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Girls hoops Lakers stop Marcellus, 75-58

Skaneateles picks up ninth straight win after early struggles

Skaneateles junior guard Elizabeth Lane (4) takes a shot over Marcellus' Shelby Nye (35) in Wednesday night's game. Lane had 24 points, nine assists and six steals as the Lakers beat the Mustangs 75-58 and earned its ninth consecutive victory.

Skaneateles junior guard Elizabeth Lane (4) takes a shot over Marcellus' Shelby Nye (35) in Wednesday night's game. Lane had 24 points, nine assists and six steals as the Lakers beat the Mustangs 75-58 and earned its ninth consecutive victory. Bob Atkinson

— Perhaps the Skaneateles girls basketball team can get held down for a while, as Marcellus managed to pull off early in Wednesday night's game. But once the Lakers start to put things together and play at the fast, frenetic tempo it wants, it can prove impossible to contain.

With a 20-point outburst that consumed less than three minutes of clock, Skaneateles turned the game around against one of its biggest rivals, leading to a 75-58 victory over the Mustangs.

That makes it nine consecutive wins for the Lakers, and while it still hasn't led to a state Class B ranking, it served as another signal to the rest of the contenders that putting Skaneateles away will require quite an effort for four quarters.

What is scary is that, according to head coach Jill Blasi, "we have yet to play our best basketball."

Marcellus had fought its way to a 5-3 record mostly without the services of 6-foot-4 junior center Erica Balman, who dislocated her knee early in December. Balman could be cleared to play later this week, but she wasn't available for this game.

Still, the Mustangs got eight first-quarter points from Meghan Witkowski, and took a 14-5 lead late in the first quarter. But things would soon turn around.

And the catalyst for the Lakers wasn't a starter. Sophomore Shannon Foehl, coming off the bench after Joanna Dobrovosky picked up two early fouls, hit a pair of 3-pointers late in the period, and then added another 3-pointer and an old-fashioned three-point play early in the second period.

"Shannon can do that all the time," said Blasi. "She's a dead-eye shooter."

All of this was part of a 20-5 run that covered three minutes of clock and put Skaneateles ahead for good. Foehl earned all of her 12 points in that sequence, but her spark ignited the rest of the Lakers - particularly Nicole Beatson, the senior that has emerged, in the last month, as one of her team's prime offensive options.

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