Devils Roll On; Bulldogs Turn Back MCS
Updated: Feb 16, 2020
Friday's NAC West Girls Basketball action was filled with mixed emotions as Hammond gained a 61-25 nonleague win over Hermon-DeKalb at SUNY Canton and Heuvelton overcame a strong effort by Morristown 49-38.
In one NAC East game Norwood-Norfolk (12-2, 13-6) bested St. Regis Falls (7-7, 9-9) 58-26.
Hammond, which clinched sole control of the NAC West title on Thursday, finished the season at 18-1 and on a 18-game winning streak while H-D's regular season leveled at 10-10.
Heuvelton finished at 10-2 in the NAC West and 15-6 overall completing its bid to earn a high Class D seed.
Morristown finished at 0-12 and 4-16 but earned the right to enter the postseason on an uptempo note said Coach Stan Piercey.
"We had a great effort tonight. We led 29-28 after three quarters and we were still within three points in the final three minutes. The girls worked hard and we ran our offense well and hit shots," said Coach Piercey.
Hammond 61 - H-D 25: Avery Kenyon's 28-point effort led the Devils who bolted away to a 23-6 first quarter lead. Kelsey Bennet and Kylie Vaugh combined for 12 and six points. Sadie Sprabary scored five followed by call-ups from the Red Devils JVs who shared the NAC West title at 11-1 with Heuvelton.
In their first varsity action Hailey Manning and Zoey Cunningham buried 3-pointers and Landree Kenyon added a field goal.
"It has been a long week for the girls. We are D-West champs at 11-1. Regular season ended 18-1. So now we prepare," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
H-D was led by the trio of Haile Bouchey with eight points, Emery McQuade with seven points and Bri Grant with six points. Jordyn Whitton and Audra Tehonica each added two points.
Heuvelton 49 - Morristown 38: The Bulldogs prevailed with a 21-9 fourth quarter run capped by 8-12 free throw shooting in the final three minutes when the Rockets were forced to foul to extend the game. Bella Doyle (5 rebounds, 3 assists) tallied five free throws in the final minute and finished with 11 points while Rayna Cameron tallied a game-high 16 points. The duo combined to make 7-8 foul shots in the fourth quarter.
"We are struggling, third game in a row where we have had no intensity. Morristown played great," said Coach Rob Powers who gave four members of the HCS 11-1 NAC West Co-Championship JV team (with Hammond) their first varsity experience.
Grace Mills scored six points with five rebounds and three assists, Dakota Mouthorp scored five points, Kaitlyn Sibley added four, Molly Williams contributed three points and three rebounds and Trista Ashley and Lara Martin (4 rebounds) each chipped in two points. Dakota West provided four rebounds.
Emma Showers and Carly Piercey scored 10 and eight points to spark the Green Rockets' efforts and Emilie Gagnon and Kassidy Sullivan each scored six points. Hailey Ward and Rylie Showers each added four points.
"We played well against one of the top Class D teams which something to build on as we prepare for the playoffs," said MCS Coach Stan Piercey.
Carly Piercey had a nice game for us. She played really tough defense against Bella Doyle and scored eight points."