The Baldwinsville girls basketball team's stay in the Section III Class AA playoffs was prolonged by weather - but only for a day.
When the no. 6 seed Bees finally took the court for Saturday's AA quarterfinal at no. 3 Utica Proctor, it got overwhelmed as the host Raiders prevailed 59-43 in a game only made close by B'ville's late surge.
To some degree, the Bees felt confident it could, at least, keep things interesting. When it first met Proctor on Jan. 26, B'ville led going into the fourth quarter, only to see the Raiders close on a 19-6 sprint to win that game 54-47.
Here, the cast was the same on both sides, including Proctor's all-time leading scorer, Brianna Kiesel, who is going to the University of Pittsburgh. And the result was the same, too.
What was different, though, was that the Raiders, remembering that initial close call, attacked the Bees from the start on all fronts. It was already 18-9 going into the second quarter, and B'ville's mistakes continued to pile up until it trailed 39-17 going into halftime.
And it got to 55-26 before Kiesel and the rest of Proctor's starters went to the bench in the fourth quarter, allowing the Bees to recover a bit.
Claire Monnat led with 10 points, while Maggie Monnat posted seven points. Liz Giromini and Maureen Thayer each had six points. Kiesel again paced Proctor with 24 points as teammate Sierra Arthur contributed 12 points.
B'ville finished the season at 12-7, but things could get a lot better next winter as every starter - the Monnat sisters, Giromini, Gabi Jordan and Andrea Moore - are expected to return, along with Thayer. In fact, just one senior, Maggy Reilly, departs from the current roster.