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H-D Girls Rock Gym Finale With Second Quarter Run


DEKALB JUNCTION - On Wednesday night the Hermon-DeKalb Central Girls Basketball team was looking to send the school's gymnasium into history in a style befitting the legacy of the facility was has stood basically unchanged since the HDCS was dedicated in 1958.

But after one quarter the Demons trailed Morristown 7-6 in the the Section 10 Class D opening round game.

Then the flow and the pace of the game dramatically changed as the Lady Demons carried out the adjustments drawn up by coaches Jake Rowley Bob Bice into a run of 22 straight points in the second quarter. The Demons (11-10) were never headed as they rolled to a 55-26 victory and into a meeting with second seeded NAC West rival Heuvelton (19-1) at 2:45 p.m. . on Sunday in the second of the four Class D A-Rama games at SUNY Canton.

Also advancing on Wednesday were: Colton-Pierrepont which pulled away from Lisbon 41-28 and St. Regis Falls which bested Tupper Lake 50-8.

Sunday's schedule will see (#6) St. Regis Falls meeting (#3) Chateaugay at 1 p.m., (#7) Hermon-DeKalb vs (#2) Heuvelton at 2:45 p.m., (#5) Harrisville at (#4) Edwards-Knox 6 p.m. and (#8) Colton-Pierrepont facing (#1) Hammond 7:45 p.m.

In the Class B 4-5 seed game Potsdam downed Salmon River 46-22.

H-D 55 - Morristown 26: Forward Audri Tehonica and guard Hillary Jones each scored 10 points in the Green Demons' transition filled second quarter run which produced a 25-3 advantage and a 31-10 halftime lead.

"Things went our way in the first quarter but when they got out running in the second quarter we just ran out of gas. They have good depth and we just couldn't match up. We had some good practices leading up to the game but no matter what you do, you have to put the ball in the basket. We didn't hit shots when we needed to" said MCS Coach Stan Piercey.

"We have everyone back. We are going to get some off season things together and see where it leads. We have good potential."

The Demons followed with an 18-11 advantage in the third quarter and reserves of both teams received extended playing time in the fourth quarter.

"Morristown was playing extremely hard like they always do and we had to make adjustments in the second quarter. We made changes on offense and defense and the girls carried them out very well. Morristown played very hard and that is all a coach can ask" said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.

"Audri Tehonica and Haile Bouchey worked together well inside and Emery McQuade did a very nice job passing the ball. Emery has developed a good understanding of the game and I think Audra Tehonica had her best game of the season. Now we go back to work to prepare for Heuvelton."

Tehonica finished with 18 points and Jones finished with 15 for the Demons and Jordyn Whitton and Haile Bouchey each tallied six. Hannah Gollinger (5), Rylie Grant and McQuade each added two to round out the scoring.

Hailey Ward accounted for much of Morristown's perimeter scoring with 10 points. Rylie Showers tallied five points and Carly Piercey added four. Emma Showers scored three and Kassidy Sullivan and Emilie Gagnon each added two for MCS (4-17).

C-P 41 - Lisbon 28: The Colts (10-22) broke away from a 22-20 lead with a 19-8 fourth quarter run to end Lisbon's season at 6-14.

"We played good defense and we were able to hit some shots in the second half," said C-P Coach Bill Reed.

Izzy Vacarro went 6-6 from the free throw line leading the Colts finishing run where Alex Cuthbert and Amber Erwin each scored four points. Erwin finished with 12 points and five rebounds and Alexis Cuthbert tallied 11 points with four steals, four rebounds and a block. Vacarro (4 rebounds) and Emma Clemo (4 rebounds, 3 steals) each tallied eight points.

Landree Chamberlain scored two points with four steals and three rebounds and Kianna Hogle added five rebounds and two steals.

Alexa McKee went 10-10 from the free throw line scoring 12 points for Lisbon with six rebounds and four steals and Olivia McLear grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds while scoring four points. Erika Snyder (2 steals) and Marissa Robinson also scored four points, Kallie Wood buried a 3-pointer and Abby Flack scored one point and grabbled five rebounds.

Karli Thompson contributed five rebounds and two blocks to the effort.


Construction will begin on renovations to the Hermon-DeKalb Gymnasium Complex on April 1 as part of a major capital construction project at the school. The new gym complex is scheduled to open in November.

The current complex with a major gym and an auxiliary gym will be replaced by an expanded game gym and two side gyms. Seating capacity at the gym will be increased from 400 to 600.

The new gym will allow for two courts as large as the main gym is now. It will also allow for a combined space to have large contests and activities as well.

A ceiling-to-floor fabric/mesh curtain will be used to separate the two courts allowing practice or games in two gyms that are equal to the size of our current main gym.

H-D Coaches Jake Rowley and Bob Bice and the Lady Demons celebrate the final seconds of a victory in the final seconds of the last game played at the present H-D gym on Wednesday.

Morristown's Emma Showers defends against H-D's Ellie McQuade in Wednesday's Class D opening round game.

The H-D Lady Demons around the center court logo before Wednesday's final game on the present H-D Gym.

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