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Southern Cayuga's Lauren Sherman looks to make a pass against South Kortright during the Section IV, Class D semifinals at SUNY Oneonta Wednesday.

Jeremy Houghtaling, The Citizen

The Chiefs fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to the Bulldogs.

Top-seeded Delhi led by 11 after the first eight minutes and went on to top No. 2 Southern Cayuga, 52-39, in the in the Section IV, Class D girls basketball championship game at SUNY Oneonta Saturday.

While it was a disappointing end to the season, Chiefs coach Ed Heslop reminded his team it was an accomplishment to make it to the section finals.

“That’s what we tell them. There’s only two teams playing today. Everyone else is home,” Heslop said. “As the season progressed we got better and better and came together as a team.”

Lauren Sherman paced the Chiefs with 13 points. The junior added three assists, a rebound and a steal.

Aimee Kreydatus had 11 points and three boards, while Catie Kopp finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“They were all over Catie,” Heslop said. “They always had their quick guard on her and double-teaming her. That made it tough for her on the offensive side, but she was still able to pull down some rebounds and dish out some assists.”

The Bulldogs led 9-4 at the midway point of the first quarter and finished the first eight minutes with an 18-7 lead. Both teams netted six points in the second quarter, and Delhi held a 24-13 advantage at halftime.

“There were some turnovers and they’re quick,” Heslop said. “They made some shots and we missed some.”

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 41-24 heading into the fourth quarter. Southern Cayuga outscored Delhi 15-11 in the final eight minutes, but wasn’t able to close the gap on the scoreboard.

“We got them down to single digits but couldn’t get over the hump,” Heslop said.

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.