RCS boys stay atop league

By John Berhardt
The Mountain Division tightened in Delaware League boys’ basketball when Roxbury split two contests as South Kortright and Gilboa crept closer to the first-place Rockets. Heading into last night’s action, Roxbury was atop the standings at 4-2 with SK and Gilboa a whisker behind at 4-3. Roxbury hosted South Kortright last night but the results of that key match-up could not be received before the Catskill Mountain News publishing deadline.

Downsville was no match for Roxbury last Wednesday. The first-place Rockets shredded the Eagles, 59-24, in a game played in Roxbury. After Dakota Caronia used a Spencer Hinkley pass to drive the lane for the game’s first score, the Eagles Justin Baxter buried a three-point goal to give Downsville their only lead of the game.

Caronia answered by turning a long offensive rebound into another driving score, and Derek Cowan used the short corner to find Sam Nash cutting through the lane, giving Roxbury a 6-3 advantage. Dayton Frey’s jump shot two steps in front of the foul line cut the margin to 6-5, the closest the Downsville would get for the remainder of the game.

Caronia was the offensive story of the game, amassing 14 of his game-high 16 points in the first half. The senior strong forward did a little bit of everything; driving hard to the hoop for scores, anticipating passes for steals, turning offensive rebounds off the boards into putback baskets, and feeding teammates for scores. Caronia had a hand in 14 of Roxbury’s 21 first-period points when the Rockets raced ahead, 21-7.

The second period story was much like the first with Roxbury surging ahead 40-14 by intermission.
Will Rendler hit double figures, netting 10 points for the Rockets. Spencer Hinkley and Matt Faraci both had nine.

The Mountain Division race tightened Friday night when Gilboa bested Roxbury, 56-38. A 25-8 third period Gilboa outburst ended Roxbury’s hope of besting their neighborhood rivals. It was Roxbury who took the momentum into the lockers at the half, capitalizing on an 18-9 second quarter to take a 25-21 lead. But, the Rocket fuel ran low at the start of the second half.
Gilboa banked on a three-prong offensive attack led by Zak Perry’s 17 points. Tyler Latta used two three-point goals in totaling 16, and Hunter Grace added 12 for the Wildcats.
Caronia paced Roxbury with 11, and Erik Shultis netted nine.

Roxbury girls
Cold third-quarter shooting dashed the Roxbury girls’ basketball team’s hope for a road win in Downsville on Tuesday. The Rockets carried a 26-22 lead into intermission but were outscored 13-2 in the pivotal third quarter. That third period difference proved enough for the Eagles to outlast their guests, 42-35.

Foul shooting played a part in the final outcome. Neither team had a good night from the charity stripe, but the Rockets missed a chance to narrow the point differential by hitting only eight of 12 foul shots.

Kennedy Faraci led all scorers with 13 points. Cristina Chiarappa and Kendal Sprague added seven each.

Kaileen Townsend and Samantha Bingay paced Downsville with 11 points apiece. Ashley Bivens hit eight for the home team.

The second quarter was the difference maker later in the week when the Rockets topped Gilboa in Roxbury. Trailing 13-11 after one period, the Roxbury outscored Gilboa, 12-2, in the second frame and were off and running. Roxbury added to their lead in both the third and the fourth period winning, 44-26.

Faraci topped the scorer’s board by netting 19 points including a nine of 12 effort from the foul line. Shannon Sprague hit eight points and Allyce McIntosh netted six.
Brooke Koerner scored eight points and Alle McGuire had seven for Gilboa.

Andes girls’ hoop
Andes senior forward Jade Litaker had a career night last week at home, scoring a team-high 16 points for the Mountaineers. Active from the wing and around the basket, Litaker kept her team in the game into the early minutes of the fourth quarter before Andes fell to Downsville, 60-43.
Downsville’s freshman guard Kaileen Townsend countered Litaker’s offensive effort on the other side of the court, netting a game-high 19 points. Townsend got loads of help from Leigha Lortourette and Samantha Bingay who both threw in 13 for the Eagles.

After falling behind 10-4 after one quarter, Andes stormed back trailing only 19-18 at the half. The action went back and forth in the third period but the Eagles added six more points to their advantage, leading, 37-30, after the third-period horn.

Downsville turned in a huge fourth quarter, scoring 23 points many after Andes point guard Kelsey Little left the game on fouls.

Sam Falco continues to show offensive promise for Andes by reaching double-digit point production with 12 points. Shianne Coss added seven more for the Mountaineers.