SCHROON LAKE - The Wildcats are heading to sectionals with momentum.
The Schroon Lake varsity boys and girls basketball teams each advanced to the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference Championship game with wins over Westport Feb. 16 (80-44 boys, 39-36 girls), while splitting results in the title games Feb. 18, with the boys scoring a 55-48 win over Johnsburg, but the girls falling, 48-36, to Indian Lake/Long Lake.
As a result, the boys will have the top seed in the Section VII/Class D tournament. The girls, while beating the Lady Eagles in the MVACDivision I/II playoff, will be the three seed behind the Orange and the Eagles.
The Feb. 16 playoff games, moved from the previous day due to issues with the baskets at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, started off with the Wildcat boys trailing Westport 3-2 before going on a 30-2 run that propelled them to a 48-15 halftime lead.
Jesse Shaughnessy scored early and often for the Wildcats in the first half, hitting four three-pointers and 19 first half points, finishing with 23 points, five assists and five steals.
Anthony Vanderwalker added 15 points and four rebounds for the Wildcats, while Uriah Harvey combined 13 points and 10 rebounds with three blocked shots. Ian Williams scored six points, while Matt Savarie added five points and Lance Paradis scored four points.
Bobby Rose, in his first career varsity game, scored five points and pulled down five rebounds.
For the Eagles, Liam Davis combined 21 points with 10 rebounds, while Kevin Russell scored 12 points and David Quaglietta scored six points. Russell led the team with two assists, while Will Adams recorded a pair of steals.
"We would not have been here if we hadn't improved throughout the season," Eagles head coach Michael "Ike" Tyler said after the game. "We started off losing seven straight, but then we got on a three game streak and beat the teams in our division. If you can improve throughout the season, that is all you can ask for as a coach."