The Rams will host a sectional quarterfinal against seventh-seeded Morris (13-4) at 7 p.m. Friday.
SC 51, Worcester 38
Jillian Perillo scored a game-high 17 points, but the season ended for 13th-seeded Worcester in the first round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“She had a lot of rebounds, too,” said Southern Cayuga coach Ed Heslop, whose fourth-seeded team moved to 11-8. “I don’t know the number, but it was a lot.”
Jessica Thompson contributed nine points for the Wolverines (9-8), who fell into a 24-12 hole by halftime.
“We don’t pound it in on anybody,” Heslop said. “The game turned on our pressure defense. We’re quick and we pressured them.”
The Chiefs offset Perillo’s performance with balance as Allyson Smith (five rebounds) finished with 13 points, Jessie Kopp had nine, Alex Hetherington scored eight, and Adrianne Torea contributed seven.
Neither team shot well at the foul line as Worcester made 10 of 29 attempts (34 percent) and SC went 9-for-25 (36 percent).
“We’re a 55-percent free-throw shooting team, and I know (Worcester) shoots better than that,” Heslop said. “I think it was the combination of a long layoff and tournament jitters for both teams.”
The Chiefs will host a sectional quarterfinal against Interscholastic Athletic Conference rival Marathon (7-11) at 6 p.m. Friday. The Olympians upset No. 5 Afton of the Midstate Athletic Conference, 54-36.
“We split during the regular season,” Heslop said. “The downside is we’ve got to play each other again. The upside is somebody from the IAC is going to the semifinals.”
Oneonta State will host the Section Four Class D semifinals on Feb. 26 and the sectional championship game on March 2.
Candor 47, H-T 30
Senior point guard Taylor Dart scored a team-high 16 points for visiting Hunter-Tannersville, which lost in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.