Hammond, E-K, Bulldog Bands Girls Advance
BY DAVE SHEA
AND STEVE HEATON
NAC West rivals Hammond and Edwards-Knox earned the right to meet for a third tikme this season posting Section 10 Class D Quarter-Final victories in different fashions on Saturday at SUNY Canton. Hammond rolled past Colton-Pierrepont 76-18 while E-K controlled the second half to answer a stern challenge by Harrisville 67-50.
The third meeting of the highly successful programs will be a definite charm for the winner.
Top seeded Hammond, which was led by a 30-point outing by Avery Kenyon which carried the explosive junior past the 1000 career points mark, and fourth seeded E-K will meet in the Section 10 Class D1 Championship game on Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Potsdam High while second seeded Heuvelton and third seeded Chateaugay will stage a Battle of the Bulldogs in the Class D2 finals at 6 p.m.
Both Bulldog teams used second half runs to prevail on Saturday.
Heuvelton closed the third quarter on a 14-2 run and extended it to 17-2 in the fourth to gain a 51-37 come-from-behind win over neighboring rival Hermon-DeKalb. Chateaugay pulled away from Franklin County neighbor St. Regis Falls 39-28.
Hammond 76 - Colton-Pierrepont 18: Hammond's full court press produced three steals in the first two minutes of the game and the Devils used a different stages of their defense to hold the Colts' scoreless in the first half. Avery Kenyon buried three 3-pointers and tallied 11 of her 30-points in the first quarter to lead the Devils. She converted a floating drive to the goal to reach 1000 career points and join teammate Kelsey Bennett who reached the grand milestone earlier this season.
Kyle Vaugh tallied 12 points, JV call-up Landree Kenyon scored Seven of her nine points in the second quarter and Bennett finished with eight after scoring seven points in the first quarter of the contest where Coach Shawn Dack rotated his personell freely starting in the second quarter.
Alyvia Crosby and Sadey Sprabary added three and four points.
"I thought we came out ran floor well. Contained Defense well. Still need work owning the glass but we will never grab every rebound. But we need to try to. Girls responded well tonight," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack after his Devils posted their 20th straight win.
"That puts us with EK again. Who outplayed us at Hammond and we were fortunate to win. So I need to do a Better job this time around."
Alexis Cuthbert buried two jump shots, one a 3-pointer, and scored off a steal leading C-P with seven points and Kiana Hogle scored six points in the third quarter. Izzy Vacarro tallied three and Jayleigh Jacot added one.
"Hammond is an outstanding team. They do everything right," said C-P Coach Bill Reed.
Harrisville 67 - E-K 50: The roller coaster flow of the game saw E-K taking a 15-6 first quarter lead, Harrisville answeing with a 22-10 run in the second quarter, E-K responding with a pivotal 19-7 surge in the third and then outscored the Pirates 23 to 15 in the fourth quarter where exchange students on both team were able to score.
E-K's third quarter saw Rachel Vachez scored seven points with a 3 and Hailey Matthews net two 3's in an eight-point burst as the Cougars' solved a triangle and two defense by the Pirates which was very effective in the second quarter.
"In the second half we had to play better defense and attack their triangle and two. Rachel Vachez and Hailey Matthews stepped up and hit key shots. That was great to see," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.
"We play Hammond now so we definitely have to play at our best. Having the exchange students on both teams score tonight was really nice."
Abby Hart and Lucy Frary both produced double-doubles leading E-K. Hart delivered 10 points and 10 assists and Frary buried four 3s in a 25-point, 10-rebound, 3 steal effort. Matthews and Vachez followed with 12 and seven points and Dekoda Matthews (6 rebounds) and Pel Kara each added two.
Torie Moore and Hannah LaPlatney each scored 12 points for Harrisville and Harlie Moore followed with nine. Harlie (7) and Torie Moore (6) combined for 13 points in the second quarter. Megan Mackinson tallied seven points followed by Bayleigh Spencer with four and Chloe Benson, Amy Manchester and Ting Chen with two.
"They had some people who we weren't concentrating on hit some big shots for them and we got hurt by turnovers in our halfcourt offense in the second half," said Harrisville Coach Steve Roberts.
"We were competitive today which was good."
Heuvelton 51, Hermon-DeKalb 37: Heuvelton's Rayna Cameron fired in a 3-pointer with 2:49 left in the third quarter to give Heuvelton a 31-29 lead and Dakota Mouthorp's three with 6:02 left in the fourth created 41-31 margin which the Demons couldn't recover from. "Hermon-DeKalb came out ready to play today," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers. "Haile Bouchey was extremely tough down low for them and we tried to emulate her size in practice but we just couldn't to do that early. In the third quarter, we kind of got going a bit and started to play better. Its just tough to play a team four times in one season and have success every game," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"But I felt our JV call ups did a great job getting us over the hump in the second half especially late in the third and in the fourth quarter. But we have to play a lot more consistently next game." After a slow start, Bella Doyle finished with 10 of her team high 14 points in the second half to go with eight boards. Mouthorp tossed in 11 points including two three's while Cameron scored all 10 of her points in the second half. JV call up Kathryn Cunningham chipped in seven points while Lara Martin (four), Kaitlyn Sibley (two) and JV call-up Alison Trathen (three) rounded out the scoring. Bouchey paced the Demons scoring seven of her 17 points in the third quarter to go with eight boards and four steals. Emery McQuade hit two three's in a 10 point performance. Jordyn Whitton (five), Hanna Gollinger (three) and Audrianna Tehonica (two) rounded out the Demon offensive effort. Tehonica also grabbed eight boards. "I was happy with our effort tonight, We played Heuvelton tough again in the playoffs and made some great strides this season. They just made some second half adjustments and we got cold offensively for a bit. Haile (Bouchey) just had an awesome game tonight to close out her senior campaign. I just can't thank the seniors this season for their hard work." said H-D Coach Jacob Rowley. Chateaugay 39, St. Regis Falls 28: Chloe Champagne I(6 steals) scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter including two three's where the Bulldogs broke free from a 21-20 lead. She also had six steals. Anna Bleakley finished with six steals and seven points while Grace Jarvis posted all five of her points in the fourth quarter and posted five boards. Kaitlyn Morgan also scored five points. Kitty Arcadi posted nine points and 12 rebounds for St. Regis Falls. Leah Walker added eight points while Rhea Work chipped in seven points and eight boards.
SECTION 10 GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK
MONDAY: Class A Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#1) Malone vs. (#2) Massena 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY: X Class D Semifinals - at Potsdam HS (#3) Chateaugay vs.(#2) Heuvelton a 6 p.m., (#3) Edwards-Knox vs.(#1) Hammond 7:45 p.m, THURSDAY Class B Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#2) OAF vs. (#1) Canton at p.m. FRIDAY, Class C Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#1) Madrid-Waddington . vs. (#3) St. Lawrence Ctl at 6 p.m. SATURDAY: Overall Class D Championship - SUNY Potsdam Semifinal Winners play at 1 p.m.