SCHENEVUS — On a night when there seemed to be a lid on the basket and turnovers on every other possession, Schenevus’ girls earned a 44-40 basketball victory Saturday over Milford to advance to the Section Four Class D semifinals.

“We had some ungodly turnovers,” Schenevus coach Tim Walke said of his fourth-seeded team’s 19 turnovers. “We struggled all night and we only shot 5-for-15 from the free throw line. We were fortunate to pull it out.”

On the other end, fifth-seeded Milford finished with 14 turnovers and shot 13-for-24 from the free throw line.

Despite the sloppy play, the Dragons had control most of the night before withstanding a fourth-quarter surge by the Wildcats.

Schenevus took a 31-21 lead into the final quarter.

But freshman Serena Chase spearheaded an 11-3 Milford run by making back-to-back baskets off of steals in the fourth quarter.

Also in the final quarter, Milford sophomore Addy Lawson helped lead the comeback.

After forcing a steal less than one minute into the fourth quarter and going coast to coast for a layup, Lawson scored off a Zenir miss, and made a foul shot to bring Milford to five points with 6:18 left.

“She was a trouper,” Weir said of Lawson, who suffered a right foot injury in Milford’s loss to Franklin in the Tri-Valley League championship last Saturday. “She was only at about 70 percent tonight and she did not quit at all.”

Lawson finished the night with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds.

After being held to four points in the first three quarters, Milford’s Maddy Zenir found her shot in the fourth quarter. Zenir hit a pair of free throws with 3:33 left and then made a driving layup with 2:36 to go to tie the score at 37.

“Any time you coach against Jim, you know you’re in trouble. I hope I’m as good as him someday,” Walke said of Milford coach Jim Weir. “You have to bring your game against Milford. They are a class act.”

The Dragons’ Sierra Bentley answered back on the next play with a three-pointer that gave Schenevus the lead for good at 40-37.

“Schenevus is a good basketball team, a very good basketball team,” Weir said. “Their two guards just got the better of us tonight.”

Bentley finished with 12 points and Sarah Mellor contributed six.

After being held to just four points in the first half, Bentley gave the Dragons their largest lead at 31-21 on a jumper inside the paint to end the third quarter.

Next up for Schenevus (15-4) will be top-seeded Southern Cayuga (17-2), which beat Afton, 72-33, in a quarterfinal Saturday. They’ll play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Oneonta State.

“We are going in there with our regular game plan,” Walke said of facing the Interscholastic Athletic Conference small-school champions. “I haven’t seen them play, but we are going to go down and do what we can do against them.”

Milford (14-6) had seven sophomores on this season’s team.

“My kids did not quit tonight,” Weir said. “I am ecstatic about our season this year. They don’t leave anything in the locker room and that’s what it’s all about.”

Schenevus 44, Milford 40



5-MILFORD (14-6): Maddy Zenir 3 4-6 11, Emilie Mertz 1 0-0 2, Kaley Chase 0 1-2 1, Hannah Saggese 0 0-0 0, Taylor Olmsted 0 2-4 2, Serena Chase 3 1-5 7, Mataiah Waters 0 1-2 1, Addy Lawson 6 4-6 16, Dawn Pickwick 0 0-0 0, Abby Freer 0 0-0 0, Rukiye Henderson 0 0-0 0, Savannah Eckberg 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 13-24 40.

4-SCHENEVUS (15-4): Kassie Jeffers 2 0-0 5, Danielle Ost 1 0-0 2, Mary Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Sierra Bentley 5 0-2 12, Nadine Geckert 0 0-0 0, Ceara Marlow 2 2-4 6, Jen Walke 0 0-0 0, Sarah Mellor 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Turner 3 3-9 9, Danielle Tefft 2 0-1 4, Megan Walke 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Tefft 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 5-16 44

Milford 8 7 6 19 - 40

Schenevus 9 14 8 13 - 44

Three-point field goals: M 1 (Zenir); S 3 (Jeffers, Bentley 2).

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