By Rob Tetro
The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team lost 3 out of its last 4 games to conclude the regular season with a 6-12 overall record.
The Lady Raiders qualified or the postseason and won its opening round of Section 3 playoffs by topping Homer Feb. 14 by a score of 37-33.
Fulton ended the season with losses to Skaneateles 47-34, Christian Brother academy 47-36 and East Syracuse Minoa 50-36. Fulton knocked off county foe Mexico 65-45 in one of its last games of the season.
In the Skaneateles game, Fulton had a 1-point lead in the first quarter, but the team was quickly overtaken by Skaneateles in the second. The Lakers had a 27-19 lead at the half.
Skaneateles added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 5 points. And the Lady Raiders had no answers for the Lakers offense in the fourth quarter as Skaneateles came away with a 13-point win.
Leading the way for Fulton was Michaela Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Nicole Hansen with 8 and Courtney Parker and Kara Bricker with 4 points each.
After a competitive first quarter in the Mexico contest, the Tigers had a 4-point lead over Fulton. But the Lady Raiders quickly began to cut into the deficit and Mexico led at the half by only 1 point.
Fulton stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring Mexico by 9 points and then put the game out of reach in the fourth by outscoring Mexico by another 12 points.
Mexico was led by Kendra Harter with 14 points, followed by Sabrina Adams and Baily Wills with 8 points each, Amylyn Holland had 7 and Shelby Buffham and Emily Blunt combined to score 8 points.
Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Following Hansen was Sydney Gilmore with 17 points, Michaela Whiteman with 12 and Mallory Clark added 5.
In a tight game with CBA, the Lady Raiders were trailing by 8 in the first quarter, but then stayed with CBA in the second, with both teams scoring 10 points.
CBA had a 28-20 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, both teams again scored 10 points as Christian Brothers Academy maintained its 8-point advantage. Christian Brothers Academy capped off a solid effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 3 points to come away with a 47-36 win.
The Lady Raiders were led by Nicole Hansen with 10 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore with 9 and Mallory Clark scored 7.
In the regular season finale, ESM jumped out to a 9-point lead over Fulton in the first quarter and then poured on 12 more points to have a 28-7 halftime lead.
Fulton proved to be more competitive during the second half, outscoring ESM in the third to cut into the Spartans lead. They outscored East Syracuse-Minoa during the third and fourth quarters to cut into its lead, but the Lady Raiders could not erase the entire lead as ESM won by 14 points.
Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 18 points, followed by Mallory Clark with 8, Michaela Whiteman with 7 and Sydney Gilmore added 3 points.
In the playoff game against Homer, Fulton built an early lead of 5 point in the first quarter.
But Homer wasted little time battling back. They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points but still trailed at halftime, 18-17.
Fulton added to its lead following a competitive third quarter, outscoring Homer to push its lead to 2 points.
The Lady Raiders made the plays they needed down the stretch to secure the win. Fulton outscored Homer by 2 points during the fourth quarter to come away with a 37-33 win.
The Lady Raiders were led by Sydney Gilmore and Michaela Whiteman with 8 points each. Following Gilmore and Whiteman were Mallory Clark and Courtney Parker with 6 points each. Nicole Hansen added 5 points and Hunter Hartranft chipped in 4 points.