Pal-Mac girls basketball team prepares to defend Sectional Championship crown



The Palmyra-Macedon girls varsity basketball team is getting ready for postseason play, which includes a shot at repeating as Section Five Class B1 Champions.



Pulling off back-to-back titles would be quite the accomplishment, but right now, head coach Dan Harris says the team is focused on its first opponent: The Aquinas Institute Little Irish.


Pal Mac (11-9) played Aquinas twice this season, splitting the  series with a win and a loss, the latter of which happened less than a month ago (AQ won 46-37 at home on Jan.29)  


Coach Harris says there is a benefit to facing a familiar opponent, though he added the Lady Red Raiders have changed since that game.


Aided by seniors Tatum Smyth and Ryley Trail, Harris told us the team adjusted its style from a half-court team early on to become a faster-paced team as the season went on.


"Every day the kids have really shown up at the locker room and I think that contributes to where we're really going, "  Harris said. "We're peaking at the right time."


Adjustments have been the name of the game for the Red Raiders as they had to replace three seniors from the championship squad. This includes two -first team all-league players.


Additionally, Class B1 has undergone a bit of a makeover with the addition of some new teams including current #1 overall seed Waterloo (20-0) which won the Class B2 championship last season.


This year, Pal-Mac's 11-9 record was good for a first-round bye and the fourth-overall seed in the tournament, though Harris says his team's record doesn't exactly show the whole story.


"It's one game, with high school sports it's one game and on any given night we'd be hard-pressed, if we have a bad night, to beat anybody, but if we have a good night, to to get beat. Harris said. "I think we're going to be a tough out for anybody,"


Harris said the team is excited to compete in front of the home crowd, adding the support from the community is recognizable. 


Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5

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