Cameron Emerges As Brady Tourney MVP
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central senior guard Rayna Cameron came of age on the basketball court playing as a freshman understudy to the leaders of the Lady Bulldogs' third straight New York State Class D Championship.
On Saturday she smoothly moved toward a place among the elite of Heuvelton Girls Basketball earning Most Valuable Player honors as Coach Rob Powers Lady Bulldogs repeated as champions in the 18th annual Cindy Brady Memorial Basketball Tournament with a 55-34 win over Hermon-DeKalb. Cameron buried four 3-pointers for the second game in a row and scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in first half with seven in a 21-9 first quarter lead where HCS scored the first 11 points of the game.
"Rayna is the last link to our state championships. She played as a freshman and she put it all together in the tournament. She did everything well and came through with big shots," said Coach Powers.
"We played very well as a team. Bella Doyle had two excellent games and her passing over the defense was a big key to our offensive sets. And Kaitlyn Sibley had a tremendous tournament. She scored well and teamed with Lara Martin to box out Haile Bouchey who has a great touch around the basket."
Doyle finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists and earned an All-tournament berth along with Grace Mills who was a model of do-it-all efficiency with nine points, three steals, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sibley scored seven points and received the Tournament's Sportsmanship Award.
Haile Bouchey and guard Hillary Jones led H-D with nine and eight points and received All-Tournament Awards.
"Hermon-DeKalb is coming along well as a team but we defended them well. We extended our halfcourt trap and that helped us get turnovers in our fast start and then dropped back," said Powers.
"And Dakota Mouthorp gave us instant offense off the bench again."
Mouthorp tallied a high-energy four points and Trista Ashley and Lara Martin rounded out the winning offense with two apiece.
Other H-D (3-4) scorers were: Jordyn Whitton (4), Audra Tehonica (2), Bri Grant (2), Emery McQuaid (2), Matti Brabaw (3) and Bella Marcellus (4) who turned in a strong rebounding effort.
"Heuvelton is a very good team and well coached. They did exactly what they were supposed to do," said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.
"We got off to a slow start but we never stopped working and doing good things. Now we have to get ready for a game with Lisbon on Jan. 2."
Lisbon used a strong finish to shade Colton-Pierrepont 39-35 in the consolation game.
Lisbon 39 - C-P 35: Lisbon (4-3) spent of most of the consolation game playing from behind against Colton-Pierrepont (3-6). But the Golden Knights picked a perfect time for their best offensive sequence of the game scoring nine straight points in the final three minutes to gain their third win in their last four games.
The Knights erased a 33-30 deficit as Alex McKee scored on a drive and sank three free throws, Brooke Meashaw buried a baseline jumper and a free throw and Abby Flack netted a free throw after an offensive rebound for a 39-33 lead. C-P's Kiana Hogle converted a putback to close out the scoring.
"Billy (C-P Coach Bill Reed) is a good coach and they did a good job against Alexa McKee. But once again other people stepped up for us," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus.
"It was a good win."
McKee (4 steals) scored a game-high 15 points for Lisbon and Abby Flack delivered seven points and seven rebounds. Brooke Measheaw scored three points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 steals. Calee Wood scored five of Lisbon's eight points in the first quarter and Erika Snyder also scored three points,
Kiana Hogle, a seventh grader making her first varsity start, led C-P with 10 points and Alexis Cuthbert followed with seven. Other scoring came from: Landree Chamberlain (4), Emma Clemmo (2), Amber Erwin (2), Isabelle Vaccaro (3), Matty Lovely (3) and Callie Richards (4).
Alexa McKee and Abby Flack of the Knights and Alexus Cuthbert and Matty Lovely of the Colts earned All-Tournament selection.
"We just didn't have the intensity that we had last night and you have to redit Lisbon. They hit the shots they needed at the end of the game," said C-P Coach Bill Reed.
BULLDOGS WIN JV TITLE
Ever since she was a youngster Ali Trathen has been passing out awards at the Cindy Brady Memorial Tournament which honors the memory of her aunt. She did again as the 18th edition of the tournament climaxed with the Heuvelton Varsity repeating as champions.
Trathen, a skilled freshman lead guard, also received a major award being honored as the Most Valuable Player after the Lady Bulldogs gained a repeat JV championship in a 47-25 victory over Hermon-DeKalb.
Trathen scored nine points with seven in the first quarter and grabbed five rebounds setting the tempo for Coach Austin Weakfall's team which was very consistent at both ends of the floor. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Rylin McAllister who scored 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Shylnn Dixon who was strong to the ball and the boards at both ends of the floor.
Marva Ford (3 points) received the tournament's Sportsmanship Award and H-D's All-Tournament selections were: Hanna Gollinger (2 points) and Riley Hale who led the Demons in scoring with 10 points.
Katie Cunningham tallied a 12-point, 10 steal double-double with three steals and Lily Spooner tallied nine points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals for Heuvelton. Ellie McQuade scored seven points for H-D with Olivia Sharpe and Maddy Wainwright adding four and Aaliylah O'Donnell chipping in one.
In the JV consolation game Colton-Pierrepont opened a 35-23 lead and then held off a fierce Lisbon rally to secure a 39-37 win. All-Tournament selection Natalie Butterfield scored nine points to lead the Colts and Riley Cole followed with eight. Amanda Woods netted six and All-Tournament selection Malia Hogle netted five points and passed the ball very well. Taylor Smithers also scored five points and Skyler Crocie chipped in four.
Lisbon's All-Tournament selections were: Rachel LaRock who scored 14 points with eight rebounds and five steals and Gabby Taylor who scored six points. Gabby Smith scored three points, Riley Beldock delivered eight points and six rebounds, Eliza McLear snatched 10 steals while scoring three points and Madison Parker and Caleigh Smith each added two points.
MASSENA, MALONE WIN
In other NAC Girls Basketball action Massena downed St. Lawrence Central 55 in Central Divison action and in nonleague games Malone downed Beekmantown 45-22 and Harrisville fell to Thousand Islands 55-34.