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West Valley modified girls basketball team approaches the end of the season

WEST VALLEY — This year, West Valley Central School’s modified girls basketball program has fielded two teams: one for seventh grade and another for eighth grade.

The seventh grade team includes Cheyanne Folts, MacKenzie Czapla, Kailin Yonker, Erika Seltzer, Lauren Olejniczak, Emily Durandetto and April Ring.

Monica Kelley, Lizzie Heim, Marisah Croakman, Brenna Green, Sharon Bailey, Tessa Sullivan and Taylor Smith now make up the eighth grade team, after three other eighth graders were called up to the junior varsity team.

The season began on Nov. 17 in Salamanca, where West Valley emerged with a 38 – 32 win. On this occasion, both modified teams played together, because the opponent did not have enough players to round out two teams. Croakman led the scoring with 12 points, followed by Czapla’s 8 and Olejniczak’s 6. Out of 13 players, eight West Valley girls scored.

On Nov. 20, the girls played Cattaraugus-Little Valley, as two teams. The seventh grade squad won 28 – 8, thanks to Olejniczak’s 14 points, while Czapla added 12. Folts accounted for the other 2 points.

The eighth graders’ game did not have the same outcome, as West Valley fell 16 – 14 in overtime.

Green scored 6 points, during the game. “We were a very evenly-matched team, but were held scoreless in overtime and ended up losing by one basket,” said Coach Diana Frank.

The girls visited Ellicottville on Nov. 27, where the seventh graders improved to 3 – 0, with a 22 – 6 win. Olejniczack had 12 points, twice as many as the opponent’s total.

During the other game, the eighth grade squad fell to 1 – 2, with a 46 – 9 loss. Heim scored more than half of West Valley’s points, with 5. “We were plagued by illness and only five girls there to play,” Frank said. “Although the game got out of hand, the girls still fought hard until the end.”

Two days later, the teams were back on the court, when the seventh graders remained undefeated, by beating Franklinville 20 – 12.

Olejniczak had 10 points, followed by Durandetto and Czapla, who had 4 each. Seltzer made the other 2.

The eighth graders fell to 1 – 3, after losing 34 – 14, despite Croakman’s 8 points. Heim had 4 as well, while Kelley added 2.

On Dec. 1, the seventh grade team won again, this time by a 19 – 8 win against Portville. Czapla had 8 points and 10 rebounds. The eighth grade team lost again 37 – 14. Kelley had 4 points and 13 rebounds, while Croakman scored 8 points, to go with her 4 rebounds.

The seventh graders lost their first game of the season, falling to 1 – 5, after being defeated by Allegany-Limestone on Dec. 3 42 – 14.

Czapla had 4 points in that game, along with 7 rebounds. Meanwhile, Olejniczak had 6 points and 5 rebounds. The losing streak continued for the eighth grade team, which lost 22 – 12.

Kelley had 10 rebounds, Green notched 8 points and 9 rebounds and Croakman had 2 points and 6 rebounds. The eighth graders fell to 1 – 6, including the game in which they played with the seventh grade team.

The teams were back in action on Saturday, Dec. 8 at home against Salamanca.

They also played games against Cattaraugus-Little Valley on Dec. 11 and Ellicottville on Dec. 13.

The girls played on Saturday, Dec. 15 as well, in a morning game against Franklinville, before heading back on the road to play Portville on Monday, Dec. 17.

That game is at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the final game of the season. That will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20 in Allegany-Limestone. That game is also scheduled for 5 p.m.

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