Lady Rockets top Mountaineers

By John Bernhardt
Strong defensive pressure in the second half propelled Roxbury past Andes in a Delaware League girls’ contest played in Roxbury last week. Roxbury turned turnovers into offensive opportunity, using a 10-1 third quarter on their way to a 52-25 victory.
“The Roxbury girls did a nice job of capitalizing on our failure to protect the basketball,” lamented Andes coach Jeff Rhone.

Roxbury leaned heavily on the inside play of Kendall Sprague during the opening half. Sprague was tough around the basket scoring eight points in the first period as the Rockets raced to an 11-5 lead. Two more inside Sprague scores and three Kennedy Faraci second quarter field goals added two more points to Roxbury’s lead at the half.

Sprague would finish the night with a game-high 18 points for Roxbury. Faraci netted 12, Shannon Sprague 10 and Samantha Sprague eight for the victors.
Sprague’s effort followed up an 11-point game in Jefferson earlier in the week when the Rockets downed the JayHawks, 34-19.

Shianne Coss and Sam Falco paced Andes with seven points each. Coss, Falco, and Kelsey Little all had three-point goals for Andes.

Gilboa tops ACS
After receiving a pasting from Gilboa in the consolation game of the Margaretville Booster Tournament, the Andes girls’ basketball team may have preferred a little separation before facing the Wildcats again.  That was not the case when the Delaware League schedule pitted the two teams against one another again last week in Andes.  The Mountaineers gave their guests a scare, battling hard before falling 50-39.

Jade Litaker had a strong night to help keep Andes close.  Litaker scored a team- high 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to keep Andes within six points of Gilboa into the fourth quarter.  Shianne Coss scored six points and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Andes drops to 1-4 on the season.