Unbeaten No More
T’Birds End Trojans’ Run At Perfect Season
MAYVILLE — Cruising to a 17-0 record this season, Southwestern had only really been tested twice.
Both times by Chautauqua Lake.
The Thunderbirds got a little closer to the Trojans each time they played and on Monday night they broke through — in a big way.
Chautauqua Lake outscored Southwestern, 16-2, in the second quarter to take control and ran away from there, handing the Trojans — the New York State Sportswriters Association’s fourth-ranked Class B team — their first loss of the season in a 62-38 CCAA Division 1 West stunner.
The Thunderbirds (14-6, 10-2) took advantage when Southwestern (17-1, 11-1) junior point guard Erin Radack went to the bench with 2:32 left in the first quarter after picking up her third foul. From that point until halftime, Chautauqua Lake went on a 26-6 run.
“I said to the girls ‘Ladies, we are going to ride this out because she has to be able to react to adverse situations.’ I had every confidence in her,” Southwestern coach Dave Turnbull said about leaving Radack in the game with two fouls. “It was 100 percent my call. I’m the dumbest guy in the building. I made a calculated decision and it backfired on me. … I think the girls need to know that if you make a mistake, you own up to it. I think I probably made one tonight.”
Senior Alexandria Krebs’ free throw with 6:33 left in the second quarter tied the game at 15-all, and eighth-grader Lily Woodis hit a 3-pointer two possessions later to give the Thunderbirds their first lead at 18-15. They never relinquished it. Senior Alanna Dibble made the Trojans’ only field goal of the period with 3:13 remaining before Chautauqua Lake closed the half on a 8-0 run to take an 11-point lead into the break.
Dibble scored the first five points of the third quarter and ended up scoring all nine of the Trojans’ points in the period, but 3-pointers from junior Katelyn Fardink and eighth-grader Lexi Jacobson helped the Thunderbirds take a 13-point lead into the final eight minutes.
Freshman Sofia Genareo hit a 3-pointer for Southwestern with 5:37 left in the game, but Radack fouled out on an offensive rebound attempt with 4:24 remaining and sophomore Kyleigh Perdue put an exclamation point on the Chautauqua Lake win the next time down the floor by converting a four-point play with 4:11 left.
“She is such a critical part of our team. She makes great decisions with the basketball and it allows us to do what we do,” Turnbull said of Radack. “I still think if we made shots we would have been fine tonight. We got good looks. … we couldn’t buy a basket.”
Fardink hit a corner 3-pointer as the shot clock expired three possessions later to put the Thunderbirds up 21 and put Class C on notice with the Section VI playoffs approaching.
“It’s tough to beat a team three times and Southwestern obviously has some great players,” Chautauqua Lake coach Bill Persons said. “We knew we had girls that could set the stage. We go deep in our bench. All 11 of my girls play really hard.”
Fardink led Chautauqua Lake with 16 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Jesse Zenns added 11 points and six rebounds while Jacobson had 13 assists, six rebounds and five steals.
“We tried to get her a few shots early on just to get her going. When she hits that first one, it just opens up the floodgates for her,” Persons said of Fardink, adding about Zenns, ” … Jesse did a nice job down low being active and keeping the ball out of the paint.”
Dibble was the only Southwestern player in double figures with 16 points.
The Trojans went just 16 of 73 (22 percent) from the field, including 2 of 28 (7 percent) from 3-point range while the Thunderbirds were 23 of 53 (43 percent) overall and 7 of 19 (37 percent) from 3-point range.
“I was shocked,” Turnbull said. “We couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean tonight.”
Chautauqua Lake actually went scoreless on 12 straight possessions and trailed 13-2 at one point, but buckets from Henry and Woodis coupled with a pair of 3-pointers by Fardink helped the Thunderbirds salvage a 15-12 first quarter.
“The way that they climbed back and the resiliency that they showed in that first little attack that Southwestern had showed a lot in their character,” Persons said. “I’m just really proud of all my girls. They’ve played hard all season and are peaking at the right time.”
Southwestern won’t see Chautauqua Lake again this season, taking on non-league Warren (Pa.) and Frewsburg to ramp up for the Section VI Class B2 playoffs.
“I said to the girls ‘We won the league, but our main goal is first to win B2, win the crossover and see what happens,'” Turnbull said. “This game doesn’t change that.”
NOTES: Southwestern had already locked up the league title with a win over Dunkirk on Saturday and would be the No. 2 seed in the B2 playoffs if the postseason began today. … Chautauqua Lake is currently the No. 3 seed in Class C behind Holland and Allegany-Limestone. The Thunderbirds had assists on 20 of 23 made field goals. … Southwestern won the jayvee game, 55-42, behind 13 points from Megan Swauger and 11 from Kim Truver. Hannah Weise led Chautauqua Lake with 11 while Hailey Roush had 10.
Dibble 7 2 16, Radack 2 2 7, Bursch 0 0 0, Genareo 2 0 5, Mathews 1 0 2, Davies 1 0 2, Minarovich 1 0 2, Hoose 2 0 4. Totals 16 4 38.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE (62)
AHenry 3 3 9, Roush 0 0 0, Fardink 6 0 16, Perdue 1 3 6, Phelps 0 0 0, Krebs 1 1 3, Jacobson 2 0 5, Woodis 5 0 11, RHenry 0 1 1, Zenns 5 1 11. Totals 23 9 62.
3-point goals–Radack, Genareo, Fardink 4, Perdue, Jacobson, Woodis.
Southwestern 15 2 9 12 — 38
Chautauqua Lake 12 16 11 23 — 62
Jayvees: Southwestern won, 55-42.