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Section 3 girls basketball: Copenhagen’s offense goes cold in loss to Oriskany

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SYRACUSE — A week of frustration and disappointment for Frontier League basketball teams reached its boiling point on Sunday.

The top-seeded Copenhagen girls shot just 16 percent from the field en route to a 43-21 loss to No. 4 Oriskany in the Section 3 Class D girls basketball semifinals at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall Gymnasium.

“It wasn’t our day,” Copenhagen senior Marinda Allen said. “They were a good team. We play good teams in our division in the regular season, but I don’t think we’ve seen a team like that.”

The Golden Knights (16-3) were the third team from the area to suffer a semifinal loss over the weekend after 10 teams got eliminated in the quarterfinals.

For the first time since 1998, the Frontier League will not be represented in any of the overall sectional title games for boys or girls basketball.

The Redskins (15-4) will play No. 2 Hamilton for the Class D title at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carrier Dome.

“They played good defense but I think we made it look a little bit better than it was,” Copenhagen coach Natalie Scott said. “It was disappointing but I knew they were a good team. I knew they were bigger than us and stronger than us.”

The Golden Knights missed their first eight shots and made just 1-of-13 from the field in the first quarter.

They finished the first half with a shooting percentage of 11 and scored just six points. They struggled to get the ball inside against Oriskany’s pair of 5-foot-11 forwards and never went to the free throw line in the first half.

“I think we were a little timid based on their size,” Scott said. “We haven’t had to go against size like that and we knew they had that on us, but I guess they were a little timid going against it because they just didn’t attack it like we normally would and kept coming up short on shots.”

Jordan Sahl and Madison Zizzi scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Redskins.

Oriskany coach Angela Meiss said her team focused on trying to limit Copenhagen’s outside shooters this week in practice.

“We tried to keep a hand in the face at all times and just stay right with them because we knew they were quick and athletic,” Meiss said.

Despite its poor start offensively, Copenhagen trailed by three points midway through the second quarter. Oriskany was held to just 23 percent shooting in the first half.

“I think we defended them well, but somewhere, the offense got lost,” Scott said.

Freshman Maci Spaulding led Copenhagen with eight points and eight rebounds.

The Golden Knights’ scoring output was a season low and 28 points below its season average of 49. Their season-low before Sunday was 35 in a Dec. 16 victory over Beaver River.

Copenhagen lost in the semifinals for the second straight year and entered Sunday’s game as winners of 12 straight.

Copenhagen will lose three starters — Allen, Alicia Evans and Brianna Muncy — to graduation.

“It was a great experience,” Allen said. “We played well as a team all year and today wasn’t our day.”

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