SYRACUSE If offered a dream scenario for a game against her alma mater, Skaneateles girls basketball head coach Jill Blasi may have imagined something close to what actually took place Thursday night at Bishop Ludden - but it's doubtful.
No one, in fact, could have predicted that the Lakers would do close to everything right against the Gaelic Knights, winning by a 79-36 margin and moving to 3-0 on the season.
Any doubts about the Lakers' ability to rise up and challenge for top honors in a crowded and strong Section III Class B field have to be gone now, replaced by a realization that, in peak form, Skaneateles could beat just about anyone in its path.
And that includes Westhill, whom the Lakers face next Thursday in a huge early-season showdown. Coaches and players from Westhill were on hand at Ludden, and they were treated to quite a show.
First, though, they witnessed Ludden fans giving a warm ovation to Blasi, who remains in second place on Ludden's all-time list in points and rebounds. After college, Blasi returned to the school and coached both the JV and varsity Gaelic Knights before going to Skaneateles in 2011.
The current Ludden edition had one target in mind - the Lakers' junior center, Joanna Dobrovosky, who had registered a triple-double in her team's 49-39 victory over East Syracuse-Minoa two nights earlier.
As it turned out, the plan worked too well. Dobrovosky did go to the bench with two fouls in the first quarter, but all that did was allow the rest of the Skaneateles players to step up in a manner that the Gaelic Knights could not handle.
It was a 9-0 run, spanning the end of the first period and the start of the second, that helped the Lakers take control. Any time Ludden left someone open on the perimeter, a shot seemed to find the net as Skaneateles would drain nine 3-pointers by night's end.