Cazenovia girls basketball claims Class B championship

"We had to pick it up, and we did a better job communicating where (Emily) was at all times," said Clabeaux.

Meanwhile, Burr stayed hot, with five points early in the third quarter, then ceded to Clabeaux, another field hockey state championship alumnus, who hit on six straight points that pushed the Lakers ahead 27-25 and capped off an 11-2 run. Overall, Cazenovia outscored the Jugglers 19-7 in that period, capped by big 3-pointer from Malmsheimer.

Midway through the final period, when UND cut the gap to 41-38, Burr and Clabeaux struck again with back-to-back baskets, and it was Clabeaux offering the steal and lay-up with less than a minute left that made the score 49-40 and sealed a sectional championship.

Burr, named the sectional tournament MVP, finished with 22 points, close to her season high, and Clabeaux notched 14 of her 17 points in the second half. Miles said the pair's successful experiences last fall in field hockey kept them calm in this pressure situation.

"That (experience) has to carry over," he said. "They know how to win."

And this particular win sends Cazenovia to Saturday's Class B regional final against Section IV champion Oneonta, which will start at 5 p.m. at Liverpool High School. Oneonta beat the Lakers in this same regional round in 2009 and again stand in the way of a possible first trip to the state Class B final four March 18-20 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

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