Lady ’Lopes start slow, finish with win

Avonworth’s Hayden Robinson shoots during the girls’ section game against Steel Valley Monday night. Photo by James Knable for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team overcame a sluggish start this past Monday when they hosted Steel Valley to begin section play, and cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Coach Mark D'Alessandris stated that the girls’ game last Saturday, a 73-38 win at Cornell, followed by inactivity on Sunday, may have been a factor in the first half of play, but added, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

Point guard Hunter Robinson was sidelined with the flu as the team trailed for a good bit of the opening quarter where they connected on 5-14 from the floor. The Lady ‘Lopes were behind 9-4 with just over a minute and a half remaining in the quarter, when they closed with a 6-0 run. Consecutive baskets by Hayden Robinson and a bas-ket in transition by Nicole Costa off of a turnover by the Lady Ironmen, had Avonworth leading 10-9 when the period ended.

The ‘Lopes were 6 of 8 from the free throw line in the second quarter, but that was offset by the seventurnovers committed and connecting on only 2 of 9 from the floor.

Steel Valley held a 14-10 point advantage to lead 23-20 at halftime.

The Lady ‘Lopes seemed to have found their game as they dominated play in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Lady Ironmen had their difficulties as they committed 12 turnovers over the same period.

Hayden Robinson's six points led the offensive assault with Costa, Anastasia Heinold and Grace O'Brien following up with four points each as Avonworth outscored Steel Valley 22-5 to take a 42-28 lead into the fourth quarter.

The ‘Lopes led 51-38 late in the game as Lily Tedesco's four points led a 9-0 run by Avonworth to close out the 60-38 victory. Hayden Robinson finished with 18 points, followed by Costa and O'Brien each with 10 points.

In their win at Cornell last Saturday, D'Alessandris was very pleased by his team's overall play. "We played as a unit," he said. "When we play like that, working the ball, rebounding, we're hard to match up with."

Hayden Robinson had 13 points against the Raiders, followed by Costa and Harris Robinson with 10 points each.