FRANKFORT, N.Y. — A strong finish sparked by a freshman pushed the Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights past West Canada Valley Monday.
The Maroon Knights scored more than half of their points in the final 9 1/2 minutes of their 63-51 victory. Danielle Caivana scored 16 of her 23 points and hit four of her six three-pointers during Frankfort-Schuyler’s 26-point fourth quarter.
Frankfort-Schuyler (4-1, 2-1 CSC-II) trailed 39-31 before Danielle Migliore converted a steal into a layup and added a free throw with 1:29 left in the third quarter.
Migliore added another basket before West Canada Valley’s Morgan Lynch scored off an inbounding play and the period ended with the Indians (1-3, 0-2 CSC-II) leading 47-42.
Migliore, who finished with 22 points, started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from the top of the key. The next time down the floor, Migliore sent a pass to the right elbow, yelling, “Take it!” as Caivana received the ball and sent it through the hoop to give Frankfort-Schuyler its first lead of the second half. Caivana, who had 23 total points in four previous varsity games, struck again from the opposite side on the Maroon Knights’ next possession and suddenly her team held a 46-42 lead.
A free throw by Danielle VanName and a basket by Lynch got West Canada Valley back within one point before Caivana hit another three from the left side. Kristy Wallace was next up for the Maroon Knights, delivering the fifth of the team’s six fourth-quarter threes.
The Maroon Knights turned to the perimeter for offense because fouls and in reaction to West Canada Valley’s defense against Migliore. Frontcourt starters Kaitlyn Di’Flo and Alexis Bianchi both sat for long periods during the second half and eventually fouled out.
“Once they went to the box-and-one on Migliore, we went very small,” Frankfort-Schuyler coach Jeff Adasek said. “We had to spread them out with our shots.”
West Canada Valley never got closer than five points after that and the Maroon Knights sealed the win with Caivana and Migliore each converting a one-and-one at the foul line. Caivana, who had two other free throws in the fourth quarter, put the finishing touches on the win with a long three-point shot as the shot clock expired on the final Frankfort-Schuyler possession.
Migliore and Wallace each had two three-pointers and Frankfort-Schuyler ended up with 10 as a team. Wallace scored 10 points, Bianchi had six with five rebounds and two blocked shots, Migliore had five rebounds, three steals and two blocks, and Di’Flo had five rebounds and two blocks.
Haley Yager led West Canada Valley with 20 points. Carissa Tasovac had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, Kristen Sportello scored 10 points, Lynch had eight points and six rebounds, and VanName also had six rebounds.
West Canada Valley is home Thursday for a game against Dolgeville while Frankfort-Schuyler plays at Cooperstown.
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WEST CANADA VALLEY (1-3, 0-2 CSC-II) — Kristen Sportello 4 2-2 10; Morgan Lynch 3 2-2 8; Haley Yager 6 6-8 20; Danielle VanName 0 1-2 1; Carissa Tasovac 3 4-6 11; Laken Dawson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16 16-22 50.
FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER (4-1, 2-1 CSC-II) — Danielle Caivana 6 5-7 23; Danielle Migliore 8 4-5 22; Kristy Wallace 4 0-0 10; Gabriella Caruso 1 0-0 2; Alexis Bianchi 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 9-12 63.
West Canada Valley 8 16 18 9 — 51
Frankfort-Schuyler 9 13 15 26 — 63
Three-pointers — West Canada Valley 3 (Yager 2, Tasovac 1); Frankfort-Schuyler 10 (Caivana 6, Migliore 2, Wallace 2). JV — West Canada Valley 37, Frankfort-Schuyler 36.