SKANEATELES — Facing the defending Class B state champion, the Lakers needed to come up with a perfect game.
While Skaneateles boys basketball did some good things, it wasn't enough to top Westhill.
The Lakers dropped a 68-49 contest to the Warriors Thursday at Skaneateles High School, felled mainly in the third quarter as Westhill racked up 22 points. Skaneateles trailed by 10 at halftime but couldn't match the Warriors offensively.
"We had a few key things defensively that we wanted to get done and a few things offensively," Skaneateles coach Karl Norris said." When we executed those things, we did really well. I'm proud of the guys for that. We just needed to do it more consistently to hang with them.
"Jeez, if (Westhill) gets an open look at it they knock it down. They've got three guys where if you leave them open they're going to knock it down."
Kenny Peterson was the Lakers' leading scorer with 12 points while Tommy Reed and Jack Canty both finished with 10 points apiece.
Sean Dadey recorded 25 points for Westhill.
Skaneateles hung with Westhill for most of the first half — the Lakers led by a point midway through the first quarter and, despite a scoring drought that plagued them for most of the second quarter, were only down by 10 at halftime.
The Warriors put the game away in the third quarter, knocking down five 3-pointers. Any time Westhill worked an open man with its quick passing, the shots seemed to fall through the hoop.
"It's a tall order defensively, but I thought if we could knock down a few more shots, been down by two or four points at half, they might've felt a little pressure," Norris said. "They came out well in the third."
Skaneateles converted some triples of its own in the final eight minutes, including two from Peterson, but it was a familiar lack of consistency that ultimately allowed Westhill to pull away.
"Consistency has kind of been the theme for us," Norris said. "We've had some inconsistency. We can do a lot of really good things but it's kind of a thin line for us. We're not a real big, physical team so those nights we're outmanned physically we have to do everything right. We've been competitive in just about every game."
With seven wins on the season, the Lakers need to pick up one more victory in their remaining five games to quality for sectionals. It will be a busy end of the season for Skaneateles, whose final five games take place in a 12-day span before the sectional seeding meeting on Feb. 12.
"We've had a tough schedule and played three Class A schools. We've got to get another win here," Norris said. "These guys are ready. We know what we've got to do. They'd just assume play every night. ... They're sick of hearing me in practice. It's been a good group of guys that's working hard for me and they're staying together."
The Lakers continue (7-8) a hectic conclusion to the regular season Friday against Solvay.