BAINBRIDGE _ Like so many of her coast-to-coast dashes up the floor, Harpursville senior Hannah Kimmel raced by three area graduates on Section Four's all-time scoring list Tuesday.
Her strength, speed and basketball know-how resulted in 34 points and put an end to Bainbridge-Guilford's unbeaten getaway this season.
"She's one of the premier players I've coached against," longtime B-G coach Bob Conway said of Kimmel after the Hornets' 62-44 Midstate Athletic Conference victory before a large turnout at B-G. "Hannah is very tough. She's going to get 30 points every night."
Kimmel, bound for Division I Sacred Heart next season, entered Tuesday with 2,115 points. She closed with 2,149, passing Davenport graduates Sam Meyerhoff and Rena Goble, who each finished with 2,121, and Windham graduate Erica Knolhoff (2,141) to move into third place in Section Four history.
Only Candor grad Megan Shay (2,205) and Odessa-Montour grad Stefanie Collins (2,204) are ahead of her and based on the way Kimmel played Tuesday, it probably will take a couple games before she's No. 1.
"She can do a lot of different things," Harpursville coach Kurt Ehrensbeck said. "She shot it fairly well from the outside and she can get to the rim. I've really enjoyed watching her play."
The 5-foot-11 guard scored in transition, off drives, on putbacks and pull-up jumpers, she hit a pair of three-pointers and went 6-for-6 from the line as the Hornets improved to 7-1, their lone loss coming by a 47-45 count to Class B Cazenovia.
But for as good Kimmel played, the Bobcats showed glimpses of why they started the season 8-0.
After Kimmel grabbed a missed a free throw by Randi Conway and zipped down court for a layup at the other end to give Harpursville a 13-3 lead midway through the first quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Hornets, 29-27, over the next 20-plus minutes.
"This is a good step for us," coach Conway said. "After that first 5 or 6 minutes, we played OK. We didn't shoot the ball well, but we did play much better. That'll be big for us down the road."
Junior forward Shania Vandermark scored a team-high 16 points and proved tough
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to stop around the basket all night, on offensive rebounds or low-post moves.
"I'm pretty sure we could have played them a lot tougher," Vandermark said. "In our minds, we thought they were so much better than us because we've lost a lot to them recently, but I think we could have picked it up a lot."
When Harpursville's Savannah Murray hit a three-pointer from the key 55 seconds into the third quarter, the Hornets' lead was 35-19.
B-G responded with a 13-5 run over the next 5:20.
Junior Randi Conway, the coach's niece, hit a jumper before Vandermark made a free throw with 5:12 left in the quarter to make it 35-22. But Vandermark missed the second free throw, Kimmel rebounded and again outran B-G's defense for a layup.
"That's Hannah," coach Conway said. "With Hannah, you can do that. She's just so big and strong, and handles the ball so well, she's going to bring the ball right at you. It creates a lot of problems.
Kayla Davis answered with two free throws and Chelsi Rosa hit the last of her three three-pointers, a shot from the left wing off a pass from Conway to pull B-G to 37-27 with 3:35 to go in the third.
A three-pointer by Kimmel off the dribble to temporarily stop B-G's run.
But B-G scored the next five points on a three by Conway from the key and a basket down low from Vandermark _ off a pass from Conway _ the latter making the score, 40-32, with 1:25 left in the quarter.
"Truthfully, I think the realized we had a chance if we came to play all night," coach Conway said.
Again, Kimmel answered, hitting four free throws over the final 46 seconds of the quarter as Harpursville took a 12-point lead into the final eight minutes.
A layup by Kimmel and a free throw by Miranda Drummond (14 points) pushed Harpursville's lead to 47-32, 1:23 into the last quarter and the Bobcats never got closer than 13 thereafter.
Should the teams meet again later this season, Vandermark said a more patient approach on the offensive end would benefit a Bobcats squad that shot 16-for-65 from the field.
"Running our offense, a lot of times we think we have to get a quick shot," she said. "We need to slow down and wait for someone to get open and take better shots."
Harpursville 62, B-G 44
HARPURSVILLE (7-1): Savannah Murray 2-5 0-0 5, Erin Dietzman 2-8 0-0 4, Amanda Frayer 0-4 0-0 0, Emily McElwain 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Kimmel 13-32 6-6 34, Kayleigh Livermore 1-3 0-0 2, Miranda Drummond 5-8 4-8 14, Erin Andrews 1-1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 24-61 11-16 62.
BAINBRIDGE-GUILFORD (8-1): Shania Vandermark 7-16 2-6 16, Randi Conway 3-26 1-2 9, Corrine Riegel 1-6 0-0 3, Chelsi Rosa 3-8 0-0 9, Raileigh Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsea Tewksbury 2-8 0-0 5, Kayla Davis 0-1 2-2 2. TOTALS: 16-65 5-10 44.
Harpursville 17 15 12 18 _ 66
Bainbridge-Guilford 13 6 13 12 _ 44
Three-point field goals: H 3 (Murray, Kimmel 2); B (Conway 2, Rosa 3, Riegel).
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