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Hammond Girls Roll Toward Heuvelton

Executing with high efficiency on both offense and defense Hammond Central registered an impressive 66-29 NAC West Girls Basketball victory over Edwards-Knox on Saturday. The Devils climbed to 6-1 in league play heading toward Monday's visit to 6-0 Heuvelton.

The Devils limited the 4-2 Cougars to single digit scoring in all four quarters and took control of the game with a 20-7 advantage in the second quarter.

"We just couldn't contain them. We went to a zone late in the second quarter and they scored 10 points in about two minutes," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.

"Hammond is a very good team which played with a lot of heart. We just couldn't get anything going." The Red Devils' success at attacking the E-K zone was keyed by Hailey Cunningham who buried three 3-pointers scoring 13 of her career-high 21 points in the second quarter. Avery Kenyon scored 19 points and Kelsey Bennett tallied 14. Kylie Vaugh, Alyvia Crosby and Sadie Sprabary all contributed four points to the win.

"We are trying to play a complete game where we see offensive efficiency (or solid trips) and fundamental  defensive sets. String good trips on both ends and play this game," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.

"Our whole team today gave us great minutes. Intensity with intelligence. Everyone ( Bennett. Crosby, Kenyon, Cunningham, Kloepping, Cunningham, Vaughan, Sprabary). All 8 working hard."

Lucy Frary and Dekota Matthews combined for 12 and nine points and Abby Hart tallied four playing her way through a first half injury. Rachel Vachez and Hailey Matthews each added two points.

In nonleague girls basketball action on Saturday Watertown downed Potsdam 49-40, Lowville dropped Massena 55-40 and Saranac Lake downed Tupper Lake 41-19. 

Hailey Cunningham drives to the basket in Saturday's win at Edwards-Knox. (Lisa Arquitt Photo)

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