District dismantling

Champion’s 23-0 first quarter eliminates LaBrae

Correspondent photo / Dianna Oatridge — Champion's Brooke Whitt (left) muscles up a shot against LaBrae defenders Jenna Reppart (right) and Gabby Figinsky (center) during their Division III district semi final in Cortland on Wednesday.

CORTLAND — The Champion Golden Flashes ran away from the LaBrae Vikings early and advanced to the Division III district title game at Lakeview High School with a 64-36 victory on Wednesday.

Top-seeded Champion will play No. 2-seeded Garfield for the district championship on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lakeview High School.

The Flashes’ dominating defense didn’t allow a single point in the first quarter, and Champion led 23-0 heading to the second. Junior Brooke Whitt, who scored a game-high 26 points, hit one from downtown. She also had a steal, a lay-in and a nice assist to senior Savannah Dodrill.

“It was a great start today,” Champion coach Michael Cole said. “We came out very intense. We jumped to a huge lead. LaBrae is a good team. They pushed us the rest of the game. We did a good job against their press. I’m glad we’re moving on.”

A minute and a half into the second, freshman Laura McCoy (team-high 19 points) finally put the Vikings on the board with a lay-up. Ava Howell drained one from behind the arc for Champion. McCoy scored nine points in the quarter, but Champion led 31-14 at halftime.

Correspondent photo / Dianna Oatridge — LaBrae’s Paige Wilson, center, battles for possesion of the ball with Champion’s Ava Howell, left, and Savannah Dodrill, right, during their Division III district semifinal in Cortland on Wednesday.

Sophomore Briley Daniels (11 points) made a nice move to the hoop and scored for LaBrae in the third. The Flashes showed nice ball movement and found Whitt underneath the rim. Whitt followed her own shot for another score. Champion senior Rylee Nyako’s reverse lay-up made it, 50-30, Flashes going to the fourth.

LaBrae junior Jenna Reppart kept battling in the fourth. She had an athletic save, as the ball was going out of bounds, to Daniels who completed an and-one. She also had a block and nailed a 3-pointer, but Emma Gumont (18 points) hit a 3 of her own and had a strong take for Champion.

Dodrill (10 points) showed slick dribbling skills and found Whitt for a bucket. Dodrill dove to the floor, stole the ball, and banked in a 3-pointer as the Flashes advanced.

It was the final game for LaBrae seniors Heidi Reppart, Paige Wilson, and Mackenzie Wilson.

“It just wasn’t our night,” LaBrae coach Mandy Rowe said. “Sometimes, games go that way. We played with them for three quarters, but it just wasn’t enough. I’m proud of my girls. I’m going to miss my seniors. That’s the hardest part, having to say goodbye to your seniors after the last game.”


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