FINALS IN THE CARDS FOR RANDOLPH-MOUNTIES FALL 65-38
Little Falls season ends at NYS Final Four-(File Photo-Jeff Pexton-MHTS-PGI)
Enough of the Maycock sisters already! The Dynamic duo, of Randolph Cardinals guards, laid 46 points and a lot of pain on the Section III Champion Little Falls Mounties as the Section VI Champs rolled to a dominating 65-38 win to improve to (20-3).
The Cards punched a ticket to the Class C Final on Sunday afternoon against Hoosic Falls to earn a shot at a New York State Championship.
This was a highly anticipated matchup, as Little Falls entered play ranked #3 in the latest New York State rankings and Randolph was right behind them at #4.
Despite the offensive firepower put on display by Randolph freshmen Mckenna Maycock, who poured in 26 points and senior Marah Maycock who added 20 of her own and hauled down 11 rebounds.
Despite the great offense played by the Maycock girls, it was the defensive pressure applied by the potent pair that turned this game into a one-sided affair. Mckenna had 7 steals and frustrated the Mounties front-court all game long.
The Maycock’s can play. Marah has scored 2313 points in her career and younger sister Mckenna has scored over 1,000 points, 1016 in her short tenure as Cardinal.
Guard Mandy Finch also had a solid day at the office, scoring 12 points of her own and grabbing 10 big rebounds.
Talk about in your face defense. It was a tenacious full court press deployed by this feisty five, for 32 minutes, that kept the Mounties off the scoreboard and out of the game.
Check these numbers out. Little Falls (18-6) was just 1-14 from behind the arc and made just 14 of 51 shots, from the field, to shoot just 27% for the game. Hard to shoot with a hand in your face.
Hard to score when you turn the ball over 30 times and your opponent steals the ball 21 times in a thirty-two minute game. Thats how tough this aggressive quintet made things on the Mounties.
The defensive effort was key, but the up-tempo Cardinals offense didn’t hurt either, as the winded Mounties tried to keep pace with just a seven man roster.
Coach Pam Munger’s Mounties never were able to find a rhythm, as they were harassed and looked harried from the get-go.
Randolph ran out to a quick 8-0 lead and Little Falls did not dent the scoreboard until Gen Schoff hit a free throw with 4:39 left in the first quarter to make it 8-1 birds.
Schoff ended up with another solid outing, scoring a team high 14 points, 9 of those came in the second half, as the Mounties tried to fight their way back. Gen also had a great game off the glass, as she ripped down 12 boards.
Overall, Little Falls out rebounded Randolph 38-28.
Jenna Becker, the lone senior on the Little Falls roster, ended up with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Sister Hannah end up with 6 points and 10 rebounds of her own.
Of the five points Little Falls scored in the opening eight minutes of play Schoff had three, all from the line and Hanna Becker hit two free throws of her own to account for the Mounties offensive output. Little Falls trailed 12-5 after one.
The offensive malaise continued for Little Falls in the second and as hard as it is to believe, the Mounties did not score from the floor until there was just 2:25 left in the half when Jenna Becker found the range.
McKenna Maycock scored 6 of her game high 26, as the Cards took control early. Little Falls never led and trailed by 15, 27-12, at the break.
The Mounties never seemed comfortable from the field and had a hard time getting used to the wide-open spaces, behind the hoop, at Hudson Valley Community College.
How uncomfortable? How about the fact that Little Falls did not hit a field goal in the tone setting first quarter.
Little Falls came out ready to go to start the second half and cut the lead to just 9, 35-26, on the strength of a 6-0 run capped off by a steal and a bucket by Amy Hart who went coast to coast with one minute left in the third quarter.
From their it was time to color me red, as the Cardinals put this one in the win column.
Little Falls had entered action on a roll, having won 10 straight games, a Section III Championship and a Regional title by defeating Elmira Notre Dame last weekend, their first in more than twenty five years.
It’s been a while for Randolph to earn post season glory as well.
In fact, the Western New Yorkers had not made it to the Final Four since 1986.
Their season continues on Sunday and the Mounties look to the future with just Jenna Becker leaving the squad.
Randolph 65 Little Falls 38
1 2 3 4 Total
Little Falls 5 7 14 12 38
Randolph 12 15 12 26 65
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