I can’t say I’ve ever heard the Corral so quiet as it was when the final seconds ticked off the clock on Tuesday night when 11th-seeded Midlakes upset the sixth-seeded Lady Mustangs in Dansville in the opening round of the Class B Sectional girls basketball tournament.

I can’t say I’ve ever heard the Corral so quiet as it was when the final seconds ticked off the clock on Tuesday night when 11th-seeded Midlakes upset the sixth-seeded Lady Mustangs in Dansville in the opening round of the Class B Sectional girls basketball tournament.


The game was one that, at times, seemed like Dansville would eventually take control of. But the visiting Screaming Eagles, playing short-handed, received some clutch performances from a number of players throughout the night en route to their 53-50 victory.


Dansville opened the game with a 6-0 lead. Then with 2:30 left in the quarter went up by seven. Midlakes kept pecking away as the Mustangs couldn’t quite put that run together. A shot with one second left in the first pulled Midlakes to within three after the first. Midlakes rode that momentum into the second quarter, when the lead flip-flopped as foul trouble plagued the homestanding Mustangs. Jenn Goodman’s jumper in the final seconds of the half gave Midlakes a 25-24 edge at the intermission.


It looked like Dansville was starting to come around in the third when Hailey Sick had a couple of buckets and Kelsey Poplawski scored all four of her points to put the Mustangs up by five. After Midlakes had tied it up early in the fourth, scoring 5 straight points, Dansville responded with a 7-0 run to take a 44-37 lead with about six minutes left. Midlakes closed the game on a 16-6 spurt hitting some key shots while the Mustangs misfired on some shots down low and couldn’t convert a couple of front ends of one-and-ones at the foul line. The Mustangs had a chance to take a lead with 29 seconds left, but missed the free throw after Nicole Wright’s jumper gave the Eagles a 51-50 lead. A late foul saw Jenn Goodman bury a pair of charity tosses, making it 53-50. Dansville had four seconds left to try for a tie, but the shot was partially blocked as the Fingerlakes team prevailed bringing Dansville’s season to a close.


Dansville (14-5) was led by Hailey Sick’s 17 markers as Anna Rauber finished with 12. Amy Wood added seven. Margo Didas, Clarissa Swain and Kelsey Poplawski each scored four and Mackenzie Marshall scores two.