At least on the surface, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s big moment of the week was supposed to be its key home game against Notttingham last Friday night.
But two nights before the Bulldogs arrived, the Bees had to deal with Auburn for a third time this winter – and it turned into a double-overtime epic full of remarkable performances before B’ville finally emerged with an 81-70 victory.
They had first met Dec. 4 at Baker High School gym, and the Bees won 66-56. A rematch came in the Dec. 28 final of the Vince Celi Memorial Tournament at East Syracuse-Minoa, and B’ville again came out on top, 68-54.
Both of those games, though, paled next to the third encounter, which had a bit of everything, including Auburn star Annie Giannone working her way past 1,000 career points – and nearly carrying her team to a bit of payback against B’ville.
Leading 15-8 after one period, the Bees mostly nursed that lead through the middle stages of regulation, only to see Giannone lead a furious Auburn comeback in the fourth quarter.
Going past that 1,000-point mark, Giannone and the Maroons went on a 17-6, including Giannone’s steal and go-ahead basket that made it 59-57 in Auburn’s favor before the Bees answered just before the fourth quarter ended.
So at 59-59 it went to overtime, and in those four minutes it was a 6-6 standoff. Thus, a second OT was required, and here Auburn wore out, B’ville going back to the lead and using a series of free throws to finally seal it.
The Bees had to overcome Giannone earning 39 points, plus eight steals and four assists, but did so with all kinds of contributions.
Hope DeFazio led with 27 points, adding six rebounds. Emily Pascale had 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Rachael Miller put together 13 rebounds, six blocks and eight points. Kaylee Lammers had 10 points and Sarah Abraham gained nine points.