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Schmidt scores 44 but Holland loses thriller, 69-64

HENRIETTA – Olivia Schmidt did everything but prevent overtime for Holland on Saturday in the Class C girls basketball Far West Regional.

The senior guard started and ended the first half with a 3-pointer. She hit a 3 to tie the game at 57 with 1:07 to play in the fourth quarter. But South Seneca prevailed in the overtime period, 69-64, ending Holland’s hopes for their first state final four appearance.

“Olivia played a wonderful game,” Holland head coach Daniel Parker said.

Schmidt finished with 44 points, including six three-pointers, and was a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line.

“I knew I needed to have a big game for us to have a chance to win,” Schmidt said. “I left everything I had on the floor.”

The gym’s shot clock stopped working at 2:19 in the first quarter, and time was kept manually with the announcer counting down from 10. The clock came back in the second half, but countdown was rarely needed as both teams pushed the tempo all game.

Holland never managed a lead after Schmidt’s early trey, but stayed close throughout. South Seneca’s largest lead of the game was at 27-19 just before the half, but Schmidt answered with a long three near midcourt, pumping her first as the Dutchwomen ran into the locker room.

Mackenzie Kenyon led the Falcons (22-3) with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while Emily Lavarnway added 13. Cassidy Slocum had nine points for Holland (21-4) in the loss.

South Seneca coach Heather Mott said the Falcons tried everything against Schmidt, but even against their impressive zone and man defenses the 5-foot-5 senior found ways to hit open shots.

“She doesn’t score 2,200 points just by luck,” Mott said. “We pulled out all the cards.”

Schmidt had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3 at the top of the arc to tie the game at 57. Both teams had chances for the win in the final minute. Bailey Minges missed a 3 for South Seneca, setting up a chance for Holland to win the game in regulation with 8.4 seconds left.

Schmidt drove the basket but seemed to lose her dribble, stepped back to the left of the hoop and fired a shot at the buzzer that clanged off the rim long.

“We had a play run so I had to get up on top,” Schmidt said. “My penetration into the middle was working all game so I decided to try to do that.”

In the four minute overtime period, South Seneca took the lead on free throws from Kelsey Shaulis and Minges, who later fouled out. Schmidt scored on a pair of layups, including one to make it 67-64 Falcons with six seconds to play.

Holland would get one last chance to force a second overtime, but the inbound pass was mishandled and a Shaulis layup at the buzzer sealed the Falcons win.

“Give us another four minutes and I think we get to turn it around the other way,” Parker said.

South Seneca moves on to play Section VII’s Northern Adirondack at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.

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