Heuvelton, H-D To Play For Cindy Brady Title
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Neighboring NAC West rivals in host Heuvelton and Hermon-DeKalb will be looking to close out 2019 play with a championship tonight in the final game of the 19th annual Cindy Brady Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament.
Both teams needed to turn back tenacious comebacks in first round action on Friday. H-D (3-3) downed Colton-Pierrepont (3-5) 59-46 and Heuvelton (7-3) dropped Lisbon (3-3) 54-36.
Heuvelton 54 - Lisbon 36: The Bulldogs jumped out to a 16-4 lead but needed to turn back a second quarter comeback by the Golden Knights before methodically pulling away. Rayna Cameron scored 11 points leading the Bulldogs to a 22-9 first quarter lead and buried a long three late in the first after a 3-pointer by Alexa McKee pulled the Knights within seven points at 28-21.
Cameron and Molly Williams buried threes early in the third quarter where the Bulldogs gained a 12-4 advantage and control of the contest.
"Dicky Marcellus has done a fantastic job coaching that Lisbon team. They are much improved and play very hard," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"We hit shots tonight when we needed to. Rayna Cameron had a nice all-around game and our reserves sustained the defensive intensity which was very important."
Cameron scored a game-high 21 points with four 3-pointers and well timed drives to the goal. Molly Williams hit three 3s scoring nine points with four rebounds and three assists and Bella Doyle delivered six points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dakota Mouthorp led the bench scoring with six points and other scoring came from: Grace Mills (4), Lara Martin (2), Dakota West (3) and Kaitlin Sibley (3).
Alexa McKee tallied 12 points for Lisbon with eight in the first quarter complemented by five rebounds and four steals. Brooke Measheaw, Olivia McLear and Abby Flack all scored six points followed by Karli Thompson with four and Erika Snyder with two.
"Alexa McKee scored 12 points tonight and works extremely hard all of time. But we had other people step and make shots tonight which was very good to see," said Lisbon Coach Dicky Marcellus.
"We had a good first half and played well early in the third quarter. We are definitely getting better.":
H-D 59 - C-P 46: Both the Green Demons and the Colts enjoyed success at different points of the game forcing turnovers with their pressing defenses. But C-P managed very limited success defending Haile Bouchey in the low post. Bouchey scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the first half where the Demons erased a 14-12 first quarter deficit to gain a 32-18 halftime lead with a 20-4 second quarter run.
Amber Erwin scored nine second half points sparking a C-P rally which cut the deficit to 47-42 early in the fourth quarter. H-D stemmed the momentum with a close range connection by Bouchey and a 3-pointer by Hillary Jones who finished with 19 points and three 3s.
"We still need to put together a good 32 minutes of basketball but this was a very good game for us. They (C-P) were a very disciplined team and there was a great deal of intensity out there," said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.
"Haile Bouchey had a big game. She has worked very hard and shot a lot of layups to improve."
Other H-D scoring came from: Jordyn Whitton (5), Audra Tehonica (5), Bri Grant (3), Kali Hernandez (2) and Emery McQuade (4).
Amber Erwin and Emma Clemo each scored nine points for C-P followed by Landree Chamberlain with eight and Alexis Cuthbert with seven.
"I was very happy with our intensity tonight. Hermon-DeKalb is a good team and they played well," said C-P Coach Bill Reed.
Other C-P scoring came from: Jaeleigh Jacot (5), Matty Lovely (4), Maura Richards (2) and Callie Richards (2).
In two nonleague games played on Friday Northern Adirondack downed Brushton-Moira 53-32 and Saranac Central downed Malone 53-36.
HEUVELTON, H-D JVS ADVANCE
Host Heuvelton and H-D will also play in the Junior Varsity Championship Game today at 4 p.m.
Heuvelton used fast start on offense and steadfast defensive play in the fourth quarter to gain a 50-34 victory over Lisbon and H-D pulled after from C-P for a 62-26 semi-final victory.
The Bulldogs scored the first 12 points of the game and sealed the win with their defense. After Lisbon cut the difference to 37-32 with 6:15 to play Heuvelton allowed only two points over the remainder of the game starting with a steal by Ali Trathen who went 7-12 from the free throw line scoring 13 points with nine rebounds and five steals.
Lily Spooner scored 10 points with six rebounds for HCS and Rylin McAllister delivered seven points, three assists and four steals. Katie Cunningham and Shylynn Dixon each scored six points and Jailyn Lovely and Marva Ford each added four.
Rachel LaRock led Lisbon with a 13-point, 11 rebound double-double with five steals and Riley Beldock scored six points with 13 rebounds and three blocks. Rounding out the scoring were: Gabby Gaylor (4), Jaylyn Massia (1), Grace Smith (2), Mikaela Buckley (2) and Marissa Robinson (4) who made four of six free throws.
Hannah Gallager tallied 18 points for H-D in the win over C-P and Aaliyah O'Donnell, Rylie Hale and Ellie McQuade all dropped in 10. Mailia Hogle led C-P with seven points and Natalie Butterfield scored six.
CANTON BOUNCES BACK AT TOURNEY
Canton rebounded its first loss of the season downing Owego 60-47 in the consolation game of the Hoops for the Hospital Tournament at Ononadaga Central.
Sarah Sieminski tallied 22 points and Katie Chisholm tallied 10 to lead the Bears followed by Gretchen Warner with eight and Ester Shipman with six.
"We bounced back and played our game," said Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo.
Rounding out the Canton scoring were three points from Jill DiSalvo and Mary Lobdell.