Skaneateles junior guard Nicole Beatson (10) finishes off a drive to the basket in Thursday night's game at Bishop Grimes. Beatson had six points as the Lakers held off a furious late rally by the Cobras to prevail 60-59 and move to 8-2 on the season.
continued Lane, held to five points in Tuesday night's win over Hannibal, atoned in a big way here. The sophomore guard had 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the margin grew as big as eight, 44-36, late in the third quarter.
With less than four minutes left, the Lakers were up 51-46, but it appeared to settle matters by going on a 9-2 run.
Between them, Dobrovosky and Sarah Tomlinson made five of six free throws during that stretch, a sharp contrast to the Cobras' struggles at the line throughout the game (it only made 12 of 23 foul shots), without which Grimes would not have needed that near-miracle at the end.
Dean gave the Skaneateles another strong outing off the bench, the 6-foot-1 senior forward earning 12 points, the same total as Dobrovosky, who again had to sit long stretches due to foul trouble. Tomlinson got eight points, with Nicole Beatson gaining six points.
Grimes had a balanced attack, led by Driscoll, who put up 11 points, and followed closely by Alex Guhin (10 points), Tina Hoag (nine points), Vaught (eight points) and Julia Freeman (seven points).
Two days before going to Grimes, the Lakers hosted Hannibal. It was far from a smooth and confident effort, but Skaneateles withstood Devin Sorrell’s big performance and defeated the Warriors 46-34.
Despite getting a quick 11-5 lead, Skaneateles could not generate much offense the rest of the first half, relying instead on defensive pressure to keep itself out in front, 17-13, going to the break.
Gradually, the pace quickened in the second half. Sorrell would try to keep Hannibal close, earning 23 points and scoring nine of the Warriors’ 14 field goals.
Skaneateles countered by going inside. Dean led the way with a career-best performance, recording 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Dobrovosky managed 13 points.
After the Lakers play Phoenix on Monday, it is off for eight days until Jan. 22, when it visits Marcellus, two days before the much-anticipated rematch with state Class B no. 2-ranked Westhill.