Mayfield to face Galway in title game
MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Lady Panthers took a 17-point lead into halftime and never looked back as they cruised to a 42-25 win over the Gloversville Lady Dragons in the second game of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament at Mayfield High School Thursday.
The Lady Panthers (5-3 overall) sliced and diced their way into the lane in the first half, getting to the line for 14 free throws but only converting four of them. Their futility at the line, while alarming, didn’t hurt Mayfield on Thursday.
“We’ve been shooting very well for the season and thankfully we didn’t have to knock them down at a high clip today,” said Mayfield head coach Brian Moore. “I think the girls were a little bit tired from the day off and the holiday and everything else going on and they really didn’t get their legs underneath as far as their foul shooting.”
While the Panthers did most of their first quarter scoring at the rim, Julie Hampton knocked down an early 3-pointer. Hampton scored 11 in the first half and finished with a game-high 15 points.
Gloversville (0-5 overall) had very few open looks in the first 16 minutes. Mayfield’s defense kept pressure on the Lady Dragons, forcing two five-second violations and holding them to just one field goal in the second quarter. The basket, an off-balance jumper by Stacia Griesemer, came after Mayfield started the second on a 7-0 run. Hampton ignited that run with her second trey of the game.
Gloversville didn’t score in the final five minutes of the half, while Heather Geier put in two baskets for Mayfield in the final two and a half minutes to give the Lady Panthers a 26-9 halftime lead.
With a big cushion, the Lady Panthers took the opportunity to try some new offensive sets that have not seen much in-game action. The result was a lower-scoring, sloppier second half for Mayfield.
“Second half we weren’t attacking the basket as much,” said Moore. “We were trying to run some new offensive sets and we did end up with a few turnovers just because we’re running some new things that we’re just putting in in practice.”
The Lady Dragons outscored Mayfield 9-7 in the third quarter led by Emily Washburn and Natalie Kucel. Washburn tallied four points in the quarter and was active on the boards while Kucel scored two and registered a steal that led to points at the other end.
Miranda Eagan hit from outside in an otherwise quiet third frame for Mayfield. The Lady Dragons did a good job of defending at the rim without drawing fouls, frustrating Mayfield players who tried to penetrate.
After attempting just eight free throws in the first three quarters combined, Gloversville converted three of eight from the stripe in the fourth quarter. Five Lady Panthers combined for nine points in the fourth, including Kaylee Bumpus who finished the night with nine total points.
In the first varsity game of the evening, Galway defeated Schoharie 38-32. With the win, Mayfield earned the opportunity to get revenge on Galway today at 7:30 p.m. in the title game of the tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated the Lady Panthers 41-31 on Dec. 10.
“It’s definitely nice to be able to get a win against a Class A school,” said Moore. “I’m proud of the girls. We played Galway earlier in the season and lost to them and they’re going to come out and bring that pressure and we’ve got to match it.”
Gloversville will take on Schoharie in the tournament’s consolation game at 6 p.m. in hopes of getting a win before 2013 is over.
Galway 38, Schoharie 32
MAYFIELD – Morgan Ritter scored 13 points, leading Galway to a win over Schoharie in the first round of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament.
Felicia Snyder scored nine points for the Golden Eagles (5-3 overall), who outscored Schoharie 17-6 in the first quarter on their way to the win.
Lauren Archer scored 12 points to lead Schoharie (2-4 overall).
Mayfield Holiday Tournament
Mayfield 42, Gloversville 25
Gloversville6 3 9 7 – 25
Mayfield12 14 7 9 – 42
Hampton 5-3-15, Bumpus 4-1-9, Sheldon 3-0-6, Eagan 1-1-4, Geier 2-0-4, Barber 1-0-2, Meca 1-0-2. Totals 17-5-42.
Kucel 2-3-7, Griesemer 2-2-6, Washburn 3-0-6, Gifford 1-0-2, Ross 1-0-2, Stover 0-2-2. Totals 9-7-25.
3-point goals: Mayfield 3 (Hampton 2, Eagan); Gloversville – none
Galway 38, Schoharie 32
Schoharie6 10 6 10 – 32
Galway17 6 10 5 – 38
Archer 4-4-12, Palmateer 2-0-5, Mueller 2-1-5, Sacket 1-0-2, Kas. VanGasbeck 2-1-5, Kai. VanGasbeck 1-0-3. Totals: 12-6-32.
Snyder 3-3-9, Zawisa 1-0-2, Ritter 6-1-13, Chase 2-4-8, Breckenridge 2-2-6. Totals: 14-10-38.
3-point goals: Schoharie 2 ( Palmateer, Kai. VanGasbeck); Galway – none.