The South Seneca Lady Falcons and head coach Heather Mott will return to the NYSPHAA Class C Basketball Tournament as defending state champions after defeating the Section V Class C1 Champion Gananda Lady Blue Panthers, 48-29, in Bloomfield on Tuesday night. Kelsey Shaulis led the Falcons with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Mackenzie Kenyon added 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Skylar Shaulis scored 7 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Bailey Minges scored 7 and hauled in 7 rebounds. Emily Lavarnway had 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
Gananda kept the game close and were withing 5 points of the Falcons heading into the final two minutes of the first half. In the closing moments of the second quarter, a pair of Falcon three-pointers, one by Kelsey Shaulis and a second from sister Skylar, extended the lead to double-digits and South Seneca never looked back.
South Seneca will play again in the “Elite 8” round, or the Far West Regional, at Buffalo State on Saturday at 5 pm. The Mynderse Lady Blue Devils will follow that game at 7 pm. Both games will be streamed live on FingerLakes1.com Radio.
South Seneca's Lavarnway and Mingus on the postgame show with Dave Barnick pic.twitter.com/QE69SBgfA1
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Skylar Shaulis, Baily Mingus & Kelsey Shaulis about 14 years before their state championship run for South Seneca Lady Falcons pic.twitter.com/KK7CxLOFUh
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