WEST VALLEY — West Valley’s Kaitlyn Snayczuk has the size to score, in the paint. She also has the touch to score from the perimeter. Snayczuk, a junior on West Valley Central School’s girls varsity basketball team, scored 20 points to lead West Valley to a 41-36 win over West Seneca East, in the consolation game of the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament. Snayczuk recorded a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds to go along with her 20 points, including two 3-pointers.
“She was getting open and I just told the girls, ‘if she’s open, just keep feeding her,’” said West Valley coach John Arbogast. “She does a great job on the inside. I think that she proved today that she can hit that outside shot, as well. She had a really nice tournament scoring and rebounding the ball.”
Trisha Thomas finished with a double-double in the game as well, scoring 12 points and recording 15 rebounds. West Valley fell behind 14-6, at the end of the first quarter, but would trail by 2 after a 3-pointer by Snayczuk. West Valley forced a few turnovers and went on an 11-3 run, to take a 35-27 lead in the fourth.
“We were a little rusty going into the game, but we were able to use our press to fight back,” added Arbogast. “We played a 2-2-1 press and we just put a little more pressure on the ball than we normally do, to get them into a trap, then we just jumped the pass. We forced quite a few turnovers.”
On Dec. 27, West Valley fell to Mount St. Mary’s 69-33. West Valley trailed 23-19 at the half, but Mount St. Mary’s would break it open, in the second half. Arbogast noted that turnovers attributed to the loss, as West Valley committed 48 turnovers.
“We didn’t take care of the ball,” said the coach, about his team’s second-half struggles. “They came out and pressed us. We were on, we were off, sometimes we ran the press break right, sometimes we didn’t. It comes down to what we’ve struggled with, all year: Bad decisions, bad passes and that creates turnovers.”
Thomas led West Valley with 13 points, while Snayczuk had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Snayzcuk’s performance earned her All-Tournament team honors.
West Valley traveled to Randolph on Jan. 4, before beginning the league schedule with a game against Franklinville on Jan. 7.