Hammond Girls, Harrisville Break Away To Victories
BY DAVE SHEA
HAMMOND - The Hammond Girls and the Harrisville Boys both responded to early challenges to stay unbeaten in NAC Basketball in a twinbill staged on the Red Devils' court on Wednesday.
Tempo, defense and leadership from all-star caliber players proved to be major factors in both games as Hammond won the Girls Game 85-36 and the Harrisville Boys prevailed 70-27.
The Harrisville teams will complete in the NAC portion of their schedule hosting Hammond on Friday and
then will shift back to complete their Lewis County schedule and also play teams from Jefferson County.
HAMMOND GIRLS BREAK AWAY
Harrisville's senior standout Tori Moore sparked the Pirates to a quick run in the early minutes of the game but the Red Devils used control of the boards and a trapping defense as the trigger for a high-efficiency transition game.
Avery Kenyon ran well tonight. She, Hailey Cunningham and Caitlynn Cunningham led the team nicely," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
"Overall we ran well collectively. The bench and our depth was incredible."
Great minutes. Fantastic floor time. Avery Kenyon, Landree Kenyon, Hailey Cunningham and Sadey Sprbary all had good production and Hailee Manning as well. This group shares the ball. Runs the floor. Plays together."
Avery Kenyon scored 10 points in the first quarter and Hailey Cunningham netted six as Hammond broke away from a 10-5 lead to a 21-10 margin and cruised to halftime on a 19-5 run where Ava Howie and Landree Kenyon each scored four points off the bench.
Avery Kenyon finished with a game-high 24 points with inside and outside uptempo finishes and Sadey Sprabary tallied 12 points in the low post with 10 in the second half. Landree Kenyon and Hailey Cunningham each finished with 10 points and Hailee Manning and Alyvia Crosby produced seven and six points from the perimeter.
Ava Howie finished with five points, Natalie Howie netted three and Caitlynn Cunningham and Hannah Belknap each added two.
The Hammond defense contained the fullcourt dashes of Harrisville's Moore but the senior knocked down four 3s in scoring 21 points. Evelyn Winters netted two 3s scoring seven points and Meaghan Kackison finished with five points. Logan Smith tallied two points and Alex Horton added one.
SCHMITT'S SCORING, PASSING SPARKS PIRATES
A gritty Hammond team managed to slow the tempo to a grind-it-out pace in the first quarter of the boys games where Harrisville finished the quarter with a 10-5 lead.
But the Pirates raced away with a 48-13 burst over the second and third quarters where Nate Schmitt scored 17 of his game-high 23 points off dribble drives to the goal. Schmitt also used his dribble drives to set up teammates with a series of brilliant bounce passes to the post and kick outs to 3-point shooters. Ben Taylor, Deagan Carr and Tanner Sullivan all netted two 3s scoring 10, 10 and six points.
Matt Smith tallied six points followed by Zach Palmer and Nolan Sullivan with four apiece, Will Taylor with a 3-pointer and Tucker Kelly with two.
Logan Jones and Kennon Gardner scored six and seven points for Hammond off strong inside moves and other scoring came from: Kameron Toland (1), Lukas McQueer (4), Brandon LaRock (2), Logan Tate (3), Dominic Perretta (1) and Tanner Rosenbarker (3).
"I am not really upset on how we played. Harrisville really moves the ball well and breaks your defense down and the Schmitt kid is really hard to handle. He makes it look easy" said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"I got my ninth graders lots of time tonight. I am really happy with how they handled themselves.
MALONE SWEEPS TUPPER LAKE ON COURT
In Franklin County basketball action the Malone boys downed Tupper Lake 79-23 and the Malone girls dropped Tupper Lake 56-20.
Aiden DeCillis and Keegan Monette combined for 18 and 12 points leading the Huskie Boys and Elijah Kulser led Tupper Lake with nine points.