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.
“The girls did exactly what the coaching staff asked them to do,” Baroody said. “We played great defense, and executed our game plan, unfortunately we came up short (Friday).”
As for the Hornets, they look to the Eagles in the title game next week. The rivals split their previous two matchups.
Plattsburgh 41, Peru 32
Flynn 2-3-9, Me. Mazzella 3-3-9, Hackett 0-0-0, Major 1-0-2, Ma. Mazzella 3-3-12, Martin 0-0-0, Wright 0-0-0, Spear 0-0-0. Totals: 9-9-32.
Dragoon 6-3-15, Cantwell 2-0-5, Keyser 1-0-3, Carlsson 1-0-2, Curle 4-2-12, Carper 1-0-3, Duquette 0-1-1, Bedard 0-0-0, Marlow 0-0-0. Totals: 15-6-41.
Peru 13 5 3 11 — 32
Plattsburgh 10 11 11 9 — 41
3-point goals: Peru (5) Flynn 2, Ma. Mazzella 3. Plattsburgh (5) Cantwell, Keyser, Curle 2, Carper.
BEEKMANTOWN 48, SARANAC 41
ELLENBURG — The Eagles went on a 19-11 run in the third quarter and held off the Chiefs’ comeback attempt in the fourth to capture the victory.
Beekmantown received some good news before the start of the game as it welcomed back Emily Anderson.
With Anderson back in the fold it opened up many things for Shannon Ryan, who led the way for the Eagles with a game-high 27 points, 24 rebounds and two block shots. Sixteen of Ryan’s 27 points came in the second half.
“I couldn’t have done this without my team, especially without Emily Anderson,” Ryan said. “All the guards stepped up tonight, and have been all season, especially with all the injuries we had to deal with as a team.”
The Eagles took a 40-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Saranac amped up the full-court pressure and started knocking down their threes.
Tori Trim connected on a pair, and finished with a team-high 14 points for the Chiefs. Kayla Napper also connected on a 3-point attempt in the fourth as Saranac inched to within three points.
“It was a game of runs,” Saranac coach Tim Newell said. “They always seem to have our number, but we always seem to crawl back.”
However, Ryan was able to connect on a layup, and Grace Kelly and Aleasha Barcomb iced the game with free throws down the stretch.
Kelly, who handled the ball-handling duties for Beekmantown, did a solid job against the Chiefs’ pressure and also added seven points.
“Chiefs played really good defense,” Beekmantown coach Greg Waters said. “We worked really hard in practice to prepare for them.”
Victoria Phaneuf added eight points, six rebounds and three blocks for Saranac, while Summer Gillespie finished with six points and six rebounds.
Beekmantown 48, Saranac 41
Newell 1-3-5, Gillespie 3-0-6, Ka. Napper 1-0-3, Bowman 1-0-2, Phaneuf 4-0-8, Trim 6-0-14, Kr. Napper 1-0-3, Marnes 0-0-0, Andre 0-0-0. Totals: 17-3-41.
Wilson 2-0-4, Ryan 13-1-27, Kelly 1-4-7, Barcomb 0-2-2, Anderson 2-0-4, McKinnley 0-0-0, LaFountain 2-0-4, Brunell 0-0-0. Totals: 20-7-48.
Saranac 11 4 11 15 — 41
Beekmantown 14 7 19 8 — 48
3-point goals: Saranac (4) Ka. Napper, Trim 2, Kr. Napper. Beekmantown (1) Kelly.