ILION, N.Y. — The Central Valley Academy Thunder fell behind by 11 points in the fourth quarter Thursday but came back and had a chance to tie the game at the end before West Canada Valley’s Indians escaped with a 50-47 victory.
The Thunder held West Canada Valley (1-0) without a field goal for the final 5 1/2 minutes after the Indians had built a 47-36 lead. Nicole Doolen scored nine of her game-high 23 points during an 11-3 run at the end of the game. She had a putback with a 20 seconds left and added a layup 11 seconds later after Indian Hayley Yager made one of a pair of foul shots at the other end.
Central Valley Academy (0-2) was forced to foul again and sent Yager back to the line with six seconds left. Yager missed both shots and the Thunder came away with the rebound. Miranda Maldonado brought the ball across the center stripe and put up a lung shot from above the top of the key. Maldonado’s shot hit the backboard and caromed back onto the court as time expired.
“We got a nice little lead,” Brian Ellis said after coaching the Indians to a victory in his West Canada Valley debut. “Luckily, it was just enough.”
West Canada Valley had used a 13-0 run to create its double-digit lead. After Rebecca Shepard scored to give the Thunder its last lead at 36-34, Central Valley Academy went five minutes without scoring while the Indians made their run. Yager and Danielle VanName ended the third quarter with back-to-back three-pointers. Kristen Sportello had two baskets in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter and put the Indians up 47-36 with another three-point shot.
The Indians had fallen behind early in the game and made their first run at the end of the first quarter and start of the second. Central Valley Academy led 11-6. Carissa Tasovac started the run with a basket then hit a three-pointer to tie the score. Yager started the second quarter with a three-pointer to complete an 8-0 run.
West Canada valley led 28-21 late in the half but the Thunder roared back and pulled within one point when Makayla Donato banked home a three-point shot off an inbounding play at the buzzer.
Yager led the Indians with 17 points while Tasovac added 15 points and 15 rebounds. Sportello and VanName chipped in with seven points each.
Donato had seven points for Central Valley Academy.
West Canada Valley plays on the road again Saturday afternoon in Poland. Central Valley Academy’s next game is Monday at home against Holland Patent.
WEST CANADA VALLEY 50, CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY 47
WEST CANADA VALLEY (1-0) — Kristen Sportello 2 2-4 7; Morgan Lynch 0 1-2 1; Hayley Yager 6 1-4 17; Danielle VanName 2 2-6 7; Carissa Tasovac 4 6-11 15; Hannah Leshinski 0 2-2 2; Laken Dawson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 14 15-31 50.
Page 2 of 2 - CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY (0-2) — Nicole Doolen 10 3-8 23; Rachael Phillips 0 1-2 1; Makayla Donato 2 2-4 7; Rebecca Shepard 1 1-2 3; Nicole Wren 0 2-2 2; Audrey Bunce 1 2-4 4; Rachael Thorp 2 1-5 5; Miranda Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Nicole Schumacher 0 0-0 0; Nicole Harrigan 1 0-0 2; Johna Cusworth 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 12-27 47.
West Canada Valley 11 18 11 10 — 50
Central Valley Academy 11 17 8 11 — 47
Three-pointers — West Canada Valley (Yager 4, Sportello 1, Tasovac 1, VanName 1); Central Valley Academy (Donato 1). JV — West Canada Valley won.