Syracuse – The Madison Lady Blue Devils basketball team dropped a tough 39-29 decision to the Copenhagen Knights in the Section 3, Class D championship game on Thursday evening in the Carrier Dome.
Copenhagen, the top seed in the Class D Tournament, was driven by a balanced scoring attack as the Knights received points from 7 different players, but just one, Brooke Smylka reached double figures with 10. The Knights got an even stronger team defensive effort and a full court press which forced 11 Madison turnovers.
The Knights held a 22-14 lead at the half and led by as many as 14 points in the second half before Madison pulled to within 4, at 31-27 with 6 minutes remaining in the contest.
Madison, ranked 7th in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D Poll, finished a great season at (21-2).
Copenhagen, 6th in that same poll, improves to (22-1) and will move on to NYSPHSAA Regional play against the winner of Section X, Edwards-Knox, on March 8th at SUNY Potsdam.
Kayla Usborne, playing in her final game in a Blue Devils basketball uniform, finished with 9 points to lead Madison.
Following the game the 2019 Section 3 Class D Girls All-Tournament was announced and included:
Jaelynn Vleer-Elliott, Brookfield
Izzy Soluri, LaFargeville
MaryEllen Coleman, Madison
Kayla Usborne, Madison
Madison Freeman, Copenhagen
Brooke Smykla – Tournament MVP