Caz girls survive early, win Unadilla Tournament

Each of the 12 Cazenovia players that saw action got at least one field goal, with Tanner Whiteman at the helm as he earned 11 points. David McEntee had a season-best eight points, while Doyle Judge and Ben Romagnoli got seven points apiece.

Moving on to Wednesday's final, Cazenovia faced Oneida, from the Class A ranks, who had beaten Cincinnatus 65-53 to reach this point.

In a tense battle not decided until the closing seconds, the Lakers lost to the Indians 58-55 in a game it appeared to have control of, at least in the early going.

With its defense continuing to improve, Cazenovia roughed up Oneida in the first half and worked its way to a 29-22 lead. Then it disappeared as, in the third quarter, the Lakers went cold and couldn't hit its shots, allowing Oneida to tie it 37-37.

Led by Kyle Peck, who had 21 points, and Benn DeRocker, who earned nine of his 17 points at the free-throw line, the Indians edged in front in the fourth quarter and stayed there, despite all of Cazenovia's tries to get back even.

Whiteman and Chris Schaffner paced Cazenovia, each finishing with 14 points. Ben Romagnoli had eight points as Judge and Joe Romagnoli earned six points apiece.

Cazenovia's teams both head back into the OHSL Liberty division in the first full week of 2011 for games against Hannibal and Bishop Grimes.

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