PERU — Peru caught fire from downtown Tuesday night and proved to need each and every one if its 11 3-pointers as the Indians outlasted Northeastern Clinton, 51-47, in Section VII Class B quarterfinal girls’ basketball action.
Peru will take on top-seeded Plattsburgh Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals at a site to be determined.
“We shot the ball very well from the perimeter,” Indians coach Dave Baroody said. “Northeastern did a great job packing in their zone and forcing us to beat them from the outside.”
Peru took a 26-19 lead into the half, but the Cougars cut into that lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Northeastern Clinton eventually took over the lead in the fourth, and led 46-44 with just over a minute left in the game.
Brianna Hackett, though, connected on a 3-pointer — her sixth of the game — to give the Indians a one-point lead. Meghan Mazzella would put the game away, connecting on 4-of-4 from the foul line.
“Northeastern Clinton led for most of the fourth quarter,” Baroody said. “They had a three-to-four point lead with about five minutes to play. The girls never panicked and ended up hitting big, big shots in the final minute of play to earn the victory.
“The coaching staff has been asking the girls to come through and to hit some big shots in big games. (Tuesday) Hackett hit a big 3-point shot, (Emily) Major had some big rebounds, Meghan Mazzella had some big free throws, and (Maddy) Flynn had a steal and some big free throws to keep us in the game.”
Hackett led the way for the Indians with 18 points. Mary Mazzella tallied 14 points, while Meghan Mazzella finished with nine.
Jordan Dominic led the Cougars with 14 points. Skyler Hebert and Kayla Carter each chipped in with 10 points.
“We know (the semifinals) will be a tough battle,” Baroody said. “But, we are excited about it.”
Peru 51, Northeastern clinton 47
Northeastern Clinton (47)
Roush 0-0-0, Hebert 4-2-10, Rabideau 2-1-5, Sample 0-0-0, Dominic 4-1-14, Cartier 2-4-8, Carter 3-4-10. Totals: 15-12-47.
Ma. Mazzella 5-1-14, Hackett 6-0-18, Me. Mazzella 2-4-9, Flynn 1-2-5, Major 2-1-5, Wright 0-0-0, Martin 0-0-0, Spear 0-0-0. Totals: 16-8-51.
Northeastern Clinton 10 9 14 14 — 47
Peru 12 14 10 15 — 51
3-point goals: Northeastern Clinton (5) Dominic 5. Peru (11) Ma. Mazzella 3, Hackett 6, Me. Mazzella, Flynn.
SARANAC 46, SARANAC LAKE 34
SARANAC — Tori Trim came off the bench to supply a strong outside threat as the Chiefs knocked off the Red Storm.
Trim led a balanced Saranac scoring attack with 12 points, including three from 3-point range. Emma Newell added 11 points, while knocking down a pair from long range.
“Saranac Lake did a nice job if packing the zone in and didn’t allow a lot of post production,” Chiefs coach Tim Newell said. “Our perimeter players did a nice job of stepping up.
“Kayla Napper did a super job playing defense against (Nicole) Viscardo, and (Kaitlyn) Bowman was the difference in the game. She gave us a lot of second chances and had great extra effort on the boards.”
Bowman finished with six points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Summer Gillespie contributed with seven points.
“It was the typical (Saranac Lake-Saranac) game,” Newell said. “I was really pleased with the way we started out defensively, which created a lot of scoring opportunities — we just didn’t finish. I thought we should have been ahead by 10-12 at the end of the first.
“We let them hang around, but we had a good second quarter. I thought we settled down and ran our offense with more patience.”
Regan Kieffer paced the Red Storm with 11 points. Megan Moody added seven points, while Viscardo finished with five.
The win sends the Chiefs into Friday’s semifinals against No. 2-seed Beekmantown at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
“I’m looking forward to Friday,” Newell said. “It will be a tough test against Beekmantown, but we will see if we can figure something out in practice and hopefully give our best effort Friday.”
Saranac 46, Saranac Lk 34
Saranac Lake (34)
Ward 2-0-4, McDonough 1-0-2, Moody 3-1-7, Woodruff 0-0-0, Kieffer 3-3-11, Orticelle 1-0-2, Viscardo 2-0-5, Buckley 1-0-3. Totals: 13-4-34.
Trim 4-1-12, Ka. Napper 0-0-0, Kr. Napper 1-2-4, Gillespie 3-1-7, Newell 3-3-11, Bowman 2-2-6, Phaneuf 3-0-6. Totals: 16-9-46.
Saranac Lake 9 5 11 9 — 34
Saranac 13 13 8 12 — 46
3-point goals: Saranac Lake (4) Kieffer 2, Viscardo, Buckley. Saranac (5) Trim 3, Newell 2.
CLASS C QUARTERFINALS
TICONDEROGA 41, LAKE PLACID 23
TICONDEROGA — Andrea Rich scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Sentinels past the Blue Bombers and into Thursday’s semifinals.
After a slow start, Ticonderoga erupted for 18 points in the second quarter to distance itself from Lake Placid.
“We started a little slow,” Sentinels coach Shelly Young said. “It took them a little bit to get going.”
Mckenna Kelly chipped in with nine points for Ticonderoga, which will face off with top-seeded AuSable Valley Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Beekmantown.
“We are going to have to play our best on Thursday if we want to beat AuSable,” Young said. “They are a very good team.”
Hanna Potter led the charge for the Blue Bombers with 11 points. Julianna Matos chipped in with six points.
Ti 41, Lake Placid 23
Lake Placid (23)
Matos 2-0-6, Potter 4-0-11, Taylor 1-0-2, Zayonc 1-0-2, Uebrick 1-0-2, Jesmer 0-0-0, Santana 0-0-0, Brandes 0-0-0, Weaver 0-0-0, Megliore 0-0-0, Stanton 0-0-0, Blair 0-0-0. Totals: 9-0-23.
Hamel 0-3-3, Rich 7-6-23, Austin 1-0-2, Kelly 4-1-9, Mars 0-1-1, Campney 1-1-3, Purkey 0-0-0, Moore 0-0-0. Totals: 13-12-41.
Lake Placid 2 5 11 5 — 23
Ticonderoga 4 18 11 8 — 41
3-point goals: Lake Placid (5) Matos 2, Potter 3. Ticonderoga (3) Rich 3.