CANTON - The highly anticipated Section 10 Class D1 and Class D2 Girls Basketball Championship games lived up to their billing on Tuesday at SUNY Canton.
Top seeded and No. 7 ranked state-ranked Heuvelton (18-2) erased memories of the scoreless third quarter to dominate No. 4 seed and 14th ranked Madrid-Waddington (16-4) in the fourth quarter to seal a 44-31 win and the Class D1 title.
The Class D 2 title game saw third seeded and eighth ranked Hermon-DeKalb (17-2) use a strong second half to deny second seeded and 12th ranked Chateaugay (17-3) 41-36.
The Bulldogs and the NAC West Division champion Demons will meet at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at SUNY Canton for the Class D Championship a berth in the New York State Tournament. The two teams split during the NAC West season.
Heuvelton 44, M-W 31: The Bulldogs, down 27-25 after three quarters, delivered an overwhelming 16-0 run to begin the fourth.
Madrid-Waddington played very aggressive defense and we struggled in the third because of it. We just stepped up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter and our seniors really took the game into their hands along with Paige McCormick. Logan Tallman came through with some big shots, Alexis Weidner got some key steals and baskets, Maddie St. Pierre was solid on the boards and defensively and Paige McCormick hit three huge threes for us after not scoring. We just got our scoring going in the fourth, said Heuvelton coach Rob Powers.
Tallman hit a three to start the run. Weidner scored off a steal and after a big block by Maddie St. Pierre, McCormick delivered the first of three threes pointers for a 33-27 lead with 5:04 remaining. Maddie St. Pierre connected inside, McCormick hit a three and Tallman banked another for a 41-27 lead with 3:16 to play.
Desiree Pryce ended the run with a free throw but McCormick hit another three with less than 1:20 to play.
The contest was close through the first 18 minutes as Olivia Parmeter hit a buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter to cut a Heuvelton lead to 14-12. Heuvelton led 25-20 at halftime keyed by six points from Weidner.
Olivia Parmeters three and twos from Desiree Pryce and Jenn King keyed M-W 27-25 lead after three.
Tallman finished with 12 points and four assists for Heuvelton. McCormick (10 rebounds) and Weidner (7 steals, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) each scored nine while Maddie St. Pierre (5 blocks, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals) added eight points and Olivia St. Pierre (6 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assists) contributed six points.
Olivia Parmeter scored seven points and collected six steals for Madrid-Waddington. Tess Knight (4 rebounds), Desiree Pryce (3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Jenn King (7 rebounds) each scored six points. Hannah Marcellus added four points.
I cant say how proud I am of this team. We put ourselves in position in the third quarter but Heuvelton just came out with a hot fourth quarter. They have many weapons and it showed. We lost to a very good team tonight but our year was very good and we have nothing to be ashamed off, said retiring M-W coach Gary Tischler.
H-D 41, Chateaugay 36: Chateaugay is a tough team. They made us earn it tonight. They started man defensively and it made us start our offense out further than we like. We used a lot of dribble drive and screen pentration to break it. It was a grind. We made just enough baskets and plays to win, said H-D coach Steve Morrill.
Defensively, we started man but struggled a bit because Chateaugay played well early. We needed to switch to a 2-3 zone to stop their stunts and things that they did well. I cant explain how much this was a team win.
Abby Barnes earned Chateaugay a 22-22 halftime tie but the Bulldogs would never lead in the second half as H-D controlled the boards and forged a stream of timely plays.
H-Ds Hunter Hitchman delivered a three for a 28-24 lead and Bridget Rust later made it 33-26 and the Demons led 35-29 after three.
Hitchman picked up her fourth foul with 6:50 to play and Chateaugay cut the deficit to 35-31 with two free throws from Rachel Young. Kasey ODonnell later hit two free throws with 4:58 to play and Rust drilled a three pointer for a 39-31 H-D advantage.
Not going away, Danielle Charland delivered a three and Barnes scored two free throws to cut the deficit to 39-36 with 2:27 to play.
A steal by ODonnell led to two clinching free throws for Hitchman.
Courtney Harrington didnt score but her presence helped. And I thought the unsung hero tonight, and she hasnt gotten much credit all season, was Kasey ODonnell. She played just tremendous tonight on defense and offense and she came away with a big steal in the fourth quarter late. In the third and fourth quarters, Bridget Rust and Hunter Hitchman hit some big shots and Delaney Kerr, Paige Whitton, Morgan Stott and Chelsea MacKay played well. Tonight it was all eight players, said Morrill.
Hitchman supplied 17 points with three threes and went six for six from the foul line to go with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Rust connected for three threes and posted eight boards and two steals. ODonnell finished with five points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals while Morgan Stott added eight boards and five points.
Hannah Cook generated 11 points while Abby Barnes added eight points for Chateaugay. Caitlin Miller added six points. Katie Beach chipped in four.
There is no shame in losing to a good basketball team. And thats a good team that we played tonight, said Chateaugay coach Chris Reynolds.
Regardless of the outcome, I am truly proud of this team, proud of the effort that they gave all season. You cant give quality teams two, three and four attempts at a basket and expect to come out on top. It seemed like we just couldnt grab a rebound in the second half.