HEUVELTON - The host Lady Bulldogs and St. Lawrence Central both rode break-aways in the first round of Heuvelton Centrals Cindy Brady Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday morning.
The 4-0 Bulldogs used their overplaying and anticipation on defense to race out to a 23-5 first quarter lead and cruised to a 76-32 victory over 1-5Colton-Pierrepont.
St. Lawrence Central (3-2) pulled away from a six-point lead midway in the third quarter registered a 68-29 win over Lisbon (2-4).
Heuvelton and Lisbon advanced to the JV Championship game in todays action which will begin at 9 a.m. with the JV consolation game.
Heuvelton 76 - C-P 32: Converting off nine steals propelled Alexis Weidner (4 rebounds) to a game-high 22 points for the Bulldogs who moved into position to defend their tournament title.
Our defense got us going early. Alexis Weidner had a monster game on defense, said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
Colton-Pierrepont played very hard but they were missing two players and were low on numbers.
Paige McCormick netted 19 points in the win with Olivia St. Pierre scoring 12 points with six rebounds. Logan Tallman delivered 10 points, four assists and three steals and Hannah Thornhill passed out four assists. Morgan Doyle and Cortney Marsh combined for 15 and 11 points leading the Colts.
The Heuvelton JVs broke away from C-P in the second quarter and pulled a way to a 58-23 win. Alex Steal and Kaden Mack each tallied 12 points fort the Bulldogs and Madison McCormick netted 11. Madison Greggs nine points led C-P.
SLC 68 - Lisbon 21: One brief burst was answered by an extended surge.
The Larries scored 20 unanswered points after two steals by Beth Crowley and a three-pointer by Maddie Vine pulled Lisbon within six points, at 32-26, with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Lindsey Thayer scored seven quick points off steals and offensive rebounds in the third quarter to ignite the break-away where the Larries converted with unerring efficiency on their press-breaker. Thayer finished with a game-high 21 points and Chelsea Savage tallied 10 of her 14 points in the second half. Haleigh Agans and Bailee Gauthier added 11 and nine points with Morgan Greer chipping in six.
Beth Crowleys 12 points led Lisbon, Maddie Vine netted six on two threes and Jackie Sovie added five. Jackie Sovie scored five points and Vine netted a three in the first quarter sparking the Knights to a 14-11 lead. After the first quarter the Knights were frustrated an active SLC defense and a series of close range misses.
Lisbon won the JV game 33-20 and were cited by Coach John McBath for excellent intensity at both ends of the floor.
Sierra Dobbs and Claire Donaldson tallied 15 and 10 points to lead the winners and Gabi Ramsdell and Dana Felix answered with eight and six points for SLC.