Plattsburgh falls short in Cardinal Classic championship

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOPlattsburgh State's Taylor Durnin (10) drives to the basket past Hamilton's Carly O'Hern during the Cardinal Classic championship Saturday at Memorial Hall. 

PLATTSBURGH — Rebounding may not be the statistic everyone looks at in the box score, but the boards certainly played a huge roll in the Plattsburgh State women’s basketball team’s loss Saturday.

Hamilton (4-0) held a 44-29 advantage on the glass and scored 23 second-chance points in its 76-61 win against the Cardinals (2-3) in the Cardinal Classic championship at Memorial Hall.

Plattsburgh managed to score just five points off second-chance opportunities and found itself playing defense for long periods of time.

“Our lack of putting a body on somebody is really what frustrated me,” Cardinals coach Cheryl Cole said.

“I thought we played hard and played some great defense, but if you don’t finish it with a rebound, you are going to play more defense. We played a lot of defense (Saturday), and that’s exhausting.”

Mackenzie Aldridge finished with a team-leading 14 points in what proved to be a balanced scoring attack from the Continentals.

Kelcie Zarle (13), Liz Arnold (11), Claire Sehring (11) and Kayla Glemaud (10) all hit double digits in the points category for Hamilton.

Arnold powered the Continentals in rebounding with 11 boards.

“They could shoot, and they were pretty good off the dribble,” Cole said. “Those secondary chances we gave them on the boards was just a killer.

“If we controlled the boards or were at least even, that game is right there. I mean, we literally win the game if we take away their second-chance points.”

Plattsburgh never held a lead in the contest but did make multiple runs.

Right when the Cardinals looked to be getting back into the game, however, Hamilton had the answer.

Two consecutive makes at the charity stripe from Theresa Quinn, who scored a game-high 21 points, brought Plattsburgh to within five points of Hamilton, as the scoreboard showcased a 47-42 deficit with 5:05 left in the third quarter.

The Continentals responded with quite a burst, though, finishing the quarter on a 14-2 run and never letting the Cardinals get any closer than 10 points in the final frame.

“There were a couple instances where we probably should have shot the ball, but we passed,” Cole said. “We can’t be hesitant. We have to trust ourselves.”

Kayla Doody and Ly’rell Walker chipped in with 10 points apiece to pace Plattsburgh.

Following the loss, the Cardinals now turn their attention to their first SUNYAC weekend, which features road games against Oneonta (Dec. 6) and New Paltz (Dec 7).

Cole guaranteed Plattsburgh will work on rebounding in its upcoming practices.

“Even though we lost, this game makes us better,” Cole said. “Rebounding is what we are struggling at right now, and we must correct that. It’s heart and desire. Not a lot of talent is needed to rebound on offense or defense. You have to want the ball and go get it. We need a little more of that fire.

“It’s good we have a bit of a break here. We have played five games in nine days, and we want to be able to move forward and gear up for a tough SUNYAC weekend.”

Hamilton 76, Plattsburgh State 61

Hamilton (76)

Zarle 5-0-13, E. Sehring 2-0-4, O’Hern 1-1-4, Arnold 4-3-11, Lansing 3-3-9, Glemaud 4-2-10, Davis 0-0-0, Aldridge 5-2-14, C. Sehring 3-5-11. Totals: 27-16-76.

Plattsburgh State (61)

Durnin 2-2-6, Clare 1-0-2, Doody 4-0-10, Whitney 1-0-2, Degnan 1-0-2, Smith 1-3-6, Quinn 7-3-21, Ruberto 1-0-2, Walker 4-2-10. Totals: 22-10-61.

Halftime- Hamilton, 38-29.

3 point goals- Hamilton (6) Zarle 3, O’Hern Aldridge 2. Plattsburgh State Doody (7) 2, Smith, Quinn 4.




Molly Burdick powered the Wildcats (1-2) with 19 points and helped her team leave Plattsburgh with a win.

SUNY Poly rebounded from a 59-48 loss to Hamilton in the opening round of the tournament.

Shannon Harrison added 10 points for the Wildcats.

The Panthers dropped to 0-4.

Purchase College’s Arta Krasniqi knocked down three treys and finished with 13 points.

SUNY Poly 61, Purchase College 47

SUNY Poly (61)

Day 1-1-4, Burdick 8-2-19, Aybar 3-0-7, Leos 1-0-2, Washington 2-2-6, Swanson 0-0-0, Prosinski 1-0-3, Mackay 0-0-0, Wittenbeck 1-0-2, Albright 0-3-3, Harrison 4-2-10, Brenon 0-1-1, Connor 2-0-4. Totals: 23-11-61.

Purchase College (47)

Peoples 2-4-8, DeJesus 4-0-8, Plowden 3-0-7, Krasniqi 3-4-13, Graham 3-1-7, Hernandez 0-0-0, Aurora 0-0-0, Rodriguez 1-2-4, Martin 0-0-0. Totals: 16-11-47.

Halftime- SUNY Poly, 31-25.

3 point goals- SUNY Poly (4) Day, Burdick, Aybar, Prosinski. Purchase College (4) Plowden, Krasniqi 3.


Most valuable player- Kelcie Zarle (Hamilton).

First Team- Kayla Doody (Plattsburgh State), Theresa Quinn (Plattsburgh Sate), Carly O’Hern (Hamilton), Taylor Aybar (SUNY Poly).

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Joey LaFranca is the sports editor at the Press-Republican. He is also a paginator and photographer. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and newspaper journalism.

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