Heuvelton Boys, Girls Match Quality Senior Night Wins
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - The Heuvelton Central School District was proud to hold a joint Senior Night for its Boys and Girls Basketball teams on Friday night.
Coaches Josh McAllister and Rob Powers both honored a group of high quality Senior Student-Athletes who went out and led quality victories over two strong Gouverneur Central teams.
The Heuvelton Boys stayed unbeaten in a 57-44 victory and the Lady Bulldogs secured a 49-44 victory. Both squads will complete their seasons playing Hammond on Monday.
BULLDOGS SETTLE IN TO DOWN GOUVERNEUR
Five Bulldogs scored eight points or more and the entire HCS cast contributed to an outstanding defensive effort against a physical and fired up Gouverneur squad led by former Heuvelton Modified Coach John Free. The Bulldogs held the Wildcats to single digit scoring in the last three quarters.
"Gouverneur is a very good team and they had a very good plan. We settled in, established momentum and kept it going. Kyle Gaumes is a very tough player for them. Tristan Lovely defended him well and Chris Ashlaw also did a nice job on him. Chris has length and he has really developed into a strong defender " said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister who honored Braeden Free, Matt Basford, Josh Wrobel and Hayden Knauf in the Senior Night ceremony.
"Braeden had another good night, Josh Wrobel rebounded very well against Brock Cox, Matt Basford hit a key 3-pointer for us and Hayden Knauf gave us good minutes inside."
Lovely scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs with seven in a 16-9 third quarter advantage and Free netted eight of his 11 points in the first quarter where Brock Cox scored nine points leading Gouverneur to a 19-15 lead.
Nate Mashaw came through with 13 points and Wrobel finished with eight. Chris Ashlaw tallied three points and Matt Basford, Cole Rickett and Jed Crayford all finished with two. Gouverneur's Cox finished with 17 points in a labor intensive interior effort and Kyle Guames converted eight of 10 free throws scoring 15 points.
Garret LeClair tallied four points in the first period, Cayden Storie and Cole Davis each scored three points and Sully Rumble added two.
LADY BULLDOG SENIORS ENJOY QUALITY SENDOFF
Heuvelton Girls Basketball Coach Rob Powers cited his team for a great performance to give his seniors a fine sendoff.
"It was a great Senior Night performance by the seniors and the underclass. Trista Ashley, Amber Cunningham, Lara Martin, Dakota "d-dubs" West and Molly Williams had a great sendoff with a nice win over over a quality and well-coached Gouverneur squad," said Coach Powers.
"They keyed on Bella Doyle and everyone else stepped up. I told the girls I wished we had three more weeks. I am so impressed with how much they have progressed and improved. It is unfortunate we don't have playoffs this season. There would have been some great games. I am very proud of this group looking forward to playing Hammond on Monday."
Monday's game will be a playoff style finale between Heuvelton and Hammond who have staged some epic Section 10 Class D meetings, several for the title, in the past 10 years.
The Lady Bulldogs prevailed in a physical and intense matchup with the Wildcats looking to win their season finale. Molly Williams buried two 3-pointers sparking HCS to a 14-9 first quarter lead and sank four straight free throws in the fourth quarter where the Bulldogs sealed the issue with an 11-8 edge. Williams finished with a game-high 10 points with three assists.
Significant contributions up and down the lineup also included: seven points and three assists from Katie Cunningham who buried a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, five points and 12 rebounds by Bella Doyle, five points from Trista Ashley, eight points from Dakota Mouthorp who scored seven in the second quarter, four points from Ali Trathen, six points from DaKota West and four points and six rebounds from Lara Martin.
Cierra Besaw buried three 3's scoring a game-high 13 points for Gouverneur which sustained its cause with timely 3's. Raelin Burns tallied 11 points with three 3s and Tori Salisbury netted eight with two 3s. Other scoring came from Elizabeth Riutta with six points, Lia Canell with two, Lexi Devlin with three and Caitlyn Storie with one.
"I thought we played a pretty good game tonight. It was a great competitive game for both teams. There were several lead changes and that's exactly the kind of game we wanted for four our young team as we prepare for next year. At one point we had three freshmen and two sophomores on the court," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.
"I am very happy with our effort and we did some very good things tonight. Heuvelton is a very good team and and they are well coached. We were excited to be to play some good teams in our short season. It will help us as we move forward."