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Cazenovia girls basketball advances to first state final four

But with Colleen Dougherty anchoring another superb Cazenovia defensive effort, the Yellowjackets still trailed, 47-45, until Ruff flashed open on a cut to the basket and hit a lay-up with 7.1 seconds to tie it, 47-47. Burr got the last shot in regulation, but it got blocked, and the game went to overtime.

Miles said that, in his pep talk to the players prior to the OT, that he emphasized the fact that "it's all new at this point", and that they had to stay composed. Perhaps he also told the Lakers to go back inside and find more high-percentage shots.

Indeed, in its first three OT possessions Clabeaux, Burr and Stec all converted on inside baskets. And with the score 53-49, with the Yellowjackets expecting another drive to the basket, Clabeaux (who had five of her 11 points in the extra period) instead drained a 3-pointer to make it 56-49.

Still, Oneonta wouldn't quit, eating away at the margin until the final minute of OT - where Taylor Malmsheimer put it away. The senior point guard had sprained her ankle earlier in the game, but stayed out there.

"Taylor is a kid you won't keep off the floor," said Miles.

And when she was fouled four times in the last 55 seconds, Malmsheimer, with eight free-throw attempts, made six of them, including the clincher with 9.8 seconds to play.

Now the Lakers enter a new world, starting Friday morning at 10 a.m. when it plays Section I champion and state no. 1-ranked Irvington in the state Class B semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The winner advances to Saturday's 4 p.m. championship game against Hoosic Valley (Section II) or Rochester Aquinas (Section V).

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