JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Ella Meabon (Fairport) scored 11 of her game-high 18 points late in the first half when the Rochester Girls erased a double-digit deficit and went on to defeat Central, 63-47 in opening day action of the 2022 Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Summer Hoops Festival at Johnson City on Friday.
Meabon connected three times from the floor and converted on all five of her free throw attempts to help Rochester to a 43-27 lead heading into the locker room. Trailing 15-4, Caydence Hadley (Bishop Kearney) grabbed an offensive rebound and finished at the rim. One possession later, Meabon scored in the lane. Ne’vaeh Buntley (Fairport) hit a jumper from the right corner before Aniya Rowe (Bishop Kearney) found the measure from behind the 3-point arc to make it a one-possession game at 15-13. Audrey Hintz (Our Lady of Mercy) completed an and-one and gave Rochester its first lead of the game at 16-15. One possession later, Hintz set up Buntley for a bucket underneath, and Rochester had a lead it did not surrender. Meabon connected twice from the free throw for Rochester’s first double-digit advantage of the day at 31-21.
Ella Meabon gets the hurt and harm. Rochester 61-47. 2:39 to go. pic.twitter.com/WB9Lmji5Uy— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) August 5, 2022
Rowe finished with nine points in the game. Buntley added eight. Hadley and Kylie Buckley (Livonia) both scored seven. Mallory Heise (Hilton) contributed six points while Hintz had five and Amaia Jackson (Bishop Kearney) scored three points.
Kylie Buckley finds Caydence Hadley for the and-one to snap a 12-0 Central run. Rochester 50-43 with 6:51 remaining. pic.twitter.com/VnhUJVjg5X— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) August 5, 2022
Leah Middleton (Auburn) scored 17 points to lead the Central offense.
Earlier in the day, Meabon and Jackson scored 13 apiece, but it was not enough as Rochester fell to Mid-Hudson 55-50. Meabon’s wing 3-pointer gave Rochester a 17-7 lead midway through the first half. The advantage was cut to four heading into the break, and Mid-Hudson took a 32-31 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining when Jahesa Stokes hit her first of back-to-back triples. Mid-Hudson pushed its lead to five before Rochester rallied. Meabon connected from long rang for a 50-47 Rochester lead with 1:38 remaining in the game. Mid-Hudson’s Paige Girardi hit a trey of her own, and Zoe Mesuch followed with the go-ahead triple.
Kylie Buckley opens the second-half scoring with help from Aniya Rowe. pic.twitter.com/59K3XXAGdg— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) August 5, 2022
Jackson hit three 3-pointers in the contest. Buckley scored seven points. Rowe added six. Hadley (5), Buntley (4) and Heise (2) rounded out the scoring for the Rochester. The local squad completes pool play on Saturday against Suffolk and Hudson Valley.
Amaia Jackson makes use of a ball screen for her second three of the half. Rochester 20-10. pic.twitter.com/LChofpIrnh— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) August 5, 2022
Also from Friday:
Buffalo 76 Rochester (Boys) 60
Xavier Gissendanner (Irondequoit) scored 19 points including 11 in the second half to lead the Rochester offense. Marquell Freeman (Edison Tech) connected on a pair of 3-pointers and added 12. Colin Gentile (Bishop Kearney) also connected twice from long range and finished with 10 points. JC Walker (Lyons) scored eight while Merritt Holly (Le Roy) had five points. Garrett Clar (Victor) scored three and Max Michalski (Pittsford Sutherland) had two points. Rochester trailed 44-29 at half. Gissendanner cut the deficit to 12 at 52-40 with a steal dunk. That was as close as the locals would get. Lucas Brown (Salamanca) scored 15 points to lead Buffalo.
Xavier Gissendanner hits the pull-up jumper to get Rochester within five at 16-11. pic.twitter.com/k192HDfo70— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) August 5, 2022
Central 79 Rochester (Boys) 55
Gissendanner scored 18 points while Holly added 10 points – all in the second half. Gentile and Walker accounted for nine points apiece. Francis Nwokonko (Brockport) scored four. Freeman added three. Central scored the first six points of the game and eventually led 22-11 before taking a 44-26 advantage into halftime. Trevor Roe (Fayetteville-Manlius) scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half to lead Central. Rochester continues pool play on Saturday against Suffolk and Hudson Valley.