson about how we need to start games fast and aggressively. I’m hoping that this stretch will be a turning point that sends us in the right direction moving forward.”

Hornell 69, Livonia 47

Visiting Hornell placed four players in double figures as they downed Livonia 69-47 in LCAA D-I action Tuesday night at the Tom Downey Gymnasium.

Lillian Hoyt led the Lady Raiders with 15 points while Payton Bentley and Mia Nasca both chipped in with 11 points. Jordyn Dyring added 10 points as Hornell improved to 1-0 on the season.

Livonia opened the game on a 5-0 run as Kierstin Einhiple made a sweet left-handed move for the deuce followed by a three-pointer by Emma King.

But Hornell would take control after that as they went on a 32-13 run the rest of the first half.

Hornell led 51-38 after three quarters and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 18-9 in the fourth period.

Livonia was led by Libby Kwak’s 15 points while Einhiple finished with 10.

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