'Hard-fought' sectional semifinal ends Canandaigua's season; Pittsford Mendon to face Irondequoit in final

A young Canandaigua Academy girls basketball team reached the end of their 2016-17 season Monday, falling to top-ranked and undefeated Pittsford Mendon by a score of 50-34 in Section V Class A1 tournament play.

The Vikings led the Braves 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and built on their lead, outscoring Canandaigua in the second and third quarters to lead 38-19 going into the final chapter of what Canandaigua head coach Michael Brennan termed a "hard fought" sectional semifinal. A Braves fourth-quarter surge, outscoring Mendon by three points, was simply not enough to counter the Vikings' assault.

The loss gives Canandaigua an 11-11 record. It's a comeback from the early part of the season, which saw the Braves winless with four losses, and an improvement on last year's 7-13 finish — and particularly respectable considering the team lost three of its top four scorers from last season. The fourth, junior forward Rachel Simmons, contributed eight points toward the Braves' total Monday, though Canandaigua's top scorer was sophomore guard Taryn Kelly — whose 10 points included three 3-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter. Chipping in six points was sophomore Isabelle Ceddia.

With only three seniors on its roster this year, Canandaigua likely will enter next season with continuity, as well as experience — and hunger.

Pittsford Mendon had two players in double figures: senior co-captain and guard Sara Lyons with 15 points and sophomore forward Alana Fursman with 13. Junior guard Sarah Stark chipped in 7.

The Vikings (22-0) move on to the third round March 3 at Eastridge, where they'll face Irondequoit (15-7). The Eagles polished off Brighton on Monday, 45-40.