MAYFIELD - Sometimes the little things that don't show up in a box score prove to be big in a game.
With less than 10 seconds remaining in Wednesday's game and her team clinging to a one-point lead, Mayfield senior Killian Horney stepped in front of Schoharie's Emily Gaige and took the charge for an offensive foul.
The play proved crucial as the Lady Panthers got the ball back and forced Schoharie to foul Alex Sheldon, who converted on one of two free throws to help stave off the Indians for a 32-30 victory in the opening round of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament.
Mayfield’s Kylie Manoogian (11) drives to put up a shot over Schoharie’s Kassidee VanGasbeck (33) as Hannah Bowersox (15) trails the play during opening round action of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"That charge Killian took was big," Mayfield coach Brian Moore said. "She stepped in after she got called for the foul three times before, but that time the call went her way. She has been working real hard and deserves a lot of credit."
Mayfield (3-4 overall) advances to play Middleburgh tonight for the tournament championship. The game is tentatively slated for 7:30 p.m., immediately after the 6 p.m. consolation game between Schoharie and Northville.
"This is my third year coaching varsity here and it is the first time we are playing for the title," Moore said. "We have a tough Middleburgh team in front of us and I am sure the girls will be ready to play. Last year's 0-18 season really hit the girls as to how hard you really have to work this year."
Schoharie jumped out to a quick 4-1 early advantage before the Lady Panthers' Kylie Manoogian tied the game at four with a 3-pointer.
The Indians gained a three-point advantage before Sheldon's lay up at the buzzer put the score at 11-10 in favor of Schoharie.
The Lady Panthers kept fresh legs on the floor as Moore shuffled players into their 2-3 zone defense during the second period.
Keeping the zone defense fresh and active helped shut down the Indians offense as Mayfield held the Indians scoreless, while Miranda Eagan hit a 3-pointer and Sheldon added a basket to give Mayfield a 15-11 halftime lead.
"Our 2-3 zone was really active today," Moore said. "We have been working with zone a lot. A lot of our girls are under the weather with the flu going around. You could see it in their faces that they did not have a lot of energy but the defensive intensity was there."
Gaige quickly cut the Lady Panthers' lead to a point with her 3-pointer in the opening minute of the third quarter. However, Mayfield put up five unanswered points to pull away to a 20-14 advantage.
The Indians closed out the quarter with a pair of baskets from Lauren Archer to put the score at 20-18 in favor of the Lady Panthers heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Hannah Bowersox delivered a basket from the low post for Schoharie to tie the game at 20 with 7:35 left to play.
Sheldon put the Lady Panthers back in front, converting a pair of free throws and Manoogian hit a field goal to open a 24-20 advantage.
Gaige and Nicole Little exchanged 3-pointers before Gaige hit her second trey for Schoharie in less than a minute to cut Mayfield's lead to 27-26 before Bowersox hit a free throw to tie the game at 27 with 3:52 remaining.
Mayfield responded with a wing jumper from Manoogian and a field goal from Cailey Meca to again open a four-point lead, 31-27.
The Indians closed to within a point, 31-30 on a field goal and a free throw from Gaige.
The Lady Panthers had opportunities to extend their lead as Horney was fouled twice under the defensive board, but could not convert on the 1-and-1 free throws.
The Indians raced up court on an inbound play with 17 seconds left on the clock and got the ball in Gaige's hands.
Horney established position in front of junior as she drove to the hoop and drew an offensive foul with 7.4 seconds on the clock.
Schoharie quickly fouled Sheldon on the in bound play and she responded by converting one of two free throw attempts to lock up the Lady Panthers second straight victory.
Gaige led the Indians with her 21-point performance that included three 3-pointers.
Archer added four points, while Bowersox had three points and Anne Marie Sacket added a basket to round out the Schoharie scoring.
Manoogian led the Mayfield scoring with 10 points, while Sheldon added seven and Nicole Little had six.
Middleburgh 58, Northville 23
MAYFIELD - The Knights made the most of a less-than-stellar first-half performance by Northville to jump out to a 32-2 halftime lead and never looked back.
Amanda Roney led Middleburgh with 25 points, while Kiera Morgan added nine points and Courtney Paser and Carley Ryan had eight points apiece.
Lyndsey Wadsworth finished with 16 points, all in the second half, to lead the Northville scoring. Abby Moore, who scored the Lady Falcons' lone first-half basket, finished with four, while Mary Ryan netted two points and Emily Krom one for Northville.
Mayfield Holiday Tournament
Mayfield 32, Schoharie 30
Schoharie11 0 7 12 - 30
Mayfield10 5 5 12 - 32
Archer 2-0-4, Bowersox 1-1-3, Sacket 1-0-2, Gaige 8-2-21. Totals: 12-3-30.
Meca 2-0-4, Eagan 1-0-3, Sheldon 2-3-7 , N. Little 2-1-6, Manoogian 4-1-10, Horney 1-0-2. Totals: 12-5-32.
3-point goals: Schoharie 3 (Gaige 3); Mayfield 3 (Eagan, N. Little, Manoogian).
Middleburgh 58, Northville 23
Middleburgh16 16 14 12 - 58
Northville0 2 9 12 - 23
Wood 1-0-2, Paser 4-0-8, Roney 11-3-25, Ryan 4-0-8, Morgan 4-0-9, Cater 3-0-6. Totals: 27-3-58.
Krom 0-1-1, Moore 2-0-4, Wadsworth 7-1-16, Ryan 1-0-2. Totals: 10-2-23.
3-point goals: Middleburgh 1 (Morgan); Northville 1 (Wadsworth).