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Team Effort Lifts Pioneers Past Franciscan

Senior day celebration

All five Pioneers scored in double figures as Alfred State defeated Franciscan 68-50 on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers used big a 2nd quarter to grab the lead and a strong 3rd quarter to build on that lead.

In a back and forth 1st quarter, Franciscan scored late and led 14-13 after ten minutes. With the game tied at 17-17, the Pioneers went on a 7-2 run to take the lead and led 28-20 at the half. They built their lead to 43-23 in the 3rd quarter and led 48-32 after three. They didn't allow the Barons back in the game in the 4th and led by as many as 23.

Jordyn Pettit (Wellsville) led the team with 22 points and added 19 rebounds (15 defensive). Emily Kelley (Andover) had a monster game finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds, eight blocks, and six assists. Kelsey Shaulis (Ovid/South Seneca) finished with 14, Skylar Shaulis (Ovid/South Seneca) scored all 11 of her points in the 2nd half, and My'ana Davis (Greece Athena) scored 10 points and passed out five assists in her first career start.

Estelle Leon led the Barons (9-12, 7-9 AMCC) with 15 points and 16 boards while Abby Baierl finished with 10.

Alfred State shot 41.8% from the floor for the game (46.7% in the 2nd and 46.2% in the 3rd and 4th quarter) while Franciscan was held to 23.7% shooting for the game. The Pioneers were also solid at the line hitting 17 of their 23 foul shots attempts.

Prior to the game the athletic department and women's basketball coaching staff honored Kelsey Shaulis and Rayanna Anderson (Wellsville) who will be completing their playing careers at Alfred State.

The Pioneers hit the road on Wednesday to take on D'Youville at 8 p.m.

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