After a loss in the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, the Central A&M Raiders squeezed a win past the Williamsville Bullets on Saturday, 54-52.

The raiders are still without the senior post player Channing Reed, who was injured in volleyball. This testing could make them stronger later in the season.

Despite being down a man, they beat the Bullets on the strength of a 2nd period edge. The all-but equal opponents matched their efforts in the 1st period, 12-12.

Emma Beck opened up her game with back-to-back 3s. McKenna Denton scored twice and Hannah Schinzler scored. Williamsville got a deuce and a trey from Henrickson. Phillips scored twice and Watson had a 3-point play.

The 2nd period, A&M churned some butter. Schinzler scored twice inside the arc and then cashed in a trey. She converted a 3-point play for 10 points in the period.

Mikayla Denton scored twice. Beck completed her trey hat trick in the 1st half. McKenna Denton scored again and Billups sank two free throws for a 21-16 run.

Henrickson made two treys, Woods and Watson had solo twos. Roberts made two foul shots. Bartlett made two foul shots. Rapp made two foul shots, but the Bullets were down by 5 at the half, 33-28.

The 3rd period was another almost even-steven. This time Wuilliamsville had a 1-point edge in the period, 12-11. Roberts caught fire with two buckets then a 3-point play. Henrickson canned another triple. Phillips and Watson each split two free throws.

On the raider side Mikayla Denton mae a trey and a deuce. Schinzler stroked a three and McKenna Denton made 1-of-2 foul shots, then a deuce. A&M was still up 4, 44-40.

The Bullets tried to pick off the Raiders in the 4th, but couldn’t pull the trigger. Williamsville won the quarter by a bucket, 12-10. Henrickson was on fire, making her 5th and 6th triple and finishing with a two for another 8 points. Murphy and Bartlett added solo twos, but came just short.

The Raiders scored just enough to leave the bullets with an empty chamber. A&M missed 5-of-9 foul shots in crunch time and still walked away with a win.

Mikayla Denton made two buckets and 1-of-3 foul shots. McKenna Denton had a two and 1-of-2 foul shots. Schinzler got to the line twice and made 2-of-4 shots. They won by two, 54-52.

Henrickson led all players with 22 points, all from the floor, including a double, trey hat trick.

A&M had 3 players in double figures. Schinzler had 17 points on 6 buckets with 2 treys and 3-of-5 at the line. Mikayla Denton scored 14 points with 6 buckets, including a trey. McKenna Denton scored a dozen on 5 buckets and 2-of-4 at the line.

A&M’s Beck had 9 points on 3 triples, while Williamsville’s Roberts had 9 points on 3 deuces and 3-of-4 at the line.

Saturday Pana Tourney

Central A&M 54, Williamsville 52

C A&M 12-21-11-10--54

W’ville 12-21-11-10--52

CAM stats: Schinzler 17 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/5 FTs), Mi Denton 14 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/3 FTs), Mc Denton 12 (5 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Beck 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Billups 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 20. 3-Pointers: 6 (Beck 3, Schinzler 2, Mi Denton). Team FTs 8-of-14.

Wville stats: Henrickson 22 (2-2s, 6-3 pt FGs), Roberts 9 (3 FGs, 3/4 FTs), 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Phillips 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Bartlett 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Woods 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Rapp 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 6 (Henrickson). Team FTs 10-of-15.

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