SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The dynamic inside-outside play of Troy's motion offense proved once again to be the edge that led them to a 49-43 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt of Section III in a Class A regional game at LeMoyne College Tuesday night.
Guards Mary Pattison and Kiana Patterson, in conjunction with senior forwards Courtney Avery and Krystyn Knockwood and senior center Cheyenne Williams each had outstanding performances in a phenomenal comeback to overcome their favored No.1 ranked opponent, Holy Names, Saturday afternoon leading them to hit the road to face the Red Rams in this nail-biting competition. For this face-off, though, it was the inside play of Avery, who knocked down a game-high 15 points, that shined brightest to lead the Lady Flying Horses to victory.
Though the Red Rams (18-4) had little trouble breaking Troy's (17-5) full court pressure defense, they did have trouble stopping Avery on the other end. Avery had a duo of key second half buckets that sparked an 8-0 run and gave Troy a 31-23 lead with less than five minutes left of the third quarter.
The Red Rams' standout senior, Kayleigh Cavanaugh, would not be so easily denied. She narrowed that gap to six by hitting a 3-pointer, but her team still went on a nearly seven minute scoreless stretch immediately after.
Her squad trailed 42-34 before she drained her second three of the game, pulling the Red Rams to within seven with less than five minutes to go in the game. In the next possession, her teammate Maddy Frank pulled their squad within three, with at 42-39 deficit.
That's as close to the Lady Flying Horses as they would get before Troy achieved the win that would advance them to face Massena of Section X at SUNY Potsdam at noon on Saturday.