(Canton, N.Y.)- The SUNY Canton women’s basketball team dropped their home opener on Friday night losing to Albany College of Pharmacy 54-44 in the first round of the Kevin Fee / Roos Classic.
The tournament is held each year to honor former Ogdensburg police officer Kevin Fee, who was a tremendous supporter of youth sports throughout the North Country. Bard College beat Morrisville State College in the other first-round game 53-51.
The Roos evened their record at 1-1 and will face Bard on Saturday at 2 p.m. Albany and Morrisville play the first game at 12 noon.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket through the first 20 minutes despite getting open looks. The Roos opened a 7-2 lead through the first four minutes thanks to a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from senior Kaitlin Myers (Dannemora, N.Y.). The Panthers battled back and surged ahead 12-11 off a jumper from Kelsey Johnson with 8:36 remaining. Albany went ahead by six points, 19-13, late in the half but a pair of free throws from junior Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, N.Y.) trimmed the lead down to a four-point Panthers advantage at halftime.
Junior Joelle Percy (Black River, N.Y.) buried a 3-pointer to start the second half for SUNY Canton and two free throws from freshman Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) tied the game 21-21. Albany answered again with a 12-5 run that opened a 31-24 led. That advantage swelled to 36-24 with 11:15 left and Albany held the lead in double figures for most of the final 10 minutes. The Roos did cut the lead down to eight points after freshman Brianna Sayer (Hermon, N.Y.) dropped in two shots from the charity stripe, but the Panther’s Morgan Maye answered with two of her own to cap off the win.
Myers finished with her first double-double of the season with 16 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. Uhlein added eight points, three rebounds and three assists. Percy had six points, all from beyond the arc. Sayer scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds and Terrance ended the night with six points and seven boards.
Taylor Sullivan led Albany with 13 points and four rebounds and Johnson finished with 10 points and four assists.