February 23, 2013

Eagles, Hornets into 'B' finals

ELLENBURG — It was a game of runs in the semifinal matchup between rivals Plattsburgh and Peru, but the Hornets took more advantage of their opportunities throughout the game and came out victorious 41-32 in the Section VII Class B girls’ semifinals.

It was the third time this season Plattsburgh knocked off the Indians.

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The Hornets move into the championship round against Beekmantown Friday, March 1 at 5:45 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

Kianna Dragoon had an excellent overall game for Plattsburgh, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds.

“We did a great job as a team (Friday),” Dragoon said. “We had mistakes where we let up, but we pulled it together.”

Maddy Flynn’s eight points had Peru up 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Plattsburgh outscored the Indians, 11-5, in the second to take a three-point lead at the half.

The Hornets extended their lead even further to open the second half, as they went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. Peru battled back towards the end of the third and narrowed the deficit to 32-21 at the end of the quarter.

Mary Mazzella took over in the final minutes for Peru as she scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter alone. That helped Peru go on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 35-32 with 1:02 left.

Unfortunately for the Indians, that would be the last points they would score for the rest of the game due to the Hornets stingy defense.

“Coach Manchester did a great job with our defense in preparation for this game,” Plattsburgh coach Joe Staves said. “We shut down their great perimeter game; Coach worked on that all week.”

Peru coach David Baroody was proud of what his girls accomplished this season, and was satisfied with the effort they showed all game.

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