BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central boys basketball team earned a chance to make more school history on Friday, pulling away to a 70-39 decision at home over Brushton-Moira in the semi-finals of the Section 10 Class C playoffs.
The Larries, who captured their first-ever sectional title last winter, will now get set to defend that crown on Saturday, February 23, against fourth-seeded Canton which knocked off top-seeded Tupper Lake 55-41 in the other Friday night semi-final.
The kids know what it took to win our first championship now they have a chance to make it two in a row, said coach Joey Reome after the Larries steadily worked their way past the Panthers in a game that featured two teams with similar 8-10 records.
My stomach was turning all week heading into this game. We are the defending champs and we were playing in front of our home crowd. I was feeling the pressure but apparently the kids werent because they came out and put together four strong quarters tonight, Reome added.
The Larries got a balanced effort offensively against the Panthers led by Josh White with 17 points. Jessi Greer tossed through another 14, including a pair of three-pointers, and handed out six assists along with Cody Meacham, who also netted a two threes in a 12-point effort. Zane Ramsdell was held to 11 points but grabbed a game-high 22 rebounds and notched five assists. Corey LaBarge added eight points followed by Shane Fuentes with seven and Tyler Savage with one.
Brushton was double-teaming and triple-teaming Zane pretty much the whole game which created opportunities for the other kids and they really stepped it up tonight. We had four of our five starters in double figures which isnt something thats happened very often for us this year, noted Reome. Well definitely need the same kind of scoring in the championship game.
Alex Burnett and Adam Martin anchored the B-M offense with nine points each. Justin Lavarnway added seven followed by Zach Burnett with six, Loren Traynor with five, Taylor Tallman with two and Devin Ploof with one.
The teams traded short runs through the first five and a half minutes and were tied at 12-12 after a three-pointer by Zach Burnett but four straight points by White down the stretch put the Larries ahead 16-12 by the end of the first quarter. White opened the second quarter with a field goal and Burnett followed with his second three-pointer of the game but the rest of the half belonged to the Larries as they put together a15-3 run from there to take a 33-18 lead into halftime. They went on to break the game open in the third where they outscored the Panthers 18-8 to go up 51-26.
We got out to a big lead tonight and we held it which is something we havent always done, said Reome. It was an all-around good win for us.
CLASS D GIRLS
In the Section 10 Class D quarter-final round games staged on Friday, Chateaugay outscored Hermon-DeKalb 51-39, Hammond stopped Harrisville 61-28, Madrid-Waddington downed Lisbon 65-16 and Heuvelton outlasted Clifton-Fine 79-72 in double overtime.
Chateaugay 51, H-D 39: At the Potsdam high school gym, the Lady Bulldogs (16-3) reversed an 18-13 halftime deficit with a 22-12 third-quarter run to advance to the Class D semi-finals next Tuesday at SUNY Canton. Courtney Boyea led all scorers with 22 points in the winning effort followed by Makayla Fleury with 10 and Caitlin Miller with eight.
For the Green Demons (11-9), Clarissa Davis tossed through 16 points and Courtney Harrington struck for another 15.
Hammond 61, Harrisville 28: In the other game at Potsdam, Alyssa Crosby netted 15 points and Courtney Bova chipped in another 13 as the defending champion Lady Red Devils built a commanding 33-14 halftime lead.
Kathleen Coloney led Harrisville with 10 points followed by Janel Swanson with six.
M-W 65, Lisbon 16: At the Massena high school gym, the Lady Yellowjackets led 15-2 by the end of the first quarter and went into halftime with a commanding 40-9 lead in advancing past the Lady Knights (8-11).
Bridget Beldock led a balanced M-W offense with 12 points followed by Olivia Parmeter with 11, Jenny King with 10, Tess Knight with eight and Katie Marcellus with six.
For Lisbon, Emily Dishaw netted nine points followed by Jackie Sovie with four and Beth Crowley with three.
M-W (18-1) will take on Heuvelton in the other Class D semi-final on Tuesday at SUNY Canton.
Heuvelton 79, C-F 72 (2OT): In the other game in Massena, the Lady Bulldogs (14-6) overcame a 24-17 halftime deficit in reversing a pair of close regular season losses to the Eagles (15-5).
Sophomore Olivia St. Pierre paced the winning offense with 19 points. Lexi Weidner chipped in 18 followed by Maddie St. Pierre with 17 and Logan Tallman with 14.
Hunter Hitchman fired through a game-high 33 points in the losing effort, including five three-pointers. Delaney Kerr and Alexis Pomerville each finished with 12.