Roxbury girls are on a roll with 3 wins leading into Sectionals

By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury Rockets girls’ basketball team will enter Section IV post-season play as one of the hottest basketball teams in the Class D bracket.
Roxbury finished the regular season on a roll, winning their final three games including a 55-45 victory over the Delaware League’s Upper Division champion Davenport. Wins over Andes and Downsville later in the week boosted Roxbury’s DL record to 12-3. The Rockets finished the regular season at 12-5 overall.
An impressive victory over Davenport had to be a confidence builder for the young Rockets’ squad. Roxbury fell behind 11-8 in the first quarter but rallied in the middle frames to take control of the game. Devon Fox and Shannon Sprague scored six points apiece as the Rockets outscored the Upper Division champs, 20-13, in the second period to grab a 28-24 lead at the half.
High Flying: The RCS girls are flying high leading into this year's sectionals, as demonstrated by Lisa Boyke as she goes up for a shot during last Thursday’s contest against visiting Andes. Adriel Grapes (10) follows the play. — Photos by Dick SanfordHigh Flying: The RCS girls are flying high leading into this year's sectionals, as demonstrated by Lisa Boyke as she goes up for a shot during last Thursday’s contest against visiting Andes. Adriel Grapes (10) follows the play. — Photos by Dick Sanford
Played it cool
Roxbury protected the ball against Davenport’s defensive pressure, outscoring Davenport 19-12 in the third period to build their lead. It was smooth sailing down the home stretch with the Rockets nailing down a double-digit win. The Rockets would only turn the ball over three times in the game.
Stacey Sprague had a strong game from the inside, sharing scoring honors with Fox with 16 points. Sprague also pulled down 14 rebounds. Junior point guard Shannon Sprague netted 11 more for the Rockets. Sprague also had five steals.
Roxbury continued the momentum outscoring Andes 21-6 in the opening quarter then coasting to a 55-29 victory on Thursday night. Jade Meehan scored eight of her 12 points during Roxbury’s opening period salvo.
Jade Raid: Jade Meehan storms her way to the basket against Andes defense.Jade Raid: Jade Meehan storms her way to the basket against Andes defense.
Meehan, who pulled down eight rebounds, shared game-high scoring honors with teammates Shannon and Stacey Sprague. Stacey Sprague ripped down 13 rebounds and Shannon Sprague racked up eight steals.
Cheyenee Weaver led Andes with nine points.
Just Be 'Coss: Shianne Coss heads around the RCS defense but Andes' strong shooter would not prevail in this match-up. RCS won the night 55-29.Just Be 'Coss: Shianne Coss heads around the RCS defense but Andes' strong shooter would not prevail in this match-up. RCS won the night 55-29.
An 11-for-11 performance from the foul line by center Stacey Sprague helped lift Roxbury over Downsville, 57-49, on Friday. Sprague dominated the inside scoring 27 points for the victors.
Roxbury went to work early in the contest, taking a 17-9 first period lead that they extended to 33-15 by the half.
Jade Meehan scored 12 points and Shannon Sprague had 10 for the Rockets.
Next up for the Rockets, the Section IV playoffs with the Roxbury likely to see opening round action on Wednesday, Feb.19.
Doubly Determined: RCS Elizabeth Davis hangs on to her ball despite the double pressure from Andes.Doubly Determined: RCS Elizabeth Davis hangs on to her ball despite the double pressure from Andes.
MCS girls win
A coaching positional change paid dividends for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team as the Blue Devils finished their season Friday with a 51-42 victory over Hunter-Tannersville. Margaretville Coach Kyle Holden moved his leading score, Annette Hogan, a shooting guard, from the wing to the high post in the second half, and the move worked like magic for the Blue Devils.
With the offense now channeled through the high post, Hogan, an excellent passer, was more difficult to cover. The Blue Devils senior got good looks at the basket and found added opportunities to dish the ball off to teammates. Hogan, who scored a game-high 23 points, netted all three of her three-point goals and went six for six from the foul line in the second half.
H-T, which defeated Margaretville earlier in the season, seemed positioned to repeat the trick on when they raced to an early 13-8 lead. The Blue Devils cranked up their offense, making up that difference in the second period, outscoring their guests, 15-10, to even the score 23-23 at the half.
Margaretville was able to accomplish something in its final contest that has eluded them for most of the year, put up consistent offensive numbers throughout an entire game. With Hogan firing away from the outside, and Sami Hunt finishing around the basket, Margaretville matched their second-period output in the third frame then scored 13 points down the stretch to pull away from the Wildcats.

Closing strong
Hunt finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds in her final game as a Blue Devil. Junior Cora Bruno added 10 more points for Margaretville. Hogan, Hunt, Cecilia Galatioto, Isses Orrego, and Kaitlin Short also played their final game for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils downed Windham 58-24 earlier in the week behind an 18-point effort by Hunt. Hogan had 13 points and five steals in the Margaretville win.
With the victory, Margaretville finished its season at 6-11.