SYRACUSE — The Peru girls’ basketball team saw its season come to an end Friday.
The Indians played to the best of their abilities, but couldn’t overcome Averill Park’s size or skill, as they lost 66-33 in the NYSPHSAA girls’ basketball regional semifinal.
“It’s a great experience when you’re a young team. We really have to learn a ton on the fly … we’ll continue to improve for next year,” Indians coach Eric Dubay said. “We played really hard, but we had little struggles offensively. They played really strong pressure-man defense.”
The Warriors took the quick 42-17 lead heading into halftime, and although the Indians limited Averill Park’s offensive production in the third and fourth quarters, the deficit was too deep to climb out of.
“(We) were a little slow on transition defense and shifts in our zone were short. (Averill Park) has really good post players and pounded it inside and took advantage of their height,” Dubay said.
Alyssa Anthony and Kelly Donnelly led Averill Park with 14 and 16 points, respectively.
Meghan Mazzella led Peru with 13 points, while Sam Spear finished with seven points.
“I thought Meghan Mazzella played a very good game. (She was) very effective attacking the basket (and) Sam Spear played great inside; she was very big in the paint area,” Dubay said.
Averill Park 66, Peru 33
Remillard 2-1-5, LaPorte 2-0-5, Spear 3-1-7, Mazzella 4-5-13, Flynn 1-0-3, Sheldrick 0-0-0, Allen 0-0-0, Neenan 0-0-0, Wallace 0-0-0, Eamer 0-0-0. Totals: 12-7-33
Averill Park (66)
Anthony 5-0-14, Miner 1-3-5, Donnelly 8-0-16, Van Roy 1-1-3, O’Shea 2-0-5, Hacker 1-3-5, Laranjo 1-0-2, Wood 1-0-2, Apfel 4-0-8, McDowell 2-2-6. Totals:24-9-66
Peru 11 6 6 10 — 33
Averill Park 21 21 13 11 — 66
3-point goals: Peru (2) LaPorte, Flynn. Averill Park (4) Anthony