Schroon Lake's Jesse Shaughnessy drives to the basket against Crown Point's Nathan Tabor.
Ian Williams had a career night shooting, which aided in securing a triple-double for teammate Jesse Shaughnessy as the Schroon Lake Wildcats scored a 67-39 win over the Crown Point Panthers Feb. 29 to advance to the Section VII/Class D finals, where they will face the Willsboro Warriors.
“We started out slow but we started passing the ball around and got some isolation for Jesse which got me some open shots,” Williams, who scored 27 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists, said.
“It has been good to play with this group,” Shaughnessy, who scored 18 points to go with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals, said. “We click well on offense, play hard defense and then get out on the break and go.”
“They are pretty valuable players,” Wildcat head coach Lee Silvernail said about his duo. “Jesse does a lot to help the other guys out and penetrates well, and it’s great to have the outside shooter in Ian.”
The Wildcats opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run and ended it with an 11-0 run, turning a 14-9 lead into a 34-18 halftime tally that the Wildcats never looked back from.
“Intensity on defense led to some transition buckets and Ian opened up their zone with two threes to start the quarter,” Silvernail said. “That forced them into man-to-man and we took advantage.”
Uriah Harvey and Noah Gath each scored six points, with Harvey grabbing five rebounds and Gath adding a pair of assists. Matt Filler scored four points, while Jeffrey Armstrong had tow points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tanner Stone scored two points with two steals. Robert Rose added two points, with Caleb Maisonville grabbed four rebounds and added an assist in limited time and Matt Savarie had a pair of rebounds.
For the Panthers, Jake Courcy scored 11 points to go with six rebounds, with Nathan Tabor adding nine points, Mike Gould scoring seven points to go with 11 rebounds, Joe Foote adding four points and five rebounds, Gabe Macey and Jaice Spring each scoring three points while combining for seven rebounds, and Ryan Worth scoring two.
The Wildcats will face the Willsboro Warriors in the Section VII/Class D championship game, set to tip off at noon on Saturday, March 3.
The Wildcats hold the season edge, 2-1, but the Warriors won the last game between the two squads.
“Our last loss was to Willsboro, and this is the team that the kids wanted to play for the title,” Silvernail said. “Their zone caught us last time, but we have played against a lot of zone with the style of offense we use, so we will work on that.”
“We will work on breaking their zone and staying focused in practice,” Williams said.
“We have to keep our heads, play rough and tough on defense and run a smooth offense,” Shaughnessy said. “We wanted this match up.”
The Warriors were led by Clayton Cross, who recorded his second 20-plus game of the sectionals with 20 points and three rebounds. Clay Sherman added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Brandon Porter scored eight points and dished out three assists, Nick Arnold scored four, Dakota Sayward three and Brandon Bertrand two to go with four rebounds in injury-limited time.