Lady ’Lopes win big

AVONWORTH’S Katie Gould (No. 20) returned to the court Monday as the girls defeated Apollo-Ridge 64-29. She is pictured at left with Hunter Robinson (No. 4). Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team picked up one for the win column when they hosted Apollo Ridge this past Monday. Leading from start to finish, the Lady ‘Lopes dominated throughout on the way to a 64-29 win.

“It was a tough week last week’” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris as he referred to back-to- back losses heading into this game.

“We were working real hard and we came out on fire,” said D’Alessandris.

In the first quarter, Hayden Robinson and Lilly Tedesco combined for 12 points and Katie Gould, who recently returned to the line-up from injury, scored seven points as the Lady ‘Lopes sprinted to a huge lead early on.

Nicole Costa added four points while Hunter Robinson and Lexi Mankey added free throws to the ‘Lopes’ offense, which converted on 10-14 shots from the floor on their way to a 25-2 lead.

Meanwhile the Vikings converted on only 1-9 from the floor while committing seven turn-overs.

Avonworth put the game away in the second quarter, where Hayden Robinson took control of the Antelope offense, scoring 14 points in the period.

A couple of highlights in the second were a basket by Katie Jo Smith from the left corner and Costa’s three-point bank shot at the buzzer that allowed the Lady ‘Lopes to lead at halftime 51-12.

With the mercy rule starting in the third quarter, Tedesco scored five points and Gould scored in transition to give Avonworth a 7-6 point advantage and a 58-18 lead.

In the fourth quarter Anastasia Heinold scored four points and Sarah McAdams scored on a drive to the basket to complete Avonworth’s 64-29 victory.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Lady ‘Lopes dropped a 63-44 decision to Carlynton in section play. Hunter Robinson finished that game with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Last Thursday Avonworth fell to Bishop Canevin 74-32. Hunter Robinson led the Lady ‘Lope scorers with 10 points.