JAMESTOWN — Meeting again in another sectional final four months apart, Holland fought its way to a different result on the court.
It was Allegany-Limestone which knocked off the Lady Dutchmen in the Class C soccer final in October. Holland, led by a dual-sports scoring machine in senior Olivia Schmidt, still hadn’t forgotten Tuesday night when the two schools met for a hoops title.
Schmidt, Section VI’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,221 points, led the Dutchmen with 19 points to earn a 64-49 victory over C-1 champion Allegany-Limestone (20-3) and win Section VI’s overall Class C championship at Jamestown Community College.
It was sweet revenge for those girls who lost to the Lady Gators in the soccer final months before.
“I’m honestly speechless right now,” said Schmidt, who will play soccer in the fall at Indiana Wesleyan University. “I knew our team was good but when we got into the playoffs we have come together like I’ve never seen before. Our chemistry is amazing.”
Holland (21-3) stayed in a full court press much of the game to negate the height disadvantage it had against the 6-foot Allison Forness (22 points) and Sarah DeCapua (10 points).
The grit displayed on the 50-50 loose balls and turnovers helped Holland jump to a 28-15 halftime lead. And when the Gators turned it into a nine-point game in the third stanza it was Alicia Massara who scored 12 of her 15 points on four three-pointers to put the Dutchmen back in front by double digits.
Kaitlyn Bulega added nine points in the victory.
“It makes it really exciting to be as blessed with talent and effort as we are right now,” said Holland coach Daniel Parker.
“We saw the match up problems they gave (Cleveland Hill in the Class C1 final) and we knew that if we played traditional basketball we would have similar issues. We mixed up a lot of different things. We pressed most of the game because we were afraid of them getting into a half court set for any amount of time because they’re going to get three-point play after three-point play if we sat in a 2-3 zone.”
As Schmidt continues to etch her name among the list of all time great athletes Western New York has ever seen, there has been just a few things missing from her long list of accomplishments.
An All-Western New York selection in basketball and soccer, Schmidt helped Holland capture a state crown in soccer as a sophomore. Now in her final basketball season, she hopes to recapture that feeling as she leads her team to the state tournament, with the Far West Regional coupling as the quarterfinal round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association hoops tournament.
“Olivia Schmidt is as good of a soccer player as she is a basketball player,” Allegany-Limestone coach Frank Martin said.
The win moves Holland into the Far West Regionals on Saturday at Rush-Henrietta against the winner of Wednesday night’s Caledonia-Mumford versus South Seneca game.