Canton Size, Talent Controls H-D; Bulldogs Trim M-W
Updated: Mar 11
BY DAVE SHEA
DEKALB JUNCTION - The Canton Girls Basketball team has made multiple trips to the Class B Final Four of the New York State in the current decade.
On Tuesday night the latest Lady Golden Bear edition made their debut controlling Hermon-DeKalb 76-21 with their athletic size and quickness and the organization in their fast break and halfcourt sets. H-D Coach Bob Bice came away feeling that Canton could definitely contend for regional success had COVID-19 not cancelled the state tournament.
"We just played one of the best Class B teams in the state. We work hard at attacking the basket but Canton has so much size and when we got the ball inside we couldn't get good shots. And they are quick," said Coach Bice after the contest where the Demons played without their leading scorer Hillary Jones.
"I am happy with the way we played and we worked hard."
H-D will visit Canton on Friday and they play Hammond, one of the state's best Class D teams, next week.
In other action involving NAC West teams Heuvelton shaded Madrid-Waddington 39-35, Colton-Pierrepont downed Lisbon 41-17 and Edwards-Knox downed Morristown 77-7.
Guard Lexi Huiatt provided a dynamic outing on the break and went 7/8 from the foul line scoring 21 points. Canton's 6-3 freshman Ava Hoy and Amelia Rodee each scored 16 and Emily Wentworth scored 10. Camryn Sipher netted two 3-pointers scoring eight points and Maddie Hoy added six points. Mattigan Porter netted two points and Hailee Duvall added one.
Ellie and Emery McQuade and Bri Grant all scored five points for H-D, Audri Tehonica tallied four and Rylie Hale added two.
"The girls ran our plays well and ran well. Our system is always the same and they really know it well," said Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo.
The JV game produced a dramatic finish with Canton gaining a 34-33 win on the strength of a Calie Klassen's second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 10 seconds to play. Klassen finished with 12 points and Hadley Alquire and Courtney Peters each netted eight.
Natalie Appel buried four 3s leading H-D (1-1) with 12 points. Aaliyah O'Donnell finished with eight and Jayla O'Donnell added six.
HEUVELTON SHADES M-W; E-K, C-P WIN
Katie Cunningham tallied 13 points with two steals and Bella Doyle went 4/5 from the free throw line scoring eight points and grabbed nine rebounds and three steals as Heuvelton overcame a game-high 20 points from M-W's Emma Plumley. The game continued a rivalry between the two teams over the years at M-W's Jessie Chamberlain Memorial Tournament.
Rylin McAllister, Dakota Northrup and Ali Trathen all scored five points for HCS and Dakota West added three points with four steals.
Lily LaMere scored five points for M-W, Hailey Marcellus netted four and Grace Plumley and Laney Tiernan each added three.
Lucy Frary scored 31 points and Hailey Matthew netted 16 to lead the Cougars (2-1) and Lilly Lottie and Decota Matthews each finished with 10. Kayleigh Allen added four points and Sophie Vachez chipped in two.
Jessica Hoffman, Kassidy Sullivan and Kylie O'Donnell all scored two points for Morristown and Laurel Vinch added one.
Kiana Hogle with 10 points, Landree Chamberlain with eight and Emma Clemmo and Isabelle Vaccarro with six apiece led C-P past Lisbon. Alexus Cuthbert with five and Malia Hogle with two rounded out the scoring. Mikaela Buckley led Lisbon with six points followed by Riley Buckley with four, Erika Snyder with three and Grace Smith and Marissa Robinson with two points apiece.