Skaneateles Reeling from an 0-2 start, and with the prospect of more tough opposition right in front of them, the Skaneateles girls basketball team stood at an early crossroads.
But instead of buckling to the pressure and letting things get worse, the Lakers rose up in a big way, starting in last Tuesday night’s game against Bishop Grimes when it took over in the third quarter and defeated the Cobras 56-43.
Grimes arrived with a 3-0 record, but its smaller lineup gave Skaneateles a chance to dominate inside and get all sorts of rebounds in the first half, contrasting the speed and quickness of the Cobras.
Yet neither side was able to get much going, as it went to halftime tied 19-19. At just the right moment, though, the Lakers’ dormant outside shooting would spring back to life.
Five different times, Skaneateles connected on 3-point shots, the supposed strength of Grimes, and it formed the heart of a 21-7 outburst that stretched into the fourth quarter.
And when the Cobras threatened to make it interesting, cutting the margin to eight in the final minutes, the Lakers, instead of waiting for fouls, took quick shots that found the net and sealed a satisfying victory.
Nicole Beatson led the barrage, hitting on four 3-pointers to account for most of her 20 points. Joanna Dobrovosky had 12 points, twice connecting beyond the arc, while Shannon Foehl’s 10 points included a pair of 3-pointers.
Elizabeth Lane had eight points and Sarah Tomlinson added six points. Grimes lost despite Tina Hoag (14 points), Katy McInerney (13 points) and Jordan Vaught (11 points) reaching double figures.
Now Skaneateles sought two in a row when Cazenovia visited on Thursday night. More importantly, it wanted to give head coach Jill Blasi her 100th career victory, counting both her Laker tenure and her previous tenure at Bishop Ludden.