HORNELL — What a difference a couple nights can make.
Hornell struggled a bit from the field in its season opener Saturday in Wayland, but Tuesday night back home in the Maple City, the Red Raiders were red hot and raced to a huge 80-30 win over visiting Geneseo.
Leah Harkenrider put on a show from downtown, draining seven three-pointers en route to pouring in a game-high 28 points. Harkenrider’s seven threes alone were more than the handful Hornell hit as a team Saturday. Overall, the Lady Red Raiders connected on 13 from long range during Tuesday’s dominating victory.
Jaden Sciotti had a great floor game with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and eight steals ... all while posting just one turnover.
“Leah will get the headlines with 28 points, but Jaden was amazing tonight. In the first half she got everyone going,” said Hornell coach Brian Dyring. “It was like watching a little general on the court in total control for the entire game. Her and leah didn’t even play the fourth quarter.”
Indeed, Hornell raced to a 39-14 halftime lead and never cooled off. Dezi Mount added 13 points while Lily Gaffney had nine and six rebounds down low.
“We haven’t had a taller girl since Chantre (Milliner),” Dyring said. “Tonight we dumped it down to her and she got some easy buckets. If we can get that production every night that adds a whole other dimension to our offense. It was a good bounce back win. The kids were a little shaken are losing our first game and it was good for us to say hey, we’re still pretty good.”
The Hornell defense was better than good as the Red Raiders piled up 30 steals.
“We really did a good job defensively against Elba too, we just didn’t shoot well,” Dyring said. “If they continue to progress this could possibly be one of the best defensive groups I’ve had. They’re very active.”
Hornell is back home Saturday night at 7 p.m., welcoming in Class B1 Waterloo.
“They’re 2-0 and they have pieces back,” Dyring said. “They have some size. They’ll be good. It will be another good challenge for us.”