Thursday February 6, 2014 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
ELEVATION — Sophomore Kristine Kline scores 2 of her 10 points, as Eden’s Sabrina Kraska (left) and company trails, to help lead Immaculata to a 48-33 win over Eden on Saturday. Photo by Michael Petro.
It took Eden closing to within two points in the final minutes of the third quarter to spark the Immaculata basketball team.
The Bears scored 17 of the games’ final 21 points to emerge with a 48 – 33 win in the non-league game between the neighboring schools on Feb. 1. Forwards Kayla Prentke and Jordan Heinold led a dominant rebounding effort for the team and, along with Kristine Kline, the sophomore trio combined for 34 points.
Immaculata head coach Andrea Drabik also highlighted a defensive effort that held Eden’s Sabrina Kraska scoreless in the second half, after the junior point guard had 8 points through the opening two quarters.
“We located their shooter [Kraska]; she put up almost half their points in the first half,” Drabik said. “We located her at the top of our zone and did a great job defensively.”
Prentke finished with a game-high 13 points; Heinold added 11 points, 9 in first half, and grabbed 13 rebounds; and Kline notched 10 points. The Bears ended the third quarter on an 8 – 0 run.
“We started working together more,” said Heinold, whose return to the lineup from an ankle injury has helped spark a three-game winning streak, which improved the team to 9 – 7. “We started looking for each other in open areas and being more patient on offense. We started boxing out more and getting those rebounds.”
Eden lost for a third straight time, falling the prior two games in Erie County Interscholastic Conference IV matchups, against two of the division’s top teams. However, head coach Marisa Fallacaro was not disappointed with her team’s effort, especially considering that she installed a new offense the day prior to the game and switch some of the starting lineup.
“I wasn’t happy with our past two performances,” said Fallacaro of a 52-43 loss to Tonawanda and falling 53-41 to Holland. “In the third quarter, we got back to our typical nerves; we had some girls not used to the playing time they were getting....From the scoreboard perspective, it looks like we lost big, but seeing the energy my kids had today, versus what we saw at Holland, I’m very happy.”
Eden also suffered with top inside threat Lindsay Gearheart having to sit for much of the second quarter with three foals. The junior, who averages nearly a double-double, finished with 7 points. She sank a three which cut the Bears’ lead to 31-29 late in the third quarter.
Emilee Chiavetta notched 3 steals in the win and continued to cause problems for opponents defensively, with her length and ability to find the ball.
“I thought we played better defense,” she said. “We started talking more. If someone was coming across we would tell the other. It worked out better when we talked.”
Immaculata went through a stretch of several games in which four starters were out with injuries. The only one that remains out is point guard RayAnn Call, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, but Drabik said the senior remains hopeful she’ll play at the college level.
With Heinold and Chiavetta returning recently, and Prentke coming back for her first game since December on Saturday, Immaculata has put together three straight wins, after losing four of five before that.
“It’s great to have almost everyone back from injury,” Drabik noted.
Eden still has a stacked schedule of six games, five in the division, coming into this week, due to the many cancellations over the course of a sloppy winter. The Raiders remain in the mix, at 5-3, with Tonawanda, Holland and Cleveland Hill just ahead, all with two losses.
“We’ll definitely get the playing time we haven’t had,” Fallacaro said. “My hope is we get into a groove before playoffs.”
Also, Lake Shore’s string of close games against evenly-matched ECIC III competition continued Monday (Feb. 3) as the Eagles came back to take Pioneer to overtime before dropping a 58-52 home game.
Shayla Scanlan scored 18 points, while Melanie Linsmair and Darian Evans added 14 and 11, respectively, in helping Lake Shore erase a seven-point deficit after three quarters and tie the game at 50 by the end of regulation. Evans added 15 rebounds and Scanlan notched 10. Linsmair battled foul trouble throughout the game, sitting in the third quarter with four before fouling out with 1:18 left in the fourth.
Lake Shore dropped to 5-8 overall and 4-7 in division play. The Eagles fell two days earlier 44-40 to division unbeaten East Aurora, which is the only team to separate itself from the ECIC III pack. All of the other seven teams have won at least four games. Only Springville has beaten the Eagles by more than six points this season in division play.