Margaretville girls win on late three-pointer; Roxbury girls post first victory

By Julia Green
Margaretville junior Amy Filupeit nailed a three-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining to give the Lady Blue Devils a one-point lead that earned Margaretville the win in its home match-up against visiting Downsville on Monday night.
The Blue Devils’ Michelle O’Reilly sank a basket and a foul shot with just over a minute remaining to tie the score at 28, but the visiting Eagles took a 30-28 lead with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The ball bounced off a Downsville player’s foot and went out of bounds with 14.3 seconds on the clock, and Margaretville Head Coach Kyle Holden called time-out; when the Blue Devils came back on the floor, Filupeit played the ball in to O’Reilly, who passed it back out to Filupeit, who put up the three.
Filupeit tallied 10 points to lead the Blue Devils, who are currently 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the league; Erica Faulkner added six points and 11 rebounds for Margaretville.
Monday was a key turnaround victory for the Blue Devils, who dropped two games in league competition last week as they fell to the visiting JayHawks of Jefferson on Tuesday and then dropped a tough 53-25 loss to the host Rams of South Kortright on Thursday.
The Margaretville girls will face the visiting Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville tonight; they will travel to face the host Wildcats of Charlotte Valley on Tuesday.
The Roxbury Lady Rockets posted their first win of the season with a convincing 39-27 victory over the visiting Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville on Thursday night. The Rockets were led by Raven Sprague, whose hot shooting resulted in 19 points; Sprague also pulled down 12 rebounds, while Kennedy Faraci added eight.
“We were able to get the ball inside to her and she took some shots, she made some shots, she dished off for a few assists and shot six for seven from the foul line,” said Head Coach Tom Sherwood.
The Rockets were down 11-8 after the first quarter but battled back in the second to tally 12 points and take a 20-19 lead into halftime.
“The first two and a half quarters were back and forth,” Sherwood said. “We were down I think 8-2 and then we caught up; about halfway through the third quarter on we got some steals and rebounded the ball pretty good and we made our foul shots.”
The Rockets did the most damage in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and limiting Hunter-Tannersville to four to widen their lead to eight points; in the fourth, they out-scored the Wildcats 8-4 to seal the win.
“Both games last week we played pretty good defense,” Sherwood said. “It was a half-court defense, and we rebounded the ball pretty well, so I think those were the two key things.”
And, Sherwood added, he hopes that the morale boost from the team’s first win of the season will carry over into the Rockets’ upcoming games.
“We’ve been in all the games we’ve played except maybe one, and we’re starting to get into a tough part of our schedule now, so hopefully we can kind of carry it over and play at a competitive level against these schools,” Sherwood said, referring to upcoming games against Jefferson, Davenport and South Kortright.
The Roxbury girls will travel to face the Lady JayHawks of Jefferson tonight; they will host the visiting Mountaineers of Andes on Friday night.
The Andes girls posted a convincing win against visiting Roscoe last Wednesday, as Mariah Ruff tallied a game-high 24 points and Karli Tait added 18 points and 15 rebounds and Rachel Andrews added 17 points to lead the Mountaineers to a 70-61 win.
The Mountaineers held a four-point lead after the first quarter, up 20-16, but Roscoe cut the deficit in the second quarter to take a 34-34 tie into halftime. Andes managed only a two-point edge in the third quarter to make it 45-43 going into the final quarter, but tallied 25 points in the fourth and limited Roscoe to 18 to seal the win.
With the win, Andes moved to 3-4; they will face the visiting Wildcats of Gilboa tonight. They will travel to play the host Rockets in Roxbury on Friday, and the South Kortright Rams will visit Andes on Tuesday.

Boys’ basketball
It was a good week of basketball for the Roxbury Rockets, who posted wins over Stamford and Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Dylan Stock led the Rockets with 21 points at Stamford, tallying 18 of them in the first three quarters, and DaVaun Morgan tallied eight of his 19 points in the overtime period to help lift the Rockets to a win.
The Rockets held a 35-29 lead going into the fourth quarter, during which Stamford tallied 15 points to tie it at 44; a layup with two seconds remaining forced the game into an extra period.
Garrett Hall added 10 points for Roxbury, going six-for-eight from the free-throw line as the Rockets posted a 57-55 win.
It was another tight one when the Rockets traveled to face the Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville on Friday night. Morgan once again turned up the pressure toward the end of the game, tallying 11 of his total 25 points in the fourth quarter of Roxbury’s 47-44 win over Hunter.
The host Wildcats took an early lead, outscoring the Rockets 13-5 in the first quarter and taking a 25-16 lead into halftime. The Rockets took the scoring edge in the third quarter, scoring 10 points to Hunter’s eight, and blew the game open in the fourth, as they went on a 21-11 scoring run.
Kyle Ciaravino tallied 10 points and Garrett Hall added eight for the Rockets, who will play the host Mountaineers of Andes on Thursday.
The Andes Mountaineers racked up 23 points in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game at Windham, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit sustained over the first three quarters, during which the Warriors took a 51-18 lead en route to a 60-41 victory.
“We got shellacked,” said Andes Head Coach John Bernhardt. “It was just one of those games. I look at a 20-something year career and there are a handful of games that are just pure nightmares, and this was one of them.”
The Andes defense struggled to contain the Warriors but were unable to do so, particularly as Windham’s Evan Goettsche tallied 31 points and 10 rebounds to give the Mountaineers trouble.
“The part that was most troubling to me was that we played just almost nonexistent defense,” Bernhardt said. “I thought in the [Margaretville] tournament we looked so good defensively, but this was like the complete reverse, with nobody moving when the ball moved.
Also proving challenging for the Mountaineers was a scaled-down roster; Josh Bonifacic was absent, Sage Beemer went down with a sprained ankle early in the third quarter, and at least one Andes player got into foul trouble early on.
“The only positive that I could take from the night was that Peter Fabrykiewicz started and did really well defensively,” Bernhardt said. “He played an active game and scored 10 points. But it was just one of those times in high school ball, and we’re going to be deeply challenged because I don’t think Sage will be back with us this week. It will be interesting to see how they can stand up to some tough challenges.”
Eric Reed led the Mountaineers with 15 points.
Andes will face the visiting Rockets of Roxbury tomorrow night.
“I think Roxbury has established themselves as the third best team in the league,” Bernhardt said. “They’ve won some big games, so they’re tough. If we don’t play any better than we did the other night, frankly there’s not another win on our schedule. We have to play a whole bunch better, or it’s going to be a long 2010.
“You just have to play well if you’re going to expect to win,” he added. “You have to be consistent, you have to give max effort every time you’re out on the floor.”
It was a tough week for the Margaretville Blue Devils last week, as they dropped decisions to the JayHawks in Jefferson and the visiting Rams of South Kortright on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Marcus Moore had nine points and David Hull added six when the Blue Devils played at Jefferson on Wednesday, but they fell behind early following a 17-6 Jefferson advantage in the first quarter. A similarly skewed second quarter, in which the JayHawks outscored the Blue Devils 17-8, put Margaretville in a 34-14 halftime hole from which they were unable to recover.
The Blue Devils seemed to find their footing when they hosted the South Kortright Rams on Friday night, despite being without starting post player Brian Faulkner, who was suspended due to an ejection in Wednesday night’s game. The Margaretville boys battled in the first quarter, laying high pressure on the Rams and limiting them to 14 points while tallying five of their own; however, they were unable to contain the Rams’ offense in the second quarter, during which South Kortright tallied 23 points and held the Blue Devils scoreless to take a 37-5 lead into halftime.
The Blue Devils fought back in the third quarter, holding SK to 12 points while putting eight on the board, and posted another strong quarter in the fourth, as they allowed the Rams only a three-point scoring edge, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
The Blue Devils will travel to face the host Warriors of Windham on Thursday night.