MADRID - At times in the second half of Tuesdays NAC meeting of state-ranked girls basketball teams, Madrid-Waddington (No. 12) seemed almost mesmerized by the ballhawking of Chateaugay (No. 13) guards Hannah Cook, Courtney Boyea and Alexis Beach.
Ballhawking which inspired a comeback from a 22-10 first half deficit caused by the Bulldogs inability to generate any semblance of consistencey from the perimeter against M-Ws fast-closing zone defense.
The Jackets opened the 12-point margin by fashioning a 12-2 second quarter advantage anchored by back-to-back threes by Bridget Beldock and Olivia Parmeter.
But the Bulldogs methodically whittled away the deficit and eventually finished with a 26-13 second half margin led by Cook (8 steals) who tallied 14-second half points.
The comeback culminated with Boyea and Cook scoring layups off steals in the final 30 seconds and the situation became even more disheartening for the Lady Jackets when Beldocks eight-point evening ended when she banged her head on the floor on a fall while driving down the lane with 7.1 seconds remaining.
But the 15-1 Jackets (8-0) showed the depth of their heart and poise as they regrouped to outscore the Bulldogs 12-0 in overtime for a 48-36 victory and their 10th straight win.
M-W dominated the overtime by protecting the ball against the overplaying Bulldog defenders while guard Tess Knight buried eight of 10 free throws and a foul line jumper and Katie Marcellus and Jenny King controlled the defensive boards.
We just had to get back to running our offense. Chateaugay played great defense to take away our three-point attempts so we had to get the ball into our post players, said Knight who finished with a game-high 17 points and led M-W to an 18-1 advantage at the free throw line.
This wasnt a league game for us but it was a very important game. We really wanted it.
M-W Coach Gary Tischler credited his teams regrouping and the overbearing desire to win shown by the Bulldogs (14-3, 10-1 NAC East).
Ive coached against Chateaugay teams for a lot of years and they never quit. We used two different zones tonight and did a good job defending their shots but I think they also had a bit of an off night shooting. But they made one ferocious comeback, said Tischler. I am very proud of our girls and they way Tess Knight played in the overtime. She is going to be a coach someday. Bridget Beldock has been out for most of the year but she is our leader and we made one great effort to turn things around in overtime without her. Especially after playing a tough St. Lawrence Central club the night before.
Marcellus, who was credited for best game of the season in the post by Coach Tischler, finished with 11 points with 5-7 free throw shooting and eight rebounds. King was extremely active in the lane on both ends of the floor collecting seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals and Parmeter scored five second-quarter points. Following Cook in the Chateaugay offense were: Boyea with eight points, Makayla Fleury (12 rebounds) and Danielle Chartrand with six points and Abby Barnes (10 rebounds) with two points.
The JV game saw Chateaugay hand M-W its second loss of the season in a 41-34 decision. Alicia Cook led Chateaugay with 18 points and Kayleigh Field paced M-W with 14 followed by Hanna Marcellus and Sam Dugan with eight points apiece.
Potsdam 73 - N-N 26: Sarah Vivlamore netted five three-pointers in leading the Sandstoners with 21 points. In the final home games of their varsity careers at Potsdam, seniors Taylor Bonno and Shanielle Chambers generated 16 and 14 points.
Sophomores Breanna Deshane and Kate Wellings led N-N with six points apiece.