The much-anticipated Section 10 Class D Final Four is set.
No. 4 seed Madrid-Waddington (16-3) survived in a thriller with No. 5 seed Hammond (13-7) 34-33 on Saturday morning at OFA and face No. 1 seed Heuvelton (17-2) on Tuesday at SUNY Canton at 7:45 p.m.
The winner advances to play either the winner of No. 2 seed Hermon-DeKalb (16-3) or No. 3 Chateaugay (16-3) on Friday night in the Overall Section 10 Class D championship game. The Demons will face the Chateaugay Bulldogs at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Heuvelton rolled past No. 8 seed Edwards-Knox 63-35 while No. 6 seed Chateaugay topped No. 10 seed Morristown 59-39. Hermon-DeKalb earned a quarter final win over Lisbon on Friday.
Madrid-Waddington 34, Hammond 33: It was an offensive struggle for both teams who matched constricting defense for the second time this season.
After Courtney Bova buried a three pointer from one top of the arc with 16.8 seconds left to play in regulation for Hammonds third lead of the game at 33-32, Madrid-Waddingtons Kaleigh Field answered with a deciding jumper from the corner with 5.5 second.
Offensively we struggled all night but credit Hammonds defense for that. They created a lot of havoc. Kaleigh Field had a clutch moment and she delivered. Surviving against a team that Shawn Dack coaches is always a good win. His program is always good, said M-W coach Gary Tischler who is looking forward to matching up again with Heuvelton in the Class D1 finals on Tuesday.
Heuvelton has alot of talent. We lost earlier this season to them but my team has grown and I know they have improved too. But Im just very happy we won again today. Even though, it wasnt that pretty all nine of our players who played tonight helped us with because defensively we did a good job.
The Yellowjackets had a 26-21 lead early in the fourth but Hammond rallied to take its first lead at 28-27 on one of two free throws from Courtney Bova. After Ally Crosby scored in traffic, M-Ws Jenn King hit one of two free throws and Bova scored on a layup.
Desiree Pryce regained the M-W lead at 28-27 but Hammond responded with Bova. King hit two more free throws for a 31-30 lead with 2:04 and Pryce went 1-2 at the line with 26.2 seconds left for a 32-30 lead. Field finished with 11 points while King chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Tess Knight (three assists) and Pryce (five rebounds) each logged five points while Olivia Parmeter hit a three-pointer and collected two steals.
Bova played capped off an excellent junior season scoring 16 points including seven in the fourth quarter for Hammond. Mikayla Horton added nine while Ally Crosby (4), Cassie Whalen (2), and Emily Bush (2) rounded out the scoring.
To many demons that haunted us through the regular season hurt us tonight. I really thought both teams played great and we took the loss, unfortunately. One thing our girls coming back need to be aware of is that when you put that Hammond jersey on you represent a lot and you need to take pride in that. I felt today we did what we wanted and played tough for once. Next year we have to fall in love with the process of becoming great. if we dont in this off season then we will see a similar result next year. Choices need to change. Lifestyles need to change. A total commitment is required. And there cant be excuses to fail, said Hammod coach Shawn Dack.
It has been a honor to coach against Mr Gary Tischler. He and I have has some of the most memorable games in Section X girls basketball. Im not happy losing to him twice this season. But I will get him back on the golf course of his choice.
Heuvelton 63, E-K 35: The Bulldogs exploded to a 46-12 halftime lead as Paige McCormick dropped 19 of her 21 points in the first half and provided nine boards. Alexis Weidner added 10 points, four steals and two rebounds while Olivia St. Pierre logged eight points with six in the first quarter - and posted seven boards, three blocked shots and four steals. Maddie St. Pierre contributed seven points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal while Macy Richardson grabbed four boards, collected two blocked shots and recorded six points. Kylie Piercey added five caroms and two points while Taylor Dawley (2 points), Madison Simmons (2 points), Logan Tallman (4 steals, 2 assists, three rebounds), Rachel Thornhill (2 points, three rebounds, 2 steals) and Hannah Thornhill (3 points, 2 steals) all contributed.
We jumped early and Paige (McCormick) established herself early. On Tuesday, its going to be a really tough game. Its going to take 32 minutes of smart basketball to beat a team like Madrid-Waddington, said Heuvelton coach Rob Power.
McKenzie Frary scored 12 points to pace Edwards-Knox. Makayla Bartocha added nine and Jadilyn Bullock added seven. Katie Smith and Arael Scott scored four and three points.
Chateaugay 59. Morristown 39: Abbey Barnes exploded for 23 points including two threes for Chateaugay which used a 17-9 advantage in the second quarter to break free from a 12-8 lead. Hanna Cook scored 11 while Danielle Charland and Katie Beach added seven and six respectively. Jessica Geddes paced Morristown with 14 while Taylor Piercey added 10. Jordyn Tulley chipped in seven and Logan Green added four. Meg Vollmer and Liz Troiano each added two.
I was very pleased with the way my team worked hard. We moved the ball well against a good team and played a great first half. It was like a 10 point loss that expanded as we pressed late and turned the ball over a couple times, said MCS coach Richard Rupert whose team finished at 5-12.