POTSDAM One breakthrough season continued at the expense of the other on Tuesday as Section 7 champion Northern Adirondack outscored Section 10 champion St. Lawrence Central, 42-25, in the opening round of the state Class C girls basketball playoffs at SUNY Potsdam.
Both teams were making their debut in the state tournament.
Junior Magan Magee finished with four 3-pointers in an 18-point effort that led the way for the Bobcats. Jillian Scott tallied 13 points.
Lindsey Thayer finished with a team-high nine points for the Larries.
We got off to a pretty good start and we played pretty good defense for most of the game but we only scored seven points in the second half and its pretty hard to win any game when you do that, SLC coach Chad Gauthier said. They were a good team.
The win over the Larries became another high-water mark for an Northern Adirondack program that has gone from ending a nine-year winless streak to moving one win away from reaching the state final four under the guidance of coach Jessica Harrica.
This is my fourth year of coaching this group, Harrica said. Four years ago, we went winless in 18 games and the next season, we decided to not have a varsity team.
Last year, we had varsity again, Harrica added. We had our first win in nine years and we finished with a .500 record. So, weve gone from the bottom of the barrel to the top of it.
Weve won our first sectional championship. Now weve won our first state playoff game and that gives us more confidence for the next game.
The Bobcats (15-6) will now get set to take on Section 2 champion Hoosic Valley at Hudson Valley Community College starting at noon in the state quarterfinals.
The Larries see their inaugural Section 10 title season end at 13-8.
I saw NAC play a couple of times but they didnt make 3-pointers in either game like they did tonight, Gauthier said. That killed us. It was pretty emotional for everyone at the end but we had a great season.
TAMARAC 65, CANTON 52
Section 2s Tamarac went on a 22-13 run in the fourth quarter to pull away and eliminate the Golden Bears (16-6) in a Class B first-round game at Troy High School.
Tamarac (21-2) led 43-39 through three quarters.
Jenna Erickson led the Bengals with a 32-point game. Adiya Henderson scored 19 points and Alex Mitchell added 11 for Tamarac.
Tori Daley led Canton with 17 points and Kali Frank tossed in 11.