Late heroics lead MCS girls to victory over Mountaineers

By Julia Green
It was the Amy Filupeit show at Margaretville Central School on Friday night, when the host Blue Devils took on the visiting Mountaineers of Andes Central School. Filupeit nailed three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the last of which came with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 54 apiece.
It was a good old-fashioned barnburner, despite an eight-point first-quarter lead in the Blue Devils’ favor; the Mountaineers battled back in the second quarter, outscoring Margaretville 16-6 to take a two-point lead into halftime.
“Overall, I think we had pretty decent communication out there,” said Margaretville Head Coach Kyle Holden. “We seemed to back each other up well and at times we rebounded the ball pretty solidly. Our weakness was when we tried to dictate the offense rather than taking what the defense would give us.”
Both teams kept up the pressure in the second half, however, and with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the back-and-forth began.
Filupeit hit her second 3-pointer of the night with just under three minutes remaining to give the Blue Devils a three-point lead; the Mountaineers’ Mariah Ruff responded with 2:22 remaining, sinking a three to tie it at 33. The two teams traded the lead, virtually bucket for bucket, for the remainder of the half, and Andes’ Kaitlin Mackay made the first of two foul shots with 2.9 seconds remaining to tie it at 39.
The Mountaineers appeared to have the momentum at the start of the fourth, as Rachel Andrews made two of two foul shots and back-to-back jumpers by Karli Tait gave Andes a 45-39 lead. Andes baskets by Ashley Terry and Gina Tait gave Andes a 49-41 lead, and after Margaretville’s Erica Faulkner made two of two foul shots, Andrews put in another layup to make it 51-43 in Andes’ favor.
Enter: Filupeit, who sank her third 3-pointer of the night with 2:49 remaining in the game to make it 51-46. Her fourth came with 54 seconds left in regulation to make it 52-51 in Andes’ favor; a Karli Tait layup for Andes widened the Mountaineers’ lead to 54-51. Following a timeout called by Holden, Filupeit sank her fifth 3-pointer of the night with 31 seconds left to tie the game at 54.
“Amy stepped up huge for us in that game when we really needed it,” Holden said. “She was actually five out of seven from the three-point line. She was on fire.”
With 23 seconds on the clock, Faulkner made two free throws for Margaretville to take a two-point lead and give Andes back the ball; however, Ruff’s attempt to dribble the ball up the left-hand side of the court resulted in an out-of-bounds call to return possession to Margaretville.
And it was only fitting that, in the final two seconds of the Friday night thriller, it was Filupeit on the free-throw line, where she made two foul shots to seal for Margaretville the 58-54 win.
Faulkner led the Blue Devils with 13 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks.
“Erica had a monster game for us,” Holden said. “She had a really good game for us overall.”
The Blue Devils faced visiting Roscoe at home on Monday night, falling
“I thought the intensity we carried Friday night didn’t come out of the locker room this evening,” Holden said after the game. “We were flat-footed, we didn’t rotate on defense, our spacing was horrendous and our man offense was just horrendous tonight at periods. When we spaced the floor and worked together and drove to the basket, we got baskets and fouls, but there were too many times we took ourselves out of any sort of rhythm by plugging the lane and getting each other’s way.”
The Blue Devils suffered a tough loss when Danielle Hull went down midway through the third quarter and didn’t return in the fourth.
Following Monday’s game, the Blue Devils moved to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the league as they move into the final week of competition. They played host to the visiting Indians of Stamford on Tuesday night; no score was available at press time. They will face the visiting Rams of South Kortright at home at 5:30 p.m. on Monday night in a game that was rescheduled from last Thursday. The Blue Devils will finish up the regular season at Hunter next Thursday.
The Roxbury Rockets played host to the visiting Wildcats of Gilboa on Tuesday night as the Andes Mountaineers faced the visiting Eagles of Downsville; no score for either game was available at press time.