Hammond, M-W, C-P Girls Win Openers; FTs Lift Harrisville
Hammond picked up from where they were interrupted by COVID-19 downing Morristown 75-25 in Tuesday's NAC Girls Basketball openers while Madrid-Waddington continued its tradition of outstand defense dropping Lisbon 65-14.
Other opening night winners were: Colton-Pierrepont and St. Lawrence Central while Harrisville continued its winning ways in Lewis County play.
Two Boys Basketball openers saw St. Lawrence defeat Potsdam and Malone outscore Salmon River in the first Franklin County action of the season.
HAMMOND 75 - MORRISTOWN 25
As expected the Red Devils used their length, depth, athleticism and game experience to take control with a 21-2 first quarter run and picked up from last year's run to the Section 10 Class D Championship and the regional finals where the season was ended ended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Avery Kenyon tallied a game-high 18 for the Devils who generated consistent fast break finishes of their defense. Hailey Cunningham netted 12 points on strong inside moves and Hailee Manning led the outside shooting netting three three-pointers in an 11-point fourth quarter.
"It was so enjoyable to see Hammond girls basketball again. Over a year since last game. A sad but exciting feeling as a coach. I thought girls ran pretty well. Considering lay-off. Some had jelly legs due to overexcitement and anxiousness but the group as a whole did well," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack.
"Seeing the seniors play and be able to finish their careers is a very thankful feeling as well. They have worked hard and all seniors in section 10 deserve that opportunity.
Our younger kids as well were very good: Sadey Sprabary, Landree Kenyon, Hailey Manning and Zoe Cunningham. This is a pretty deep athletic group. Very proud of them."
Sadey Sprabary and Landree Kenyon tallied eight and seven points followed by: Zoey Cunningham (5), Caitlynn Cunningham (5), Alyvia Crosby (4) and Ava Howie (2).
Carly Piercey led Morristown with 13 points and struck for nine in the fourth quarter and Emily O'Donnell provided an early spark netting two three-pointers in the first quarter. Laurel Vinch hit three nice runners in the lane to round out the scoring with six points.
HARRISVILLE 43 - COPENHAGEN 40
Torie Moore made 11 of 14 free throws and sank six straight in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 19 points leading the Pirates to a quality Lewis County win. Meghan Kackison tallied 11 poijnts and Evelyn Winters also scored 11 with five in the fourth quarter. Rene Luchnsieller added two points for the Pirates who play South Lewis and Hermon-DeKalb this week and then play Hammond twice, Lowville and Copenhagen next week.
"We made seven foul shots in the fourth quarter which was was the difference. We went 15 for 22 in the game for 68 per cent. I was proud that my team kept battling through adversity," said Harrisville Coach Steve Roberts.
Makelna Garrison led Copenhagen with 17 points and Breanna Mast netted seven.
COLTON-PIERREPONT 48 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 38
Kiana Hogle tallied seven points in the first quarter and went on to score 15 on the night and Izzy Vaccaro buried three three-pointers in the second quarter to anchor a 13-point effort for the Colts. Jaileigh Jacot and Landree Chamberlain combined for seven and six points and Emma Clemmo, Alexus Cuthbert and Malia Hogle all added two.
Kylee Kellison, Caryn Perretta and Bri Stratton combined for 10, nine and eight points for the Flyers and Courtney Phillips added two.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 65 - LISBON 14
The Lady Jackets stopped Lisbon with a strong defensive effort and used balanced scoring to pull away from the Golden Knights. Emma Plumley sparked the Yellow Jackets with eight points in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 18. Grace Plumley came through with 15 points followed by Lacey Sullivan and Hailey Marcellus with nine and eight points.
Lily LaMere, Natalie Pearson and Lane Ruddy each tallied four points and Laney Tiernan chipped in three. Lisbon received six points from Grace Smith, three from Erika Snyder and Marissa Robinson and two from Mikaela Buckley.
ST. LAWRENCE 41, POTSDAM 30
Mackenzie Moreau delivered 13 points for St. Lawrence which founded its win in an 18-4 first quarter surge. Julia Basford's nine points led Potsdam and Luca Pecora scored eight.