Defense Triggers H-D Run Past MCS; M-W Wins
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - Morristown put together a spirited first half comeback hosting Hermon-DeKalb in its Boys Basketball Senior Night on Monday.
After falling behind 7-0 and 13-7 in the first quarter the Green Rockets scored 19 points in the second, sparked by Tristan Simmons' eight points on transition finishes, and led briefly on a 3-pointer by Parker Stout before the Green Demons took a 27-26 halftime lead.
H-D erupted for 22 points in both the third and fourth quarters and pulled away behind Jay Carrow's 16 points on a series of follow-ups on the offensive boards complemented by assists on high post passes to a hard cutting Art Carr who scored 12 second half points. Carrow and Carr finished with 19 and 14 points and Jacob Coller buried three 3-pointers scoring 12 points.
According to H-D Coach Dylan Klock it all started with double teams and double downs on defense and protecting the ball on offense.
"These guys always believe that something good is going to happen and they went out and made it happen. We worked very hard at stopping them from driving to the basket and got out on the break," said Coach Klock.
"It was a good win for us and now we have to prepare to play them again."
Adam Lynch scored eight points in the win and Andrew Matthews added four.
"Their halftime adjustments were better than ours and now we have to keep working to to do what we do well and reduce mistakes" said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell who honored seniors Kade Marshall and Parker Stout before the game.
"Kade Marshall just keeps grinding it out on every possession and Parker Stout has become a great leader in locker room. He definitely one of the most improved players in the section this season. We are lucky to have these guys in Morristown." Marshall is the son of Ritchie and Kim Marshall and Stout is the son of Mike Stout, Erin Meyer and Cathy Gordecki.
Marshall and Stout scored nine and seven points in their final home game and juniors Aaron Woodcock with two second half 3-pointers and Tristen Simmons shared team honors with 14 points. Ethan Graveline tallied another nine points working inside.
MADRID-WADDINGTON RIDES CONSISTENT OFFENSE
Kyle Stoner buried a pair of 3-pointers scoring seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Drew Harmer tallied 11 as a steady presence inside and Jacob Morgan delivered a high-energy 10 points as Madrid-Waddington won the renewal of a NAC East rivalry, 57-48 over Colton-Pierrepont.
Other scoring efforts were: Caleb Froats with seven, Colby Beldock with four and Kaden Kingston, Donny Cordova and Sage Cordwell with two apiece.
"All of our players played a lot of minutes and all contributed. We still have our lulls where we have no energy and throw the ball away. However there are times when we bring energy on the defensive end and we take care of the ball so that we are effective," said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
"It is a work in progress."
Harlee Besio crafted a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double and Billy LaPierre and Noah Rousell each scored 12 points to lead C-P. Cody Francis and Theo Hughes added seven and three points.
EDWARDS-KNOX ANSWERS FAST HAMMOND START
Hammond put together a solid 15-11 first quarter lead but the visiting Cougars took control with a 19-2 second quarter run and were never headed.
Tyler Scott and Dylan Wood led the way with 19 and 13 points and Kale Harper buried two 3-pointers for six points. Mason White and Andrew Franklin each scored five points followed by: Davin Gauh with three, Kolby Barbarito with four and Jarred Lottie with two.
Lukas McQueer and Kameron Toland combined for four and two 3-pointers scoring 13 and eight points for Hammond and Logan Tate netted 10. Other scoring came from: Brandon LaRock with four, Matt Hodgdon with two, Logan Jones at four and Tanner Rosenbarker at two.
N-N BOYS WIN; HARRISVILLE SPLITS VS SACKETS HARBOR
Norwood-Norfolk gained an NAC Boys Basketball win over Parishville-Hopkinton 68-42 while Harrisville split in Boys and Girls action against Sacketts Harbor in a Lewis County-Jefferson County Crossover Game.
Noah Dominy and Ryan LaShomb combined for 19 and 18 points to lead N-N past P-H which was led by 14 points from Peyton Snell.
The Harrisville Boys fell to Sackets Harbor which received 31 points and 11 rebounds from Tyler Gervais. The Harrisville Girls prevailed 45-23.
ST. REGIS FALLS GIRLS CONTINUE FINE SEASON
The St. Regis Falls Girls continued to put together a fine season in Franklin County downing Brushton-Moira 34-26 with a 13-0 fourth quarter run.
Carly Walker went 5/5 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and went 7/9 in an 11-point night. Rhea Work and Emily Arcadi combined for 11 and 12 points and Abby Greguire and Olivia Wilson followed with six and five points.
B-M scoring came from Kya Phelan with 13 points, Teagan Phelan with four and Kenadee Hebert with two.