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February 13, 2013

Davenport's Preston ties state record for victories

The Daily Star


Davenport’s Ray Preston tied the record for victories by a girls basketball coach in New York state with his team’s 30-16 Delaware League victory at Downsville on Tuesday night.

Preston, in his 34th season, earned his 619th victory. That put him even with former Red Hook coach John Kuhn, who retired after the 2009-10 season.

Preston’s first chance at becoming the state’s all-time winningest girls basketball coach will come Friday in the Delaware League championship game against unbeaten South Kortright. That game starts at 5:30 p.m. at SUNY Delhi.

“He’s always been one of the dominant coaches around,” said Downsville coach Courtney Hoyt, who also played against Preston-coached teams for the Eagles in the mid-2000s. “As a player, I always enjoyed playing against him, because his teams were always competitive. They were definitely games I looked forward to playing.”

Preston guided the Wildcats to their 26th Delaware League division title this season. His teams have won 11 league championships, eight sectional titles, appeared in four state semifinals and two state championship games. Davenport is still searching for its first state championship in girls basketball.

In 2011, Preston was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. Two years earlier, he earned induction into the Section Four Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, the Wildcats (15-2) played without leading scorer Sarah Haight. Hoyt said Haight was on crutches with what she believed to be an ankle injury.Sam Maidens, who hit two three-pointers, scored seven of her game-high 13 points after halftime when Davenport outscored the Eagles, 17-8.

Downsville had two players out because of illness and another fouled out early in the third quarter, leaving Hoyt with five healthy players.

Courtney Jennings had 10 points for the Eagles (8-9), who will play at South Kortright in a Section Four Class D first-round game Tuesday.

Sidney 38, Hancock 37

Kelsey Decker and Jolene Krom made four three-pointers apiece to lead visiting Sidney to a victory in the consolation game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.

Decker finished with a game-high 15 points, one more than Krom. Decker hit two three-pointers in the third quarter in helping the Warriors take a 30-24 lead into the final period.

Hancock rallied in the final quarter. Caitlin Wormuth went to the line with .7 seconds left in regulation. Wormuth made the first free throw to cap her 14-point night. She missed the second and the rebound went out of bounds as the clock ran out.

Brianna McClennon contributed nine points for Sidney.

Kayla Barringer and Ashley Banicky had 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for Hancock (8-10), which will play in the Section Four Class D tournament next Tuesday.

Deposit 43, Walton 31

Catherine Bush and Lakeisha Allen scored five points apiece during a 16-5 second-quarter run that lifted host Deposit to victory in the consolation game of the 9-12 Midstate Athletic Conference tournament.

Bush hit a three-pointer and Allen had an old-fashion three-point play in the second quarter, which ended with the Lumberjacks ahead, 24-16.

Bush finished with a team-high 13 points and Kayla Miller had 11 rebounds for Deposit, which finishes its season at 4-14.

Cortney Miller had a game-high 14 points for Walton.

Richfield Springs 56,

St. Johnsville 38

Kaity Richvalsky scored a game-high 21 points to lead the host Indians to a non-league victory.

Ashley Fuller contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Vanessa Miller finished with six points and 14 rebounds for Richfield Springs (4-12), which will travel to Milford today.

Stamford 49, Windham 23

Erin Hull and Cassie Ehrhart had 11 points apiece, and Naleah Meier contributed 10 as visiting Stamford won in the Delaware League on Monday.

Rachel Iacono had nine points for Windham, which ended its season at 0-14.