Brockport women drop close one to Fredonia

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FREDONIA, N.Y. – After a three-game home streak, The College at Brockport women’s basketball was back on the road Tuesday night as they took on SUNY Fredonia, the last these two teams will meet in the regular season. The Golden Eagles dropped a 56-52 loss to the Blue Devils, putting them at 6-8 in the SUNYAC with only four more conference opponents ahead.

The Golden Eagles and the Blue Devils put up an even fight through the first half, as both defenses put heavy pressure on each other to find successful offensive opportunities. The two traded points for much of the half, however the Golden Eagles managed to maintain a lead through both quarters.

Trying to find their rhythm against the Blue Devil defense, the Green and Gold looked to each one of their players for execution. Bailey Pratt drove the offense through the first quarter, netting seven points both on drives to the basket and from the perimeter. Emily Nestler (Rush-Henrietta), Julianna Taylor, and Chelsea Henry (Greece Arcadia) each added solo baskets of their own as well, allowing the Golden Eagles to pick up a 13-11 lead at the end of 10.

To no surprise, the second quarter opened much like the first, with both teams struggling to find opportunities. Kylee Rosbrook opened it up for the Green and Gold, sinking one from the outside off an assist from Zaria McCullough to put them up five. Nestler and Morgan Elmer continued to widen the gap, each with strong layups for four more. The Blue Devils managed to keep the Golden Eagles offense in a lull towards the end of the quarter as they tried to gain the lead before the half, however last-minute points from Henry secured the Green and Golden a single point lead, 23-22.

Pratt took matters into her own hands after the half, demanding all spots on the floor as she drove to the basket for one and came back for one more off another assist from McCullough for three. Once again, the Golden Eagles found themselves sharing baskets back and forth with the Blue Devils, however Nestler grabbed two more layups in the paint as well as two good free throws, allowing the Green and Gold to pick up the largest lead of the night.

Only up 36-33 with a quarter left to play, the Golden Eagles had to be smart with the ball to avoid a lead change. The Blue Devils started the fourth with a quick jumper to close the lead to one, though Allison Chiera answered back shortly after with a bucket of her own. With 5:30 minutes left to play, the Golden Eagles allowed the Blue Devils to pick up their largest lead off of untimely fouls and turnovers. Nevertheless, key back to back points from Nestler and Pratt moved the Green and Gold back within three with 2:22 left to play.

Despite a strong effort in the final moments to regain the lead, the Golden Eagles fell to the Blue Devils 56-52. Nestler and Pratt ran away with the leaderboard, each notching 14 points and a combined eight rebounds on the night. Henry and Taylor came up big for the Green in Gold in numerous categories, Henry putting up seven points, five rebounds, three steals, and an assist and Taylor with eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The Golden Eagles are back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. where they will take on the Geneseo Knights for the first game of their double-header.

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