POTSDAM – The Madrid-Waddington girls and the St. Lawrence Central boys earned Section 10 Class C championship titles on Friday at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.
The top-seeded Madrid-Waddington girls used a decisive second-quarter surge for a 46-23 victory over third-seeded St. Lawrence Central in the opener of the championship doubleheader at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium to win their second straight Class C crown.
In the nightcap, the top-seeded St. Lawrence Central boys defeated the second-seeded Brushton-Moira Panthers 52-43 to also win their second consecutive Class C title.
Both teams will advance to the state playoffs and will host the winner of the game between Section 2 and Section 7 on March 10.
ST. LAWRENCE 52, BRUSHTON-MOIRA 43
After trading leads throughout the first quarter, the SLC boys controlled the other three periods en route to defending its Section 10 Class C championship with their nine-point decision over Brushton-Moira.
“This game is never easy,” said SLC coach Joe Reome. “These two groups of kids have grown up playing basketball against each other and they are closing the gap on us. Offensively, we didn’t put up as many points as I hoped we would and obviously, the way Brushton played had something to do with that. I just thought we played great defense the whole game and that really was big for us tonight.”
Sophomore center Cash Feeley anchored a balanced SLC offense with a game-high 13 points. Junior guards Matt Burg and Kolby Perkins chipped in 11 points each, as classmate Toby Reome connected for 10 points.
“I thought Cash (Feeley) was the difference for us on offense tonight, especially in the first half,” Reome said. “All the kids that played stepped up in important spots for us.”
For the Panthers (13-10), sophomore Logan Bassett paced a group effort with 10 points followed by classmate Eli Russell, who came off the bench to tally nine points.
The teams were scoreless through the first minute and a half before going on to produce eight lead changes during the remainder of the opening quarter, including three over the final 1:17 as a late fastbreak basket by Burg put the Larries ahead 12-11 at the close.
SLC would never trail again, building a 21-14 lead over the first four minutes of the second quarter before a pair of late free throws by Perkins made it 27-19 at the half.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 46, ST. LAWRENCE 23
Madrid-Waddington Central was able to gain the tempo its sought right from the onset Friday.
It was just a matter of hitting a few shots for the Yelllowjackets to take flight to a third straight sectional title.
Kellsie Tiernan buried a 3-pointer and a jumper from just inside the 3-point line on the last two possessions of the first quarter to ignite a 16-1 run en route to a 46-23 victory over a young St. Lawrence Central team.
“Kellsie Tiernan doesn’t even have to score to be one of our best players but she hit the shots which got us going today,” said Madrid-Waddington coach Bryan Harmer.
“Tonight we wanted to play at a fast pace and use our depth to keep the tempo up.”
The Jackets (19-3) eventually anchored the win in an 18-1 second quarter run and played such good defense that scoring just three points in the third quarter did not prove problematic.
“Defense was definitely what we did the best tonight,” said Dannielle Hough who is Madrid-Waddington’s only senior starter. “And everyone did a good job defensively. I am very happy with the way were are playing.”
Morgan Burns scored eight points in the second quarter run and scored 11 points on the night along with Hough. Tiernan finished with nine points.
SLC coach Chad Gauthier was also pleased with the defense of his team that includes six sophomores and a freshman in its rotation.
“We played good defense holding Madrid-Waddington to 46 points. If we would have shot better we would been in the game,” Gauthier said.
“But we had one of those nights when we just couldn’t make a shot. I’m very excited about next season, the improvement of our young girls was tremendous this year.”
Abby Lemieux and Maggie Yandoh each scored eight points for the Larries (8-14).