February 20, 2013

Hackett shoots Peru past NCCS

PERU — Peru caught fire from downtown Tuesday night and proved to need each and every one if its 11 3-pointers as the Indians outlasted Northeastern Clinton, 51-47, in Section VII Class B quarterfinal girls’ basketball action.

Peru will take on top-seeded Plattsburgh Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals at a site to be determined.

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“We shot the ball very well from the perimeter,” Indians coach Dave Baroody said. “Northeastern did a great job packing in their zone and forcing us to beat them from the outside.”

Peru took a 26-19 lead into the half, but the Cougars cut into that lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Northeastern Clinton eventually took over the lead in the fourth, and led 46-44 with just over a minute left in the game.

Brianna Hackett, though, connected on a 3-pointer — her sixth of the game — to give the Indians a one-point lead. Meghan Mazzella would put the game away, connecting on 4-of-4 from the foul line.

“Northeastern Clinton led for most of the fourth quarter,” Baroody said. “They had a three-to-four point lead with about five minutes to play. The girls never panicked and ended up hitting big, big shots in the final minute of play to earn the victory.

“The coaching staff has been asking the girls to come through and to hit some big shots in big games. (Tuesday) Hackett hit a big 3-point shot, (Emily) Major had some big rebounds, Meghan Mazzella had some big free throws, and (Maddy) Flynn had a steal and some big free throws to keep us in the game.”

Hackett led the way for the Indians with 18 points. Mary Mazzella tallied 14 points, while Meghan Mazzella finished with nine.

Jordan Dominic led the Cougars with 14 points. Skyler Hebert and Kayla Carter each chipped in with 10 points.

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