CHAUMONT Yanna and Enesa Ososkalo used to be able to take orders and make deliveries for Chaumonts Valley Peetza in complete anonymity.
But after leading the Lyme girls basketball team to its best season in almost 30 years, that is no longer the case for the sisters, both seniors, separated by a year.
Everyone is like, Whos delivering tonight? said Enesa Ososkalo, the younger who is graduating a year early in June.
And Ill say, Yanna. Then theyll start talking. This one lady went on and on about how she was reading about us in the newspaper.
Yanna and Enesa are averaging 19.9 and 15.6 points, respectively, ranking first and third in the Frontier League.
The Indians who fell to Alexandria, 59-58, in a dramatic and competitive Frontier League D Division semifinal Tuesday night will enter the Section 3 playoffs at 12-5 overall. They went 8-4 in league play and finished second in the division.
According to third-year coach Mark Wilson, its the best finish for Lyme since they won a league title in 1986.
We just hope to keep on going forward and Ive told them, whatever happens from here on out, this has been the most successful season that the girls have put forth at Lyme since 1986, from what I can tell going back through the records, Wilson said.
Lyme went 5-10 last season, the first with the Ososkalo sisters on varsity.
The year before that, the Indians lost all 13 of their games.
Even people from your own school say Oh the girls from Lyme suck. The girls suck, Yanna Ososkalo said. So its kind of hard trying to play and trying to be motivated when people keep saying the Lyme girls suck. But (this year) were obviously proving people wrong.
The seven-win improvement from last year is the highest in the league. Lyme improved by five wins last year from 2011-12, which was also the leagues highest increase.
Theres kind of been stepping stones and building stones. It just comes from the hard work and dedication of the girls, Wilson said. Im able to get them in the gym during the summer and they want to come.
Lyme is averaging a league-best 56.25 points, up from 40.8 last year and 24 in 2011-12.
Yanna Ososkalos scoring average is the highest for a Lyme girls player since Mary Valentine graduated as the schools career scoring leader in 86.
They have never asked me, How many points did I have? Wilson said. They dont care. All they care about is, Did we win?
Yanna Ososkalo said: I think its the winning that has been very enjoyable, as opposed to other years. We started winning towards the end of last year but weve been improving ever since. Winning has been a lot different and a lot better this year.
FINALS SLATE NEARLY SET
Other than the boys C Division semifinals to be played tonight, the field is set for all eight Frontier League championship games in boys and girls basketball.
The girls A Division final between Indian River and Watertown is set for 6:30 tonight at Jefferson Community College, with the boys final of Carthage-Immaculate Heart Central to follow at 8 p.m.
The girls and boys B Division finals are also scheduled to be played back-to-back starting at 6:30 Friday night at JCC. The girls final will feature unbeaten South Jefferson against General Brown, and the South Jefferson boys team will play Lowville.
The C and D Division championship games will be played Saturday at JCC.
The C girls final between Thousand Islands and Beaver River will start at 11 a.m. and the boys final, with the teams to be determined tonight, will play at 1 p.m.
The girls D Division final of Copenhagen-Alexandria will start at 3 p.m. and the boys final between is slated for 5 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday are both listed as makeup days in case of inclement weather. The Section 3 seeding meeting for both boys and girls is Wednesday.
WRESTLING CLASS TOURNEYS
The high school wrestling postseason schedule continues Saturday with the Section 3 Class A-D Tournaments.
Indian River, Carthage and Watertown will compete in the Class A meet at Indian River High School.
South Jefferson is in the Class B event at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
General Brown will host the Class C championships and will represent the league along with Lowville.
Five league teams will be at the Class D tournament at Dolgeville. They are: Sandy Creek, Copenhagen, Immaculate Heart, South Lewis and Beaver River.
The Section 3 Division I and II Tournaments are slated for Feb. 1 at the SRC Arena in Onondaga and the state championships are scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Sportswriter Josh St. Croix covers high school girls basketball for the Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org