Cazenovia From an 0-2 start, the Skaneateles girls basketball team has quickly found its footing during its long three-week stretch of road contests.
In Tuesday's game at Cazenovia, the battle of Laker teams turned in the vistor's direction as, led by sophomore forward Joanna Dobrovosky, Skaneateles rallied in the second half and prevailed by a 42-40 margin.
Though Cazenovia is the defending Section III Class B champions, it lost four starters and underwent a coaching change (Paul Belodoff replacing Steve Miles), yet maintained a fierce defensive presence that, for a while, worked against Skaneateles.
Unable to get open looks or conversions, the visitors got just five points in the first quarter and still trailed, 22-17, at halftime. But all that changed in the third period as the shots started to fall and Skaneateles outscored Cazenovia 16-8 to move in front.
From there, Skaneateles held on, in large part thanks to Dobrovosky, who dominated in the paint with 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-best seven blocks.
Both Dobrovosky and Mary Buck, who finished with 10 points, made up for the struggles of Elizabeth Lane, who had a season-low six points. Nicole Beaston added five points. Maggie Carpenter, with 10 points and 15 rebounds, led Cazenovia’s effort as Kristie Kleine added 11 points.
The Lakers went for three in a row Friday night at Marcellus, and with a strong finishing kick managed to outlast the rival Mustangs and claim a 61-50 victory.
Skaneateles did not get rattled when it saw a 14-6 lead disappear, Marcellus dominating the second quarter on both ends and moving ahead 21-19 at the break.
As the pace quickened, the Lakers stayed right with the Mustangs and then zoomed out in front in the fourth quarter, hitting on all kinds of late free throws to account for the final margin.
Lane roared back to form, earning 19 points, while Emily Call stepped up her production with 12 points and Beatson (10 points) also reached double figures. Dobrovosky earned four of her eight points at the foul line, with Jackie Leslie getting seven points.
On Monday night, the Lakers went for four in a row at Solvay, which could set up a big game on Friday at Westhill, the last stop on the long road swing.