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  • Penfield girls win to advance to State Final Four

  • Sophomore Margot Hetzke tallies 15 points to lead the undefeated Lady Patriots (23-0) to a 54-37 victory over Section 6 Class AA champion Lockport (18-4) in the Western Regional on Saturday afternoon at Finger Lakes Community College.

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  • The Penfield girls basketball team is continuing to make school history as the Lady Patriots prevailed over Section 6 Class AA champion Lockport, 54-37, on Saturday afternoon in the Western Regional at Finger Lakes Community College.
    "We had some good teams in the past, but there was a girl named Shenise Johnson (Rush-Henrietta) who kind of got in the way, or maybe we would have gotten here before," said Penfield head coach Mark Vogt.
    Penfield never trailed in the contest as the Patriots built a 20-8 margin in the first quarter.
    Lockport staged a rally in the second stanza and sliced the difference to six by halftime (25-19).
    "Our defense stepped it up, and I thought Margot (Hetzke) was great," said Vogt. "She took so much attention, and caused them to get in so much foul trouble that it opened it up things up for Lucy Covley and the other guards."
    However, the Section 5 undefeated champions began the third quarter with an 8-2 run to take command of the game.
    Sophomore Margot Hetzke led Penfield (23-0) with 15 points. Junior Sheila Nesselbush and sophomore Lucy Covley chipped in 10 points apiece. Covley also grabbed nine rebounds as Nesselbush added three assists and two steals.
    Junior Michelle Nesselbush contributed nine points and nine boards.
    "It was a good team win, and we got great community support," Vogt said.
    Senior guard Megan Malloy and freshman Leah Crockett tallied four points each.
    "A big part of our success is when one kid gets stopped, four other kids try and step up," Malloy said. "Our bench had so much to do with our success today. It's really not recognized how much they put into our game."
    Junior Katie Kayes scored two points for the Patriots.
    "I am really proud of my players who come off the bench so focused and encouraging," said Vogt. "I've also got to credit my assistant coaches - Pat Muldowney, Gary Wilkins, and Hillary Lincourt - who came up with a great game plan, and Pat Muldowney came up with great adjustments the whole game."
    Penfield will play Riverhead, the Section 11 champion, in the State Class AA semifinals at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The finals are Saturday at 8:45 p.m. at HVCC.

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