OSWEGO — The Oswego varsity girls basketball team fell 56-21 to Baldwinsville on Thursday.
Caitlin Lilly finished with nine points for the Lady Buccaneers. Mary Culeton chipped in six points.
For the Lady Bees, Jordan Roy tossed in 15 points, 12 of them coming in the first half. Katherine Pascale added 13 points.
Following the loss, Oswego falls to 0-4 on the season.
“It’s tough right now. We’re trying to work hard in practice on basic fundamentals. We’re trying to get them to understand how to play offense,” Oswego head coach Joe Babcock said.
“It’s not translating in games.”
Babcock mentioned how falling short on the fundamentals has put his team in tough spots.
“This is the first year I’ve coached these girls,” he said. “When you’re lacking fundamentals, you get exposed by good defensive teams, which Baldwinsville is.”
The Bucs and Bees were tied at 2-2 early on in the first quarter, with Lilly providing the lone bucket for Oswego. B’ville’s Roy, however, hit a 3-pointer and notched a 2-point bucket to give the Lady Bees a 7-2 lead. Roy scored B’ville’s first seven points.
Later in the quarter, the Lady Bees bulked their lead to 12-2. Before the quarter came to a close, Culeton gave Oswego’s offense some life by a drilling a 3-pointer and cutting the deficit to 12-5.
Heading into the second quarter, Roy anchored the Lady Bee’s offensive attack. A long 3-pointer and two free throws put B’ville up 17-5.
Lilly was fouled hard inside the paint. At the charity stripe, Lilly knocked down two shots to slice the deficit to 17-7.
Further into the quarter, the Lady Bees took complete command of the game. Ignited by a muscled 2-point basket and a successful and-1 opportunity from Mary Young, B’ville went on an 8-0 run to pad its lead to 25-7.
Lilly broke up the Lady Bucs’ dry spell on offense with fastbreak layup, decreasing the Bees’ lead to 25-9.
With B’ville up 29-9 near the end of the second quarter, Culeton attempted to spark a run for Oswego with a 3-pointer that put the score to 29-12.
But heading into the half, the Lady Bees had a 31-14 lead.
“We’re always trying to push the ball in spots that aren’t there, and we’re turning the ball over too much,” Babcock said.
The Lady Bucs didn’t have an answer for the Lady Bees in the third quarter, as B’ville went on an 18-0 spurt to go up 49-14. Lilly once again stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer for a 49-17 score.
At the end of the third quarter, it was 49-19 Lady Bees.
B’ville went on a quiet 7-2 run in the fourth quarter en route to the victory.
“We’ve tried to get (Oswego) to catch the ball, turn to the basket and see what we have up the court, but B’ville plays hard and pressured defense, which speeds us up and gets us out of what we want to do,” Babcock said.
The Lady Bucs have a week off until their next game, which is Friday, Dec. 21 at Central Square. Tip-off against the Lady Redhawks is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Babcock and his team will look to use the week of practice to get out of the early-season funk and get on track.
“We have a full solid week to not only prepare, but to regroup. The first two games (of the season) we were in it, but the last two we weren’t as much,” he said.
“We’re on the borderline of losing our confidence. We just have to get back to work, have a little fun and see if we can get better.”