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2018-01-10 / Sports

Amherst girls hoops dominates North, Hamburg


Amherst’s Emma Klein, left, drives past Williamsville North’s Stephanie Sheppard during the Lady Tigers’ 52-23 home win Jan. 3 at Daemen College. Klein had a monster game, tallying 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s Emma Klein, left, drives past Williamsville North’s Stephanie Sheppard during the Lady Tigers’ 52-23 home win Jan. 3 at Daemen College. Klein had a monster game, tallying 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s girls basketball team put it all together in wins last week over Williamsville North, 52-23, Jan. 3 at Daemen College, and Hamburg, 66-40, Saturday.

Amherst and North both got off to slow starts, leading 10-4, after the first quarter, but the Lady Tigers had big second and third quarters, leading 29-8 at halftime and 48-10 after three.

“Neither one of us had practiced or played since Dec. 30, so it took us a while to get going,” Amherst coach Mike Chatelle said. “Both teams missed early shots. It took us a little while to get our legs underneath us. We were playing well but not converting. As the game went on, we got into more of a rhythm. We played well defensively limiting them to one shot with our pressure and half-court defense.”

“I thought North had good looks at the basket. Even though the score was what it was, it was closer than the final. Their kids played hard so we had to play hard to get what we were getting.”

Amherst’s Emma Klein was close to a triple-double, tallying 16 points, 10 steals and nine rebounds. She also handed out three assists.

Ella Wanzer was also in double figures with 11 points and three assists.

Morgan Halt added eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Emma Stelley (six points, five rebounds); Leah Shutts (four points); Isabel Steimle (three points), and Val Sullivan and Tiana Waker (two points each) also contributed.

Amherst recorded 16 assists on 23 field goals.

Audrey Craffey led North with nine points.


Amherst’s Morgan Halt dribbles down the court as Williamsville North’s Peyton Meggo pursues during the Lady Tigers’ 52-23 home win Jan. 3 at Daemen College. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s Morgan Halt dribbles down the court as Williamsville North’s Peyton Meggo pursues during the Lady Tigers’ 52-23 home win Jan. 3 at Daemen College. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com North turned over the ball 31 times.

North’s game with Orchard Park last Friday was postponed to Thursday, Feb. 8. North hosts unbeaten Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“They are working at it but it is slower than I thought it would be,” North coach Bill Shaw said. “I guess I didn’t realize the depth of how not fundamentally sound we are. We have a lot of time where we can correct some of our mistakes.”

The Lady Tigers got off to a great start against Hamburg, leading 24-9 after the first quarter and 42-17 at halftime.

Amherst then came out of halftime and outscored Hamburg, 14-7, in the third quarter to move ahead 56-24.

“That was something we were focusing on,” Chatelle said. “We haven’t played our best basketball in the second and third quarters. We made sure we came out in the third quarter as hard as we did in the beginning of the game.”

Five Amherst players were in double figures. Wanzer led the way with 14 points and five rebounds. Klein filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight steals, eight assists and six rebounds.

Stelley contributed 10 points and three rebounds. Halt tacked on 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Steimle tallied career-highs for points (10), rebounds (seven) and steals (three).

Paige Stelley added four points. Shutts chipped in three points, five rebounds and five assists. Hannah Bardeen had two points.

Amherst played unselfishly as they recorded 20 assists on 27 field goals. Chatelle also thought the team played its best game in the paint this season.

“We took a lot of high-percentage shots,” Chatelle said.

Amherst (4-4, 2-1) traveled to Williamsville East Monday but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They host West Seneca East Thursday. Both teams have only one league loss.

“We are going to have to come to play this week against some quality opponents,” Chatelle said.

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