H-D, Potsdam To Play For Tourney Title
The host Demons and Potsdam will play for the championship of the Hermon-DeKalb Girls Basketball Tournament today at 2 p.m. after taking different routes to the championship game on Friday night.
H-D (6-6) cruised to a 68-28 win over Parishville-Hopkinton after jumping out to a 22-2 first quarter lead. Potsdam advanced after taking a a 24-8 halftime lead and weathering a comeback by Morristown.
Morristown and H-D will meet for the JV title at 11 a.m. today followed by the varsity consolation game at 12:30 p.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.
In other NAC Girls Basketball games Friday Norwood-Norfolk shaded Chateaugay 31-30 and Brushton-Moira edged St. Regis Falls 36-34 in the NAC East and Harrisville shaded Beaver River 39-27 in overtime in a nonleague game.
H-D 68 - P-H 28: Haile Bouchey anchored the interior scoring with 18 points and Bri Grant and Maddie Brabaw led the way from the outside. Grant hit four three-pointers in a 12-point effort and Brabaw netted three trifectas scoring nine points.
Emery McQuade also tallied nine points in a strong showing by the H-D bench according to Coach Jake Rowley. Jordyn Whitton tallied seven points
"Kali Hernandez, Emery McQuade and Maddy Brabaw all played very well off the bench and Haile Bouchey was very strong inside," said Coach Rawley.
"The girls played very well together as a team and to me that is the most important thing."
The team-oriented offense featured scoring from 10 players and the complementary scoring included: Hailey Gollinger (2), Jordyn Whitton (2), Audra Tehonica (2), Kali Hernandez (5) and Bella Marcellus (2). Autumn MacWilliams scored 11 points leading P-H (1-10) and Kelly Bloom delivered nine.
Potsdam 36 - Morristown 25: Julia Basford scored 17 points in the low blocks and Sierra Cummings tallied seven points at the point sparking the Sandstoners (2-9). Hailey Ward tallied 12 points leading Morristown which gained a 17-12 advantage in the second half.
"We started in man-to-man and Carly Piercey did a nice job against their top shooting guard but we couldn't contain the Basford girl inside," said Morristown Coach Stan Piercey.
"We pressed in the second half and were able to get stops but we just didn't convert well inside. We got within seven points but then we missed a lot of easy shots. We have to work on finishing and avoiding slow starts."
Shawna Cummings and Katie Davis each scored four points for Potsdam and Wynter Langlois added two. Emma Showers and Kassidy Sullivan each scored four points for Morristown, Rileigh Showers and Emilie Gagnon each added two and Carly Piercey chipped in with one.
N-N 31 - Chateaugay 30: KJ Belmore and Kelly Kellison scored 11 and nine points as N-N regrouped after falling behind 12-6 to shade Chateaugay. Anna Bleakley lead Chateaugay with 12 points, Adrienne Secour scored eight, Cammie Champagne added four and Chloe Champagne netted five points and six steals. Julia Gordon grabbed 10 rebounds.