Wayland-Cohocton 47 Geneseo 43 (O.T.)
Just because it “looks like” you’ve got it won, doesn’t mean its a “done deal!” That’s exactly the way it appeared in Monday Night Basketball at “the Nest” where Wayland-Cohocton & Geneseo played a girls-boys varsity double-header. The opener was certainly the “thriller” as the ladies took to the floor first in what wound up being “a dandy!” Veteran Section V coach Al Best took his place behind the Wayland-Cohocton bench where he had to “sweat it out” to get his first win with the Golden Eagles in a heart-stopping extra session. The Golden Eagles had a double digit lead in the final minutes of the game when coach Paul Hazard’s club “got hot” & sent the game into overtime where Wayland-Cohocton would sneak away with a 47-43 victory at home.
Wayland-Cohocton had the lead from the outset of the game, but never really had themselves a “comfortable lead” in the contest. The maroon & gold led 11-8 after the initial stanza of action & cold only manage a 5 point margin at the half 21-16. The pesky Blue Devils were determined to “hang around” until they had a chance to “make a move.” Way-Coh’s hustle & tough defense helped them to an 8 point advantage after 3 periods, & then in the final quarter the Eagles pushed it to double digits. It “appeared” this might be the maroon & gold’s most secure lead of the night. But much like Fenway Park in Boston, famous for “late game heroics”…so it was for “the Nest” on this night. Geneseo started a push that wound up seeing the Blue Devils burning up the nets & tying the game at 39-39 at the end of regulation as a final Way-Coh shot at the buzzer to win it, would rim out extending the game by another 4 minutes.
Geneseo would draw first blood in the extra session when Natalie Peraino hit a field goal in the opening minute. The Golden Eagles knotted things up on a pair of Alex Button charity tosses with 2:43 left. Way-Coh’s Ashlee Schumacher went to the line following an offensive rebound to hit one of two giving the home team a slim 1-point edge. Then the ball-handling prowess of Maggie McAllister resulted in the sophomore guard splitting a Geneseo double-team as she won a footrace to the bucket & laid it in giving the Eagles a 3-point lead with 2 minutes remaining. Way-Coh failed to take advantage of a couple of Blue Devil turnovers down the stretch which “left the door open” for Geneseo. When the Blue Devils couldn’t convert in the last minute, they hesitated in fouling, but with :13 left sent Alex Button to the line. The Way-Coh sharp-shooter dropped a pair upping the lead to 46-41. Kat Phillips’ dribble-drive basket with :06 left cut it to 46-43. The blue & white had to foul, & once again sent Alex Button to the stripe where she would hit one of two to put the lid on it making the final 47-43.
Wayland-Cohocton evened their record at (1-1) with the victory as Alex Button would pace the Golden Eagles offensively with 14 points. Freshman Madison Gregorius scored 10…Kadeynn McInnis scored 7…Megan McAllister & Ashlee Schumacher had 5 each…as Marissa Schirmer & Leaha Langeman had 3 apiece, as Way-Coh had to go without the services of Reilly Landio who was still out with an injury. The Eagles host Wheatland-Chili on Friday (Dec. 11) in their next outing. Geneseo (0-2) was led by Victoria Finn’s 15 points, Natalie Periano scored 13, Kat Phillips & Kaity Keihl had 6 each…Liz Congdon netted 2 & Alexa Salatel added 1 for the Blue Devils who host Greece Odyssey in tournament play at home in Thursday at the “Devils Den.”