POTSDAM - The higher seeds earned a chance to play for the Section 10 Overall girls basketball championship after notching semi-final round wins at SUNY Potsdams Jerry Welsh Gymnasium on Tuesday.
In the first game of the night, Class D champion Heuvelton Central knocked off Class B and defending overall tournament champion Canton Central 62-47 while Class A champion Franklin Academy turned back Class C champion St. Lawrence Central which was making its first-ever appearance in the overall playoff.
FA and Heuvelton will square off in the overall final this Saturday starting at noon back at Jerry Welsh Gym.
FA 46, SLC 21: The Lady Huskies (18-1) scored the first 10 points of the game and led 20-10 in the second quarter before the Lady Larries (13-8) battled back to make it a six-point game. FA went into halftime leading 24-14 and outscored SLC 7-5 in the third quarter before sealing the win with a 15-2 fourth-quarter run.
Senior Lindsey Thayer, who was later announced as one of the four finalists for the Jan Reetz Award as the Outstanding Girls Basketball Player in Section 10, anchored the SLC offense with eight points, six rebounds and two blocks. Breanna Evans tallied eight points and three boards. Morgan Greer and Haleigh Agans contributed two points and four rebounds each while Jenna Kesner (6 rebounds, 2 assists) closed out the Lady Larries scoresheet with a free throw.
Morgan Fountain, Meghan OConnor and Janelle Heden netted eight points apiece for FA. Rachel Lamica added seven followed by Taylor Poirier with six.
The Lady Larries will now gear up to take on the Section 7 champion in the first round of the state Class C tournament next Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam starting at 6 p.m.
We got down but we played hard. We had really nothing to lose tonight. We got to play against a team that is very good and our next game will be against a team like Malone, said SLC coach Chad Gauthier. Weve got NAC or Seton Catholic next and both are good clubs.
The Lady Huskies are slated to face the Section 3 champion the same night at Onondaga Community College starting at 7 p.m.
Heuvelton 62, Canton 47: Heuveltons backup center Kylie Piercey stepped up to spark the Lady Bulldogs (20-2) after drawing a starting assignment when First Team All-NAC West selection Olivia St. Pierre was hindered by an allergic reaction to medication.
The 5 10 junior scored six straight points inside and sparked the Bulldogs to an 18-5 first quarter lead and then combined with guard Alexis Weidner to seal a 62-47 win after a furious Canton rally cut a 41-20 deficit to 43-36 with seven minutes to play and 47-42 with 4:11 to play.
Weidner, who scored eight points in a balanced winning offense which was led by a steady 15-point effort from senior Maddie St. Pierre, who went 5-7 from the free throw line and scored at least three points in all four quarters. Piercey finished with 12 points along with Paige McCormick, who scored six in the second quarter. Logan Tallman netted 10 points and went 5-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter where HCS went 13-19 as a team. The strong rebounding of the Bulldogs also played a key role in the close-out as they controlled offensive rebounds on three free throw misses.
The 16-5 Bears comeback was led by Tori Daley, who scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half. Kali Frank scored seven of her 15 points with a pair of threes in the first half and netted six fourth-quarter points. Natalie DiSalvo and Emily Pinckney each scored five points.
Rachel Huntley and Katie Clemmer each added two and Rachel Sanderson chipped in one.
Canton, which will travel to Troy High School to play the Section 2 champion on Tuesday at 6 p.m., was represented on the All-NAC Central Team by Frank, who made the First Team, and Daley, who made the Second Team.