Andes girls win two in Delaware League

By John Bernhardt
It was two tallies in the win column for Andes last week as the Mountaineers rolled over Downsville and Jefferson in Delaware League play.

Andes came from behind to bring down Downsville, 27-24, on the Eagles’ home court, then took an early lead over Jefferson that they never relinquished Thursday in Andes

Two important factors contribute greatly to the Mountaineers’ hardwood success. First, the Andes five is showing patience and poise handling pressing defenses. With an emphasis on passing, Andes deliberately advances the ball against opposing presses, limiting their turnovers and tamping down the possibilities of opposing teams turning turnovers into easy baskets.

And, for a team without a natural center, the Lady Mountaineers rebound well. Excellent box-out position and good pursuit of missed shots has served Andes well over the season. It was no different in their two victories last week.

Senior guard Desirae Coss had an exceptional game Thursday when Andes downed Jefferson, 33-26. When foul troubles plagued her teammates throughout the contest, Coss rose to the challenge. An accurate long-range shooter, Coss burned the nets for a team-high 16 points. The senior guard grabbed eight rebounds and picked off seven steals.

Andes took a five-point lead in the first quarter and never trailed. Kelsey Little had much to do with slowing down the JayHawks. Little, who generally draws the toughest defensive assignment, worked to prevent entry passes to Jefferson’s tall center, Elissa Starheim. The six-foot, two-inch center would score 21 points but most came on put backs. Starheim’s teammates only scored two field goals on the night.

Missed opportunity
Jefferson missed a golden opportunity to help their offensive output from the foul line. The visitors took 21 charity shots to Andes 10 but could only find the nets four times.
Andes’ Ashley Terry was a perfect four-of-four from the line scoring six points. Jade Litaker added five for the Mountaineers.

After one period of play Tuesday night, Andes found themselves looking at a seven-point deficit in Downsville. Andes made up the difference shutting out the Eagles in the second frame.
Desirae Coss was the go-to offense force for Andes once again. Coss scored nine of her team- high 13 points as the Mountaineers edged ahead after halftime. Ashley Terry added six for Andes.

RcS girls drop two
A 15-of-19 performance from the foul line made the difference as Gilboa held off Roxbury in girls’ Delaware League action early last week. The Wildcat’s Brooke Koerner led the foul shooting barrage by netting seven of eight charity shots as part of a 17-point scoring effort for Gilboa.
On the other side of the floor Roxbury struggled from the line. The Rockets were awarded 24 attempts but could hit only eight. Three Rockets, Kennedy Faraci, Bailey O’Donnell and Brittany Keator, found the range from behind the three-point arc to keep Roxbury in the game. Faraci scored a team-high 13 points with Keator adding 12.

South Kortright grabbed an early 12-3 lead and never looked back, besting Roxbury, 46-27, Thursday night. New York State’s number 1 Class D Girls Basketball Team outscored their guests in every period.

SK showed scoring balance in improving their record to 9-0. Brittany Northrup and Tori Rockefeller reached double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. Miquela Hannselman added nine, Kayla Craft eight and Robin Ward six for the Rams.
Kennedy Faraci led all scorers netting 14 points for Roxbury. Brittany Keator added eight.

Staff report
Roxbury boys top Gilboa

A big second quarter propelled Roxbury ahead of Gilboa by 13-points. The Rockets then held off a furious Wildcat rally beating the home team, 46-42, last week. Roxbury outscored their hosts 19-6 in the decisive second frame.

Dakota Carona had to be pumped to get back into the Roxbury lineup after a three-week absence with a foot injury. Carona lead a trio of Rockets, finishing with double-digit point totals scoring 14 points. Kyle Ciaravino threw in 12 and Derek Cowan 11 for the Rockets.

Gilboa rallied furiously in the second half, knocking their 13-point deficit down to just two in the fourth quarter. But, expert marksmanship from the foul line would be the difference as the Rockets hit 10 of 14 foul shots down the stretch.

Zack Perry took high scoring honors with 15 points for Gilboa. Tyler Latta gunned in three, three-point goals for nine points and Hunter Grace added eight.

Brandon Tuttle returned to the lineup with a bang scoring a game-high 23 points for South Kortright Friday night. The Rams out gunned their Roxbury hosts 34-14 over the middle periods to lock down the Delaware League win.

Spencer Hinkley hit nine points and Kyle Ciaravino eight for the Rockets. Roxbury ended the week with a .500 win/loss record at 5-5.