E-K, Canton Girls Open Division Title Defenses
BY DAVE SHEA
The Edwards-Knox Girls Basketball team opened its NAC West title defense on Thursday with minimal depth. But the Cougars (1-1) faced no shortage of effort in securing a quality 45-40 win over Hermon-DeKalb (1-2) which slipped to 0-2 in division play.
Over in the Central Division Canton opened its title defense with a 58-46 win over Massena.
"We only went six deep tonight but we played well and bounced back from a loss to Massena where we got in foul trouble. We played good defense tonight and Lucy Frary had a great fourth quarter scoring 11 points from all over," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor after E-K outscored H-D 17-12 in the final quarter.
"It is always a fun game when we play Hermon-DeKalb. The girls all know each other and it is always fun to coach against Jake Rowley."
Lucy Frary used an 11-point fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 19 points and Abby Hart netted 17 points for E-K which survived a 6-18 night at the foul line. Hailey and DaKota Matthews added five and four points.
Hilary Jones and Hailee Bouchey each scored 12 points for H-D and Emery McQuade netted eight. Other scoring came from: Jordyn Whitton (3), Audra Tehonica (2), Bella Marcellus (2), Bri Grant (1).
Canton 58 - Massena 46: The Golden Bears took control with a 30-10 halftime lead sparked offensively by a 23-point effort from Katie Chisholm who buried four three pointers and Sarah Sieminski who buried three 3s in a 13 points.
Gretchen Warner won the opening tip-off and the Bears were off and running. With many fast break points and points off turnovers.
The second half was a different story, Massena came out of the half playing tenacious defense and scoring on many of Canton’s turnovers. The Raiders went on a 11-0 scoring run to debunk Canton’s defense. Both teams contain tremendous speed however and Massena beat Canton down the floor many times in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter held back-and-forth scoring for the opponents, and ultimately Canton allowed Massena to score more points than they had hoped but finished with a 24-19 edge. Canton looks to continue to break the press with fast ball movement and strong ball handling, which they were successful in on Thursday. The team also hopes to execute plays better in the future and hold up their defensive mindset throughout the game. Sophomore Maddie Hoy tallied 11 points and a formidable presence in the paint in her varsity debut. Lexi Huiatt tallied six points followed by Gretchen Warner with three and Jill DiSalvo with two. Nova LeGrow and Tori Jacobs each scored 10 points to lead Massena. Shaylena Mandigo, Laylah Bingham and Hayleigh Armstrong each scored five points and Aryssa Hopps and Tfollowed with four.
NOTE: Kelsea Whittier contributed to this story.