Dundee scores comeback 48-45 win over Letchworth to play for Section V crown Saturday

Gary Pinneo
The Dundee Scots posed with Coach Tom Pratt (left) after their quarter-final win Feb. 28 in Dundee. That win over Canisteo-Greenwood set them up for the semi-final game against Letchworth Wednesday night.

The Dundee Scots girl's basketball team will play for a Section V Class C2 title Saturday afternoon in Rochester. The Scots earned the trip to the title game by defeating #4 Letchworth 48-45 at HF-L High School Wednesday evening. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but once again, the ever persistent Mother Nature had her say, negating those plans.

The game of basketball at the high school level is played for 32 minutes, four quarters of 8 minutes. Fortunately for Dundee, the game isn't played in just 24 minutes. For three quarters of this game, it looked like the underdog Indians from Letchworth were intent on derailing the Dundee roundball express. A combination of poor shooting and turnovers put the Scots in an unfamiliar setting. They trailed by as many as 10 points during this time, and found themselves on the short end — 33-26 after three quarters. They looked sluggish and out of sync. But like all championship teams, the once sluggish Scots came to life in the final 8 minute stanza.

Dundee's outstanding scorer, Megan Howell, loaded the team on her back and led the way on the comeback trail. She was held to just 3 points going into the final quarter, but exploded for 10 big points to spark the comeback win. Megan's field goal with just under 5 minutes left gave Dundee their first lead (34-33) since the very early minutes of the game. Megan's sister, Brooke Howell, also made her presence known. She scored 9 points in the second half and pulled down some big rebounds. Also for Dundee, Elayna Eldridge knocked down two huge buckets early in the final quarter to get the Scots rolling. Like all good team do, Dundee turned up their level of play a notch when they needed to — a level that would pull out another key win and send them to the title game.

Brooke Howell was Dundee's top scorer with 14 points. Megan Howell tallied 13 points while Demi Battin added 11. The huge, come from behind win delighted the big crowd of Dundee supporters who made the trip to HF-L. Coach Tom Pratt's Dundee Scots and their faithful fans will now look forward to Saturday afternoon. The #1 seed Scots will play #2 Cal-Mum for the Section V Class C2 crown. The game will be played at Rush-Henrietta High School. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.