Long Run Too Much For Maple Grove To Overcome

Maple Grove’s Bre Hill takes the ball to the basket in front of Holland’s Kara Schmidt during Wednesday’s Section VI Class C semifinal at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Scott Reagle

Through four minutes of Wednesday’s Section VI Class C semifinal basketball game, No. 5 Maple Grove led top-seeded Holland, 8-4.

Sophomore Lauren Grissom scored on a layup, and another 10th-grader, Riley Caskey, made a pair of free throws and then hit a jump shot and converted a layup.

It was just the kind of start that Lady Red Dragons’ coach Bill Price was hoping for.

The next six minutes?

Well, not so much.

Maple Grove’s Courtney Hemminger attempts a 3-pointer during Wednesday’s Section VI Class C semifinal against Holland at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Scott Reagle

During that stretch, spanning the first and second quarters, the Dutchmen went on a 26-2 run that transformed a close game into a 30-10 advantage that they held the rest of the way en route to a 63-45 victory at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.

The win vaults Holland (20-2) into the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday against No. 2 Allegany-Limestone, a 47-38 winner over No. 3 Chautauqua Lake in the first semifinal last night.

The Lady Red Dragons finish their season 15-8.

“Turnovers killed us,” Price said. “You can’t win if you don’t have the ball. We just threw the ball away too many times. … I thought we got better as the season went along. Tonight we took a step back.”

During Holland’s first-half run, senior Cassidy Slocum had 8 points, senior Abby King had 7, senior Kara Schmidt had 6 and senior Kaitlyn Bulega added 5. By the time Maple Grove’s Bre Hill converted a layup with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter, the Dutchmen led 30-12. Armed with that big lead, the Dutchmen never trailed by less than 14 points the rest of the night.

“I’ve got six seniors on the team this year, so they’ve played here a couple times and they weren’t fazed at all by it,” Dutchmen first-year coach Sam Arnold said. ” … All my seniors I feel like they had their moments tonight.”

Slocum led Holland with 20 points, Schmidt had 12, Bulega chipped in 9, Claire Pikett had 8 and King had 7.

Caskey paced Maple Grove with 15 points and junior Courtney Hemminger chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds. Grissom was credited with six boards.

“Our goal was to get to JCC and that’s what we did,” Price said. ” … It was a good improvement and we have everyone back. (Holland’s) five seniors played like seniors and we played like underclassmen. That was the difference.”

MAPLE GROVE (45)

SGreiner 0 0 0, Caskey 4 7 15, Grissom 2 1 5, Davis 0 0 0, CGreiner 0 0 0, Hill 2 2 6, Mozzi 0 0 0, Tarbrake 0 0 0, Schuppenhauer 2 1 5, Hemminger 4 3 12, Steen 1 0 2. Totals 15 14 45.

HOLLAND (63)

Shanahan 2 0 5, MPerry 1 0 2, Anderson 0 0 0, Slocum 9 2 20, Bulega 3 3 9, Schmidt 4 2 12, Ptak 0 0 0, King 2 2 7, Pikett 3 2 8, MaPerry 0 0 0. Totals 24 11 63.

3-point goals–Hemminger, Shanahan, Schmidt 2, King.

Maple Grove 10 6 15 14 — 45

Holland 21 15 14 13 — 63

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