The Canton Girls Basketball team won their second straight game at home on Thursday, defeating Malone 56-47. The Huskies started off slow with only four points in the first quarter. In the third quarter, the Huskies put up 20 points and controlled the game. Canton’s Sarah Sieminski started off the scoring with a three-pointer to open the game and she continued to lead the team to victory with 17 points overall.
Canton hoped to play stronger defense and the first half showed promising results. The second half mirrored the play of their previous game against Massena. Canton fell back on defense and allowed the Huskies to make a comeback coming within two points of a tie. Despite this poor defense, Katie Chisholm started the fourth quarter with two three-pointers and this momentum helped the team open the lead to 11 and close out the game.
Scoring for the Bears behind Sieminski was Chisholm and Lexi Huiatt each with 10 points. Gretchen Warner and Maddie Hoy each contributed six points. Canton’s offense was shaky at times with the team scrambling to take shots as the shot clocked ran out many times. The team hopes to improve on this as they will continue to face teams that will play a man-to-man defense similar to Malone. Canton also hopes to hold up on defense throughout the game and allow their opponents to score less. Canton also found itself struggling with fouls and had five players with two or more fouls. This is another area for improvement for the team. Although Canton continues to implement a more aggressive and risk-taking defense, they cannot resort to fouling.
Canton plays again on Saturday against Saranac in the SUNY Canton Roo’s House. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Go Bears!