HENRIETTA TOWNSHIP — When Firelands needed it most, its experience came through.
Trailing midway through the fourth quarter, the host Falcons rallied and scored the last seven points of the game for their 13th win in a row and remained unbeaten in the Patriot Athletic Conference with a 46-40 win over Stars Division rival Keystone.
“It was a good chess match back and forth,” Firelands coach Dave Kudela said. “I thought our girls did a really good job in the fourth quarter of just digging in and doing the little things you need to do to win basketball games.
“It’s extremely important (to have a veteran team).”
Keystone (7-9, 6-6) held a 35-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
But they saw the lead vanish quickly with junior Brandi Holowecky and senior Alyssa Melendez hitting back-to-back 3s to tie the game for the Falcons (13-1, 10-0). But Keystone responded and took a 40-37 lead after a 3 by Madi Bonner. Seeing a significant amount of playing time by coming off the bench, Bonner scored 11 points.
The lead was short-lived with Holowecky (11 points) scoring on a layup and Cassie Morrissette (10 points) adding a pair of free throws. Holowecky hit a jumper to give them a 43-40 lead.
Photo credit to Jackie G. Flaczynski