Hammond Gains Well-Earned Rebound Victory
BY DAVE SHEA
HAMMOND - Hammond hosted Lewis County opponent Copenhagen in the Lady Devils Senior Night Girls Basketball game on Thursday. Seniors Avery Kenyon, Hailey Cunningham, Caitlynn Cunningham and Jordan Kloepping and several other members of the squad faced the challenge of bouncing back from a loss for the first time 16 months.
And they also faced the formidable challenge of engaging an outstanding Copenhagen team which featured two skilled inside players and excellent all around guard play. The Devils met both challenges to secure a 56-53 victory after Copenhagen rallied from a 10-point deficit to pull into a 53-53 tie with just over a minute to play.
Hammond lost its opening game of last season to Heuvelton and then ran the table to the New York State Quarter-Finals where the season was ended by the COVID-19 pandemic. In current abbreviated season the Red Devils won their first six games before losing to Edwards-Knox 57-55 on Tuesday.
The size of the Lions created definite problems for the Devils who countered with a 31-point effort by Avery Kenyon, 11 from Landree Kendall and eight from Sadey Sprabary who converted a three-point play and a smooth jump hook at crunch time.
Hammond secured the win with three big effort plays. An offensive rebound and a steal by Avery Kenyon who sank three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds and a steal by Hailey Cunningham with 2.8 seconds to play to seal the issue. Cunningham and Hailee Manning rounded out the Hammond total with four and two points.
Alison Best and Carrolli led Copenhagen with 16 and 14 points and Dalrymple netted 10. A. Smylka netted seven, Brooke Smylka tallied four and Megan Fitzpatrick added three.
"Our rebounding was not what it could be. But we did resolve some defensive problems in fourth quarter and that changed the momentum. Copenhagen is very experienced. This group has been together since day 1 in 8-9th grade. And they are an excellent team. I wish we could play them 10 more times," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
Hammond will host E-K tonight and complete its season against Heuvelton Monday.
HAMMOND SENIORS HONORED BY DISTRICT
The four Hammond seniors were honored before the game by the school district.
Avery Kenyon is the daughter of Cheryl and Richard Kenyon who has been a four-time All-NAC West selection and Co-MVP of the division. She reached 1000 career points as a junior. She is leaning toward attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall to study Early Childhood Education and continue her love of playing basketball.
Hailey Cunningham is the daughter of Erin and Tom Cunningham who has played four seasons of varsity basketball. She has participated in the Section 10 Leadership Conference and has been honored as an All-NAC West selection, received MVP and MIP Player Awards and has also received the Outstanding Sportsmanship award. She plans to attend college for Nursing in the fall.
Caitlyn Cunningham is the daughter of Heather and Chad Cunningham and has been playing basketball since third grade. She is a member of the National Honor Society, she is a Class Officer, a member of the Section 10 Leadership Conference and has received an Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. She is planning to attend Jefferson Community College for Nursing.
Jordan Kloepping is the daughter of Shauna Kloepping and has played three years of varsity basketball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend SUNY Canton to play soccer and begin her education in becoming a veterinarian.
ST. REGIS FALLS STAYS UNBEATEN FRANKLIN COUNTY
In one Franklin County game staged on Thursday St. Regis Falls stayed unbeaten with a 45-38 win over Brushton-Moira. Olivia Wilson scored nine of her 11 points in the third quarter to spark the Saints. Rhea Work tallied 10 points and Carly Walker and Abby Greguire each netted seven. Emily Arcadi tallied six and Kendra Richardson added two.
Kyla Phelan and Natalie Palmer led B-M with 11 and eight points.