Top-seeded Maine-Endwell edged Owego, 48-43, in a Section 4 Class A girls basketball semifinal matchup on Thursday night.
The Spartans got off to a fast start, gaining a six-point advantage three minutes into the opening quarter. Owego was able to hang tight, though, and pulled within a point.
“We were starting to pull away in the first quarter,” said Spartans’ coach Kyle Skinner, “but we had defensive lapses that allowed them to come back.”
Maine-Endwell went into halftime with a 28-26 lead.
The Spartans dominated the second half, extending their lead to double-digits in the third quarter. Jessica Shear, who scored 10 points in the win, hit a three-pointer to give Maine-Endwell a 13-point advantage, their highest of the night.
The M-E defense held Owego to 17 points in the second half and did not allow the Indians to get within five points.
Daniella Dean scored a game-high 20 points for the Spartans, and teammate Kyesha Talerica grabbed 10 rebounds in the winning effort.
“It was huge for us, she’s a presence that changes the game,” said Skinner of Talerico.
The Spartans converted on 17 of 25 free throws, compared to 11 of 22 for Owego.
Bella Coleman led the Indians with 14 points, while Kim Lavender and Emily Merrill scored 12 apiece.
Maine-Endwell advances to the Section 4 Class A championship game, and will face Union-Endicott or Vestal on March 6 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena at 6 p.m.
Binghamton 68, Elmira 57: At Binghamton, Anthony Weakland led a second-half surge to lift the Patriots to a Section 4 Class AA semifinal victory.
Binghamton held the lead throughout the game, and was able to withstand a late push from Elmira in the fourth quarter. After leading by double-digits most of the contest, the Express cut the lead to five points, thanks to a trio of 3-point goals from Tyler Moffe.
The Patriots’ free throw shooting was able to shut down any attempt at a comeback, as Anthony Weakland and Sarbast Doski went a combined 6-for-6 at the line down the stretch to seal the victory. Weakland scored a game-high 24 points.
Binghamton’s Andre Hawkins tallied 16 points in the win. He and Weakland combined for 28 points in the second half. Moffe led Elmira with 23 points, DaShaun Sutton scored 12 and Zach Savage chipped in 10.
Binghamton will face Ithaca or Horseheads in the championship game on March 5 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m.