M-W, Heuvelton Advance To Tourney Finals
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Coach Bryan Harmer and Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers entered Friday's first round games of the M-W Jessie Chamberlain Memorial Tournament with an open mind on Friday.
They came away experiencing best case scenarios as the host Yellow Jackets and Lady Bulldogs advanced to Tuesday's 7 p.m. championship game. Both teams were sparked by three-point shooting in the first quarter as M-W gained a 71-23 NAC East Division win over Parishville-Hopkinton and Heuvelton downed Hermon-DeKalb in a 47-35 NAC West Division win.
Heuvelton and M-W will also play for the JV championship at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday with varsity and JV championship games both played at 7 p.m.
M-W's John Dinneen Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament will open on Monday with the host Yellowjackets playing Colton-Pierrepont and Heuvelton squaring off with Edwards-Knox.
M-W RIDES TORRID SHOOTING
"I really didn't what to expect since we had several first year starters but I was extremely happy with the way things worked out. Jaelynn Uppstrom scored 23 points and never scored after the third quarter and Alexis Sullivan scored 17 points and didn't score after the third quarter," said M-W Coach Bryan Harmer.
"They shot the ball well and our young players did a good job moving the ball and playing good defense. For a first game our prognosis is very good."
The Jackets bolted out to a 27-9 first quarter lead sparked by Jaelynn Uppstrom who buried four three-pointers and Alexis Sullivan who connected for a pair of threes. Lydia Thomas delivered nine points to the victory, Anna Brady netted seven and Kyla Dinneen dropped in six. Lily LaMere with five, Grace Plumley with two and Laney Tiernan and Keli Kingston with one point each rounded out the M-W scoring.
Kelly Bloom led P-H with eight points, Emma Bloom and Sydnie added four points each and Brenna Woods hit a three-pointer.
HEUVELTON ANSWERED H-D RALLY
"I couldn't be happier with the way we played. All eight players we had available contributed and passed the ball well. Dakota Mouthorp and Trista Ashley played within themselves and hit big shots. We are looking to Bella Doyle for more scoring but she did everything we need her to do," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.
"Defensively did a great job inside against a good team. We didn't try to block shots we just defended. Molly Williams isn't totally back but is getting there and Rayna Cameron has been cleared to play so things are looking good."
Dakota Mouthorp, Trista Ashley and and Molly Williams all buried three-pointers in the first quarter as Heuvelton took a 12-3 lead. Hilary Jones scored six points in the third quarter sparking an H-D surge which the difference to 27-26 but Grace Mills answered immediately with a three-pointer and Bulldogs rebuilt the lead to 34-26 at the end of the quarter.
Mouthorp finished with a game-high 15 points to lead a well distributed winning offense which also featured seven points by Mills, six from Doyle and DaKota West, five from Williams and Ashley and three free throws by Lara Martin who knocked down two free throws with 55.2 seconds to play which closed out the win.
"Both teams were in the same boat today with only limited practices. Heuvelton played a great game because they hit their shots closed out the third quarter with seven straight points after we pulled within one point," said H-D Coach Jake Rowley.
"We played well but just could not hit enough shots. We couldn't get our three-pointers to go down at all. But it was a good first game, we just have score score."
Hilary Jones led the Green Demons with nine points and Audra Tehonica netted eight with some strong finishes at the basket. Emery McQuad came through with six, Bre Grant, Haile Bouchey and Kali Hernandez each netted three, Jordyn Whitton added a field goal and Bella Marcellus dropped in a free throw.
NAC GIRLS HOCKEY
In one NAC Girls Hockey game played on Friday Ithaca downed Canton 4-0.