By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has won 5 out of its last 6 games, including a three-game winning streak, to improve its record to 5-2.
On Dec. 30, the Lady Warriors rolled past North Rose-Wolcott 56-22. Hannibal began 2014 with a win over Cazenovia 52-36 on Jan. 9 and then came away with a hard fought win over Bishop Ludden on Jan. 13 by a score of 51-46.
The Lady Warriors wasted little time asserting their dominance in the North Rose-Wolcott game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter to take a 31-10 lead into halftime.
The Lady Warriors refused to slow down during the second half. They outscored North Rose-Wolcott by 4 points during the third quarter to push their lead to 25 points and then capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring North Rose-Wolcott by 9.
The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Kaylee Esposito with 8, Rachel Shute, Spencer Kenney and Sarah Otis scored 6 points each, Sydney Alton added 5, Gabby Griffin chipped in 4 while McKenzie Mattison and Hunter Beckwith tallied 3 points each.
In the Cazenovia game, Caz outscored Hannibal by 4 points during the first quarter, but then the Lady Warriors got into gear and stormed ahead in the second quarter to take a 30-22 halftime lead.
After an evenly played third quarter, Hannibal maintained its 8-point lead. The Lady Warriors put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Caz by 8.
Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 26 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 8, McKenzie Mattison with 7 and Sydney Alton, Gabby Griffin and Kaylee Esposito chipped in 3 points each.
The Lady Warriors capped the three-game stretch by holding off Bishop Ludden. Ludden had a 3-point lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Warriors fought back during the second quarter, outcoring Bishop Ludden by 5 points to lead 19-17 at the half.
During the third quarter, Bishop Ludden rediscovered the competitive nature that they displayed during the first quarter and outscored Hannibal by 2 points to send the game into the fourth quarter evened up at 31.
But the Lady Warriors got it done down the stretch, outscoring Ludden by 5 points during the fourth quarter to prevail with a 51-46 win.
Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell withe 27 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 11, Gabby Griffin and McKenzie Mattison scored 4 points each and Sydney Alton chipped in 3.