The Daily Star
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Host Davenport jumped to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and went on to a 43-32 Delaware League girls basketball victory over Stamford on Tuesday.
The game marked the return of senior Sam Maidens, who has been sidelined since she injured an ACL in a summer league basketball game.
“It is definitely nice to have Sam back on the court,” said Davenport coach Ray Preston, who earned his 613th victory _ six shy of tying former Red Hook coach John Kuhn for the all-time state record. “She provides senior leadership and so much heart and hustle for our team. She probably played more than we expected tonight, but we will continue to get her into game shape for the stretch run.”
Davenport’s Sara Haight had a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks.
Haight sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Cassie Wubbehorst contributed 11 points, six rebounds and six steals in the victory.
Stamford was led by Kim Freer’s 13 points and Naleah Meier’s 10 points.
The win gives the Wildcats (9-2, 7-2) a one-game lead over Stamford atop the Upper Division standings. The teams will play again Friday at Stamford.
Davenport will host Windham tonight.
Unatego 47, Afton 32
Senior Michaela Reynolds came off the bench to score her varsity high of 17 points to lead visiting Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
“She’s been coming on offensively,” Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski said of Reynolds. “She’s been getting opportunities and she’s taking advantage of them. It’s nice to have an added offensive threat coming off the bench.”
The Spartans (12-2, 0-9) led by four at halftime before outscoring the Crimson Knights, 12-1, in the third quarter. Reynolds had six points in the third quarter.
Unatego also went from 11-for-11 from the free throw line, with Casey Manzanero’s 4 of 4 effort leading the way. Manzanero finished with 12 points.
““That would be the first time, I believe,” Bonczkowski said of his team not missing a free throw. “As a coach, I’m always talking in practice about the importance of free throws, and that in close games it can be the difference between winning and losing. It’s really refreshing to see us go 11-for-11.”
Unatego will play a key home game against Unadilla Valley on Friday in a matchup of MAC unbeatens.
“They’re a pretty solid basketball team,” Bonczkowski said of the Storm. “They have some very talented young ladies and we’re looking forward to it.”
Payton Cutting and Ashley Rogalsky had 11 and nine points, respectively, for Afton.
Cooperstown outscored the host school by 22 points in the second half to pull away for a Center State Conference victory.
“We picked up our defensive intensity in the second half, which led to some easy buckets,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said.
Sumer Murdock had a game-high 13 points for the Redskins, who received 10 points and 14 steals from Elizabeth Millea.
Nicole Cring contributed eight points, nine rebounds, six blocks in the victory.
Morrisville-Eaton was led by Jesse Murray’s 12 points.
Cooperstown (13-2, 7-0) will host Waterville on Senior Night on Thursday.
On Saturday, Cooperstown jumped to a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to a 66-38 road victory in the Center State Conference over Waterville.
Murdock had a game-high 18 points, and Cring had 14 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks to lead the Redskins in the victory.
Hannah Gray had a team high 13 points for Waterville in the defeat.
at Fox Bowling Center
Bryant Gray’s match-high 654 series included games of 243 and 221 in leading Sidney’s boys to a 3-1 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Hancock.
Jon Gorshak and Tyler Boice contributed games of 226 and 202, respectively, for the Warriors.
Ryan Slatcher’s 212 game paced Hancock.
Sidney’s girls fell, 4-0. Marina Mazzarella had games of 185 and 184 in a 515 series for the Warriors.
Ali Vividor led Hancock with a 514 series.
at Holland Patent
Chris Harloff’s 235 game helped Cooperstown’s boys to a 4-1 Center State Conference win over Holland Patent.
The Redskins’ girls lost, 5-0.
Section Four Alpine
Once again, Windham’s boys and girls swept the team titles during a Section Four Alpine event at Hunter Mountain.
Aidan Cohane led the Warriors boys, finishing first in a time of 34.19 seconds. Brandon Cohane was second 36.48 as Windham skiers took the top four spots.
Windham’s Sophia Jaeger placed first in the girls face, crossing in 41.28. Teammates Lucy Davis and Samantha Simpfenderfer finished second and third, respectively.
Windham will host the next event Friday.