Two girls’ basketball teams of championship pedigree – meeting for the title Saturday afternoon at Jamestown Community College.
That Allegany-Limestone versus Chautauqua Lake Class C-1 final at 4 p.m. should be a dandy during the Section VI championship tripleheader in the Physical Education Complex.
A/L, the reigning Class C-1 champions, received a huge double-double effort from junior Morgan Davis during a 74-42 rout of fourth-seeded Tapestry. Davis scored 10 of her game-high 30 points during the top-seeded Gators’ 22-4 first quarter that enabled them to take control from the get go.
“We were able to get her the ball in position to score,” winning coach Frank Martin said.
Controlling the glass and getting out and running proved to be key for A/L (13-8), which has played a tough schedule filled with contenders and enters the final having won eight of its last nine games.
Brooke Giardini recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Kiley Kinney had 10 assists to go with seven rebounds. Tapestry star Nia Caver finished with 21 points.
“I thought we played well the whole time,” Martin said. “I thought we did a nice job on the boards and we were able to get out and run.”
A/L will face a Chautauqua Lake team that’s three years removed from winning a state title and two years removed from a state final four appearance as the Thunderbirds advanced with a 48-36 win over Cleveland Hill.
In the Class D semifinals, state runner-up Panama took out No. 2 seed Ellicottville, 61-42, and will face top-seeded Franklinville in the final to open the championship tripleheader at JCC at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fredonia stuns East Aurora
In Class B-1, it’ll be Cinderella against the top seed Sunday at Buffalo State.
No. 6 Fredonia took down last year’s runner-up East Aurora, 34-28, at Sweet Home High School.
Hannah Gullo’s free throw with just over 4 minutes remaining broke a 24-24 tie. Zoya Katta followed with a free throw. Hannah Cybart (10 points) also scored during the Hillbillies’ game-closing 10-4 run. Katta and Cybart each had three of those points as Fredonia returned to the final a year after losing the B-2 title game to Southwestern.
“It’s exciting to get back, it’s been our goal all season,” Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. “We came in with a game plan to shut down their inside game. … I thought Zoya Katta and Hannah Gullo played phenomenal defense inside but the rest of the team did a great job with backside help.”
East Aurora was the No. 2 seed.
The Hillbillies will next face Depew for the title.
The Wildcats defeated 12th-seeded CSAT 60-45 to cap the twin bill at Sweet Home.
Depew led at halftime by 11 and by 12 entering the fourth quarter, but CSAT pulled within seven on a three by Kiara Davis-Patterson with just over 5 minutes left.
Aviance Clark hit two huge threes after that for the Wildcats, the last with 91 seconds to restore their double-digit lead. Clark finished with 20 points.
Depew controlled the glass, finishing with 56 rebounds.
Tess Borgosz grabbed 26 to go with 19 points for the Wildcats. Brittany Bobeck finished with 12 rebounds and eight points.