On Thursday, McKenna Maycock did the bulk of the heavy lifting for her Randolph Lady Cardinals, scoring a school-record 42 points while dishing out 11 assists and pulling down 15 rebounds in a victory over semifinal-foe Tapestry.
On Saturday, it was her teammates turn to carry her - for three quarters at least.
With No. 4 Allegany-Limestone's box-and-one (and, at times, triangle-and-two) defense sufficiently frustrating the standout sophomore - she was held to "just" 11 points in the first half - a number of other Lady Cardinals helped make sure their squad built a lead and kept it - until Maycock could really get going.
Randolph’s Mandy Finch drives past an Allegany-Limestone defender during Saturday’s Section 6 class C-1 girls basketball championship game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Rob Tucker
Mandy Finch finished with nine points and seven rebounds, freshman Peyton Terrette and sophomore Megan Steward combined for nine points over the game's first three periods and Maycock exploded for 13 points in the fourth quarter alone (giving her a typically solid 27 by game's end) as second-seeded Randolph rolled to a 53-37 Section 6 Class C-1 championship victory.
The victory, No. 18 in 21 tries this year, marked the third-straight season in which the Lady Cardinals have captured a sectional crown.
"I remember last year with Salamanca in that (crossover final) and it was the same way, you just never thought you had it," Randolph coach Shawn Huntington said. "We worked through a lot of things tonight. McKenna didn't have her typical game (through the first three quarters), so it was nice to see others pick it up for us.
"They really rose to the occasion."
Terrette kicked off the contest with a deep jumper from the right wing, Finch connected on a fast-break layup after receiving a pass from Maycock that traveled the length of the court and then Steward drained a triple in front of the Randolph bench to push the squad to a 9-7 lead with a little more than three minutes to go in the first quarter. Maycock, still working to get free of Allegany-Limestone defender Allison Watson, managed to do so with a back-door cut and layup at the buzzer to make the score 14-10 in favor of the Lady Cardinals.
Allegany-Limestone (11-10) never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
Randolph ballooned the lead to 10, 26-16, at the break as Steward and Santana France connected on mid-range jumpers and Finch completed an old-fashioned three-point play after being fouled on a layup.
"Mandy had a helluva game," Huntington said. "She kept us together there in the thick of it."
Heading into the fourth, Randolph's margin had slimmed to seven. It was about that time, however, Maycock finally took the reins.
The point guard scored six straight - she recorded a coast-to-coast layup, a classic three-point play and a jumper from the baseline - and then dropped in back-to-back treys within a 45-second span to balloon the lead to a hefty 19 points, 49-30, with 2:45 to go.
"We were able to get in transition a little bit more," Huntington said of Maycock's surge. "(Before the fourth quarter) we weren't able to run the ball, not because (Allegany-Limestone) was stopping us but because we just didn't; I don't know what it was. But once we were able to get some clean rebounds and get the ball out (things went better)."
When the dust had settled, Maycock had helped her team secure the championship with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Huntington, meanwhile, was thrilled to see each of his players make important contributions.
"(The team) definitely did its job," he said. "It was nice to see. It may not have been pretty, but they made plays when they had to."
Up next is a battle with rival Frewsburg, who on Saturday edged Chautauqua Lake, 73-70, to capture the C-2 title. The Class C crossover final is slated for Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Jamestown High School.
Al. Watson 3 0 6, Barton 0 0 0, Scott 2 2 6, Gelen 0 0 0, Decapua 0 0 0, Fuller 1 2 4, Christopher 0 0 0, Monroe 0 0 0, Ab. Watson 0 0 0, George 6 0 21, Giardini 0 0 0. Totals 12 4 37.
France 2 0 4, Finch 3 3 9, Maycock 11 3 27, Farmer 1 0 2, Keyes 0 0 0, Steward 2 0 5, Marsh 0 0 0, P. Terrette 1 2 4, A. Terrette 1 0 2, Fisher 0 0 0. Totals 21 8 53.
3-point goals: Maycock 2, Steward.
Allegany-Limestone10 6 11 10 - 37
Randolph14 12 8 19 - 53