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Warrior's Basketball Teams Take 3rd In IAABO

Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 by Brittany Haines
As many people know, both the Varsity Boy’s and Girl’s basketball teams participated in the Cattaraugus Official’s tournament, also called the IAABO, over the Christmas break. The boy’s team has participated mostly every year, but as for the girls, this has been their first time back in about 10 years. “I was very excited to be invited to play in the IAABO. This meant that our team was tough and had good character for the officials to choose us to play in the tournament. The competition was tough and I believed that we could handle it very well.” says coach Courtney Valent-Halpiany. The first match up in the tournament for the girls was Pioneer. The ladies couldn’t hold on for a victory and suffered their first loss with a score of 61-43. Ashley Abrams was the high scorer in the game, scoring 24 of the ladies points. Katie Auge also put up 10 points for the Lady Warriors. Pioneer’s Joyelle Connelly scored 19 points against the lady warriors and went on to receive Tournament MVP. On Saturday morning the Lady Warriors left for St. Bonaventure in hope of better luck against Franklinville’s Lady Panthers. The ladies showed the reason why they were chosen to play in the tournament with an impressive win of 65-49 over the Lady Panthers. Again Ashley Abrams was high scorer, putting up 21 points, with Katie Auge and Christina Leblanc following with 12. Franklinville’s Samantha Kopp carried the Panthers with 27 of their 49 points. At the end of the Ladies division, Ashley Abrams was named to the All Tournament Team. “It was an impressive win. It showed the girls that they could take a section title because Franklinville was the only team that stood in the way. I think it boosted the girls confidence in the way that they played, and prepared them for tougher victory down the road. Shutting down Kopp and Connelly was a difficult task and I believe we keyed in on it very well and adjusted the best that we could. I’m glad to be invited to the tournament because its great competition, and hopefully we will be invited back next year.” As for the guys team, they also faced tough competition, facing off with Wellsville Thursday night. The Warriors showed up to play, but could not hold on for a victory, falling with a score of 56-40. Wellsville shut down the boys star point guard, Jack O’Rourke limiting his points to very little. He also left the game with a cut under his eye, where he later received 6 stitches. The high scorer of the game for the Warriors was Derek LeBlanc scoring 10 points. Losing in this game also set them up for some tough competition, Alleghany Limestone, who they had faced and lost to during normal season play. The Warriors came out strong and battled, and they came out on top with a victory, 66-59. Jack O’Rourke came back and played with his eye injury, scoring 20 points. Derek LeBlanc was again the high scorer, scoring 22 points. Congratulations to both Varsity Basketball teams on their hard work and effort.

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