MCS girls post big win over Davenport
By John Bernhardt
It might not rank with the United States Hockey team’s Miracle on Ice or Villanova’s NCAA Championship basketball upset over Georgetown of long ago, but Friday night’s Margaretville girls’ basketball team’s, 60-55, upset over previously undefeated Davenport was pretty special.
Ever since Davenport wrested the Delaware League’s Upper Division championship from Margaretville during the 2001-2002 basketball season, it’s been clear sailing for the Wildcats. For 10 consecutive seasons coach Ray Preston’s teams have won the divisional championship.
On Friday, Margaretville turned the Upper Division title chase upside down. The Margaretville team upset elevated Hunter-Tannersville past Davenport to the top of the Upper Division and puts the Blue Devils back in the thick of this season’s title chase.
Plagued with offensive struggles all season long, the Blue Devils broke free Friday night. “This game marks the first time this year the girls relaxed and let the game come to them,” explained an excited Margaretville coach Kyle Holden. “Our composure was spectacular.”
Margaretville dominated the backboards and utilized put-back baskets as a major part of their offense. The Blue Devils turned in a consistent offensive effort scoring in double figures in every period. No more than five points ever separated the two teams. The Upper Division teams battled to a 14-14 first period tie before the Blue Devils nudged ahead, 31-28, at the half.
A single point separated the teams with Margaretville ahead, 43-42, heading into the final period. Davenport would take the lead by a point midway through the final frame, but a RaeAnn Bond inside basket off an out-of-bounds play on Margaretville’s next possession put the Blue Devils back in front to stay.
“They were using a box-an-one defense on Amy Filupeit,” explained Holden. “We cut Amy through the middle of the box, and had RaeAnn follow right behind her. When Amy stepped to the side Rae Ann was all alone close to the hoop.”
Bond had a huge game for the Blue Devils, scoring 11 points and hauling down 13 rebounds. Margaretville showed great scoring balance with Amy Filupeit leading the way with 13 points. Annette Hogan and Erin Filupeit both netted 10 points and Kellsey Buerge added nine for the Blue Devils.
Buerge’s final basket was a Davenport backbreaker. Trailing by three points with nine seconds remaining in the game, the Wildcats were inbounding the ball needing to travel the length of the court for a chance to tie. When the Wildcat point guard drifted too far from the inbound passer, a heads up Buerge shot the gap with a steal and score to nail down the upset.
A little-known basketball story is taking shape in the Catskills. Staying just below the radar, the Andes girls’ basketball team has been quietly paving the foundation of a successful season. The Mountaineers, who dropped three hard fought contests to start the season, found the winning column last week downing Roxbury, 45-30, in a game played on their home court. The win positions the Mountaineers to begin making some noise in the Delaware League.
The emergence of Desirae Coss as a scoring threat has seen the emergence of the Mountaineers as a competitive girls’ basketball team. Coss burned the nets with a season-high 22 points to pace the offense against the Rockets. Ashley Terry helped out with nine points and Kelsey Little had six for the Mountaineers.
Foul shooting is key
Accurate shooting from the foul line has been an early season Andes trademark. That was a case again last week when the Mountaineers went nine of 16 from the line.
Little is a Mountaineer defensive stopper often asked to guard the best offensive player of the opposing team. Last week that was Roxbury’s Kennedy Faraci. Foul troubles and Little’s hawking defense kept the Rocket star in check with Faraci limited to seven points. Andes’ tight man-to-man defense and strong off-the-ball defensive help has kept the Mountaineers in every game in the early season.
And, last week, Andes pounded the backboards against Roxbury. A terrific job boxing out around the basket by Ashley Terry and Jade Litaker freed teammates to run down missed shots. Coss pulled down 14 rebounds and Little 12 for Andes. Terry, too, had a double-digit night pulling down 10 rebounds.
Brittney Keator scored eight points to pace Roxbury.
Kennedy Faraci found her scoring touch netting 18 points to lead Roxbury past Downsville, 44-25, on Friday. The Rockets stormed past their guests 12-2 in the opening period and were never headed.
Faraci had a good night from the floor hitting six field goals and going six of eight from the foul line for Roxbury. The Rockets got a lot of inside help from Brittney Keator. Keator added eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Roxbury.
With a 27-15 lead at the half, the Rockets put the game away during the third period when they shutout the Eagles. Roxbury added eight points to their lead during the period.
Roxbury will look to continue their winning ways tomorrow night when they host Jefferson.