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CHAUMONT — Basketball fans here had plenty to celebrate Saturday night.

Senior Troy Wilson scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Lyme boys basketball team to a 60-53 victory over Tyburn in a Section 3 Class D first round playoff game at a loud and packed gym at Lyme Central School.

In the preceding girls Class D first round game, sisters Enesa and Yanna Ososkalo combined for 48 points to carry the Indians to a 71-50 victory over Otselic Valley for the program’s first sectional win in nearly 30 years, according to Lyme coach Mark Wilson.

“We have a lot of support every year but it seems like this year with both teams being successful, they’ve really come out and supported the teams,” said Lyme boys basketball coach Leo Wilson. “That’s what you need going into the sectionals. It gives you that much more of a boost of energy.”

The boys team will play at top-seeded New York Mills and the girls will travel to No. 4 Oriskany in the quarterfinals. Both games are scheduled for Tuesday with a time to be determined.

LYME 60, TYBURN 53

Troy Wilson went 13-for-18 from the free throw line, including a pair that put his team up five with nine seconds left, and the eighth-seeded Indians overcame a two-point deficit entering the fourth to beat the No. 9 Crusaders (10-8).

“When he knew that the chips were down he really pushed it a little harder and did a nice job for us,” Leo Wilson said

Troy Wilson scored four quick points to start the quarter and put the Indians up 39-37. He hit a big 3-point field goal, his only of the game, to give Lyme a 48-41 lead with about four minutes left.

That seven-point lead was the largest Lyme held up to that point in a tightly contested game. Tyburn led by one point at the end of the first and second quarters, and was up two entering the fourth.

“We started playing aggressive and we started pressuring them and boxing out playing better defense,” Troy Wilson said. “That’s the key really, if you can box out and rebound and play good defense then that’s what’s going to win you these games.”

Timmy Morrow added 13 points and eight rebounds for Lyme (12-7).

Matt Faiola scored 30 points to lead the Crusaders.

Troy Wilson has scored 30 or more points 11 times this season. The guard has tallied more than 1,500 career points in his five year-varsity career.

“In the first half I think we did a decent job of containing him, if you want to call it that,” Tyburn coach Louis Massett said. “But he’s a good player and he’s going to get his points. He is the main guy and the straw that stirs the drink for them. We just couldn’t get him locked down.”

LYME 71, OTSELIC VALLEY 50

Enesa Ososkalo scored 22 of her 30 points in the second half and hit 10 of her last 12 free throw attempts to help the fifth-seeded Indians pull away from the No. 13 Vikings (4-13).

Lyme coach Mark Wilson said he believes it’s the first sectional win for the program since 1986. The Indians won just five games a year ago and went winless in 2011-12.

“I don’t know if it sinks into them because they’re still in the midst of it, and I don’t think they really think about it yet,” Mark Wilson said.

“To me, having played the game and knowing what basketball means to Lyme and the history we have, it means a lot for the girls program to come from where we’ve been in the last few years.”

Yanna Ososkalo finished with 18 points and Allison Tarwater added 12 on four 3-point field goals for Lyme (13-6).

Saturday’s game was the second-highest scoring output of the season for the Indians, who led the league with an average of 53 points per game.

“I love fast-paced games,” Yanna Ososkalo said. “We like to grab the ball and push, push, push. That’s how we beat most teams.”

The Indians trailed by one at halftime with three starters on the bench in foul trouble, but used a 23-8 third quarter to seize control.

“In the second half we started boxing out and stopped fouling as much and just got under control,” Enesa Ososkalo said.

BOYS

IHC 83, WESTMORELAND 53

Jude Whalen scored 22 points, dished out eight assists and stole the ball seven times to pace the Immaculate Heart Central boys basketball team to an 83-53 victory over Westmoreland in a Section 3 Class C first-round game on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Cavaliers (14-5) move on to play No. 4 Little Falls in the quarterfinals most likely on Tuesday.

Jude Fusilli added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Robin Massey contributed 13 points for IHC, which led 73-39 after three quarters. The Cavaliers also connected on 11 3-point field goals.

Westmoreland, seeded 12th, was led by John Grace’s 13 points.

CAZENOVIA 61, SOUTH JEFFERSON 24

Ryman Seeley produced 16 points to guide the No. 5 Lakers to a Class B first-round victory over the No. 12 Spartans at Cazenovia.

Kevin Hopsicker added 15 points for Cazenovia (15-4).

Jon Worden scored eight points for South Jefferson (8-11).

SACKETS HARBOR 47, FAITH-HERITAGE 40 (OT)

Josh Keruski scored seven points in overtime to help lift the No. 2 Patriots to a Class D first-round victory over the No. 15 Saints at Sackets Harbor.

Keruski finished with 16 points. Colton Belcher pulled down 15 rebounds, and Ryan Allen added nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals for Sackets Harbor (16-3).

Jordan Neider scored 16 points for Faith Heritage (6-13).

In a Class B first round game, No. 2 Sherburne-Earleville defeated No. 15 Lowville 78-51. Lowville finished 6-13.

LISBON 45, HARRISVILLE 43

Alex Gravlin’s putback with four seconds to play completed Lisbon’s comeback against Harrisville in a Section 10 Class D quarterfinal at SUNY Canton.

Jake Putney scored 10 of his 18 points in the second quarter for the Golden Knights. Jimmy Robinson added 15 points and 15 rebounds. Gravlin finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

Tim Fowler scored 18 points for Harrisville (12-8) and tied the game at 43-43 with 13 seconds left.

GIRLS

SOUTH JEFFERSON 49, CAZENOVIA 48

South Jefferson used a 14-5 fourth-quarter run and 16 free throws from Austin Stevens to survive an upset bid and defeat No. 15 Cazenovia in a Section 3 Class B opener at Adams.

No. 2 South Jefferson (19-0) was down four at halftime and trailed by eight points going into the third quarter.

Stevens finished with 26 points, including a 16-for-17 performance from the foul line.

The Spartans didn’t take their first lead until the final 2:30 of the game. Cazenovia (8-10) struck for seven 3-pointers in the game.

Audrey Burbidge scored 18 points for Cazenovia.

THOUSAND ISLANDS 54, WEST CANADA VALLEY 53

Ashley Anchor scored on a layup with about a minute remaining to put the second-seeded Vikings up for good as they held on to beat pesky No. 15 West Canada Valley in a Class C first-round game at Clayton.

Anchor finished with 11 points and Kerstin Phelps added 15 to lead the Vikings (16-3), who had trailed most of the game. Karly Sherman contributed eight points, five rebounds and four assists for the Vikings.

Carissa Tasovak’s 15 points led the Indians (8-11).

In other Class C first-round games, No. 1 Little Falls defeated No. 16 Immaculate Heart Central 67-43 in Little Falls and No. 5 Cooperstown beat No. 12 Beaver River 71-21.







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