Elba Lady Lancers ranked #5 in state despite early post-season loss
Submitted by Howard Owens on March 19, 2013 - 10:48pm
It should come as no surprise that Notre Dame, the state's Class D champion in girls basketball has been ranked #1 in the final state rankings by the New York Sprotswriters Association.
What may be surprising is the team the Fighting Irish beat in the first round of sectional play is ranked #5.
The Elba Lady Lancers made the top five despite being knocked out in the first round of post-season play.
Elba finished with a 19-2 record and came into the post season as the reigning state champions.
Notre Dame, with 21 wins, suffered only two losses on the season, both to Elba. The case could be made that Elba should be ranked #2.
Ranked ahead of Elba was Oriskany (22-1) at #2, the team Notre Dame beat in the state finals, and Ford Edward (22-1), who lost to ND in the semi-finals is #3. The #4 team is Hammond (21-3), which lost to Fort Edward in regional play.
Sherman, whose coach Mel Swason, complained about Notre Dame being a private school, was ranked #8 with a 18-3 record.
Mt. Morris (16-6), which lost a Class D Section V consolidation game to Notre Dame, is ranked #11.