CANANDAIGUA — Section V Hall of Fame coach Pete Piraino has preached it for years ... "DEFENSE!"
In the end on Wednesday, it would be "tough D" that would make the difference in No. 2 Keshequa’s Class C2 semifinal clash with third-seeded Red Creek.
The Indians would break open a close first half to outscore the Rams from Wayne County 26-14 in the final two periods of play to post a 45-30 victory opening the door for Keshequa to battle top-seeded Lyons in the finals at Gates-Chili this Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Both teams had a tough time getting the lid off at Canandaigua High School in the first period as only 10 points were scored and Red Creek held a 6-4 edge. The Livingston County Division III team yanked the momentum their way as the orange & black outscored Red Creek 15-10 in the second to take a shaky 19-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
Keshequa's defensive efforts held the Rams to single digits in each of the final two periods of play as the orange & black would secure a spot in the finals on Saturday night in
the city. The Livingston County Division III squad outscored Red Creek 11-5 in the third 15-9 in the fourth to put away a 45-30 win.
Keshequa (20-3) was led by Paige Burley's double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Paige McKerrow scored 14 with a pair of assists. Emily Weaver had 8 with 5 boards. Megan Guy scored 4 with a trio of rebounds. Faith Wood scored 2 and collected 7 rebounds. Libby Benner had one point and 3 rebounds, while Julia Wilkins had 3 steals and 2 boards, and Macy Boss had 3 rebounds and a steal in the victory.
Red Creek (16-7) was led by Isabella Wilbur's 20 points.
Keshequa battles top-seeded Lyons in the championship game on Saturday night.