WG girls basketball reaches sectional AA semis, falls to C-NS

first_imgDown three, 40-37, F-M worked it to the outside where Lexi Kellish, scoreless to that point, drilled a 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left, tying the game and sending it to overtime.Somehow, WG regrouped from this blow, scored the first six points of the four-minute extra period and never got caught, led by James, who earned 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and OT.Cunningham had to work hard for her 15 points as Molly Benetti put in 13 points, while no other F-M player other than Fish hit double figures, Ava Angello getting nine points and Kendra Broddus eight points.Having worked so hard to reach the semifinals, WG, the no. 3 seed, now looked to turn around two regular-season defeats to no. 2 seed C-NS.The latter of those two games, a 60-52 decision in early February, had the Wildcats put a scare into the Northstars, who needed 36 points from its star junior forward, Jessica Cook, to pull through.With a berth in the sectional final against top seed Baldwinsville at stake, C-NS swarmed the Wildcats from the outset. In the first 90 seconds alone, the Northstars forced two turnovers and converted baskets off them.WG grabbed a pair of slim leads during that first quarter, but it didn’t faze C-NS, and that proved true even when Cook picked up two early fouls and went to the bench.While Cook sat during the second period, C-NS held the Wildcats without a point for more than six minutes, the relentless pressure more than atoning for some struggles on the other end.Trailing 20-11 at halftime, WG then saw Cook return in the third quarter and proceed to take the Wildcats apart with a series of powerful moves to the basket.By the time this surge was done, Cook had 16 points in that period, on her way to 23 points overall, and the game was far out of WG’s reach.No Wildcats player scored in double figures as Cunningham led them with eight points. Meredith James had seven points, with Molly Coyne getting six points and Mollie James five points.Given that it had to replace the incomparable duo of Mackenzie and Madison Smith, the fact that WG went 15-7 this winter was a tribute to how many different players stepped up their games, and kept on playing well even after point guard Erin DiPaola went to the sidelines with a late-season injury.In 2020-21, Meredith James will be gone, as will Julia Logana, Abby Bednarski, Emma Garvey, Ellen Kearney and Grace Miller, but having Cunningham, Coyne, Benetti, DiPaola and Mollie James should keep the Wildcats as contenders.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even though it lost twice to the Wildcats in the regular season and did not have its leading scorer, Lexie Roe, in the lineup, F-M relied on tough half-court defense to force a string of Wildcats turnovers in the first half.Meanwhile, Lily Fish picked up nine of team-high 15 points in the second quarter, and the Hornets led through much of the game’s middle stages, stretching that margin out to five twice in the third period.WG fought back, and it remained tight through the homestretch. They entered the final minute tied, 37-37, but WG appeared to put it away with a Catie Cunnigham basket, defensive stop and Meredith James free throw. Each of the last two years, the West Genesee girls basketball team extended its reign as Section III Class AA champions at the direct expense of Cicero-North Syracuse.So it only figured that the Wildcats’ title run would end at the Northstars’ expense in Sunday’s sectional semifinal at SRC Arena, its offense not able to generate much in a 57-32 defeat to the Northstars.Just getting to this game was tough enough, WG getting pushed to overtime in last Tuesday’s sectional quarterfinal by no. 6 seed Fayetteville-Manlius before defeating the Hornets 53-46.center_img Tags: girls basketballWest Geneseelast_img read more

Bohannon: no typical freshman

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoJason Bohannon is not your typical college freshman. For starters, he plays for the No. 4 basketball team in the country. Second, rather than riding the bench, Bohannon actually gets a significant amount of playing time. Finally, when he does see playing time, he plays nothing like a freshman.Through Saturday’s win over Northwestern, Bohannon is averaging 4.3 points in 14 minutes per game. Additionally, he is shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc, 42 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.Although his numbers are not spectacular, Bohannon has earned much praise from teammates and head coach Bo Ryan for his consistency, as evident by his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3.”He really takes care of the ball well; he isn’t out there forcing things and throwing the ball around,” starting senior guard Kammron Taylor said.Bohannon’s journey to Madison is certainly an intriguing one. A native of Iowa, Bohannon grew up watching his father, Gordy, play quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes. But unlike other athletes who followed in their father’s footsteps, Bohannon chose to play on the hard court instead of the gridiron.”It’s cool to be the son of the Iowa quarterback, but I’ve just got to make a name for myself,” Bohannon said.Bohannon did just that in high school as the star of the Linn-Mar basketball team. As a sophomore, he led his team to a Class 4-A state championship and was named both Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa and Mr. Basketball in Iowa his senior year. These high accolades led to Bohannon being recruited heavily by Wisconsin, Iowa and Stanford.In the end, after much consideration, Bohannon felt Wisconsin was simply the right place for him over his father’s alma mater of Iowa.”I visited them both, but a lot of things about Wisconsin — the fans, the coaches, the players — convinced me that this is where I wanted to be,” Bohannon said.As a freshman this season, Bohannon has had quite a number of things to get used to, the toughest being time management.”It’s been a tough transition, but I’ve gotten used to it now, and Joe [Krabbenhoft] has helped me out a lot with my priorities,” Bohannon said.But Bohannon has adjusted quickly, and his teammates have taken notice. While he has been extremely efficient in the minutes he’s received off the bench, Bohannon’s strongest aspect of his game has obviously been his shooting.”Jason’s strength is shooting,” junior guard Michael Flowers said. “I think he should shoot every time he touches the ball.”Yet, perhaps the most impressive thing about Bohannon has been his poise as a freshman.”He has so much confidence,” Flowers said. “Even though he is in and out of games and gets different amounts of playing time from week to week, he still maintains his confidence.”And Taylor thinks Bohannon is further along in his first year than the senior guard was three years ago.”He’s stronger than I was as a freshman and he was more ready to play sooner than I was,” Taylor said.Bohannon’s poise was on display in the Badgers’ 57-46 win over his dad’s Hawkeyes two weeks ago. While it was a homecoming for him, it didn’t seem as if everyone was happy to see him.Even with many friends and family members looking on at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Bohannon was booed loudly upon entering the game, and despite playing only three minutes, he was heckled every time he touched the ball. Nevertheless, he appeared unfazed and relaxed as he drained a deep 3-pointer the first time he touched the ball.”That had to have been one of Jason’s best feelings ever,” Flowers said of Bohannon’s 3-pointer. “Everyone on the team was happy for him.”With Bohannon and fellow freshman guard Trevon Hughes, the Badgers’ future in the backcourt looks very bright. “Jason and Trevon are going to be real good,” Taylor said. “That backcourt is going to be scary.”last_img read more