MADRID - A lot of things have changed since Gary Tischler took the helm of the Madrid-Waddington Girls Basketball program 35 years ago.
But among the constants during Coach Tischlers 472-win career is that when his Lady Yellowjackets match up with Chateaugay it was all about defense, defense and more defense.
It was only fitting that the final Chateaugay-M-W matchup at the The Hive in Coach Tischlers tenure would be a championship caliber defensive duel between two state-ranked team.
Defense propelled no. 19 Chateaugay to a 19-8 halftime lead and three defensive stops in the final two minutes secured a 33-28 win the Bulldogs (10-4) who moved into a tie for the NAC East lead with no. 7 M-W (11-3) at 8-1.
Chateaugay allowed just two field goals in the first half and M-W limited the Bulldogs to just three in the second half which climaxed with the Jackets cutting the difference to 31-28 with 10.4 seconds to play on two free throws by Tess Knight.
The Bulldogs executed their inbounds play perfectly to Hannah Cook who sealed the issue with two free throws with 6.7 seconds to play. Olivia Parmeter (6 rebounds, 5 steals) scored six of her game-high 13 points leading the Jackets to a 13-9 fourth quarter margin.
It was definitely a great defensive matchup, said Chateaugay Coach Chris Reynolds after his team overcame major foul trouble to talented center Caitlin Miller to reverse a loss at Chateaugay earlier this season.
Having Hannah Cook back from injury was really big for us, she was injured in our first game with them. She gives us great leadership and at the end of the game we got some very big defensive rebounds.
Miller grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while scoring six points for the Bulldogs who were led offensively by Katie Beach (4 steals) who buried two threes scoring nine points.
Hannah Cook (5 steals) finished with eight points for the Bulldogs and went 2-2 at the foul line in the fourth quarter along with Miller and Taylor Winch (2 points. As a team Chateaugay went 7-8 at the line in the final period.
Abbey Barnes (2 points) grabbed seven rebounds and Danielle Charland (2 points) notched four steals.
We couldnt get anything going offensively in the first half but we played much better in the second half. It is very difficult to come back from 11 points down against a team like Chateaugay and Chris Reynolds team did a great job executing all night, said M-W Coach Gary Tischler.
But we did a great job to come back. When we got it down to four points we had two good looks and one shot just rattled out. Olivia Parmeter really had a great game leading us back, he added.
M-W, which went 5-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, received 10 points from Jenn King (5 rebounds), three from Knight, two from Kayleigh Field and six rebounds from Dez Pryce.
The M-W-Chateaugay game started off a series of climatic games in Section 10s talent-rich pool of Class D Girls Basketball.
Over in the NAC West fifth ranked Heuvelton (8-1) will host 6-2 Hammond, which was ranked earlier in the season, tonight and fourth ranked Hermon-DeKalb (9-0 on Monday). H-D and Hammond still have to reschedule a game at H-D which postponed by weather conditions on Tuesday.
In all my years of coaching, I never have seen Class D so deep with talent. The sectionals are going to be something, said Tischler.