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South Seneca downs Frewsburg in girls C final

It didn't take long for Frewsburg girls basketball team to figure out that it probably wasn't going to be their night at the Far West Regionals at Buffalo State Sports Arena.

After only three minutes, the Bears trailed South Seneca, 15-0 - discovering the hard way why the Falcons were ranked No. 1 in the state.

"I just wanted to see the ball go through the hoop," Frewsburg coach Jeff Collver said about how he felt in the first quarter. "You only get a certain amount of timeouts. I had to let them suffer through it."

It didn't get too much better after that. South Seneca had an 18-4 lead after a period, and could have named the score from there. The final count was 73-34.

The Falcons certainly showed their ranking from the opening tip-off. Collver had a feeling that this particular opponent would be a big step up in class.

"They're as advertised," he said. "We saw a ton of tape on them. Still, until you've got them in your shorts and see them face to face, it's hard to play against them."

The South Seneca attack started with amazing defensive pressure. Frewsburg had difficulty getting the ball over half court. If the Bears didn't make a bad pass, they traveled or forced a shot.

It was almost as if the Falcons had seven players on the court at times.

"We'd reverse the ball, and think we'd gotten open, and it's gone," Collver said.

That, in turn led to easy baskets at the other end. South Seneca had seven baskets in the first quarter, and all of them were scored right around the basket.

"I think nerves got to us," guard Kaitlyn Blanchard said. "We really dug ourselves a big hole."

The Falcons also offered a balanced attack. Four players were in double figures, led by Emily Larvanway's 14 points.

"It's not like you look at them and say, 'Wow,' but they all play at a high level," Collver said. "They had two or three kids who would always go after the ball. It's the best team we've played, hands down."

Gabby Iuculano led the Bears with 12 points, while Blanchard had six.

While the one-sided loss certainly left a mark, the thought of raising a Section VI championship banner at the start of next season should make everyone feel better ... eventually.

"I'm very satisfied with the season," Collver said. "In my pregame speech, I said I was very proud of them no matter how this game turned out, and I am."




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