OVID — Many athletes talk about the need to get hit or accomplish something early in a game before they feel like themselves. The South Seneca varsity girls basketball team got its chance early on Saturday.
The top-seeded Falcons bested No. 8 Pavilion 65-44 in the Section V Class C3 second round. With the win, the team advances to the semifinal round to take on No. 4 Wheatland-Chili at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Saturday’s game was a matchup that will help the Falcons moving forward, noted South Seneca head coach Heather Mott. “Pavilion is a very good team, big and physical, and it was the kind of test that I’m glad my team faced.”
In the days ahead, Mott will preach “staying focused and hungry” with a team that “plays with a lot of emotion.”
Jenna McDonald accounted for 29 points, six steals, and four assists for the Falcons. The team also had committed efforts from Logan Shaulis (11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals), Emma Fletcher (11 points, 4 assists), and Jade Parsons (12 rebounds, 8 points).
Leading the way for Pavilion was Lindsay Lowe with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
Mott added that she knows the passion is there for her team, the key now will be to maintain “mental discipline” and play the way they practice and are capable of.
In Saturday’s other sectional varsity girls basketball tournament games:
Romulus 47, Houghton 19
HOUGHTON — The Warriors (13-8) dominated the Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class D2 tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Romulus played stingy throughout the entire contest as they led 25-9 at the half. Sophomores Kierra Reese and Hannah Minges were driving forces in the win. Reese scored 12 points, while Minges chipped in with 10 points.
The Warriors will travel to Dansville high school on Tuesday night to face the number 1 seed Elba. Tip off is set for 7:45 p.m.
Midlakes 55, Geneva 40
PHELPS — The No. 2 Screaming Eagles (18-3) downed their Finger Lakes East foe Friday night in the Section V Class B1 quarterfinals.
Midlakes’ Alaina Forbes and Cara Walker each scored a team high 17 points. Forbes would also dish out three assists, while Walker hauled down 10 rebounds. Macy Kisner (8 points, 11 rebounds) and Sydney Passalacqua (6 points, 9 rebounds) were also contributors in the win.
Geneva’s Lauren DeVaney capped off her high school hoops career with 23 points.
The Screaming Eagles will take on No. 3 Greece-Odyssey on Monday night at Caledonia-Mumford high school. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.
Dansville 75, Penn Yan 48
DANSVILLE — The No. 8 Mustangs (8-14) saw their season come to an end as they fell to top seeded Dansville in the Section V Class B2 quarterfinals.
Junior Jenna Curbeau scored a team high 13 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Senior Peyton Comfort chipped in with 12 points and 5 boards, while Sierra Harrison tacked on 10 points.
Penn Yan had struggles in stopping junior Grace Rittenhouse as she scored a game high 19 points.
Waterloo 43, Mynderse 29
SENECA FALLS — The Indians came out in full force on Friday night as they bested league opponent Mynderse in a Section V Class B2 tournament second round match up.
The Indians (10-11) were seeded fifth and Mynderse (11-10) was ranked No. 4.
Contributing for Waterloo were Jillian Panek (13 points) and Giavanna White-Principio (10 points).
With the win, Waterloo will face top-seeded Dansville (20-0) at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.