By Jay Young
Wednesday night's second Section 6 Class C-2 girls basketball semifinal at McElrath Gymnasium wasn't pretty, but No. 2 Randolph (18-2) was able to survive against No. 3 Frewsburg (14-6) with a defensive-minded 41-34 victory.
Randolph’s McKenna Maycock drives to the basket during Wednesday night’s Section 6 Class C-2 semifinal basketball game at Jamestown High School’s McElrath Gymnasium. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
It was clear from the early minutes that the pressure of the postseason was causing difficulties for both teams, with turnovers and fouls occurring with regularity throughout.
"It was ugly. I'm sure that (my players) would agree," admitted Randolph coach Shawn Huntington. "I had some young girls in there that I brought up and they didn't get scared. I can't have people get scared when they get out on the court. Too many people were just not ready to play, and they've got to be ready to play.
Despite facing a double-team from the Bears throughout most of the night, McKenna Maycock still managed a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
It was Peyton Terrette who broke the early stalemate with a three from the wing, which was followed by a pair of makes at the foul line from Maycock. As a result of the intense defensive pressure, Maycock was under duress during the majority of her shots, and posted a 9 of 14 record at the foul line.
Both Randolph and Frewsburg had trouble setting offensive plays at "The Mac" during the first quarter, with crowd noise adding to the playoff atmosphere.
The Bears found their only points of the period on a shot from the wing by Kamryn Gardner, her only bucket of the evening.
"I just think that playing Frewsburg, our history, this is a tough environment,'' Huntington said. ''You know, you go from being at your home school to something like this, it's a big shock. You could see it in the first (semifinal) game, too. The beginning was a little slow.''
The lack of scoring seemed to favor the game plan of the Bears and Coach Jeff Collver, who were hoping to limit Maycock's offensive chances.
Unfortunately Frewsburg's own offense was stagnant as well, scoring just 13 points in the first half.
"It was a tremendous effort," Collver said. "The game plan that we put together the kids executed flawlessly. Everything that we wanted to have and needed to have happen happened. We had a hard time managing the anxiety of the game. You could see it in our offense."
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Emily Hair, the heartbeat of the Frewsburg attack, was held to four points in the opening half and nine on the night.
Despite her frustration on the offensive end, Hair's defensive pressure helped to keep the game tight as she notched a team-high six steals, while Emilee Johnson managed four.
Hair's jumper from the wing midway through the second quarter brought the game to a tie at 11, but Maycock was able to counter with more points at the foul line and a dish to Alexis Terrette in the closing second of the half. The Lady Cardinals carried a 19-13 lead into halftime, and never trailed the rest of the way.
Frewsburg was able to pull within two points in the third quarter thanks to a steal and drive by Hair, but a big fourth quarter by Maycock proved decisive.
The Bears struggled with long-range shooting in the final minutes of the game, and could not mount enough offense to come from behind.
" Our goal was to keep McKenna in check as best we could," Collver said. "We knew that we weren't going to keep her scoreless or anything, but I thought we did a great job of keeping her away from the rim. We didn't give her any easy outside looks."
Maycock can expect to see just as much pressure as Randolph goes on to face No. 4 Chautauqua Lake for the sectional championship at 2:45 p.m., on Saturday back at JHS.
In their first meeting the Cardinals were held to just 37 points in the loss, with Maycock only managing eight from the floor.
"It should be a good game. I don't think there will be a seat in the house. We'll be ready,'' Huntington said.
Blanchard 2 0 5, Hair 3 3 9, Greene 0 0 0, Eklund 0 0 0, Johnson 0 0 0, Swartzman 1 1 3, Lynn 3 0 7, Whippo 3 1 7, Davis 0 1 1, Gardner 1 0 2, Clark 0 0 0, Anderson 0 0 0. Totals 13 6 34.
Hettenbaugh 0 0 0, France 0 0 0, PTerrette 1 4 7, Maycock 8 9 25, Farmer 1 1 3, Jackson 0 0 0, Lienhart 0 0 0, Evans 0 0 0, Steward 0 0 0, Marsh 1 2 4, Fiebelkorn 0 0 0, Zachar 0 0 0, ATerrette 1 0 2, Sample 0 0 0. Totals 12 16 41.
3-point goals: PTerrette, Blanchard, Lynn.
Frewsburg 2 11 9 12-34
Randolph 6 13 10 12-41