In all, three local girls basketball teams entered the Section III Class B playoff fray last weekend, but none of them would survive the opening round.
It began last Friday night with no. 9 seed Marcellus going to no. 8 seed Skaneateles and finding itself unable to repeat the success of its regular-season encounter with the rival Lakers, knocked out in a 41-23 defeat.
Without question, the fact that Marcellus beat Skaneateles 56-43 in that first meeting on Jan. 22 stuck with every Laker player, and when the Class B playoff bracket revealed a rematch with the Mustangs, Skaneateles knew what it needed to do – namely, play tight defense and force up shots.
That’s exactly what happened. The Mustangs rushed most of its shots, even the wide-open ones beneath the basket. And very few of them fell, especially in a mid-game dry spell that proved decisive.
When Molly MacLachlan, arguably the Mustangs' top player, picked up her third foul midway through the second quarter, Skanetaeles promptly took charge, closing the half on a 13-0 run to lead 28-11 at the break.
Any chance the Mustangs had of catching up came in the third quarter, when Skaneateles went more than six minutes without a point. Yet the Mustangs missed every shot, both from the field and the free-throw line, only getting three points in that frame, all but deciding the outcome.
MacLachlan, despite her foul trouble, still managed nine points, while no other Mustang managed more than four points. For Skaneateles, Joanna Dobrovosky, Joanna Dean and Mary Buck each had nine points, while Sarah Tomlinson added eight points. Elizabeth Lane managed six points.
Bishop Ludden, the no. 13 seed, faced the tall task of trying to take down no. 4 seed Cazenovia last Saturday night at Buckley Gym, but had great chances to win before the Lakers, aided by timely work from seniors Maggie Carpenter and Kristie Kleine, prevailed 50-40.