ONEONTA – The combatants weren’t even in grade school the last time Bainbridge-Guilford and Greene met in a league title game, but this one easily measured up to those classic battles.
The Trojans held B-G scoreless the final 2 1/2 minutes, and survived a tying shot attempt by the Bobcats’ Mariah Schaeffer in the final two seconds to hold on for a 45-43 win in the MAC championship game, Saturday at Oneonta State’s Fieldhouse Gymnasium.
Languishing on the bench with foul trouble for much of the second half, junior forward Megan McDermott hit two baskets in the last quarter, the latter was the capper in which she drove through the B-G defense to hit a running left-hander – her off hand. The degree of difficulty was certainly off the charts, and it wasn’t how Greene head coach Bill Case drew the play up.
“She was supposed to take a jump shot from the foul line,” Case said. “It was a set play and no one was within five feet of her...it was a good score.”
Yes, a good score indeed as it provided the margin of victory over a B-G club that had a 17-game winning streak – a team record – entering the fray. “We didn’t shoot the ball well as a team, and lets face it, Greene is very good,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “Even so, we still had a chance in the end.”