MAYVILLE - McKenna Maycock put forth just about the quietest record-breaking performance possible on Thursday evening against Tapestry.
The numbers, however, speak for themselves.
All told she delivered a school-record 42 points - breaking the previous mark of 40 set by sister, Marah, in 2010, and later tied by McKenna during a February battle with Frewsburg - to go along with 15 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals as the second-seeded Lady Cardinals (17-3) rolled to a 74-52 Section 6 Class C-1 semifinal victory over their third-seeded opponents from Buffalo.
McKenna Maycock of Randolph scores two of her school-record 42 points in Thursday night’s Section 6 Class C-1 semifinal game against Tapestry. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Rob Tucker
"Really?" a surprised Shawn Huntington said when he was informed of the single-game, record-setting tally. "I didn't even know. It never seems like she has that many because she kind of sneaks up on you."
He added with a laugh, "Her sister is not going to be happy about this."
Friendly sibling rivalries notwithstanding, Huntington and the rest of the Lady Cardinals are more than happy to have the point guard on their side.
Maycock connected on 18 of 23 shots - that's 78 percent - from the field, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc, while sinking 4 of 5 free throws. She netted 11 points apiece in the first and second quarters, helping the Lady Cardinals get out to a 10-point lead, 19-9, by the end of the opening frame and a hefty 19-point advantage, 43-24, by the break.
"She played a really intense first half," Huntington said, "and I think she was a little tired (early in the third), but she got right back in the swing of things pretty quick."
During that slight third-quarter "lull," the sophomore tallied eight of Randolph's 13 points, stemming a valiant comeback effort by Tapestry (13-7), who scored 17 during the frame to cut the deficit to a somewhat tighter 15 points, 56-41, heading into the final quarter.
Ten points shy of the record with eight minutes to go, Maycock had a hand in each of Randolph's first eight points, scoring on a pair of jumpers and dishing to teammates Cierra Farmer (four points and seven rebounds off the bench) and Mandy Finch (10 points, eight boards). Then, with three minutes remaining in regulation, Maycock scored eight straight, capping the run with a pair of free throws at the 1:27 mark for record-breakers 41 and 42.
"She's on a roll," Huntington said simply with a smile.
Though Randolph captured the victory with relative ease, Huntington was impressed by Tapestry's resolve and refusal to go quietly.
"They never gave up," he said. "We hit them hard at the beginning and you could see some frustration. But their coach did his job and got them to calm down. They never quit playing, which was commendable."
Tapestry pulled to within 10 points, 33-23, late in the second quarter, but Randolph responded with a 10-0 run over the period's final minute to expand the cushion. During the spree, Peyton Terrette scored five points, including an old-fashioned three-point play to kick things off, Maycock hit a trey and Finch knocked down a deep jumper as time expired.
Tapestry never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
"Those are momentum shifters," Huntington said of the run and Finch's last-second score. "Mandy's shot was great - those right at the buzzer are big in basketball."
Finch would hit one more buzzer-beater, a triple from the right wing, at the end of the third.
Randolph is back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Jamestown High School against No. 4 Allegany-Limestone, which defeated top-seeded Holland, 43-36, in the other semifinal.
Owens 4 2 11, Onipede 2 2 6, Wilson 2 0 5, Pugh 0 0 0, Clark 0 0 0, Gathers 3 9 15, Walker 5 2 15, Bates 0 0 0. Totals 16 15 52.
France 0 0 0, Finch 4 2 10, Maycock 18 4 42, Farmer 2 0 4, Steward 0 0 0, Marsh 3 0 6, P. Terrette 2 2 6, Fisher 2 2 6, Evans 0 0 0. Totals 31 9 74.
3-point goals: Owens, Wilson, Finch, Maycock 2.
Tapestry9 15 17 11 - 52
Randolph19 24 13 18 - 74