Mayfield’s season ends in quarterfinals

CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON – The Mayfield girls basketball team saw its season come to an end Friday with a 73-34 loss to Greenwich in the Section II Class C quarterfinals at Maple Hill High School.

The 11th-seeded Lady Panthers upset sixth-seeded Waterford in the opening round to reach the quarterfinals, while third-seeded Greenwich rolled to a 73-33 win over Schoharie in its postseason opener.

Mayfield trailed 33-6 after the first quarter to the Witches, who improved to 15-5 overall.

The Lady Panthers’ quarterfinal matchup was decided early on, as the Lady Witches began the game on a 29-2 run. Greenwich’s top two scorers, Alexis Case and Mariah Linnett, scored 10 and 14, respectively, during the scoring burst. The Witches blew past Mayfield (11-9 overall) with ease and scored 27 of their first quarter points by way of layup or free throw. Samantha Whitehouse and Maddie Schafer each hit from downtown in the frame for Greenwich.

Greenwich’s full-court press gave Mayfield fits, leading to 19 first-half Lady Panther giveaways. The Witches slowed down their offense in the second quarter and moved to a half-court trap, affording Mayfield some breathing room. Greenwich won the quarter 12-9 and carried a 55-24 lead into the halftime break. Despite the mounting deficit, the Lady Panthers stayed positive.

“This team has always shown a lot of heart and a lot of dedication throughout the year,” said Mayfield head coach Brian Moore. “Between quarters and halftime every single one of them was saying we can get back in this game. They [fought] until the last minute.”

Mayfield’s leading scorer and program record holder for three-pointers made in a season, Julie Hampton, took control of the offense in the third quarter. Hampton added another three to her total and converted two other field goals before finishing with all nine of Mayfield’s third quarter points.

Greenwich scored just 10 points in the third, but the Witches got back to their old tricks with a 16-2 run that took up most of the fourth. Linnett hit two free throws to complete the run and push Greenwich’s lead to 41 points.

“They’re a well-coached team – a great team that’s been at that level for a while and that’s what we’re striving to get to,” Moore said.

Hampton buried a three at the final horn to end the season with 36 triples.

Linnett finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Case poured in 22. Jessica James pulled down nine rebounds for the Witches. Hampton had 14 to lead the Lady Panthers while Kaylee Bumpus had eight boards. Mayfield was outrebounded 43-27.

Greenwich will face second-seeded Maple Hill in the semifinals on Tuesday at Cohoes High School. Maple Hill advanced with a 44-23 win over seventh-seeded Fort Plain on Friday.

Greenwich 73, Mayfield 34

Greenwich 33 12 10 18 – 73

Mayfield6 9 9 10 – 34

Greenwich

Linnett 9-5-24, Case 7-8-22, Sam. Whitehouse 3-2-8, Schafer 2-0-5, Sab. Whitehouse 1-2-5, James 2-0-4, VanDeWater 1-1-3, White 1-0-2. Totals 27-18-73.

Mayfield

Hampton 5-2-14, Bumpus 4-0-8, S. Sheldon 2-3-7, Meca 1-0-2, A. Sheldon 0-2-2, Barber 0-1-1. Totals 12-8-34.

3-point goals: Greenwich 3 (Linnett, Schafer, Sab. Whitehouse); Mayfield 2 (Hampton 2)