WESTPORT - The girls from Westport extended their unbeaten streak to 18-0 as they overcame the Wildcats 43-26 in the girls basketball Class D quarterfinals Feb. 26 on their way to a Section VII title.
Martha McKinley's 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting led the Eagles in yet another display of their fortuitous defense.
"We knew coming into this game they were a very tough team," said Schroon Lake head coach Lee Silvernail. "We knew it was going to be a challenge scoring."
And it was a challenge for the Wildcats, who gave up a nine point lead to Westport in the first quarter.
With the exception of Mindy Whitty's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, forward Jocelyn Bowen was the only player to score for Schroon Lake in the first half, where she collected 10 of her 14 points.
"Their defense is really what won the game for them," Silvernail added. "We have a couple of girls who can score really well and they did a good job defending them."
Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to find good looks at the basket. Christina Sherman was perfect from the field and from the line, adding 11 points. Willa McKinley also chipped in 11 to go with six rebounds.
"Every one of the girls on the team is a really good ball player," said Silvernail. "We wish them luck in sectionals."
Ashley Subra grabbed 10 rebounds for Schroon Lake, and Whitty finished with 10 points in her last game as a senior.
"She played a pretty consistent game for us," Silvernail said. "She's someone we're definitely going to miss next year."
Westport 43, Schroon Lake 26
1 2 3 4 - F
Schroon Lake 6 7 7 6 - 26
Westport 15 7 15 6 - 43
Schroon Lake (26)
Talham 1-0-2, Armstrong 0-0-0, Rose 0-0-0, Bessey 0-0-0, Subra 0-0-0, Bowen 4-6-14, Veverka 0-0-0, Whitty 4-1-10. Totals: 9-7-26.
Hopkins 0-4-4, Frum 0-0-0, A. Sherman 0-0-0, Rodriguez 1-1-3, M. McKinley 6-2-14, C. Sherman 5-1-11, W. McKinley 4-3-11, Armitage 0-0-0. Totals: 16-11-43.
3-pointers: Schroon Lake (1), Whitty.