Pembroke one game away from repeating as Section V champions
Pembroke led from start to finish in their Section V Class C1 semifinal game Wednesday night at Honeoye Falls-Lima against Red Jacket.
But that doesn't mean the win came easy.
"They were a lot faster, a lot quicker than we thought they were," said Head Coach Ron Funke. "It gave us a little trouble, especially with their press, because we tried to hurry the ball in. Once we took our time in and got the ball into the middle of the floor, we were OK. But they don't give up. They don't quit."
The final score was 53-35.
Dekari Moss scored 23 points, had seven rebounds and four steals.
"I thought Dekari dominated on both ends of the court," Funke said. "She rebounded well and she owned the middle. They were giving us a lot of gaps with their zone defense; Dakari is so quick and athletic that she took advantage of that."
Emily Peters scored 14 points, including a trio of three-pointers that helped seal Red Jacket's fate in the second half.
"When she gets on a roll, I mean, she's a very streaky shooter and she started off slow today but when she gets hot, you just keep feeding her," Funke said. "She came up big today especially toward the end of the third quarter."
Point guard Serene Calderon scored 12 points and had six assists, six rebounds, and three steals.
"She usually makes good decisions," Funke said. "We want the ball in her hands. She showed she'll get the ball to the people that we need to get the ball to. She runs the offense and she's in a great defensive player."
Casey Wurtz scored two points, had two assists, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. Mackenna Johnson scored two points, had three assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
Next up, the Dragons will try to defend their 2019 Section V crown against Letchworth at 5 p.m., at Gates Chili.
Letchworth qualified for the finals by beating Byron-Bergen 58-55 in a game that went down to the closing seconds.
Photos from the Byron-Bergen game below by Tammy Fuller.