Wolfe’s 3 seals Penn College win in women’s basketball
Madison Klock drove inside of the paint and saw Tori Wolfe open from outside the arc to her left. So Klock quickly dished out a pass to Wolfe. As soon as Wolfe got the ball, she let go of a great 3-pointer to put Penn College ahead by 11 points.
That’s when Penn College called a timeout and coach Britni Mohney let Wolfe know just how important that basket was.
The dagger all but deflated Cazenovia’s rally attempts and allowed Penn College to escape Bardo Gym with a 90-79 win Saturday afternoon.
“I said ‘Tori, that shot was huge.’ To get a shot like that when momentum was still kind of swinging,” Mohney said. “That shot was huge for us.”
“I think that was really good. We knew we could count on Tori to really make them,” Klock said. “She’s really good at the 3-point shot. I just drove and passed it into her and knew she was going to make that.”
Penn College held a lead the entire second half, but with how Cazenovia was playing and taking advantage of free throws — including scoring 11 points from the line in the third quarter — it seemed like Cazenovia was only wtihin a basket or two instead of down eight or nine at times.
“People started stepping up for them that we really weren’t concerned about, which is great because it makes us more of a sound basketball team that we have to worry about five players on the floor,” Mohney said.
“For some reason we kept fouling. We didn’t want to do that, but all their points in third quarter were mostly from the free throw line,” Klock said. “That’s not what we wanted to happen. Somehow we did turn it around and kept scoring, it just happened.”
Klock was huge for Penn College. The sophomore guard led Penn College with 25 points, had a team-high eight assists, grabbed seven rebounds and constantly was hustling from one end of the court to another. If there was a loose ball, Klock was diving to grab it. If she was near a Cazenovia player attempting to take a shot, she was jumping and trying to get a hand in her face.
Wherever the action was, Klock wasn’t far away.
“She is a player that you just get excited to coach because you know she’s going to dive on the floor and do everything you ask to another degree,” Mohney said. “To have a player like that is very rare and to be able to coach a player like that, I’m very honored to do that.”
“I go out there like every game’s going to be my last, you never know. I always have that intensity going into games,” Klock said of her playing style. “I just like the momentum and that energy, that’s just how I roll kind of. I just keep pushing it and that’s just what I do.”
Klock was just one of five players for Penn College in double figures. Loyalsock grad Cassi Kuhns and Wolfe both scored 15, Maci Ilgen added 11 and Keyona Shoff scored 10 points. Wolfe also had a double-double as she had a team-high 10 rebounds. Kuhns and Ilgen both had nine boards.
Cazenovia led late in the first quarter before Penn College started to pull away and led by as nine heading into the half. Penn College also used a quick 6-0 spurt, fueled largely by Ja’Quela Dyer, to go ahead by six in that second quarter.
In the first half especially, Cazenovia was doing damage from behind the arc thanks to shooter Danielle Caivana, who seemingly couldn’t miss from 3-point range. The 5-foot-2 senior ended with five treys, four of which came in the first half.
Caivana led Cazenovia with 23 points and Amy Holland added 19.
Cazenovia never tied the game in the second half or took a lead, but played fast and kept frustrating Penn College at times. Cazenovia kept it within six points throughout the third quarter and cut the deficit down to just four in the fourth quarter when Holland hit a 3 with 7:20 to play to make it a 69-65 game.
Penn College 90, Cazenovia 79
CAZENOVIA (3-8, 1-1 NEAC)
Alexis Tubbs 3-7 2-6 9; MacKenzie Bennett 4-10 1-2 9; Danielle Caivana 9-18 0-0 23; Lucia Liverio 3-6 4-6 10; Amy Holland 5-13 7-10 19; Sydney Smith 1-3 0-0 2; Bailey Bennett 0-1 2-2 2; Mallory Clark 0-1 0-0 0; Lauren Schwarzbeck 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 27-61 16-26 79.
PENN COLLEGE (3-6, 1-1 NEAC)
Tori Wolfe 6-13 0-0 15; Maci Ilgen 5-10 1-3 11; Cassi Kuhns 6-8 3-4 15; Madison Klock 8-13 4-6 25; Lydia Albert 2-10 0-0 6; Keyona Shoff 4-13 1-2 10; Olivia Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Makaya Shadle 0-1 0-0 0; Ja’Quela Dyer 4-8 0-2 8. Totals 35-76 9-17 90.
Cazenovia 20 15 23 21 — 79
Penn College 28 16 21 25 — 90
3-point goals: Cazenovia 9-22 (Caivana 5-9; Holland 2-7; Tubbs 1-2; Schwarzbeck 1-1; Bennett 0-1; Smith 0-2), Penn College 11-28 (Klock 5-8; Wolfe 3-8; Albert 2-6; Shoff 1-4; Ilgen 0-1; Shadle 0-1). Fouled out: Cazenovia-Holland; Penn College-none. Rebounds: Cazenovia 25 (Tubbs 12), Penn College 49 (Wolfe 10). Assists: Cazenovia 21 (Liverio 7), Penn College 26 (Klock 8). Technical fouls: Cazenovia-none; Penn College-none. Total fouls: Cazenovia 14, Penn College 17. A: 199.