Lady Larries Make History; Huskies Exit States
Updated: Mar 13
BY DAVE SHEA
POTSDAM - The thirst to be the first drove the Lady Larries of St. Lawrence through the downturns of Wednesday night's roller roaster Class C Regional Semi Basketball game with Section 7 Champion Northern Adirondack Central at SUNY Potsdam.
In the contest where both teams enjoyed success at forcing turnovers to key scoring spurts, NAC Central Division MVP Marissa McLean ignited a decisive fourth quarter rise by the Section 10 Champion Larries who overcame an 11-point deficit to shade the Bobcats 42-44.
Northern Adirondack (18-6) entered the game ranked 14th in this week's New York State Class C Poll while the Larries were unranked but undaunted. The Larries (12-11) became first girls or boys basketball team in school history to win a regional game and moved on to the regional championship game top-ranked and defending state champion Cambridge (21-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. Cambridge won its third straight Section 2 title with a 68-44 win over second ranked Maple Hill led by 23 points by Sophia Phillips and 18 points from Lilly Phillips.
"We were so excited about this game. We all wanted to be the first team in school history to win a regional game. Our goal was to come into this game and play with a lot of energy and play fast," said McLean who showed unlimited energy scoring 12 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter including an inside conversion to break a 42-42 tie with 27.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
She also contributed 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals to the win and teamed with Abby Lemieux for two steals to protect the lead in the final 19.1 seconds. Lemieux (3 assists, 4 rebounds), who scored all five of her points in the final quarter, buried a 3-pointer which gave SLC a 42-40 lead with 1:24 to play.
NAC's Kira LaBarge answered by converting a spinning move to the hoop to tie the score at 42-42 and complete an outstanding 20-point outing.
The Larries multi-tasking cast also featured Maggie Yandoh with nine points and three rebounds, Makenzie Moreau with four points and four rebounds and Madison McLean with two points.
"These girls just won't quit, ever," said SLC Coach Chad Gauthier.
Alexis Belrose tallied 12 points for an equally determined Northern Adirondack club followed by Mackenna LaBarge with four, Isabella Gilmore with five and Abby Peryea with one.
While the Lady Larries advanced the Malone Boys dropped a 60-48 decision at Cicero-North Syracuse to Section 3 Champion Christian Brothers Academy. The Malone Girls were eliminated by Section 2 Champion Averill Park, 73-28 on Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam.
CBA 68 - Malone 40: The Huskies (16-8) hung tough after one quarter trailing 20-15 but CBA (18-6) pulled away with a 16-7 second quarter run and a 21-8 third quarter blitz. Dan Anderson's 20 points paced the Brothers and Daimen Poirier and Payton Poirier scored 10 points to lead Malone and Gavin Barse and Aiden Decillis each buried two 3-pointers scoring six points.
Averill Park 73 - Malone 18: A 26-8 second quarter burst gave AP complete control and Kelsey Wood tallied 17 to lead the winners followed by 11-point efforts from Amelia Wood and Anna Jankovie. Madison Ansari scored 17 points for Malone (17-6).