Hammond, M-W Girls Secure Division Wins
BY DAVE SHEA
Hammond and Madrid-Waddington both recored divisional wins in Friday's NAC Girls Basketball action. But in totally different fashions.
Hammond (3-1 NAC, 7-1) downed Harrisville (1-3, 5-4) 75-40 in NAC West action while Madrid-Waddington (5-0, 7-2) stayed unbeaten atop the NAC East with a 34-31 win over Chateaugay (3-2, 3-3).
Hammond 75 - Harrisville 40: The Lady Red Devils converted in transition off their fullcourt press and found the range from behind the 3-point arc early in taking a 22-7 first quarter lead and a 38-19 halftime margin.
An athletic Harrisville squad attempted a comeback scoring 16 third-quarter points but the Devils answered with 21 and closed on a 16-4 run.
"It was nice to see the floor again. A couple girls are getting over sickness and a couple are still sick with what’s going around. But I liked a lot of what we did. And we fought through it," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
"All eight girls have to bring a higher mentality moving forward. Good game today to get the rust off and start playing and getting back into a routine of playing. Today was a good start towards that"
Avery Kenyon made several coast to coast runs and mixed in two 3s scoring a game-high 23 points and Kelsey Bennett netted four 3-pointers in the first half and went on to a 21-point effort. Kylie Vaugh mixed in two 3s with a strong game around the goal scoring 16 points and Hailey Cunningham connected on two 3s in a 10-point outing. Caitlyn Cunningham added four points.
The trio of Torie Moore (13 points), Harlee Moore (10 points) and Hannah LaPlatney (10 points) all produced nice open-court finishes for the Pirates and Cholee Benson added five points.
Hammond also won the junior varsity game.
M-W 34 - Chateaugay 31: A 19-13 halftime lead proved to be the difference for M-W which was led Alexis Sullivan with 14 points and 10 of the Jackets' 15 points in the second half. Lily LaMere tallied seven points, Shaelyn Uppstrom and Anna Brady each tallied six and Laney Tiernan added one.
"Both teams were pretty rusty thanks to the holiday break. Tomorrow's another day though. We head to Watertown to play IHC. Hopefully we get the kinks worked out," said M-W Coach Bryan Harmer.
Anna Beakley scored 12 points for Chateaugay. Anna Secour tallied six and Cami Champagne added five.