Hammond Run Halts Bulldogs; Lisbon, E-K Win
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - To say Hammond Central had a good night in its NAC Girls West Basketball showdown at Heuvelton, on Monday, is a major understatement. The Red Devils (7-1, 11-1) handed the Bulldogs (6-1, 10-5) their first division loss in a 60-31 decision and deadlocked the race in the loss column.
The Lady Bulldogs will look for a quick rebound hosting St. Regis Falls in a non league tonight (5 p.m. JV start).
In other West Division games, Lisbon downed Morristown 36-30 and Edwards-Knox prevailed 47-45 at Hermon-DeKalb. The action at the H-D and Lisbon gyms began by honoring the officials on the start of Officials Appreciation Week in New York State. (see photos below).
Hammond 61 - Heuvelton 30: Sharing the ball with crisp passing and consistently knocking down the their shots, the Red Devils scored the first nine points of the first half, the first eight of the second half, Kelsey Bennett buried a halfcourt shot at the third quarter buzzer and her father Tom won the 50-50 drawing. Good night all around indeed.
"Hammond is an outstanding team playing at a very high level. Bella Doyle was out with the flu for us but we still have to come and play well. We didn't and now we have work to get better as we head towards February," said HC Coach Rob Powers.
The Red Devils ran their offense through forward Kylie Vaugh who steadily amassed a game-high 24 points penetrating the lane with strong dribble drives, taking advantageous low post for position for entry passes and converting on the offensive boards. Kelsey Bennett tallied 17 points and Avery Kenyon netted nine on three 3-pointers and set the tempo racing the ball upcourt.
Hailey Cunningham tallied six points, Alyvia Crosby buried a 3-pointer and Sadey Spabary tallied two points and a series of excellent interior passes.
"It’s coming along. But we still have to continue to be fundamentally smarter offensively and defensively," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack after the Devils limited the Bulldogs to single digit scoring in every quarter.
"If we can continue to grow mentally and keep cutting mistakes out to be more efficient on both ends we will or could be tough."
Rayna Cameron (3 rebounds) led Heuvelton with 14 points and Dakota Mouthorp (3 rebounds) tallied six followed by Trista Ashley, Kaitlyn Sibley and Molly Williams (4 steals, 2 assists) with three and Dakota West with one.
The Hammond JVs secured a 41-26 victory led by Landree Kenyon with 18 points and Hailey Manning with 11. Ryln McAllister and Katy Cunningham each scored nine for Heuvelton.
H-D 47 - E-K 45: The Green Demons rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter and earned a chance for two free throws with 1.2 seconds left in the game.
"Hailee Bouchey drew a foul with 1.2 seconds to play and I have to give her a lot credit she stepped up to the line with confidence but the first free throw wouldn't go down. She played well. We had an old fashioned barnburner. We had a big crowd and both teams played their hearts out," said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.
"The gym sounded like it is supposed to sound in January. It was a fantastic game. Dekota Matthews hit some big shots for the them in the fourth quarter and we just came up two points short."
Dekota Matthews tallied 14 points in a winning offense which also featured 15 by Lucy Frary and 13 from Abby Hart. Hailey and Alicia Matthews added three and two points. Hillary Jones scored 16 points and Hailee Bouchey netted 12 for the Demons. Jordyn Whitton, Audra Tehonica and Maddie Brabaw added five, four and three points.
"JV coach Bob Bice has been taking care of some aspects of the varsity game and he is doing a great job for us."
H-D won the JV game.
Lisbon 36 - Morristown 30: Hoops didn't come easy in the face of tenacious defense as the Knights (3-5, 5-7) used a 19-12 second half margin to prevail at home over the Green Rockets (0-7-2-8). Alexa McKee scored a game-high 15 points and Olivia McLear and Abby Flack followed with six apiece. Karli Thompson and Erica Snyder added four and three points.
Carly Piercey scored 10 points Morristown and Emma and Rileigh Showers each scored eight. Hailey Ward and Kassidy Sullivan each added two points.
The Lisbon JVs posted a 55 - 22 win led by: Eliza McLear with six points, 11 steals and six rebounds; Gabby Taylor with 12 points, Marissa Robinson with nine points, Caleigh Smith with six rebounds, Jaylin Massia with six points, and Riley Beldock with four points and seven rebounds.
Julia Rishe (4 points), Grace Smith (2 points, 5 steals) and Megan DeRuchia (2 points) rounded out the scoring. Laurell Vinch scored 10 points for Morristown followed Jenna Snyder with six and Emilie O'Donnell and Jessica Hoffman with three.