3-Pt Shooting Powers Bulldogs; Devils, Demons Win
BY DAVE SHEA
LISBON - The Heuvelton-Lisbon sports rivalry routinely brings out the best in one and often both teams.
On Monday in the first of back-to-back Heuvelton Vs Lisbon Fight Against Cancer Games, the Lady Bulldogs locked in on the best three-point shooting night in Coach Rob Powers long tenure which includes three straight New York State Class D titles.
Rayna Cameron buried seven 3-pointers and the Bulldogs (8-1, 13-4) combined for 12 trifectas as a team in a 56-30 victory over Lisbon (3-6, 6-8) as HCS held its share of the NAC Division lead with Hammond (8-1, 12-1) which controlled Harrisville (2-5, 7-7) 83-34.
Lisbon will host Heuvelton tonight in boys action and all of the funds raised in the two nights which also included modified action will go directly to the Richard Winter Cancer Center in Ogdensburg.
"We thank everyone who comes to the games. Everyone in our communities has been affected by cancer," said Lisbon Central Athletic Director Erika Backus.
The other West Division game of the night saw Hermon-DeKalb (3-6, 9-7) sustain signs of a home stretch emergence with a 59-32 win over Morristown (0-8; 4-12).
Heuvelton 56 - Lisbon 32: Rayna Cameron buried five of her seven 3s in the first half of a 23-point performance for the Bulldogs who broke away from a tenacious Lisbon effort with a 30-12 second half scoring bulge.
"I believe it is," said Coach Powers in reference to Rayna Cameron's seven threes being the best in his association with Heuvelton Girls Basketball.
"I checked my scorebooks and 12 is the highest team total as well. We hit 11 a couple of times in 2016 with Natalie Barr, Paige McCormick, Madison McCormick and Alex Steele. We had several players out tonight with illness and injury and everyone just stepped up. Needless to say our bench was big once again."
Dakota Mouthorp buried three 3s in a 15-point effort and Bella Doyle struck from behind the arc twice showing her five-position skills with 14 points, 10 of 11 rebounds on the defensive boards, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Lara Martin added four points and three rebounds, Trista Ashley contributed three rebounds and three assists and Grace Mills provided four rebounds and three assists.
Competing to the max on every possession Alexa McKee paced Lisbon with 15 points and eight rebounds and Brooke Meashaw netted eight points with a pair of threes and three rebounds. Emma Hitchman (2), Erika Snyder (3) and Karli Thompson (1) rounded out the Knights' scoring.
"Heuvelton really shot the ball well tonight. We were doing our best to help inside and then get out and challenge but they just kept hitting their 3s," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus.
"Alexa McKee just competes so hard all of the time for us. We played hard but we just couldn't hit enough shots to help her out tonight."
Heuvelton also won the JV matchup in a 49-26 decision where Lily Spooner scored 11 points and Ali Trathen and Shylynn Dixon each scored eight points to lead a balanced winning offense. Katie Cunningham (7), Rylin McAllister (5), Cadence Durrant (4), Marva Ford (4) and Jailyn Lovely (2) rounded out the Bulldog scoring.
For Lisbon Jailyn Massia and Julia Rishe (5 rebounds) each scored five points followed by Gabby Taylor (4), Mikaela Buckley (4), Caleigh Smith (4), Eliza McClear (2) and Marissa Robinson (2, 5 rebounds). Riley Beldock led Lisbon with seven rebounds.
Hammond 83 - Harrisville 34: The Red Devils buried nine threes continuing their steamroller-like win streak powered by 22-point efforts from Kelsey Bennett who went 8-9 from the foul line and Avery Kenyon who was a perfect 8-8. Hailey Cunningham netted 14 points, Kylie Vaugh netted 13 and Sadie Spabarry added seven. Caitlin Cunningham and Jordyn Kloepping added three and two points.
Hannah LaPlatney, Torie Moore and Harlie Moore scored nine, 11 and eight points for Harrisville and Chloe Benson, Kia Moore and Ting Chen all added two.
H-D 59 - Morristown 32: A 40-point first half powered the Demons who continued to produce upgraded scoring efforts.
"Scoring the basketball was a problem earlier this season but in the last three games we are showing signs of putting it all together. And we have to keep it going against Lisbon Thursday. Our first game with them went right down to the wire and I expect it to be the same way," said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.
"Our bench was very big tonight led by Emery McQuade scoring 10 points and Audra Tehonica scoring eight. Emery has been attacking the basket well. She is very creative and can create her own shot."
Haile Bouchey scored a game-high 16 points in the low blocks and Hillary Jones went 5-6 from the foul line scoring nine points. Other scoring came from: Jordyn Whitton (2), Bri Grant (6), Kalie Hernandez (2) and Bella Marcellus (2).
Rylie Showers and Carly Piercey led the Morristown scoring with 10 and six points and Emma Showers dropped in five. Other Rockets points came from: Hailey Ward (4), Kassidy Sullivan (4) and Emilie Gagnon (3).