CANISTEO?— Canisteo-Greenwood continued a unique tradition with the celebration of Grandparents’ Night Monday evening, and the Lady Redskins didn’t wait long to give the home fans something to cheer about.
Hali Ordway and Amber Edwards opened the game with back-to-back triples as Canisteo-Greenwood started on a 10-0 run en route to a 42-23 win over visiting Alfred-Almond in Steuben County league action.
Sofia Caltabiano kept the hot shooting going with a jumper from the wing. Edwards then scored a lay-up on the fast break after a steal to push the lead to 10-0, forcing Alfred-Almond head coach Dave Brady to use an early timeout 2:30 into the game.
“They were ready to play when we came out and we got that quick 10-0 lead,” said Canisteo-Greenwood head coach Mike Wright. “Then we were just kind of going through the motions for a little bit after that. We did some stuff well.
“I thought we got really good shots, we just didn’t shoot well. We shot 20-some percent, but the shots we were getting were the shots that we wanted to be able to get. We’ll take that.”
Alfred-Almond cut the lead to six at 10-4, but the Lady Eagles scored just two points in the second quarter as the Redskins built a 23-6 lead at the break and never looked back.
The Lady Redskins and their grandparents were introduced at centercourt before the game.
“We’ve done that the last couple years,”?Wright said. “It’s something the grandparents look forward to, and the kids certainly look forward to it. It’s a chance to be out there with their grandparents, and it’s kind of a neat way to kick it off. I was glad Alfred-Almond was willing to sit down for a couple minutes so we could do that. That was fun. It’s a nice thing.”
Edwards helped send the fans home happy, leading the way with 17 points and seven rebounds. Caltabiano followed with 13 points.
Catherine Bialecki countered with 16 points and 14 boards for the Eagles, while Savannah Bates added seven points to account for all the Alfred-Almond scoring. Bialecki also had a hand in what became a rough night from the field after C-G’s fast start. The junior center blocked three shots and altered countless others in the paint.
“Catherine certainly has an effect on some of that,”?Wright said. “They know she’s in there. Some of those we didn’t really follow through, and some we tried to quick-shot instead of getting ourselves set. If she blocks it, she blocks it, but at least give it a chance to go in. A lot of those we just came up short because we were trying to get rid of the ball so quick.
“Defensively I thought we did some pretty good stuff. Bialecki had eight in the fourth quarter. We did a pretty good job. Amber did a nice job early on her.”
Hali Ordway added six points and grabbed a team-high 11 boards for the Redskins.
“For a point guard to have 11 rebounds, she’s doing a nice job there,” Wright said. “I think they only had two girls score, so as a team I thought defensively we did a nice job.”
Alfred-Almond (3-7) will look to get back in the win column tonight when it hosts Avoca at 7:15 p.m.
Monday’s contest was just the beginning of a long week for Canisteo-Greenwood. The Redskins (4-4) travel to Hammondsport tonight and Avoca Thursday before hosting Arkport Friday.
“I would love to get in a gym and be able to shoot tomorrow, but we’re going to go play again,” Wright said. “Hopefully we’ll shoot better.”
A-A 4 2 7 10 — 23 C-G 12 11 12 7 — 42
ALFRED-ALMOND: Catherine Bialecki 7 2-6 16, Savannah Bates 3 1-4 7. CANISTEO-GREENWOOD: Elaina Brownell 0 1-2 1, Amber Edwards 6 3-6 17, Bethany Rahr 1 1-2 3, Hali Ordway 2 0-0 6, Julie York 1 0-0 2, Sofia Caltabiano 5 2-2 13. 3-point goals: A-A?0; C-G?5 (Edwards 2, Ordway 2, Caltabiano). Fouled out:?None.