Awesome pictures. Congratulations Girls!!!!!!!!
Lady Lancers put pressure on Clymer, grab regional crown in Canandaigua
Submitted by Howard Owens on March 11, 2012 - 1:22pm
The plan against Clymer, Elba Head Coach Tom Nowak said, was to play a fast-paced game and wear down the Clymer girls.
"We felt with them not having a lot of depth -- they didn't use a lot of depth during the season -- that we thought we would just try to up-tempo the game a little bit," Nowak said. "We thought that might create some turnovers and down the stretch maybe not be as effective on offense."
The strategy paid off and Clymer was just 3-14 from the floor in the final quarter, allowing the Lady Lancers to pull away with a 53-37 victory and a slot in the state Class D championship final four.
Clymer features some height and athleticism down front, and center Meg Stucko said the Lancers prepared well for what they were going to face.
"We practiced a lot all week for their forwards," Stucko said. "We kind of knew what they were going to do and what we were going to do, so we were ready for it."
Forced turnovers kind of told the story of the game, with Elba's defense taking the ball away a number of times, especially on transitions.
Nowak said, "that's kind of our bread and butter."
Elba is now 23-0 on the season and will face South Kortright (22-0), the state's top-ranked Class D team at 9 a.m. March 17 at Hudson Valley Community College.
"We’re all really excited because we all really want to go to state so bad," Stucko said. "That’s what we’re most excited about, just the chance to be in the state final four is really awesome."
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