Heuvelton Girls Edge E-K, Devils Build Momentum
BY DAVE SHEA
Heuvelton gained sole control of the NAC West Girls Basketball lead winning a meeting of division unbeatens at defending champion Edwards-Knox on Thursday in the first of back-to-back showdowns for the Bulldogs.
The second takes place at Heuvelton on Monday against Hammond which continued to amass momentum in an 81-36 victory over Lisbon. Heuvelton stands at 6-0 in the division and 10-4 overall followed by 5-1 Hammond (9-1) and 4-1 E-K (5-2 overall).
Hammond, ranked ninth in this week's Class D State Poll, will visit number 13 E-K in a makeup game on Saturday and then visit number 18 Heuvelton on Monday.
Harrisville (2-4, 6-5) won the other West Division game of the night dropping Hermon-DeKalb (2-4, 4-5) 57-38.
Heuvelton 57 - E-K 55: Rayna Cameron buried three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter sparking Heuvelton to a decisive 21-14 advantage in the climax of a game which featured a series of individual scoring bursts.
Cameron (5 rebounds) scored 11 of her 15 points in the final quarter as the Bulldogs countered a spectacular 16-point second quarter by E-K's Lucy Frary who tallied 31 points which included three 3s and 8-12 free throw accuracy. Abby Hart buried three 3s scoring 17 points for E-K and scored nine points in the fourth quarter.
"Lucy Frary was big time again but Rayna Cameron really shot the ball well in the fourth quarter and we couldn't stop her," said E-K Coach Patty Taylor.
"It was a great game. It went back and fourth in the fourth quarter and it was really a lot of fun."
Heuvelton's Bella Doyle (10 rebounds, 2 steals) scored 12 of her 21 points in the first quarter leading Heuvelton to a 17-13 lead and Frary's outburst in the second quarter led E-K to a 31-28 halftime lead.
"It was a great game to be a part of. It was a great competition with both teams battling, unable to pull away. Bella (Doyle) continues to mature and we received great senior leadership from Rayna (Cameron) today, who showed great composure and led us in the fourth quarter," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"Our bench tonight contributed positively up and down. A total team effort tonight. Patti Taylor has the EK program rolling and they showed tonight why they are the defending defending D champs . Going to be an interesting season."
Dakota Mouthorp tallied seven points for Heuvelton, Molly Williams netted six with a 3 in the fourth quarter and Kaitlyn Sibley came through with four points and three steals. Lara Martin and Dakota West each scored two points and Grace Mills grabbed four rebounds.
Hailey and Ali Mathtews injected five and two points into the E-K cause.
The Heuvelton JVs won the preliminary game 41-31 as Rylin McAllister and Katie Cunningham each scored 13 points and Shylynn Dixon delivered eight. Ali Trathen and Marva Ford each scored four points and Lily Spooner added one. Lilly Lottie scored 15 points and Jasmine Nezezon netted 10 leading E-K.
Hammond 81 - Lisbon 36: The Red Devils controlled the perimeter and the interior bolting out to a 28-10 first quarter lead. The trio of Avery Kenyon, Kelsey Bennett and Hailey Cunningham combined for 10 3-pointers scoring 24, 21 and 11 points. Kenyon buried five with four in the first half, Cunningham connected three times from behind the arch and Bennett netted two 3s.
Sadie Sprabary and Kylie Vaugh effectively worked inside scoring 14 points and eight points and Alyvia Crosby added one point.
Alexa McKee continued to shoulder a heavy scoring load for Lisbon netting 19 points and Calee Wood and Oliva McLear followed with five and four points. Brooke Measheaw, Abby Flack, Erica Snyder and Karli Thompson all added three points.
Harrisville 57 - H-D 38: Tori Moore went 7-10 from the foul line scoring 21 points and Harlee Moore followed with 17 points leading an efficient Harrisville offense according to Coach Steve Roberts.
"Turnovers have a problem this season but not tonight. We did a good job in that respect and our defense was really tight," said Coach Roberts.
"We pressed well and got right in the face of their shooters in our 3-2 zone defense. This was a very good win for us and our exchange student Ting Chen scored which was nice."
Hannah LaPlatney and Chloe Benson tallied nine and six points and Amy Manchester added two for the Pirates who gained an 18-7 advantage in the second quarter. Hillary Jones buried five second half 3-pointers leading H-D with 15 points and Haile Bouchey and Hanna Gollinger each finished with eight. Bella Marcellus, Jordyn Whitton and Emery McQuade each scored two points and Bri Grant added one.