Westport teams fall in regionals

WESTPORT - Westport Central School saw both its varsity basketball teams claim sectional titles this year, but their journey through the state playoffs was short-lived.

Both teams' seasons ended March 14 in the Class D quarterfinals as they each lost to the defending state champion teams.

The Westport boys travelled to the State University of New York at Potsdam to take on the Chateaugay Bulldogs from Section X.

Early on, the Eagles appeared to be in control as they built a 15-8 lead after one quarter and led 30-17 at the half. They would extend their lead to 19 before Chateaugay came climbing back.

Still down by 12, the Bulldogs exploded for 27 points in the final quarter to make it a tie game at the end of regulation. They then outscored Westport 15-11 in overtime for a 75-71 win.

Alex Slater and Brad Spinner led the charge for Chateaugay with 20 points apiece. Drew Boyea scored 13 in the second half to finish with 14 and Eli Franze hit the three-pointer that forced overtime, totalling 11 points.

Bo McKinley led all scorers, amassing 30 points for Westport, including six baskets from behind the arc. Curtis Mead added 14, and Sean Davis, 13. Nathan Gay chipped in 9.

The loss marked the first time this year the Eagles had lost to any team from New York State. They finish the season with a record of 19-2

That same evening, the Westport girls met up with Section X champion Hammond at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse, where they were defeated 51-36.

Having won the state title the past two years, Hammond came in with a strong defensive presence, opening the game with an 8-2 run before the lead was cut back to two.

Westport continued to struggle offensively, but fell behind 21-12 at the half. Despite three second-half 3-pointers by Rebecca White, Hammond regained a double-digit lead by the end of the third and held on for the win.

The Red Devils used their size advantage in the low post. Aubrie Dunn poured in 15 points to lead Hammond and Cassie Cunningham added 11.

White finished with 11 points to lead the Eagles. Sarah Gibbs was next with six.

The girls finish their season with an overall record of 17-5.

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