PLATTSBURGH — As time ticked away at the end of the third quarter, Argyle guard Eve Carmody found the ball in her hands on the left wing with a Moriah defender sagging off.
A sniper for the Scots all season, Carmody released a 3-point shot right before time expired. Standing in front of her own bench, Carmody watched as the shot dropped and Argyle coach Terry Chamberlain delivered a thunderous fist pump through the air.
The Scots ended the third quarter leading by five and had the momentum. But Carmody’s triple was the last moment of excitement Argyle experienced.
Moriah went on a 16-1 run in the game’s final eight minutes, capitalizing on six Scots turnovers to defeat Argyle 54-43 on Saturday in a Class D girls basketball regional final at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
“Eve’s shot was huge. Just huge,” Argyle coach Terry Chamberlain said. “We were still fighting and had a lead. Things were going our way but the wheels came off the bus at the end there.”
Not only could the Scots not hold on to the basketball, but they also had no answer for Vikings forward Madison Olcott.
Olcott scored her 1,000th career point in the first half and went on to score a game-high 34 points.
On two separate occasions, Olcott recorded five straight Moriah points on her own by scoring, then stealing Argyle’s ensuing inbound pass.
With posters celebrating her milestone in the stands, fans were going wild with each Olcott bucket. She was the best player on the floor and feeding off the energy of her hometown crowd.
After leading 21-16 at half, Moriah did not capture its first lead until Olcott completed a three-point play with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Olcott was not the only dominant big on the floor however.
Scots forward Sam Humiston exploited the Vikings’ smaller defenders when she could but faced constant double teams throughout the game.
“We were ready to give it our all in the last half,” Humiston said. “But Moriah has such an intense defense and it caught us off guard.”
Humiston, who averages nearly 15 points per game, scored a team-high 18 points, 12 of which game in the second half. Carmody finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers.
Argyle (19-5) graduates five seniors, including Carmody and Humiston. The Scots will also graduate Emily Tucker, Danielle Sill and Grace Lohret.
“I was so proud of them this season,” Chamberlain said of the graduating seniors. “They went out as champions. As Section II champions.”