Tanner Stone lines up a three-point shot for Schroon Lake.
The third ranked team in the state of New York among Class D schools will get their chance to advance into the NYSPHSAA tournament after Schroon Lake scored a 51-23 win over the Chazy Eagles.
The Wildcats used a 15-3 opening quarter and a 20-5 third to pull away from the Eagles, as Jesse Shaughnessy scored 20 points to go with five rebounds, three assists and four steals while Tanner Stone added 16 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Stone connected on four three-pointers in the game, with three coming in a third quarter push that saw the Wildcats go from a 24-12 lead to 38-14.
"We know that we have good shooters and when we get hot we can hit a lot of baskets in a row," Stone said. "We wanted to come out strong so we could get back to the Fieldhouse."
"When we get hot like that, I don't think that there is anyone that can stop that," Shaughnessy said. "Tanner and I have a good connection and we have been playing together since we were young."
"I think that there were times when they caught the ball in the first half but were not in good shooting position, so we talked about getting in a better position in the second half," head coach Lee Silvernail said. "We wanted to take them out early and not let them hang around and we spent a lot of time working on defense, both team and individual."
Alex Shaughnessy scored nine points to go with five rebounds and four assists, while Joe Maisonville added four points and two rebounds and Eric Paradis added two points.
While not scoring, Jeff Armstrong pulled down 10 rebounds and had a pair of assists, with Caleb Maisonville adding three rebounds and an assist, while Justin Lough had an assist.
The Wildcats will tip at noon Saturday, March 2, at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse in a rematch of one of their closer games of the season against second seed Moriah.
"We wanted to play them and now we have it," Shaughnessy said. "I started my varsity career with a loss to them, and I want to change it this time around."
"Coach has a game plan for us, so we will go out and learn it in practice, get some shooting in and get ready for Saturday," Stone said.
"We just have to keep the energy up and do what we did tonight," Silvernail said.