I just have to give a lot of credit to the scrappiness and never-say-die attitude of this Keshequa girls basketball team.
During the course of the year they've taken all challenges head-on, and wound with another piece of sectional hardware.
Coach Pete Piraino's teams are built on defense, hustle, and determination ... they have been for years. They've also be very successful for years as well.
On Saturday afternoon, Keshequa captured yet another Section V, Class C3 championship with a hard-fought 41-39 win over South Seneca.
How good the other team is, or how big the other team is, never seems to matter. I believe all that counts is how good is Keshequa going to be on that given day.
Fortunately for the orange and black, it seems to be that they're the better team more times than not.
Keshequa did a direct turnaround from the opening two rounds against Oakfiled-Alabama and Harley-Allendale-Columia. In this game the Indians smothered South Seneca holding the high-scoring Falcons to just three points in the first quarter.
The Wayne County club would hot go away, cutting the deficit to four by halftime and trailed by only a point heading to the fourth quarter.
As in true competitive fashion, it was a battle to the finish as the Livingston County Division III team hung on for the victory and a sectional title.
Once again it was another gritty performance by a bunch of hard-working young ladies who were determined to finish the job — and they did.
Keshequa got huge games from Class C3 tournament MVP Tessa Gordinier (13 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and four steals) and Lindsay Piraino (12 points on four 3-pointers), to go along with solid all-around performances from Shannon Gordinier, Kate Forrester, Kathryn Piraino, Megan Green, and Madison Ewing.
Next up for Keshequa is a meeting with Class C2 champion Lyons on Wednesday (March 5) at Canandaigua Academy. The winner advances to the Far West Regional at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua for a Saturday night tip-off at 7 p.m.