BROADALBIN - The Mayfield Lady Panthers got the early jump on the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots, but it was Kaitlin Wood who had the final word.
The Lady Patriots' senior forward dropped 27 points on the Lady Panthers as Broadalbin-Perth played from behind early and took control in the second half on their way to a 50-31 non-league victory Tuesday night.
"The girls have to come out being focused," Broadalbin-Perth coach Michael Magliocca said. "They regrouped at halftime and we talked about what we needed to do in the second half. We didn't really change anything from the first half."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Monica Magliocca shoots over Mayfield’s Jennifer Little during Tuesday’s non-league girls basketball game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
The Lady Panthers were shorthanded, only suiting up seven players for the game and they paid for it in the second half as Broadalbin-Perth scored 19 points in the third quarter to assume command of the contest.
Two players were out sick Monday and Miranda Eagan was on the bench with injury.
"In the first half, that was the best man [defense] we've played all year," Mayfield coach Brian Moore said. "Broadalbin's a very well-coached team. They like to run a lot of stuff and they get a lot of open shots. I think as we were closing out in the second half, the sickness and the health got to us. We weren't able to keep up with them. They really pushed the ball and pushed the tempo on us."
Pushing the tempo is what got the Lady Patriots (8-4 overall) back into the game by the end of the second quarter.
After the Lady Panthers got off to an early lead due to two 3-pointers from Nicole Little and another from Kylie Manoogian, Mayfield got off to a 9-5 lead after the first quarter.
"It's been that kind of year where we're putting together a lot more quarters," Moore said. "Early the shots were falling and in the third quarter, we couldn't get our legs and a lot of things were rushed. When we're squared up and ready to shoot, our guards are knocking them down at a high clip."
However, it was a 3-pointer with 1:25 left to go in the second quarter that got momentum swinging back toward Broadalbin-Perth as Rachel Orapello tied the game with a trey.
Wood knocked down a pair of free throws with 42.8 seconds left in the quarter, sending Broadalbin-Perth into the locker room at halftime with a 20-18 lead.
"That swung a little bit of momentum," Magliocca said. "We went into halftime carrying that. We came out in the second half with just the little bit of momentum we had."
Wood took full advantage of that momentum as she opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer 46 seconds in, starting an 11-0 run that gave Broadalbin-Perth a 31-18 lead with 4:24 remaining in the quarter.
Wood scored 13 of Broadalbin-Perth's 19 third-quarter points.
"They shifted into another gear," Magliocca said. "I'm not understanding why they didn't come with that mindset in the beginning, but they're kids and at halftime, they talked amongst each other and about what we had to do. It's not like we weren't getting the shots. We were running an offense and getting shots. They just weren't falling."
As the Lady Patriots got their running game going, shorthanded Mayfield (4-10 overall) couldn't keep up.
"We were pretty much gassed," Moore said. "They gave it all they could."
Broadalbin-Perth 50, Mayfield 31
Mayfield9 9 7 6 - 31
Broadalbin-Perth5 15 19 11 - 50
N. Little 3-0-9, Manoogian 2-3-8, Sheldon 2-4-8, Horney 2-2-6. Totals: 9-9-31.
Herba 3-0-6, Magliocca 2-1-5, Wood 10-4-27, Orapello 2-0-5, Gifford 2-0-4, Traver 0-1-1, Westfall 1-0-2. Totals: 20-6-50.
3-point goals: Mayfield 4 (N. Little 3, Manoogian); Broadalbin-Perth 4 (Wood 3, Orapello).