continued That gave Leslie nine points, the same total as newcomer Jake Peterson, while Chris Knupp finished with 11 points and his younger brother, Pete, also ended up with 11 points in his varsity debut.
Now Skaneateles hoped the excitement from this win carried over into Thursday’s encounter with Westhill, who beat the Lakers in two of the last three sectional finals, including a 63-51 decision in the 2013 title game at the Carrier Dome.
But the Lakers were overwhelmed at the start, and could not recover in an 86-48 loss to the Warriors. Led by junior Tyler Reynolds, who had 13 of his 18 points in the first quarter, Westhill bolted out to a 23-5 lead and would never get caught.
To its credit, Skaneateles hung in for a while, actually outscoring the Warriors 20-18 in the second quarter to stay within 47-28 at halftime.
But Westhill proved too difficult to stop, Reynolds getting help from Jordan Roland, who had 15 points, and Ryan Roland, who added 11 points off the bench.
In defeat, Chris Knupp picked up 18 points to match Reynolds' total, with Leslie adding 10 points and Jones contributing seven points. Skaneateles stays on the road next week with two more tough tests as it visits Bishop Grimes on Wednesday and Cazenovia on Dec. 13.