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Olean's Altmire says goodbye after 35 years

Olean's season and the coaching career of Martha Altmire came to a close Saturday as Pittsford-Sutherland rallied in the second half to win, 66-53, in the Class A Far West Regional at Finger Lakes Community College.

"How can you be upset with the year we've had?" said Altmire. "We went way beyond my expectations. Those kids . . . I thought they played their hearts out, and I thought they did the area proud."

Altmire, the only coach Olean has ever had, ended her 35-year career with a 483-222 record. Olean was making its first trip to the Far West Regionals since 1982.

The Huskies took a 13-10 lead after the first quarter behind their inside game with Brandy Wangelin and outside game with Sarah Wolcott. Olean was an efficient 7 of 14 from the floor in the second quarter and limited itself to just three turnovers to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room.

Considered a third-quarter team, the Knights held to form, scoring 24 points to Olean's 14. Pittsford-Sutherland (19-4) started the third on a 12-3 run, which also saw one of Olean's main scoring threats, Michelle Spears, pick up her third foul. The Huskies were 6 of 8 shooting, but the Knights turned most of Olean's seven turnovers into fast-break baskets.

Pittsford took its first lead, 34-33, with 6:11 left in the third and never looked back.

"At one point in the fourth quarter, I thought we were going to do it, but then they got some easy baskets and then we put them on the foul line," said Altmire.

The Huskies, who had an 8-6 record in January, finished 18-8. Wolcott and Molly Redden finished with 13 points each. Wangelin had 15 rebounds.


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