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Bees fall to RFA in Middleton tournament final

B'ville nearly erases double-digit deficit at wire

— After an exchange of single free throws, B'ville still trailed by three, but got chances to tie it when RFA's Jordan General, who had 11 points, missed four straight foul shots in the last 20 seconds.

Pascale and DeFazio could not convert on those last chances, though, and RFA held on. Thayer, with 12 points, and Sam Cannon, with nine points, gave DeFazio the main help in this game.

All of this followed a pair of lopsided opening-round games. B'ville bashed Cato-Meridian 60-29, while RFA did the same to Phoenix in a 63-20 romp where Ashley D'Amore led the way with 13 points.

B'ville, introducing a host of new players in the wake of departures from the likes of Claire and Maggie Monnat, roared to a 33-12 halftime lead on the Blue Devils, and the margin grew to 51-22 by the time the third quarter was done.

Every Bees player that saw action got at least one point. DeFazio, with 12 points, and Pascale, with 10 points in her varsity debut, led the way, with Thayer and Sarah Abraham each getting seven points. Morgan Marshall and Rachael Miller earned six points apiece.

Now B'ville gets to rest and practice some more, not returning to action until Dec. 11, when it visits West Genesee.

Meanwhile, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team is gearing up for a busy opening weekend that includes hosting the brand-new Kiwanis Tournament on Thursday and Friday and then, on Sunday, meeting Liverpool at 5 p.m. as part of the Hall of Fame Classic at the Carrier Dome. B'ville beat the Warriors in this same event a year ago.

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