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Girls basketball: Hatfield makes debut in Erie victory

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ERIE — Holly Hatfield was well aware of the fact that she would have to sit through the first 11 games of the season, as per state rules, after transferring to Erie from Mountain Range.

Still, that knowledge did not make her seat on the sideline any more comfortable and, by her own admission, Hatfield conceded, “11 games was a long time.”

The layoff finally felt worthwhile on Tuesday. Hatfield helped lead her new team to victory in her debut, as Erie posted a 49-42 win against Skyline in a Class 4A Tri-Valley League match.

“It was a lot off our shoulders,” Hatfield said. “It was very hard to watch. But we don’t have a star player, and we are going to work together. Finally we are going to have a chance to come together. Assists mean more than scoring to us.”

Skyline (5-4, 2-1) held a 24-20 lead at halftime as it attempted to retain its early share of first-place in the Tri-Valley League, but the host Tigers put the Falcons on their heels with a stellar third quarter. Erie (4-8, 1-2) scored the first 12 points of the third and took a 32-30 lead into the fourth. The Tigers finally pulled away with a 10-4 run midway through the final frame.

Hatfield and fellow senior Monica McGinnis paced Erie with 10 points apiece while Amanda Ochoa chipped in with eight points. Allison Curtis and Nikki Mastriona, who knocked down four 3-pointers, each scored 12 points to lead Skyline.

“Forcing the turnovers is what we’ve got to kind of do, but our unforced turnovers is what kept them in the game,” Erie coach Noel Potter said. “We’ve had so many girls out — sick, hurt, waiting to be eligible. We just had a tough time in the beginning of the season having any type of cohesiveness. That’s been the big learning process, but it’s coming together. This is really the first game everyone’s been here, so now we’re hoping to get it rolling.”

Pat Rooney can be reached at rooneyp@dailycamera.com

Erie 49, Skyline 42

At Erie HS

SKYLINE (5-4, 2-1)

Spencer 1 1-2 4, Emanuel 0 0-0 0, Elcock 0 3-4 3, Curtis 4 3-6 12, Torres 2 1-2 5, Barron 3 0-1 6, Mastriona 4 0-0 12. Totals 14 8-15 42.

ERIE (4-8, 1-2)

Ochoa 2 4-6 8, McGinnis 4 2-4 10, Hatfield 2 6-7 10, Lee 3 1-3 7, Zeier 2 0-1 4, Hal. Gallagher 0 0-0 0, Hulet 2 1-2 6, Gudino 1 0-0 2, Han. Gallagher 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 14-23 49.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 10 14 6 12 — 42

Erie 10 10 12 17 — 49

3-point field goals — Skyline (6): Mastriona 4, Curtis, Spencer; Erie (1): Hulet. Total fouls — Skyline 18, Erie 15. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.