Heuvelton Wins Defensive Gem Vs M-W; E-K, C-P, Canton Win
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Despite the lack of an audience, defense took center stage on Friday as host Heuvelton gained hard-nosed varsity and junior varsity NAC Girls Basketball wins against Madrid-Waddington.
Heuvelton took the varsity game 36-29 and the JV contest 37-28.
In other games involving NAC West Division teams Edwards-Knox downed Morristown 75-20, Hermon-DeKalb fell to Canton 69-24 and Colton-Pierrepont pulled away from Lisbon 66-33.
HEUVELTON 36 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 29
Bella Doyle and Molly Williams combined for six and five points in the third quarter and Lara Martin scored six points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs prevailed with a 22-16 advantage in the second half. Doyle finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists operating inside and outside on offense and Martin finished with six points eight rebounds. Williams scored eight points with five rebounds.
Rylin McAllister, Katie Cunningham and Ali Trathen tallied five, three and two points.
"It was defensive battle. Coach Harmer's teams are always so tough defensively and we also played with some good intensity. Made baskets were hard to come by" said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"Lara Martin had three huge putbacks to put us up and Bella Doyle had another solid game.
"We really had solid contributions up and down the bench. Molly Williams is finding her rhythm offensively and we received some timely scoring by Rylin McAllister off the bench. We have a great mix of seniors and underclassmen."
Emma Plumley was in constant motion scoring 11 points for M-W and Hailey Marcellus and Grace Plumley combined for six and five points. Lily LaMere scored three and Laney Tiernan and Natalie Pearson each added two.
Two solid JV teams also produced an intense matchup with Heuvelton downing M-W 37-28 by scoring the last eight points of the game. Carly Simmons scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter and Raya McGaw and Chastity Johnson also scored eight points in the win and Laken Martin and Ashley Weston added four and three points.
Lillian Todd scored 10 points for M-W followed by Erica Bates with six and Reese Fuller with five. Other scoring came from: Katelyn Pickering (2), Alaina Armstrong (2) and Hannah Manson (3).
EDWARDS-KNOX 75 - MORRISTOWN 20
Lucy Frary delivered her second straight 30 point effort leading E-K to a second win over Morristown. Lilly Lottie scored 13 points for the Cougars followed by Hailey Matthews (9), Sophia Vachez (6), Decota Matthews (8), Kayleigh Allen (5) and Rylee Lottie (4).
"We tried a box and one defense on Lucy Frary but she is just too good a player. She goes hard all of the time, goes after every rebound and shoots the ball well," said Morristown Coach Stan Piercey.
"We worked hard against their zone and got some good shots."
Laurel Vinch tallied nine points for the Rockets, Kassidy Sullivan and Carly Piercey each netted four and Karissa Donnelly added three.
CANTON 69 - HERMON-DEKALB 24
Canton effectively used its length to accent its talents at both ends of the court for a second straight game against H-D.
Emily Wentworth went 7-7 from the foul line scoring 17 points in the lane while Lexi Huiatt used her speed and finishing ability on the break to score 14. Ava Hoy tallied 10 interior points Hannah Reed scored six. Other scoring came from: Camryn Sipher (2), Maddie Hoy (5), Alyssa Jacob (2), Hailey Duvall (2) and Amelia Roddy (6).
Hannah Gollinger and Ellie McQuade combined for seven and six points leading H-D and Audry Tehonica netted four. Other scoring came from Bri Grant with three and Rylie Hale and Emery McQuade with two points apiece.
COLTON-PIERREPONT 67 - LISBON 33
Lisbon put together its best offensive outing of the season but couldn't keep pace with C-P which featured a sharp-shooting trio in Alexus Cuthbert, Izzy Vaccaro (4 3s) and Landree Chamberlain (2 3s) who all scored 16 points. Kiana and Malia Hogle combined for 11 and eight points.
Marissa Robinson, Mikayla Buckley and Grace Smith paced Lisbon with nine, eight and seven points and Jaylin Massia added five. Riley Beldock and Madison Parker each finished with two points.
The Lisbon JVs continued to show outstanding potential with only five players downing C-P 44-14. Leah Walker scored 16 points with 10 in the first half, Ava Bouchey scored 10 points and Gabby Taylor, Caleigh Smith and Rache LaRock all finished with six points.
Ashleigh Wood tallied nine points for C-P and Kaithyn Houston tallied four.