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Lakers drop tight regional final to Oneonta

This led to Oneonta, a team with a perfect 23-0 mark and the no. 1 state Class B ranking. For a while, though, none of these sterling credentials seemed to bother the Lakers one bit.

In fact, Cazenovia seemed to welcome the Yellowjackets' strategy of shadowing Evans at all costs. Though Evans got shut down, Burr flashed open in the middle, earning nine first-half points.

Meanwhile, the Lakers unleashed its own defense on Oneonta, taking out everything in the first half except Harlem, who scored all her team's points. Still, that left Cazenovia out in front, 21-12, seemingly poised to deliver another milestone.

Everything turned around in the second half, though. With her teammates unable to convert anything, in close or outside, Harlem simply took over, helping the Yellowjackets inch within two, 28-26, by the end of the third period.

That surge continued into the fourth quarter, as Oneonta went out in front, but could not get away, the Lakers staying within range until that intense final sequence.

So Cazenovia closed out at 22-4, and repeating this will not be easy. Evans takes her 1,270 career points to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, while Kleine, Smith and Mullins all depart, too. It will be up to Burr, Stec and Widrick to lead the Lakers as it seeks to stay on top.

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