It’s rather unusual for a basketball team to win a game while scoring eight points through halftime. Yet Akron accomplished exactly that on Thursday, defeating Falconer, 34-27, in the Class B-2 girls basketball semifinals.
“We just couldn’t make a shot in the first half,” coach Dave Butler of Akron said about the game. “We hit three drives in the first half; we didn’t make an outside shot. But we hit four outside shots in the third quarter, and that got us going.”
Tobie Abrams had 11 points for the Tigers (11-9), including three three-pointers. Abby Courtney had nine points to lead Falconer (2-8).
Next up for Akron is Wilson (18-2), a 33-27 winner over Southwestern (8-5) in the other semifinal. This was another defensive struggle from the start, as the teams were tied at 11-11 at the half. But the Lakemen broke the game open by scoring the first eight points of the second half. Emily Lasher led Wilson with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s another Niagara-Orleans game,” Butler said about the B-2 final. “We know each other well.”
In the C-1 semifinals, Tapestry (16-3) used its usual trio of fine players to defeat Allegany-Limestone (13-7), 57-33. Shaquana Owens had 23 points, Nia Caver supplied 19, and Adila Gathers added 15.
“It was close in the first quarter, when Owens took the game right over,” coach Fran Snyder said. “She had nine points in the second quarter, and in the third quarter she hit three threes.”
Gathers had 10 rebounds and 10 blocks for a triple-double.
Now it’s on to the C-1 finals against Silver Creek (15-5), a 54-34 winner over Holland (12-5).
Jordan Brooks had 33 points and 27 rebounds in a monster game for Silver Creek.
Tapestry is enjoying the ride.
“It’s a first for the school, and they take a lot of pride in it,” Snyder said.
In the IAC semifinals, Walsh (7-10) had too much for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf (5-3), 62-38. Katie Paque and Liz Warren had 18 points each for Walsh, while Shakenya Ward-Brassel led all scorers with 26 points for St. Mary’s.