ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - In a rematch of last year's undefeated top-seed vs. undefeated two-seed 53-51 nail-biter, the Little Falls girls basketball team got revenge against Cooperstown Wednesday at RFA, winning this year's Section III, Class C-1 championship 46-34.
While Little Falls was again the top seed, Cooperstown entered this year's playoffs seeded sixth out of eight with a sub-.500 record. But the Lady Redskins were ready for the rematch, leading 14-7 after the first quarter and 20-18 at halftime. Little Falls took over in the third quarter, opening with a 6-0 run with all six points coming off Cooperstown turnovers, and an 8-0 run late in the quarter put the Lady Mounties in control at 34-24. Cooperstown cut the score to 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
Little Falls, now 20-3 after its second sectional title in three years and ranked No. 20 in the state in Class C, advances to face Class C-2 champion Bishop Grimes in the overall Class C championship Saturday at the Utica Aud at 1:45. Cooperstown ends the season 11-12.
Freshman Jenna Becker led Little Falls with 12 points while senior Sue Schoff--the focus of Cooperstown's defense coming in--scored 11.
Emma Ryanmiller led Cooperstown with 13 points, but after the first eight came consecutively in the first quarter Little Falls held her to just one field goal the rest of the way. Laura Rowley also reached double-digits in scoring for Cooperstown with 10.