PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State showed its potential Sunday.
The Cardinals knocked off previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Lebanon Valley 73-61 to win the Hampton Inn/Microtel Cardinal Classic Tournament and extend their winning streak to three games.
“I think everyone played to their full potential,” Plattsburgh’s Brittany Marshall said. “It really came down to hard work, effort and heart and we showed a lot of that.”
It was the Cardinals high-pressure, full-court press and up-tempo transition offense that proved to be too much for the Dutchmen (4-1), ranked 20th in Div. III women’s basketball.
Plattsburgh was able to get 11 steals in the game and cause 26 Lebanon Valley turnovers.
“We can make a lot of things happen with our athleticism, quickness and explosiveness,” Cardinals’ coach Cheryl Cole said.
Kathleen Payne led all scorers with 28 points, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
However, it was Marshall’s 16 first-half points that allowed Plattsburgh to keep the lead for most of the first 20 minutes. But turnovers over the last two minutes allowed the Dutchmen to take a 37-36 lead into halftime.
“We didn’t execute (in the first half), we lost our composure a little bit, but we talked about it at halftime,” Cole said. “That’s a learning curve, getting beyond that will help us so much going forward.”
Lebanon Valley had the momentum at the end of the first, but Plattsburgh came out strong to start the second half, enabling the Cardinals to pull away to the victory.
“(Cole) told us that they were going to make a run, they’re a good team,” Payne said. “We played smarter (in the second half) and brought more energy than they did.”
Marshall made the all-tournament team while Payne was named the tournament MVP. Cole credited their veteran leadership as key to the huge victory Sunday.
“They showed tremendous leadership at the end of the game,” Cole said. “They gutted it out and left it all out on the floor.”
Peyton Carper and Lexie Lantz led the Dutchmen offensively with 12 points each, respectively. Lantz also added seven rebounds and two blocks, while Carper added seven boards to go along with two assists and two steals.
“We were better than a very good team,” Cole said. “The amount of growth we made in a week is tremendous, but we still got a long way to go.”
“This win means so much for us,” Marshall added. “They are a phenomenal team, it really shows our potential; we can only get better and we are a step closer to our goal.”
Plattsburgh (3-2) isn’t back on the court again until after Thanksgiving break when they go to Norwich Dec. 3. It will be the first of four tough road tests with visits to conference foes Oswego and Cortland sandwiched in between the Norwich and Middlebury game, Jan. 7. The Cardinals aren’t home again until the weekend of Jan. 10-11 when they host Geneseo and Brockport.
Clarkson 76,Morrisville State 44
Cara Manfredi scored a tournament-high 30 points to lead the Clarkson Golden Knights to a 76-44 victory over Morrisville State in the third-place game of the Hampton Inn/Microtel Cardinal Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Clarkson built up a 36-20 lead over the Mustangs at the half and stretched their sizable advantage to as many as 41 points in the late stages of the second half while Morrisville State to a 25.5 percent (14-of-55) performance from the field.
Ashley Loggins added 17 for Clarkson, who improved to 3-2.
Plattsburgh State 73,Lebanon Valley 61
Lebanon Valley (61)
Bair 1-0-2, Chaklos 3-5-11, Rothert 1-3-6, Umbrell 0-0-0, Bach 4-2-10, Ruhl 0-0-0, Cirucci 1-6-8, Carper 4-3-12, Lantz 5-2-12. Totals: 19-21-61
Plattsburgh State (73)
Marshall 7-1-18, Reifinger 3-2-10, Paul 2-2-6, Payne 8-10-28, Linder 2-0-4, Green 2-0-4, Lloyd 0-0-0, Dolan 0-0-0, Miller 1-0-3. Totals: 25-15-73
Halftime: Lebanon Valley 37-36
3-point goals: Lebanon Valley (2), Rothert, Carper. Plattsburgh State (8), Marshall 3, Reifinger 2, Payne 2, Miller.
Jennel Paul (Morrisville State)
Cara Manfredi (Clarkson)
Kiely Chaklos (Lebanon Valley)
Brittany Marshall (Plattsburgh State)
MVP – Kathleen Payne (Plattsburgh State)