OSWEGO — The second-seeded Oswego St. Paul’s Leprechaun 4th/5th grade girls basketball team recently lost 24-18 to top-seeded Cicero-North Syracuse in the championship game of their fall season at Chestnut Middle School in Liverpool.
Oswego finished second in the standings with an 8-4 mark. The Shooting Stars capped its championship season with a 12-0 record.
CNS had a 7-6 lead at the break after a hard fought and tightly officiated 18 minutes of the first half. Tenly Baker had four points in the first half, and Giada Pezzlo chipped in two for Oswego.
The Shooting Stars started the second half on a 5-0 run, but Oswego battled back to a 16-13 deficit midway through the final stanza. Another CNS run put them up 22-13 with 30 seconds left. Oswego put together a 5-0 spurt to end the game, but couldn’t overcome the margin. Baker had six points, Maria Sweet added four, and Pezzlo contributed two for Oswego.
Baker finished with 10 points for Oswego. Sweet and Pezzo each had four points. Also playing for Oswego were Deysha Cruz, Abbie Ohnmacht, LaLa Mosqueda, Morgan Mills, Alyssa Britt, Kaelyn Bond, Maria Murray and Lindsay Colasurdo.
Oswego 17, Baldwinsville 14: Oswego reached the championship game following a 17-14 victory over Baldwinsville in the semifinal round.
Oswego jumped out to an 11-2 halftime lead in a physical contest against B’ville. Pezzlo had seven points and Baker added four for Oswego.
The Red Storm continued to cut into the margin in the second half, pulling to within three in the last minute. Baldwinsville ran out of time and 17-14 proved to be the final score. Pezzlo tossed in four points in the half, and Sweet made two free throws for Oswego.
Pezzlo’s final points tally for Oswego was 11. Baker provided four points, and Sweet added two.