Tess Wicks stepped up her game and the Horseheads girls basketball team showed its depth as they romped to a 62-43 win at Union-Endicott on Wednesday night.
With starters Ellie Leszyk and Jen Chalk sitting this one out, Wicks tallied a game-high 18 points — 12 in the second quarter — and Jen LaViola, as a fill-in starter, and Kasey Harter, coming off the bench, contributed eight points each.
“Two people are hurt and you have to step, and we needed everyone to step, so I knew making threes would help make the leap further,” said Wicks.
Wicks really helped the Blue Raiders leap to victory with her barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter. She went 3-for-3 from behind the arc, including a buzzer-beater.
“Coach said ‘Mar[lea] (Nolan) take two dribbles and pass to Tess’, she did that and I just chucked it,” said Wicks of beating the clock. “It was pure luck.”
Wicks drained two of her 3’s on Horseheads’ first two possessions of the second quarter and capped off the Blue Raiders’ 14-4 run over the last 3:31 of the second with the buzzer-beater. Wicks tallied six of the 14 points in all during the run and LaViola turned two Tigers turnovers into two layups in transition. The run stretched Horseheads’ lead from 26-14 to 40-18.
The Tigers committed eight turnovers in that pivotal second quarter and were held scoreless for over two-and-half minutes during the Blue Raiders run to close out the first half.
U-E scored the first four points of the second half on back-to-back field goals by Nicole Kaczmarczyk, who had 12 points. But Harter and Wicks combined for 10 of the Blue Raiders’ 14 third-quarter points while U-E was held to 12 third-quarter points. Harter’s six points came on 2-for-2 shooting from 3-point range.
“We have two starters sitting out, and they’re really pivotal players for us.” said Horseheads coach Andy Scott. “It is nice when you can take two contributors, who are sitting on the bench all game, and you have other girls step up and you don’t miss a beat.”
Horseheads started slow but finished the first quarter with a 10-4 run to bulge the lead from 7-4 to 17-8. Amanda Schiefen scored five points in the quarter while Nolan, who had 12 points and six offensive rebounds, contributed four points.