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The Telegram
  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: West Canada Valley outlasts Poland

  • DECEMBER 3 GIRLS' BASKETBALL



    The West Canada Valley Indians took the lead with an 11-0 run in the first quarter Monday and opened their season with a 42-34 win at Poland.

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  • WEST CANADA VALLEY 42, POLAND 34
    The West Canada Valley Indians took the lead with an 11-0 run in the first quarter Monday and opened their season with a 42-34 win at Poland.
    It took more than four minutes for the Indians (1-0) to put their first point on the board and a little longer to notch their first field goal.
    Once they started scoring, the Indians made a nice run. Down 4-0 at the start of the run, West Canada Valley got five points from Alexis Fauvelle and took an 11-4 lead less than three minutes later.
    West Canada Valley led 16-11 at halftime after the teams combined for nine points in the second quarter. The Indians opened a double-digit lead in the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 29-21 edge.
    Poland (0-3) had a chance to cut into the Indians’ lead in the fourth quarter but missed the front ends of two one-and-ones at the start of the period. The teams would combine to shoot 12-for-34 from the foul line in the fourth quarter; Poland finished 11-for-27 and West Canada Valley shot 14-for-31.
    Defensively, the Indians limited Poland to 11 field goals as they endured an offensive struggle of their own.
    “Defensively, we seemed to be pretty strong,” said coach Meg Cullinan who is breaking in three new varsity starters for West Canada Valley. “The young kids are learning the system.”
    Fauvelle led the Indians with 15 points and five assists. Sophomore Carissa Tasovac, one of the new Indians, added 14 points, 11 rebounds and six steals  while Mikey Maxwell had six points, 11 rebounds and six steals.
    Paige Sullivan had nine points and five steals for Poland. Kara Morrison scored eight points and Kiersten Backus had a team-high six rebounds.
    West Canada Valley plays its home opener Friday against Adirondack. After opening the season with three games in four days, Poland has a week off before Monday’s game at Rome Catholic.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY INDIANS 42, POLAND TORNADOES 34
    WEST CANADA VALLEY (1-0) — Danielle VanName 0 0-0 0; Mikey Maxwell 2 2-5 6; Morgan Lynch 2 0-2 4; Hayley Yager 0 0-0 0; Sara Hall 0 0-0 0; Carissa Tasovac 5 4-10 14; Alexis Fauvelle 4 7-12 15; Tessa Brown 1 1-2 3. Totals: 14 14-31 42.
    POLAND (0-3) — Mikayla Blumenstock 0 0-0 0; Brianna Goggin 2 2-4 7; Kara Morrison 2 4-10 8; Lexi Darrow 2 0-1 4; Nicole Kasprzyk 0 0-0 0; Kiersten Backus 2 2-8 6; Shawna Rickard 0 0-0 0; Brooke Gipe 0 0-0 0; Paige Sullivan 3 3-4 9. Totals: 11 11-27 34.
    West Canada Valley    11    5  13  13 — 42
    Poland      7    4  10  13 — 34
    Three-pointers — West Canada Valley 0; Poland 1 (Goggin 1). JV — West Canada Valley won.
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