E-K Prevails In Thrilling Finish; H-D; M-W Ride Fast Start
BY DAVE SHEA
Edwards-Knox prevailed in the concluding seconds in the latest of a series of classic matchups with Hammond in Tuesday's NAC Girls Basketball action where Hermon-DeKalb and Madrid-Waddington rode fast finishes to victory.
E-K SHADES HAMMOND WITH FOURTH QUARTER SURGE
Edwards-Knox Coach Patty Mathews started the season with a seven player team dedicated to play strong defense.
On Tuesday night she dubbed the team the "Magnificent Seven" after the cast of an iconic Western movie for the courage they showed in overcoming adversity in a stirring comeback to record a fifth straight win and hand Hammond its first loss in 57-55 win.
The two NAC West and Section 10 Class D rivals will meet again on Friday at Hammond.
"For me it all starts with defense. I learned that from Missy West at camps and presentations. We only have seven players and two seniors but we all play good defense," said Coach Matthews after the Lady Cougars outscored Hammond 26-13 in the fourth quarter.
Lucy Frary scored 17 points in the quarter climaxing with an inside conversion in the closing seconds and E-K followed with a nerve-wracking defensive stop after Hammond missed two shots just before the final buzzer.
"Hammond had two shots before the buzzer and they had a chance," said Coach Mathews.
Frary buried two 3-pointers and went 4-4 from the foul line in the quarter and Lilly Lottie and Hailey Matthews also buried 3s.
"This was such a big win for the girls because they love to compete against Hammond because they have such a great program and Coach Shawn Dack always has his teams doing everything right right to the T. They really have a tough team," said Coach Matthews.
"Tonight we had so many frustrating turnovers because we would break their press and then turn the ball over as we moved on. In the fourth quarter we attacked the basket well and Lucy was just amazing."
Frary buried four 3s and when 7/8 from the foul line scoring 33 points and Hailey Matthews and DeKota Matthews each finished with seven. Sophie Vachez and and Lilly Lottie each finished with five points for E-K.
Hammond was led by senior standouts Avery Kenyon and Hailey Cunningham and emerging freshman Sadey Sprabary who combined for 22, 10 and 12 points. Kenyon struck for three 3-pointers in the contest where Caitlyn Cunningham tallied five points, Alyia Crosby netted four and Natalie Howie added two.
H-D SENIORS DUO SHINE IN FINAL HOME GAME
Senior games are always memorable but Hermon-DeKalb center Audri Tehonica and guard Emery Quade will never forget their final NAC game on the floor of the Green Demons' new gymnasium.
After being honored in a Senior Day ceremony, along with Hillary Jones and Bri Grant, Tehonica and McQuade combined for 23 and 20 points leading H-D to a 68-32 victory over Harrisville.
Tehonica showed an array of classic low post moves and skills as a starter, finisher and facilitator on the Demons' fast break approaching a triple-double with 23 points 12 rebounds and nine assists. She scored eight points in the first quarter where H-D scored the first nine points.
Jones netted 13 points with two 3s and Ellie McQuade netted 10 on strong drives for H-D.
Bri Grant rounded out the scoring with two.
"Audri Tehonica does everything well on offense and in our rotations on defense. I would have loved to see she could have done with a normal season," said H-D Coach Bob Bice.
"Emery McQuade really showed what she can do running the offense and scoring and as a team which had a nice game which we can follow up on against Harrisville Wednesday, Morristown again on Friday and Edwards-Knox on Saturday.
Kassidy Sullivan scored a season-high 13 points for Morristown which made a quick first quarter comeback after falling behind 9-0. Laurell Vinch and Carly Piercey followed with eight and six points. Kylie and Emilie O'Donnell each scored two points and Jessica Hoffman added one.
"We had a good game. We moved the ball and got good shots and the girls did a good job competing on the boards. But we couldn't stop their post player and we have to work harder and sprinting back on defense. H-D did a great job with their break and finished well."
MADRID-WADDINGTON RIDES FAST START
Emma Pumley provided Madrid-Waddington with a sniper spark in a 44-34 victory at Colton-Pierrepont. Plumley struck for two 3-pointers in a 17-point first quarter which sparked the Yellow Jackets to a decisive 22-7 lead. Plumley finished with 20 points and Grace Plumley and Hailey Marcellus followed with 10 and eight.
Lily LaMere and Laney Tiernan added four and two points.
Izzie Vacarro buried three 3s scoring 11 points and Kiana Hogle tallied nine for C-P which gained a 14-12 scoring margin in the second half. Alexus Cuthbert and Landree Chamberlain each scored five points and Jayleigh Jacot added four.