POLAND, N.Y. — The Poland Tornadoes and Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights played to the final shot Tuesday.
Frankfort-Schuyler, the only team that has beaten Poland this season, got the Tornadoes again on the road, claiming a 66-63 win when the final shot missed its mark. The loss ended a nine-game winning streak for Poland (10-1) while the win started a new streak for Frankfort-Schuyler (9-2) which was coming off a loss to Holland Patent.
“That’s the second time we’ve played them and we’re their only two losses,” Frankfort-Schuyler coach Jeff Adasek said. “I’m glad we don’t have to play them again.”
Frankfort-Schuyler was a 57-52 winner at home when the teams met Dec. 5.
Poland had a taken a 41-40 lead on Paige Sullivan’s third-quarter buzzer-beater Tuesday and the game would remain close through a final period that saw Frankfort-Schuyler outscore its host 26-22. There were two ties and five lead changes in the final eight minutes, the last with 2:04 remaining when Danielle Caivana hit the first of back-to-back three-pointers for the Maroon Knights.
Kaitlyn Di’Flo drove for a basket that gave Frankfort-Schuyler a 53-52 lead and Miranda Robson answered with a short jumper to put Poland ahead for the last time.
Following a Frankfort-Schuyler timeout, Caivana got the ball to the right of the key and hit a three-point shot for the lead. Danielle Migliore then stole the ball for the Maroon Knights and got the ball back to Caivana at the elbow for another three-point shot.
“That’s a freshman that is definitely nails,” Adasek said of Caivana. “She’s trustworthy at the end of games. She knows the game well.”
Paige Sullivan converted a pair of free throws following a Poland timeout and Migliore delivered a three-pointer from the left of the key to complete a 9-2 Frankfort-Schuyler run that lasted 44 seconds and put the Maroon Knights up 62-56 with 1:20 on the clock.
“We reacted well to the Frankfort three-pointers,” Poland coach Jason Potempa said. “We didn’t give up. We figured out what we had to do to get back in the game.”
Poland got the margin back to one point twice in the final minute but each time Frankfort-Schuyler responded by hitting free throws. A pair of foul shots by Migliore took the lead from 62-61 to 64-61 and, after Mikayla Blumenstock hit two foul shots for Poland, Kristy Wallace came back with two for the Maroon Knights with 13 seconds left to play.
A tie-up on a rebound gave Frankfort-Schuyler possession at the three-second mark and Blumenstock forced another jump ball call on the inbounding play, leaving the Tornadoes with one second.
“When Mikki forced that jump ball, she got us a chance,” Potempa said. “That was huge.”
Page 2 of 2 - Brooke Gipe inbounded the ball from under the basket to an open Sullivan in the left corner. Sullivan had time to set and shoot ahead of the buzzer but her shot caught the back of the rim as time expired.
Migliore scored a game-high 25 points and had five rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Maroon Knights. Di’Flo had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Caivana had 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Gabriella Caruso had six steals.
Blumenstock scored 14 points for Poland and added six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Sullivan and Shiane Irwin each scored 13 points; Sullivan also had nine rebounds and six assists while Irwin had four and four. Kara Morrison had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, three assists and three blocked shots. Gipe had six rebounds and three steals.
Poland plays Friday at Oriskany. Frankfort-Schuyler’s next game is Saturday at home against Dolgeville.
FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER 66, POLAND 63
FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER (9-2) — Kaitlyn Di’Flo 5 3-6 13; Danielle Caivana 4 0-0 11; Danielle Migliore 9 5-6 25; Marissa Miller 0 0-0 0; Cassandra Grippe 1 0-0 2; Isabella Todd 0 0-0 0; Kristy Wallace 3 2-2 8; Victoria Salatino 2 0-0 4; Gabriella Caruso 1 0-0 2; Alexis Bianchi 0 1-3 1. Totals: 25 11-17 66.
POLAND (10-2) — Shawna Rickard 1 1-2 3; Alyssa Lepper 0 0-0 0; Paige Sullivan 5 3-4 13; Mikayla Blumenstock 5 4-7 14; Lexi Darrow 0 0-0 0; Miranda Robson 1 0-0 2; Kara Morrison 6 0-3 12; Nicole Kasprzyk 1 0-1 2; Mikayla Flansburg 0 0-0 0; Shiane Irwin 6 0-3 13; Brooke Gipe 1 2-4 4. Totals: 26 10-24 63.
Frankfort-Schuyler 17 8 15 26 — 66
Poland 13 15 13 22 — 63
Three-pointers — Frankfort-Schuyler 5 (Caivana 3, Migliore 2); Poland 1 (Irwin 1). JV — Poland 59, Frankfort-Schuyler 14.