Area girls' hoop teams fall in league play

By Julia Green
All three local girls’ basketball teams fell in Delaware League play last week.

Andes 40, South Kortright 61 (Thursday)
The Andes girls were within one point of the South Kortright Rams at the close of the first quarter of Friday’s game, but an 18-10 second quarter put them in a nine-point hole going into halftime – a deficit from which they were unable to recover.
“We actually defended very well in the first quarter,” said Andes Head Coach Jeff Rhone. “We had Ashley Terry guarding Renee Craft and she did an excellent job, and then I think our intensity lasted about a quarter and then they just had a deeper bench than us and we didn’t match up well off the bench. The first quarter we played very well, but we just couldn’t maintain that same intensity.”
Rhone added that his team seemed fatigued in the second half, and that Craft in particular did some damage on offense.
“They play hard and they got some easy baskets,” he said. “The Craft girl is so good around the basket, and I would say more than half of her points came from rebounds. We didn’t give her a lot of easy looks – she just works hard.”
The Mountaineers continued to battle in the third quarter, tallying nine points to the Rams’ 13, but South Kortright kept the pressure on in the fourth quarter, adding 18 points and allowing Andes only 10.
Mariah Ruff led Andes with 15 points and went 6-for-7 from the free throw line, while Rachel Andrews tallied 13 points and Karli Tait added eight for the Mountaineers.
Looking forward, Rhone is anticipating that this week will be a very telling one for his squad.
“I think Wednesday is a really big indicator for us,” he said, emphasizing the Mountain-eers’ Wednesday game against Downsville, who he believes to be one of the top three teams in the league. “I really feel like we’ll see where we are. I feel like that’s going to be a good indicator.”
The Andes girls will travel to face the host Eagles of Downsville at 7 p.m. tonight; they will compete in the MCS Tournament at Margaretville on Friday and Saturday. They will face the host Blue Devils at 7 p.m. Friday night in the first round.
Davenport 71, Margaretville 35 (Thursday)
The visiting Wildcats wasted no time getting down to business when they visited the host Margaretville Blue Devils on Thursday night, posting a 16-point first quarter to take an early seven-point lead.
“I think we came out strong,” said Margaretville Head Coach Kyle Holden. “I was pleased with the way we started the game. We knew that Davenport is one of the top teams in the league, so we wanted to come out and start off strong, which I thought we did. And it could have been closer at the end of the first – we left a few points on the floor.”
In the second quarter, however, he said his team “went to pieces,” as the Wildcats outscored Margaretville 28-6 to take a 44-15 lead going into halftime.
“We got into a little bit of foul trouble so we had to lay off our pressure a little bit, and they maintained their pressure and from time to time we didn’t handle it well.”
Davenport’s Sam Meyerhoff tallied 19 of her total 30 points in that quarter for the Wildcats.
Although the Blue Devils were unable to mount enough offense to make a significant cut into the Wildcats’ lead, a better Margaretville defense limited Davenport to 27 points in the second half.
“I was pleased with that,” Holden said. “They didn’t pressure us as much – it was more of a half-court game for both teams. They did get to 71 points but Sam only scored four points in the second half against us, so we were pleased with that.”
The Margaretville girls were led by Erica Faulkner, who tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds; Danielle Hull contributed eight points for the Blue Devils, who will play at Stamford on Wednesday.
“That wasn’t our greatest rebounding game, we only had 31 as a team and if we’re not at least 40 or above, we’re not going to have a really solid chance of winning a game,” Holden said.
The Blue Devils play in the MCS Varsity Tournament on Friday at 7 p.m., when they face the visiting Mountaineers of Andes; they will play again on Saturday.

Downsville 36, Roxbury 21 (Thursday)
The Roxbury girls dropped a tough 36-21 loss to visiting Downsville on Thursday night. A lack of offense in the opening half put the Rockets into a 19-7 hole at halftime, and though they battled back in the second half, they were unable to catch up.
“Overall, it was our shooting that really hurt us the most throughout the game,” said Roxbury Head Coach Tom Sherwood. “We had the shots, but… I think the stats showed that we out rebounded them in the game, but we didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Despite a lack of strong offense, Sherwood said that he was relatively pleased by his squad’s defensive showing.
“We played good enough defense,” he said. “We’ve just got to find a way to put the ball in the basket. The shots were there – we took them, we just didn’t make them.”
Rebounding was spread relatively evenly between three or four girls, but Rachel Meckes led the Roxbury offense with eight points, including a three-point field goal, and Paulina Cowan added seven points and went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line.
“Our defense has been good so far, and we’ve got to find a way to score some points, really – that’s what it comes down to,” Sherwood said. “And we’re going to be coming down to a tough part of our schedule, too – we’ve got Gilboa and then South Kortright. Still, it comes down to if you play good defense, which we’ve been doing, we can stay in games, but in order to win those games, we’ve got to be able to find a way to create some offense.”
The Roxbury girls will travel to face the host Wildcats of Gilboa tonight at 7 p.m.; they will host the visiting Rams of South Kortright at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“They’re both going to be tough games,” he said. “They’re going to be two good teams – I think with Davenport and Jefferson, they’re the top three teams in the Delaware League.”