For much of last week Monday, it appeared as though the Hinsdale girls’ basketball team was on the way to its first win and Ellicottville to an 0-3 start.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead and took a nine-point advantage into the final frame. A big fourth quarter from Ellicottville, however, led to the opposite outcome: The Eagles’ first win and an 0-3 start for Hinsdale.
Linnea Jimerson and Evie Cortez both had big nights and Ellicottville outscored Hinsdale 19-5 in the final frame in pulling out a 45-40 non-league triumph.
Jimerson totaled 24 points, 10 rebounds and five steals while Cortez posted 17 points, six rebounds and five steals. They combined for 41 of the Eagles’ 45 points, including 17 over the final eight minutes.
“The ball was not going in, and that was affecting our confidence,” Ellicottville coach Chad Bartoszek said. “We made some shots in the fourth and our confidence got going.”
The Eagles also created more turnovers in the fourth in turning a 35-26 deficit into a 45-40 triumph.
Kayla Brooks had a team-high 11 points for the Bobcats (0-3).
Dunkirk 83, Ellicottville 59
PORTVILLE — Dunkirk (1-1) jumped out to a 27-15 lead in the first quarter Saturday and went on to take the consolation game of the Adam Elliott Memorial Tournament.
Linnea Jimerson had 28 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Evie Cortez added 14 points and four steals for Ellicottville.
Cuba-Rushford 52, Ellicottville 40
PORTVILLE — Cameron Shaw recorded an impressive double-double Thursday to key Cuba-Rushford in a season-opening win in the first round of the Adam Elliott Memorial Tournament.
Shaw finished with 16 rebounds and 11 points.
Also for the Rebels, Kate Howe handed out six assists to go with 22 points.
Riley Howe added 10 points for Cuba-Rushford, which pulled away with a 22-13 third quarter scoring advantage.
“We came out and played a little calmer,” Cuba-Rushford coach Molly McMahon said.
Linnea Jimerson and Evie Cortez scored 15 and 11 points, respectively, for Ellicottville.