Heuvelton, Hammond, E-K Match Wins In West Race
BY DAVE SHEA
The resumption of regular action after the holiday break saw the NAC West Girls Basketball leaders all score wins on Monday.
Heuvelton (5-0, 9-4) and Edwards-Knox (4-0, 5-1) both stayed unbeaten in divisional play while Hammond (4-1, 8-1) stayed one game back. Heuvelton downed Harrisville (1-4, 5-5) 61-44, Hammond outdistanced Morristown (0-6, 2-7) 84-34 and E-K handled Lisbon (2-4, 4-5)
Heuvelton visits E-K on Thursday while Hammond entertains Lisbon.
Heuvelton 61 - Harrisville 44: Dakota Mouthorp scored eight points and Rayna Cameron buried two 3's sparking a 21-10 second quarter run which proved decisive for the Lady Bulldogs who pulled away from a 10-8 first quarter lead.
"I just wish we could have have the second quarter back. We competed hard all the way but we committed some turnovers in the second quarter and they took advantage. Except for that we were right with them most of the game," said Harrisville Coach Steve Roberts.
"Turnovers have been our problem and we just have to keep working at keeping them down. Torie Moore had a great game for us with 23 points."
Bella Doyle led a balanced winning offense with a 17-point outing which also included 10 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Rayna Cameron hit three 3s scoring 13 points with six rebounds and two assists and Mouthorp finished with 12 points. Molly Williams delivered seven points, three rebounds and four assists, Kaitlyn Sibley added five points and Grace Mills came through with two points, four rebounds and four assists.
Rounding out the scoring were: three points for Lara Martin and two points from DaKota West.
"Harrisville is very scrappy and battled right to the end. Our girls played well enough to win but we need to get the little things better and there is a lot of room for improvement," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"The score is not indicative of how much we were outhustled. We have to learn from it and work to get better."
Torie Moore's 23 points in the Harrisville cause were followed by Harlee Moore with 12, Chloe Benson with six, Amy Manchester with two and Hannah LaPlatney with one.
The Heuvelton JVs won 62-15 sparked offensively by Rylin McAllister who buried five 3s in a 17-point effort, 12 points from Shylyn Dixon and 10 points from Lily Spooner. Katie Cunningham tallied nine points and all seven players scored.
Hammond 84 - Morristown 34: A trapping fullcourt press triggered a wave of transition scoring for the Red Devils who raced out to a 27-5 lead and finished very strong with a 24-8 fourth quarter. Kylie Vaugh, Kelsey Bennett and Avery Kenyon combined for 24, 18 and 20 points to lead the winners and Hailey Cunningham netted nine.
Sadie Spabary tallied four and Jordyn Kloepping, Caitlin Cunningham and Alyvia Crosby all chipped in with two.
Emma Showers scored 12 points, Kaly Dulmage tallied nine and Carly Piercey netted eight for Morristown which was credited with a forthright outing by Coach Stan Piercey.
"I have to credit to my team. We have six lost six games and in a row and we were playing a team with great talent that works hard. We struggled with their press and after that first half we could have quit but we got back on defense and competed hard all of the way," said Coach Piercey,.
"Kaly Dulmage stepped it up for us on offense and we showed some good signs tonight and hopefully we can keep it up. The Vaugh girl really plays tough inside for Hammond and we couldn't match up with her. They are a very good team."
Rilegh Showers went 4-4 from the line scoring six points and Hailey Ward added two points.
E-K 65 - Lisbon 34: The defending West Division champion Cougars stayed unbeaten in division play after jumping out to a 20-3 first quarter lead. Lucy Frary was impactful all over the court with 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and 15 steals. Abby Hart also scored 18 points and Dekota Matthews came through with 14 points.,
"Lucy Frary was making the plays all over the court and played great defensively and Dekota Matthews really had a big game. She got out on the wing and scored points by being in the right place and finishing. We really need her to give us games like that," said E-K Coach Patty Matthews.
Ali Mathews (2 3s) and Hailey Matthews scored six and four points for E-K, Rachel Vachez added three and Pel Kara chipped in two.
Alexa McKee continued to lead Lisbon scoring 16 points with five rebounds, Karli Thompson scored eight points with four rebounds, Abby Flack added seven points and Brandi Measheaw chipped in three. Olivia McLear grabbed four rebounds.
Lisbon won the JV game 38-32 sparked by 13 points, 20 rebounds and four steals by Rachel LaRock and nine points from Gabby Taylor. Riley Beldock was also strong inside with four points, seven rebounds and six blocks and Julia Rishe tallied five points with two steals.
Marissa Robinson came through with four points, four rebounds and two steals, Grace Smith added two points and Eliza McLear chipped in with one point.
Liza Lottie scored 11 points for E-K and Rachel Typhair added five.