Sciotti, LaPierre pace Hornell to big win
ALFRED — The Hornell Lady Red Raiders rode a strong performance from Jaden Sciotti to a big 80-65 win over rival Wellsville on Friday night at Alfred State College in the first game of the annual Dan Barkley Showcase.
Sciotti turned in a great two-way game, finishing with a game-high 26 points in the win as she knocked down several key buckets and also grabbed a few critical steals in leading Hornell to the win.
“This was the best that anybody has done taking Leah (Harkenrider) away. And Gabby (Lapierre) got us going by attacking the rim, and once the help came, that leaves Jaden open,” said HHS coach Brian Dyring. “We’ve been on her about starting a little bit better, and this was the first time that she was 50/50 in scoring points in both halves. Jaden is a tough player with a high IQ. The most amazing thing, really, is to see where she is after her injury. She worked her tail off in rehab and got back to 100-percent almost immediately. She has earned this.”
Hornell struggled from the field in the opening few minutes, and Wellsville did a great job of forcing the ball inside to draw fouls and took an early 5-0 lead. Sciotti finally got the Lady Raiders on the board, but the Lady Lions continued to find ways to break the press and get easy layups inside.
Both teams were in the bonus by the end of the first in a physical contest, but as usual, Hornell was willing to trade free throws for 3-pointers, eventually tying the game up at 12-12 late in the frame.
But then Wellsville’s Taylor Adams buried a 3-pointer of her own with just five seconds left in the first, giving the Lady Lions a 15-12 lead after one.
“I was really frustrated with the way that we came out, but then at the end of the first quarter we looked up and we were right there. We were sloppy, but to still be there was good, because if we could get a rhythm and knock down some shots, then maybe we can build a lead and get things to snowball,” said HHS coach Brian Dyring.
Hornell started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to take the 16-15 lead, and then both teams traded the lead for the next several minutes before Dezi Mount knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 21-21 with just 3:30 left in the half.
Over the next minute, the Lady Raiders ripped off a quick 7-2 run thanks to five points from Sciotti. Hornell also drew several fouls late in the frame, and made a few final free throws in order to take the 32-25 lead into the intermission.
Hornell came out of the break and quickly pushed the lead to double digits with a 6-0 run thanks to triples from Sciotti and Jane Spitulnik.
Wellsville responded over the next few minutes, but for every time Lion Lady layup, Hornell generated a 3-pointer that kept the lead in double digits.
Wellsville continued to grind and was finally able to cut the lead to single digits late in the quarter, but Hornell finished the final 30 seconds as strong as it could, reeling off a 5-0 to take a 56-42 advantage into the fourth.
Hornell came out strong in the final frame, pushing its lead up to as many as 17 points. But Wellsville refused to go away, and when it went on a 6-0 run, the lead fell down to 11 points and forced an HHS timeout with just five minutes left to play.
After the brief break, Hornell put the ball into the hands of its most experienced player. Gabby Lapierre came out of the timeout, and drilled three straight 3-pointers that all but ended the game.
“Wellsville is never going to quit. Even if you get up by 15 or 18 points, they are never going to quit. Most teams we play, they fold when we hit that run. Tonight, we went on that run of three of four 3-pointers, and then they came right back and all of sudden it’s back down to 12 and you are fighting for your life,” said Dyring. “We’ve really got the utmost respect for Michelle (Alvord) and her program.”
By the time the final buzzer sounded, Hornell had come away with the first win of the Barkley Showcase by an 80-65 final.
Sciotti led the way with 26 points and earned player of the game honors. Gabby Lapierre also had an outstanding performance, finishing with 24 points. Hornell (9-1) now prepares to host Wayland-Cohocton on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
“I think this game will get us better for other, bigger games,” said Sciotti. “Playing in a big place like this will help. It was really great to get the win.”
Regan Marsh led the Lady Lions with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy Buckley added 13 points and four assists while Marley Adams added 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the loss. Taylor Adams had nine rebounds and four steals. The game was tied at 23 when Buckley went to the bench in foul trouble late in the first half, and Hornell capitalized with a 9-0 run.
“It definitely prepares us to play them next time. When you play them, it’s really hard to simulate that in practice, so hopefully playing in this game will help us prepare for next time,” said Buckley.
Wellsville (8-3) now returns home on Monday evening for a 7:30 p.m. game against Warsaw
“This game will definitely helps us going into sectionals. I definitely think we will be prepared. I don’t think there is any distance at this point that we could travel or any gym that we could step into that we haven’t already seen something like it this year,” said Wellsville coach Michelle Alvord.
Hornell 12 20 24 24 – 80
Wellsville 15 10 17 23 – 65
HORNELL: Jaden Sciotti 8 5-6 26, Dezi Mount 3 1-1 8, Gabby LaPierre 8 3-7 24, Leah Harkenrider 2 2-4 7, Hope Gaffney 2 0-1 4, Caitlan Smith 3 0-2 6, Jane Spitulnik 1 2-4 5. Totals: 27 13-25 80.
WELLSVILLE: Marley Adams 5 1-2 11, Quincy Buckley 6 1-4 13, Emily Costello 0 1-2 1, Taylor Adams 3 0-0 8, Jana Whitehouse 2 4-4 8, Regan Marsh 9 1-2 19, Mattie Buckley 2 1-2 5. Totals: 27 9-16 65.
3-point goals: Hornell 13 (Sciotti 5, LaPierre 5, Mount, Harkenrider, Spitulnik), Wellsville 2 (T. Adams). Total Fouls: Hornell 17, Wellsville 23. Fouled out: Q. Buckley (W).