Roxbury girls take two wins; H-T senior night foils MCS girls
By John Bernhardt
The Roxbury girls’ basketball team has arrived. Optimism is soaring as the young Rockets continue to improve. Roxbury won back-to-back contests last week, downing Stamford, 62-43, on Wednesday and Jefferson, 48-31, the following night.
Two sophomores used varsity-best performances to fuel the rocket motors on Wednesday. All season long, sophomore center Stacey Sprague has been building her basketball brand around the basket. Sprague took her rebounding game to new levels pulling down a varsity-high 23-missed shots against Stamford. Sprague added 14 points to her busy night of work. Jade Meehan, a speedy Rocket sophomore added a varsity-best 20 points for the Rockets. Meehan capped a total game effort with 10 rebounds and five steals.
Adding to the Roxbury optimism is the steady play of their junior playmaker, Shannon Sprague. Sprague reached double-digits by scoring 10 points against the Indians.
Roxbury jumped all over Stamford in the early going, doubling their opponents first quarter output. A huge second frame, when the Rockets outscored their guests 19-5, put the game on ice by the half.
Heather Dunning led Stamford with 13 points. Nora Hager added 10 and Kim Freer nine for the Indians.
Another Roxbury sophomore got in the act on Friday night against Jefferson. Devin Fox used strong defense to create offensive opportunities in scoring 14 points as Roxbury downed Jefferson, 48-31.
Stacey Sprague continued her strong play with a game-high 16 points for Roxbury, including a six of six night from the foul line. Meehan completed the Rockets’ scoring trio netting 13 points.
Roxbury outscored Jefferson in every corner, building an 11-7 first-period lead, upping their advantage to 22-12 by the half, and extending that margin to 36-21 at the three-quarter mark.
Don’t discount the motivational factor that senior night can play on the outcome of a high school basketball game. That fact was on display in Tannersville last week when two H-T seniors scored 33 of their team’s 52 points, leading the Wildcat girls past Margaretville, 52-43.
H-T coach Ryan Funck told the Daily Star that Taylor Fimalino saved the best game of her varsity career for her senior night. Firmalino scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebound to spearhead the Wildcats’ winning effort. Not to be outdone, another Wildcat senior, Sam Dibble matched Fimalino’s 16-point scoring effort.
The Wildcats inched ahead in the first period, taking a 12-8 lead after the first eight minutes. With Fimalino and Dibble leading the way, H-T added to the margin, leading 26-19 at the half.
A 13-8 third quarter complicated any hopes the Blue Devils might stage a second-half rally. Although Margaretville did outscore their hosts, 16-12, down the homestretch, it was too little, too late for the blue and white.
Margaretville had a balanced offensive attack with three players reaching double figures. Three shots from behind the arc helped Cora Bruno to a team-high 12 points for Margaretville. Center Sami Hunt and shooting guard Annette Hogan added 11 and 10 for the Blue Devils.