Girls Basketball: Slow start can’t stop Amherst in sectional win over Avon

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — After only scoring two points in the first quarter of the Division I sectional final Thursday, it would have been easy for Amherst to start thinking about turning in uniforms, playing spring sports and getting back in the weight room.

Instead, the Comets turned their focus to defense, defense and more defense and lived to play another day.

The fifth-seeded Comets held Avon to eight field goals in the game and six points in a 17-minute span from the second quarter until midway through the fourth quarter as they pulled away to defeat the fourth-seeded Eagles 39-28.

It was the second year in a row Amherst (13-11) knocked off the Eagles in a sectional final and the fourth time in five years the teams met in the postseason. Each team has won twice.

“Going into tonight on their home court, with their home crowd and they beat us twice in the regular season, I imagine that they had to be feeling pretty good,” Amherst coach Jay Valadez said. “It’s just not sustainable. We had to weather the initial storm and once we did we knew we could grind it out and pound the ball inside. What do we have that they don’t have? A 6-1 girl going to Cleveland State so we kept pounding it inside.”

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