MAYFIELD - The Middleburgh Lady Knights scored six straight points to open Friday night's championship game of the Mayfield girls basketball tournament and the Lady Panthers were unable to recover.
Middleburgh outscored Mayfield by 14 points in the first quarter on its way to a 51-24 victory, winning the tournament with its second victory in three days.
The Lady Knights defeated Northville, 58-23, on Wednesday in the tournament's opening round.
Mayfield’s Nicole Little puts up a shot over Middleburgh’s Lynnea Miller during the championship game of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
"They came out very quick," Mayfield coach Brian Moore said. "They're quick and athletic and they push the ball with [a quick] pace. We came out a little flat and had a lot of unforced turnovers. We couldn't convert on the offensive end."
The Lady Panthers slowed Middleburgh down after the first-minute flurry and Kylie Manoogian put the Lady Panthers on the scoreboard with a jumper at 5:20, cutting the lead to 6-2, but the Lady Knights put another run together to open up a 10-2 lead behind a basket by Courtney Paser and a pair of free throws by Taylor Cater.
Cater finished with a game-high 14 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Cater also scored two of the game's first three baskets.
"She got off to a good start," Middleburgh coach Gregg Johns said. "She made a couple of quick baskets and that got her going tonight. That sums it up. We get a lot of girls who contribute even if they don't score a lot of points."
After Nicole Little broke that run by hitting the front end of two free throws, Middleburgh's Sierra Morgan knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:30 to go in the quarter and 20 seconds later, Amanda Roney hit a hook shot, giving the Lady Knights (4-1 overall) a 15-3 lead.
Roney scored 12 points, and combined with her 25-point performance against Northville, was named the tournament's most valuable player.
"She rebounds and she defends," Johns said. "She's a tough guard. She's tall. She's long and she's athletic. She can run. She's tough for other players to guard. If she's guarded by a post player that isn't as quick, that's a matchup problem on one end and usually we try to put her on one of our guards who is a good shooter."
Carley Ryan finished the first-quarter scoring, driving the baseline to the basket and giving Middleburgh a 14-point lead after the first eight minutes.
"Being down 17-3 in the first quarter was tough to come back from," Moore said.
Mayfield held Middleburgh to 10 points in the second quarter, but could only muster four points of offense - baskets by Little and Miranda Eagan - to fall behind 27-7 at halftime.
"We were coming off our high against Schoharie, playing stellar defense," Moore said. "We just weren't getting our rotation in and our help defense wasn't there. I tried to throw a little bit of zone at them and they just kept on attacking from the outside. They've got a lot of good shooters."
Middleburgh went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter until Cailey Meca hit a 3-pointer, her first of two in the game. She finished with six points and was named to the all-tournament team. Alex Sheldon also scored six points for the Lady Panthers (3-5 overall), who will return to action Jan. 4 against Saratoga Central Catholic.
Mayfield beat Schoharie, 32-30, in the tournament's opening round.
"I think overall it was a good showing for us," The girls have been really building this season. I think we can take a lot of positives out of this. The South is real tough with Schoharie and Middleburgh playing real tough. It was a good test."
Schoharie 48, Northville 28
Hannah Bowersox scored a game-high 19 points, leading Schoharie to a win over Northville in the consolation game.
Emily Gaige, who was named to the all-tournament team for Schoharie (3-3 overall) scored 13 points.
Lyndsey Wadsworth was named to the all-tournament team for Northville (3-5 overall). She scored 18 points.
Middleburgh 51, Mayfield 24
Middleburgh17 10 14 10 - 51
Mayfield 3 4 6 11 - 24
Cater 6-2-14, Roney 6-0-12, Paser 1-0-2, Morgan 1-1-4, Ryan 2-3-7, Brown 2-0-4, Wood 1-0-2, Miller 2-0-4, Green 1-0-2. Totals: 22-6-51.
Manoogian 1-0-2, N. Little 2-1-5, Eagan 1-0-2, Meca 2-0-6, Sheldon 3-0-6, J. Little 0-1-1, Horney 1-0-2. Totals: 10-2-24.
3-point goals: Middleburgh 1 (Morgan); Mayfield 2 (Meca 2).
Schoharie 48, Northville 28
Northville4 11 8 5 - 28
Schoharie10 13 14 11 - 48
Krom 1-0-2, Wadsworth 5-5-18, Ryan 1-0-2, Kalkbrenner 3-0-6. Totals: 10-5-28.
Archer 2-1-5, Bowersox 6-5-19, Sacket 1-0-2, Gaige 5-0-13, VanGasbeck 1-0-2, Gathen 2-2-7. Totals: 17-8-48.
3-point goals: Northville 3 (Wadsworth 3); Schoharie 5 (Bowesox 2, Gaige 3).