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Hammond Girls Turn Back E-K; H-D, Harrisville Win

HAMMOND - Edwards-Knox needed a win at Hammond to sustain its defense of the West Division Championship in Thursday's NAC Girls Basketball action.

The gravity of the situation showed in the sense of urgency in the effort of the Cougars who issued a major challenge to Hammond's winning streak off an early season loss to Heuvelton.

Hammond (13-1) secured a 46-42 win to climb to 9-1 in division race with 8-1 Heuvelton and E-K which slipped to 5-3 and 7-5 overall.

"E-K played a tremendous game in all facets. Even myself I was out coached by Coach Foster. He had his kids doing everything they were asked of. And I absolutely failed my kids tonight. We weren’t prepared," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.

In other NAC Wast action Hermon-DeKalb bested Lisbon and Harrisville downed Morristown by 50-33 margins.

Hammond 46 - E-K 42: After going scoreless in the first three quarters Dekota Matthews buried two 3-pointers and a field goal in the fourth quarter to lead a last ditch effort by the Cougars. Hammond answered with Avery Kenyon going 4-5 at the foul line in a six-point fourth quarter to round out a team-high 14-point effort.

Kelsey Bennett tallied 13 points for Hammond and Cunningham finished with nine. Sadie Sprabary came through with a vital six-point effort and Kylie Vaugh added four.

Lucy Frary led E-K with a game-high 15 points, Abby Hart finished with eight, Hailey Matthews scored seven points all in the second half and Rachel Vachez added four.

Hammond will host Malone of the Central Division in makeup game tonight.

Harrisville 50 - Morristown 33: Torie Moore scored the first five points of the game for Harrisville (2-5, 7-7) but was lost for the game with an ankle injury. Her teammates picked up the scoring slack and continued the Pirates' control of the action led by the duo of Hannah LaPlatney and Harlie Moore who combined for 17 and 16 points.

"Torie Moore went down and girls just kept things going. Hannah LaPlatney had her best scoring night of the season and we really rebounded well. We didn't give up a lot of second chances," said Harrisville Coach Steve Roberts.

Chloe Benson and Amy Manchester each scored four points, Bayleigh Spencer tallied three and Alan Luther added one.

Carly Piercey scored 10 points for Morristown (0-8, 12-4), Emmy Showers netted six and Kassidy Sullivan, Hailey Ward and Kaly Dulmage all added four. Riley Showers with three and Mia Johnson with two rounded out the scoring.

"We hung there pretty well in the first half and we were only down 1o. But we had some turnovers and missed some easy shots and they went a 9-0 run to start the second half," said Morristown Coach Stan Piercey.

"Carly Piercey really worked hard out there defensively against their best players and scored 10 points for us."

Hermon-DeKalb 50 - Lisbon 33: The Green Demons (4-6, 10-7) continued their offensive development in the second half of the season and checked the Knights with solid team defense. Hillary Jones buried four three pointers scoring 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and Kali Hernandez stepped up to score seven points followed by Audra Tehonica with six and Jordayn Whitton with five.

Emery McQuade, Haile Bouchey and Matti Brabaw all scored three points.

Brooke Meashaw tallied 10 points and Abby Flack dropped in seven to lead Lisbon followed by Alexa McKee with and Erika Snyder with six apiece. Olivia McLear added four points.

The Lisbon JV's scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to gain a 43-34 victory over H-D. Marrissa Robinson sank eight clutch free throws in a 10-point outing for the Knights and Rachel LaRock finished with nine. Mikayla Buckley followed with eight and five from Julia Rishe and four from Eliza McLear and Grace Smith rounded out the scoring.



Hammond's Kelsey Bennett delivers a pass through traffic to Sadie Sprabary in Thursday's close win over E-K. (Lisa Arquitt Photo)


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