March 7, 2014

Peru taking on Averill Park in Class A girls' hoops playoffs

After a long hiatus, Peru is set to begin its postseason run.

“We’ve been doing a lot of fundamentals. We’ve moved up our JV team, and they’ve been practicing with us, so we’ve done a lot of scrimmaging. But we’re trying really to develop our skills,” Indians coach Eric Dubay said.

Peru, which is the Section VII Class A representative, will take on Section II’s Averill Park at 7:45 p.m. today in an NYSPHSAA girls’ basketball regional semifinal at Onodaga Community College.

The Indians battled the best of Section VII all season and finished 4-14. Because they are the only local team in Class A, they got automatic entrance to the state playoffs.

“(I told them) just to believe in themselves. What I see at practice is a group of girls who are really good basketball players,” Dubay said.

Peru is a smaller ball club and relies on its speed and quickness on the court. Its starters include Maria Remillard, Sam Spear, Meghan Mazzella, Madison Flynn and Kelly Neenan. Mazzella is the Indians’ leading scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, and Flynn (6.9 ppg) is next.

As for the Warriors, the entire roster is filled with good size. It seemed they took advantage of their height during the regular season, as they finished 19-2 overall and 14-2 in their league.

“They are big, fast (and) athletic. They actually remind me a lot of Saranac; a lot of their girls are the same height (as Saranac) in a lot of positions,” Dubay said.

They are led by 5-foot-10-inch senior Kelly Donnelly, who is the team’s top scorer and shoots an impressive 61 percent from the field. Junior Caraline Wood is second in points behind Donnelly, averaging nearly 59 percent from the floor.

The Warriors put up about 61.3 points per game, while shooting about 60 percent from the field as a team.

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