AUBURN - Fulton-Montgomery Community College's bid for the NJCAA Region III, Division III Women's Basketball championship came up short Sunday afternoon at Cayuga County Community College.
Facing top-seeded Onondaga Community College, FMCC outscored the Lazers 36-27 in the second half, but fell short at the end, 64-56.
Onondaga (30-3) advances to the National Tournament March 15-17 in Rochester, Minn.
Alyssa Gratien connected for 14 first-half points to help the Lazers build a 37-20 first-half lead.
The Lady Raiders contained Gratien in the second half, holding her to two field goals. However, the sophomore converted on 5-of-6 free throws. Onondaga made 11-of-12 from the line in the second half and 22-of-24 for the game.
Monae Abrams led the FMCC scorers with 14 points, while Cheryl Osborne added 12. Joycelyn Cummings added 11 points and Champagne Hazel had 10, including a pair of 3-point goals.
Gratien led Onondaga with 23 points, while Nacirema Mann had 16 and Shalisia Jackson added 10.
Gratien was selected the tournament MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by FMCC's Osborne and Hazel, Hudson Valley's Kelly Kell, Mohawk Valley's Shaniece Brown and Onondaga's Jackson.
The Lady Raiders finish the 2011-12 campaign with a 25-5 overall record.
Onondaga CC 64, Fulton-Montgomery CC 56
Cummings 3-5-11, Rutayenyewa 1-0-2, Hazel 4-0-10, Osborne 4-4-12, McKenzie 1-0-2, Abrams 6-2-14, Williams 2-1-5. Totals: 21-12-56.
Mann 5-6-16, Kalemba 1-2-5, Johnson 1-3-6, Gratien 6-9-23, Bregg 2-0-4, Jackson 4-2-10. Totals: 19-22-64.
3-point goals: FMCC 2 (Champagne Hazel 2); Onondaga 4 (Cady Kalemba, Jenna Johnson, Alyssa Gratien 2).
Halftime: Onondaga, 37-20.