Copenhagen Holds off Blue Devils 39-29

Posted on Feb 28 2019 - 6:55pm by Jeff Pexton

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.


Copenhagen’s Alison Best (12) looks to break the pressure of Madison’s Miah Idzi (11) late in the contest. Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging


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.


Madison’s Kayla Usborne drives for 2 of her team high 9 points . Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging.


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