The Canandaigua girls basketball team, seeded No. 10 in Class AA, defeated No. 2 Wilson on Wednesday night to advance to the sectional semifinals.
The Canandaigua girls basketball team defeated No. 2 Wilson, 56-25, on Wednesday night to advance to the Section 5 Class AA semifinals. The Braves, seeded No. 10, will face No. 3 Mercy on Monday at 6 p.m. in Gates Chili.
Despite the teams' seedings, Canandaigua controlled the game from the tip. Using an in-your-face man-to-man defense the Braves kept the Wildcats out of their offense early and often. The Braves did not allow Wilson's first basket until the 3:30 mark of the first quarter, and the Wildcats did not score again until 2:53 showed on the clock in the second quarter.
“Our team came out ready to play tonight, and I am not sure if [Wilson] anticipated our level of defensive intensity,” Canandaigua head coach Bob Guy said after the game. “We got into their passing lanes and that got us going in transition early.”
Leading 6-2 after Wilson's first bucket, the Braves scored 18 points before the Wildcats' next basket, which came 8:37 later. Canandaigua extended its lead to 32-8 by halftime.
During that run, Canandaigua knocked down four 3-point field goals, including two from Ali Fitzgerald.
“Kelly (Broderick) and Ali knocked down some big shots tonight,” continued Guy. “This was a great road win for us.”
Wilson came out of the intermission and opened the quarter with a 7-3 run to start the half. But the Braves responded quickly with an 8-0 run of their own, including three more from downtown. By quarter's end they held a 46-18 advantage, and would go on to win 56-25.
Fitzgerald led Canandaigua with 14 points and six assists. Broderick scored 12 points, Dakota Savitcheff had nine, Janae Guy added seven and Dominique Hargreaves chipped in four points and 12 rebounds.
“I could not be more proud of this group,” Guy concluded. “The girls have really matured over the season, and they showed it by beating a No. 2 seed tonight.”
For Wilson, Shiy Goins and Shania Oliver each finished with six points, while Deza Cooper and Mykeisha Crawford both scored four.