By Rob Tucker
BUFFALO - One more quarter, and the Randolph Lady Cardinals might have been making hotel reservations in Troy rather than feeling glum.
Above, Randolph’s McKenna Maycock drives the lane during Friday’s Class C Far West Regional at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Below, Randolph’s Mandy Finch is closely guarded by Bishop Kearney’s Kharysma Bryant. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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"We were just a couple of shots away from getting back into the swing of things," Randolph coach Shawn Huntington lamented. "You could see in the fourth quarter that the steam was starting to boil - we just waited too long.
"I think we were just one quarter short."
Trailing Section 5's Bishop Kearney by as many as 20 points midway through the third period, Randolph came roaring back behind an 11-3 run and then got to within seven, 50-43, with 3 left in regulation. But that would be as close as the Section 6 champions could manage, eventually running out of steam in the game's waning moments on the way to suffering a 64-47 defeat in the Class C Far West Regional at Buffalo State College on Friday evening.
"They're a tough team," Huntington said of Bishop Kearney, a private school from Rochester that, thanks to the victory, earned a place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls state basketball tournament next week. "They're totally different from us. We fought hard, we made a comeback, but it just wasn't our day."
It became especially clear it wasn't the Lady Cardinals day in the second quarter.
Randolph kept pace with the Kings, who boast two players of 6-feet tall and two more within an inch or two of that mark, in the opening frame, overcoming an early 9-2 deficit to knot the frame at 15 heading into the second.
Then the wheels - momentarily, at least - came off.
Bishop Kearney, currently ranked No. 15 in the state for Class C, dashed out on a 10-0 run to start the stanza, making the score 25-15. Then, after a Peyton Terrette jumper, the Kings scored six of the next seven points to cap what was a period-long, 16-3 run.
Behind that game-clinching spree, Bishop Kearney had built a 31-18 lead.
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"I thought we weren't playing our typical game," Huntington said of the second quarter woes. "Even in the first quarter I thought we were little bit hesitant, and anytime we hesitated this year it wasn't good."
That hesitation manifested itself in the Lady Cardinals' reluctance to drive to the basket against the Kings' considerable length inside.
"I think (their length) got into (our) heads a little bit and I think it made us think we couldn't drive to the basket," Huntington explained. "We talked about just going for it and getting in there, but we didn't do it enough."
Randolph, feeling more comfortable, began to assert itself more over the game's last 12 minutes, but it could never put together both stops on the defensive end - many of the Kings' baskets late were by virtue of the offensive rebound - and baskets on the offensive end in order to regain the advantage.
Leading the way in defeat was sophomore standout McKenna Maycock, who tallied a game-high 26 points to go along with 12 boards and three steals. Mandy Finch followed with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Despite the loss, however, Huntington, who led the Lady Cardinals to a third straight sectional title, is feeling good about the future.
"We had a great year," Huntington said, "and we gave it our best shot. It's sad that we lost this game, but it's not the end of the world.
"It's only fuel for the fire - we'll be back next year."
BISHOP KEARNEY (64)
Bryant 7 0 16, Smith 0 2 2, Gausney-Jones 7 2 16, Hawkes 0 6 6, McCullough 7 1 15, Edoke 3 3 9. Totals 24 14 64.
France 0 0 0, Finch 4 1 10, Maycock 9 7 26, Farmer 0 0 0, Keyes 0 0 0, Steward 1 0 3, Marsh 0 0 0, P. Terrette 1 0 2, A. Terrette 0 0 0, Fisher 3 0 6. Totals 18 8 47.
3-point goals: Bryant 2, Finch, Maycock, Steward.
Bishop Kearney 15 16 14 19 - 64
Randolph 15 3 15 14 - 47