Lyons junior Justice Smith scored 21 of his game-high 33 points in the second half of Monday night’s Section V Class A2 championship game between the Lions and the top-seeded Perry Yellow Jackets in the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. With his team trailing in the fourth quarter, Smith hit 3 three-pointers and went 4-4 from the line in the final period to lead the Lyons Lions the 18th sectional championship in their school’s history and head coach Zac Young his third sectional title.
When basketball fans learned that Clyde-Savannah would drop from Class C2 to Class D1 this season, many assumed a Sectional title would be a given. After winning the Wayne County League for a second consecutive season, the Golden Eagles turned their sites towards sectionals, and a trip to the Blue Cross Arena. Waiting for C-S, was a surprising Finger Lakes West squad, the Honeoye Bulldogs who boasted two 1,000 point scorers and had their eyes on an upset after jumping out to a 13-8 lead at the outset of Saturday’s Section V Class D1 Championship Game.
The Midlakes girls entered the 2018 postseason with a perfect 20-0 record. Four games later in the Section V Class B Tournament they are still undefeated and now can call themselves Sectional Champions for the first time since 1975. Head Coach Nate Rich’s Screaming Eagles absolutely destroyed Bath-Haverling on Saturday evening at Rush-Henrietta rolling the the title with a 70-40 win in a game that wasn’t close from the start. After Bath-Haverling’s Jadyn Abrams opened the game’s scoring, Midlakes would close the 1st quarter on a 24-4 run and extended their lead to 41-19 heading into halftime before finishing the contest with a 30 point margin.
After the South Seneca girls varsity basketball team graduated 4 starting seniors from a group that captured a NYSPHSAA Championship and a went to the NYS Final Four in consecutive years, many assumed that South Seneca would spend a year or two to rebuild their program back to championship status. Those people were wrong. South Seneca’s girls basketball program isn’t skipping a beat after Saturday’s 55-36 win over Red Jacket to capture the 2018 Section V Class C2 Championship at Rush-Henrietta High School. It was the South Seneca’s third straight Sectional title.