Camillus Freshman D’jhai Patterson-Ricks redeemed herself when it mattered most.
The 5-foot-4 Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball guard committed two crucial turnovers midway through the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at West Genesee, forcing Hornets coach Scott DeForest to call her back off the court less than two minutes after putting her in the game.
But Patterson-Ricks found Madison Beck for a layup on a pick and roll with 48 seconds left to give the Hornets a 52-46 lead over the Wildcats and sealed the win with a crucial free throw 46 seconds later.
“Especially because it’s a non-league game, it’s a great opportunity to say (that) here’s your chance, here’s your moment to see what you can do, see if you can step up, be calm and under control,’” DeForest said.
Patterson-Ricks’ late-game playmaking lifted F-M (2-1) to a 53-49 victory over WG (2-1) and avenge a Class AA sectional semifinal loss from a season ago. The Hornets worked for all 36 minutes to break a deadlock that kept the two teams within six points through all of regulation.
Lauren Getman led F-M with a game-high 22 points, dominating the paint to help stave off a late rally from the Wildcats. Beck finished with 12 points, while Nicole Assimon chipped in with nine points.
“(Getman) was unbelievable today,” DeForest said. “She sat I think two minutes, and needed to. Normally she would rotate in more, but with the other couple of girls getting in foul trouble, I needed a veteran scorer.”
Vicki Graveline paced WG with 17 points, Mellisa Fumano scored 14 – all coming in the first half – and Marissa Hudgins added 11 points.
The Wildcats closed the first period on a 9-2 run, keyed by back-to-back baskets from Graveline and Fumano, as the Wildcats took a 15-12 lead into the second quarter.