BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central girls basketball teams advanced to the Section 10 Class C championship game with a 54-32 semi-final round win at home over fourth-seeded Norwood-Norfolk on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Lady Larries (12-6) will now get set to take on second-seeded Brushton-Moira in the sectional final on Friday, February 21, at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse starting at 4:30 p.m. B-M earned a bid to the title game by downing Tupper Lake 43-19 in the other Wednesday evening semi-final.
SLC 54, N-N 32: The Lady Larries scored the first 12 points of the game then steadily pulled away from a 30-22 halftime lead to earn a second straight trip to the sectional final.
Weve very happy with the way the seasons gone so far, noted coach Chad Gauthier. As far as we know, St. Lawrence has never won a sectional championship in girls basketball so getting there for a second year in a row is a big deal for us.
The Lady Larries, who held their own competing for the first time in the Central Division this winter, played their former East Division rivals from Brushton-Moira in mid-January and walked away with a 32-27 decision.
In the win over the Lady Flyers (4-13), Lindsey Thayer generated a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds along with five assists and five steals to spark the winning effort. Bailee Gauthier (10 rebounds, 9 steals, 8 assists), Breanna Evans and Chelsea Savage added eight points apiece followed by Morgan Greer and Gabi Ramsdell with two.
Breanna Deshane, Cadence Hunkins, Madison Seguin and Seguin all netted six points in the losing effort. Miranda Langtry and Kim Stewart closed out the Lady Flyer scoresheet with four points apiece.
B-M 43, Tupper Lake 19: In Brushton, the Lady Panthers (11-6) ran out to a 14-2 lead by the end of the first quarter en route to eliminating the Lumberjacks (4-15). Meagan Martin (5 1ssists, 5 steals) anchored a balanced offense with 13 points followed by Kirstin Barrett (5 rebounds, 4 steals) with 10. Also contributing toward the winning effort were Jenna Dufrane (3 rebounds, 4 steals), Kenzie Traynor (2 assists, 4 steals), Arielle Gary (5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Micaela McCarthy (3 rebounds), all with four points apiece. Madison Rowe and Felicity Bilow rounded out the BMC scoring with two points each.
Lizzie Zurek led the Tupper Lake contingent with seven points and Lindsey Maroun had four. Amie Luton, Sidney Kulzer, Malorie McLear and Katie Zurek completed the Lumberjacks scoring with two points each.
CLASS B GIRLS
In the first round of the Section 10 Class B girls basketball tournament, Potsdam Central relayed a 28-15 fourth-quarter run into a 57-48 win on the road over Gouverneur Central.
Junior Sarah Vivlamore fired through six three-pointers in a 26-point performance that sparked the Lady Sandstoners to their second straight win over the Lady Wildcats in less than a week. Bre Sapp tossed through another 20 points followed by Courtney DiTullio with six, Kayla Phillips with three and Katherine Blanchard accounted for the other two.
Alisha Way paced Gouverneur (5-13) with 11 points followed by Haley Easton with 10. Emily Bush and Danielle Bullock chipped in eight points each followed by Jessica Rotundo with seven and Rebecca Bulsiewicz with four.
The Lady Sandstoners (3-16) now get set to take on top-seeded Canton Central at Jerry Hourihan Gym next Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Salmon River travels to OFA in the other semi-final. The Class B final is slated for Friday, February 21, at SUNY Canton starting at 8 p.m.
CLASS D CHANGES
Section 10 announced a change in the site for two of this Fridays Section 10 Class D quarter-final round games. All four matchups were originally slated to take place at the SUNY Canton campus, two at the Fieldhouse and the other two at Dana Hall.
The two games slated for Dana Hall are now scheduled to be played at OFA with Lisbon taking on Hermon-DeKalb starting at 5:30 p.m. and Morristown facing Chateaugay at 7:15 p.m.