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Girls hoops Lakers rally for opening playoff win

Caz, no. 4 seed, fights past Bishop Ludden, 50-40

— Though Ludden never stopped battling, an injury to starting forward Nicole Granteed in the middle of that third-quarter Cazenovia spurt hurt its inside play, and the Lakers led by as much as 15 (49-34) in the final period as Kleine added two more 3-pointers to seal it.

Carpenter finished with 21 points, while all of Kleine's 11 points came in the second half. Kelly Granteed, in defeat, excelled for the Gaelic Knights, earning 20 points.

In Tuesday night's Class B quarterfinal at Buckley Gym, Cazenovia has a shot at payback against no. 5 seed Sherburne--Earlville, who beat Solvay 59-38 in its opening-round game.

The Marauders handed the Lakers one of its two defeats of the season, 70-65, back on Dec. 28 in the first round of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.

Avenge that loss, and the Lakers will get a semifinal date with South Jefferson or Skaneateles. But Cazenovia will play short-handed without Kleine or Sally Langan, whose families planned vacations for the school break and, as a result, will be away for this pivotal stretch.

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