Saints roll in second half

By on December 30, 2018
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Churchville-Chili got a combined 39 points from their non-starters and used an 18-4 third quarter run to defeat Spencerport 59-34 in girl’s basketball.

Neither team could find the basket as the game remained scoreless four minutes in, but junior Jade Distant hit on consecutive drives and freshman Esabella Smith hit a pair of free throws as the Saints ended the first quarter ahead 12-4.

Spencerport rallied in the second behind two baskets by sophomore Elaina Johnson along with a jumper and a three-pointer by freshman Erica Beaty to trail by six at halftime.

Rangers senior Joey Culkin hit one free throw and sophomore Lily DePalma a trey to open the second half and cut the Saints lead to just one point, but that’s when the visitors went on their 18-4 run with five different players contributing on offense including a pair of baskets by sophomore Jordan Loewke and Smith. Senior Jacey Gruschow’s jump shot gave the Saints a 16-point advantage.

Distant scored six of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and Gruschow added nine more as the Saints ran away at the end.

Distant added six steals to her 17 points, Smith finished with 14 points, five steals and three rebounds and Loewke scored ten points. Junior Cassady Faker had eight points with five rebounds and senior Vicki Beach chipped in three boards for the 3-3 Saints.

Spencerport, with a 2-4 record heading into the holiday break, was paced by senior Megan Zaharkin’s eight points and seven rebounds. Freshman Erica Beaty had seven points, Culkin finished with six points and eight rebounds while sophomore Elaina Johnson had seven boards with five points and a pair of steals.

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