Lady Devils win 2; Rockets split
By John Bernhardt
Slow to start but fast to finish, the Margaretville girls’ basketball team won two contests on the road last week to run its win streak to three games.
The Blue Devils followed the same script in all three contests; falling behind early, scrambling to get back in the game, and then finishing strong to secure the victory. A 17-7 final period helped Margaretville down Jefferson, 35-27, on Thursday after toppling Andes, 62-50, earlier in the week.
Margaretville was determined to contain Jefferson’s tall center Elissa Starheim. The Blue Devils employed a sagging man-to-man defense with one girl fronting Starheim and Sami Hunt ready to challenge from behind. The strategy slowed but did not stop Starheim, but seemed to unnerve the rest of the Jefferson team. Starheim netted 16 points, but her teammates could only add 11 more to the JayHawk tally.
For the third game in a row, Margaretville started slowly only scoring a single field goal in the first period and trailing 9-2. The Blue Devils’ defense shutout Jefferson in the second frame with Margaretville battling back to earn a 9-9 halftime tie.
Jefferson edged ahead taking a 20-18 lead into the final frame before the Margaretville scoring explosion. Annette Hogan was a major offensive answer for the Blue Devils. Hogan hit four, three-point goals and scored 18 points for the victors. Tess Svoboda netted 10 points and Sami Hunt added seven for Margaretville.
The first period ended in Andes on Tuesday with Margaretville staring at an eight-point deficit. Svoboda and Hogan were blistering hot in the second frame combining to score 18 points as the Blue Devils outscored their hosts 25-8 to carry a 33-24 advantage into intermission.
The second half was played almost evenly but the damage was done with the Devils taking home the 62-50 victory.
Hogan led Margaretville in scoring with 19 points. Svoboda followed close behind with 18. Kelsey Buerge and Alexas Molnar aided the Blue Devil cause with eight and seven, respectively.
Shianne Coss took game high scorning honors with a varsity career high of 24 for Andes. Coss also added 10 rebounds. Sam Falco reached double-figures with 12 for the Mountaineers.
It can be disheartening sharing a girls’ basketball regular season Delaware League division with South Kortright. The Rams almost never lose a league contest, many times making the Mountain Division title race a foregone conclusion.
Against that backdrop on Thursday, Roxbury’s Lady Rockets found a way to be a factor in a league title chase. Roxbury stunned Stamford, 44-43, on the Indians’ home court, blurring an already tight Upper Division race.
Entering Thursday’s action, Stamford and perennial champion Davenport were neck-and-neck at the top of the Upper Division. When Davenport fell to SK on Thursday, Stamford needed a victory over visiting Roxbury to secure the top spot in the division. The Indians couldn’t get it done.
Roxbury’s Kennedy Faraci helped her team play the role of spoiler. Faraci hit 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth period to help her team outscore the Indians, 16-11, to nail down the upset.
Only a few points separated the two teams throughout the contest. Stamford led 13-11 after one, 21-20 at the half, and 32-28 before the Rockets’ rally. Stamford had the ball with 10 seconds to play at the end of the contest but could not capitalize.
Cassie Ehrhart led Stamford with 12 points. Erin Hull tossed in 11.
Picking up pace
Recent contests have seen Allyce McIntosh emerge as a scoring threat for Roxbury. McIntosh netted nine points in the Rockets’ win in Stamford and added 12 earlier in a 51-42 loss last Tuesday in South Kortright. Her offensive firepower will be an added asset for Roxbury as they prepare for the Section IV, Class D, girls’ basketball playoffs.
SK senior Kayla Craft does it all on the hardwoods. The veteran Ram can score from inside and outside and is a rugged rebounder. Craft totaled a game-high 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds when SK bested the Rockets. Fifteen of Craft’s points came in the first half.
Brianna Laing had an all around kind of night for SK. Laing used two three-point scores to total eight points. The freshman grabbed seven rebounds.
SK’s Kayla Warycha was assigned the task of slowing down Faraci, defending the Rocket scoring threat in a box-and-one defense. Warycha held Faraci to eight points while scoring eight of her own, a contributing factor in the Rams’ victory.