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Women Dominate Franciscan on Senior Day

Women Dominate Franciscan on Senior Day

Buffalo, NY -  The D'Youville women's basketball team ended their season with senior day on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Franciscan Barons by the final score of 82-67.

The Spartans got out to a 7-2 lead through the first four minutes of quarter number one. Four unanswered points from the Barons would make it a one-point game, but Jordan Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) drilled a three to put the Spartans back up by four. With 1:06 to go in the first, Franciscan tied it up at 12-12 and the score would remain the same at the end of one.

Riley Riedel (Marilla, NY/Iroquois) would begin the second with a pair of free throws to put D'Youville back in the lead. A Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) layup would increase the Spartan's lead to five as the team was out front with nearly three minutes off the clock in the second. Sydney Alton (Hannibal, NY/Hannibal) would then drill back-to-back threes for D'Youville to put the women up eight. Alton would then add a layup on a nice feed from Smith to make it a 10-point lead.

Franciscan would cut their deficit to six, but a Danielle Hore (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) layup would make it an eight-point advantage again. Kailey Kellner (Coupeville, WA/Coupeville) made a layup with under a minute to go in the half as the Spartans went into halftime leading 33-23.

Back-to-back Smith baskets went with an Alton three to put the Spartans up by 12 to start the half. Franciscan would get back to a single-digit deficit after a made layup nearly half way through the third. Two Kelsey Carpenter (Hilton, NY/Hilton) free throws would restore the lead to 10 for D'Youville, but the Barons would answer with an and-one to bring it to within eight. However Alton would convert an and-one of her own to make it 52-42 with just over two to go in the third. Kellner made a great hustle play in the final 0:30 of the quarter and then made a layup to increase the lead to 13. Hore would then go to the line and hit a pair of free throws, but Franciscan would answer back with a buzzer beating three to make the score 59-47 after three.

A Monica June (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) three put the Spartans up 62-49, followed by a Hore jumper to make it a 15-point advantage for the women. Smith would go on to hit a pair of threes for the women, extending their lead to 17 at 70-53. Hore would score five consecutive points for the women as they went up by 22 at 75-53 with just under four to go. Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) would hit a big layup for the women to extend their lead. The Spartans would then roll onto a win in their final game of the season by the final score of 82-67.

Smith led the team in scoring with 21 points in her final game as a Spartan. She added nine boards and five assists in the game with Hore talling 15 points and a team high 11 boards. Hore added five assists with Alton tallying 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Evans scored three points in her return from injury for her final game. She also chipped in with four assists and three blocks. June scored nine points with four assists in the victory as it was her final game with the women as well. Also playing her final game, Campbell got her first career start with two points, one board, one assist, and one steal.

Kellner added eight points in the win while Riedel scored four with three steals in her first game back from injury. Hanna Wozniak (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Sara Field (Durhmaville, NY/VVS) each played quality minutes with Carpenter adding two points and two rebounds in the win.