South Kortright, Downsville girls reach DL final

RYAN AMES | The Daily Star South Kortright’s Sonia Reeves maneuvers around Hunter-Tannersville’s Ellie Byrne during the first half of Wednesday’s Delaware League semifinal at South Kortright.

Top-seeded South Kortright sidestepped No. 4 Hunter-Tannersville, 58-21, in the first round of the Delaware League playoffs at South Kortright Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The Rams put the pressure on early, outscoring the Wildcats, 22-4, in the first quarter.

South Kortright did not allow more than 10 points in any quarter and followed up its 22-point first with 13, 14 and nine points over the next three quarters.

“Tonight I thought we had good defensive energy in the first half,” Rams coach Josh Burroughs said. “I was pleased with our ball movement on the offensive end (too).”

South Kortright gave Hunter-Tannersville fits with its full-court press, particularly in the first half.

“Certainly we like to pride ourselves on the defensive end,” Burroughs said. “We like to extend the floor and play full court.”

Sonia Reeves scored 15 points as the game’s high scorer for South Kortright on seven field goals and a 1-for-2 mark from the foul line.

“Other than scoring the ball she does a lot of other things for us,” Burroughs said. “She rebounds really well for her size. Hunter was packing the paint on Azalyn (Brunson) so Sonia did a nice job finding her spots.”

Reeves also compiled six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

The Rams received 12 points from Carli Pardee, eight points from Lauryn Schmid and seven points from Emily Andersen.

Lacey Eckert (four points) grabbed 10 rebounds and Pardee contributed five steals and six boards to go with her 12 points.

The Wildcats were led by Jayden Lewis’ seven points with Sasha Gazoorian, Peyton Legg and Cameron Radcliffe combining for the rest of their 21 points.

South Kortright (16-3) will meet No. 2 Downsville in the DL championship game at SUNY Delhi on Friday, Feb. 21.

“Downsville’s a talented team,” Burroughs said. “They’re there for a reason so we’re going to have to show up and play a solid four quarters.”

Downsville 67, Stamford 42

Olivia Brunner and Kailee Young powered No. 2 Downsville past third-seeded Stamford in the first round of the DL playoffs at Downsville.

Brunner netted a game-high 25 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for a double-double, also recording five steals. Young tallied  23 points as well as six steals and seven assists.

After a close first quarter that saw the Eagles lead by two points, they pulled away in the second quarter. The hosts outscored the Indians, 20-10, to take a 36-24 lead into the break.

A tight third quarter made way for another Downsville surge in the fourth as it outscored Stamford, 19-7.

McKenzy Brown (13 points) led the Eagles with three 3-pointers, Brunner drained two and Kailee Young made one.

The Indians’ Leanna McAuliffe (18 points) notched four shots from beyond the arc to lead all players while Emily Clark (three points) had one deep ball.

Melanie Hoyt also recorded 12 points for Stamford.

Downsville (14-3) will play top-seeded South Kortright in the DL championship game at SUNY Delhi on Friday, Feb. 21.

Oneonta 61, Vestal 40

Oneonta used an 8-0 run to start the second half, outscoring Vestal by 12 in the third period on the way to a non-league win.

The Yellowjackets led, 14-10, after one, and had the chance to extend the lead in the second before Vestal rallied to keep the deficit at six entering the break.

“When we went into halftime, we talked about how we needed to come out in the third and get that momentum,” Oneonta coach Matt Miller said. “We were running downhill after that.”

Ang McGraw had six of her game-high 15 points in the third quarter, and Hannah Johnson totaled seven of her 13 in the frame. Ava Eichler scored nine of her 13 in the second half.

McGraw also collected seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists. She has scored in double figures three of our games since missing a Jan. 28 win over Chenango Valley. Twice she has led all scorers in that span.

“She was sick probably the two games before the one she missed,” Miller said. “Her energy levels are back to where she was. She does so much for us. She doesn’t really have a lot of holes in her games, and tonight she did a lot of things for us again.”

Laine Johnson had two points and seven rebounds for the Yellowjackets.

Faith Carty led Vestal with 14 points.

The Yellowjackets (16-2, 11-2) will visit Johnstown for a non-league game at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, before the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Final, which is slated for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Johnson City.

“The seniors and everyone know we are in the last stretch, and sometimes at this point in the season you can feel the energy level dip, but I have to be honest, the kids have stayed motivated and excited about where they are going,” Miller said. “It’s been a really enjoyable year for me as a coach and I attribute that a lot to our seniors.”

Davenport 37, Gilboa 34

Jessica Zuill scored a last-second 3-pointer to give seventh-seeded Davenport a dramatic win over host and six seed Gilboa in the first round of the DL playoffs.

Zuill led all scorers with 12 points on four field goals, three of which were 3-pointers.

Jenna Lubbers was close behind, contributing 11 points on five field goals, and Arianna Gonsalves had eight points on four field goals.

The two teams remained neck-and-neck through all four quarters of play, never separated by more than two points after any quarter. Davenport led Gilboa by one point at the end of the first half, 18-17.

Kara Dumas racked up the most points for Gilboa, totaling 11 points on five field goals. Dumas was the only Gilboa player to reach double figures.

Hannah Bodgan chipped in with six points on three field goals for Gilboa, which finished with three triples as Dumas, Sierra Perry and Taryn VanValkenburgh each slotted one.

Gilboa will play in the second round of the DL playoffs on Friday, Feb. 14.

Roxbury 39, Margaretville 19

Fifth-seeded Roxbury raced past visiting eight seed Margaretville in the first round of the DL playoffs.

Myah Johnston earned a game-high 16 points on seven field goals as the only Rocket to eclipse double figures.

The Rockets held the Blue Devils to two points in the first and fourth quarters of play, taking a 12-2 lead after the first quarter. Roxbury built a 20-8 lead at the end of the first half and finished with a 20-point victory.

“We did a good job taking away some of (Margaretville’s) strengths,” Roxbury coach Tom Faraci said.

Netalia Herrera led all Margaretville scorers with eight points on three field goals.

The Rockets kept all of Margaretville’s players from reaching double-digit scoring, held the Blue Devils to single digits in every quarter and prevented Margaretville from hitting any 3-pointers.

Margaretville managed eight field goals as a team and went to the free-throw line eight times.

Johnston also sank the game’s sole basket from beyond the arc.

Roxbury (6-6, 4-4) will play in the second round of the DL tournament Friday, Feb 14.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

South Kortright 58, Hunter-Tannersville 21

Hunter-Tannersville …….. 4 6 9 2 – 21

South Kortright ……. 22 13 14 9 - 58

HUNTER-TANNERSVILLE: Jayden Lewis 1 5-10 7, Sasha Gazoorian 1 3-3 6, Ellie Byrne 0 0-0 0, Justin Iannelli 0 0-0 0, Madison Legg 0 0-0 0, Peyton Legg 1 0-0 2, Cameron Radcliffe 3 0-0 6, Gwendolyn Glennon 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 6 8-13 21.

SOUTH KORTRIGHT: Mahiya Wright 0 0-0 0, Kassidy Wright 1 0-0 2, Emily Andersen 1 4-4 7, Carli Pardee 4 0-0 12, Lacey Eckert 2 0-0 4, Grace Schneider 2 0-0 4, Azalyn Brunson 3 0-2 6, Sonia Reeves 7 1-2 15, Lauryn Schmid 3 0-0 8, Emily Burns 0 0-0 0, Emily Feltman 0 0-0 0, Mazzy Williams 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23 5-8 58.

Three-point field goals: SK 7 (Pardee 4, Schmid 2, Andersen 1), H-T 1 (Gazoorian 1).

Downsville 67, Stamford 42

Stamford..... 14 10 11 7 – 42

Downsville.... 16 20 12 19 – 67

STAMFORD: Leanna McAuliffe 7 0-0 18, Angelina Caiazza 0 0-2 0, Georgia Lynch 0 0-0 0, Michaela Lynch 3 0-0 6, Emily Clark 1 0-0 3, McKayla Palmatier 0 1-2 1, Melanie Hoyt 6 0-2 12, Gwen Tompkins 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18 1-6 42.

DOWNSVILLE: McKenzy Brown 5 0-0 13, Kailee Young 8 6-9 23, Olivia Brunner 10 3-5 25, Alisha Trautschold 1 0-0 2, Kerry Young 2 0-0 4, TOTALS: 26 9-14 67.

Three-point field goals made: S 5 (McAuliffe 4, Clark 1); D 6 (Brown 3, Kailee Young, Brunner 2).

JV game: Stamford won.

Oneonta 61, Vestal 40

Oneonta ..... 14 12 22 13 – 61

Vestal ..... 10 10 10 10 – 40

VESTAL: Corvetta Wilcox 0 0-0 0, Maddie Doulin 2 0-0 5, Emma Lewis 3 1-1 8, Faith Carty 5 4-8 14, Hailet O’Donnell 0 1-2 1, Zoe Kessler 0 0-0 0, Emma Caffery 0 0-0 0, Olivia Muse 3 2-5 8, Carlin Reyen 0 0-0 0, Lizzie England 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 15 8-16 40.

ONEONTA (16-2, 11-1): Macky Catan 3 0-0 6, Ang McGraw 7 1-3 15, Anika Buzzy 2 3-4 7, Hannah Johnson 4 2-4 13, Yuliah Johnson 2 1-2 5, Maria Farrell 0 0-0 0, Jenna Gaisford 0 0-0 0, Laine Johnson 1 0-0 2, Ava Eichler 5 3-4 13. TOTALS 24 10-16 61.

Three-point field goals: V 2 (Lewis, Doulin); O 3 (H. Johnson 3).

JV game: Oneonta won, 35-25.

Davenport 37, Gilboa 34

Davenport ……. 11 7 10 9 - 37

Gilboa ……… 10 7 10 7 - 34

DAVENPORT: Elizabeth Gerster 2 0-0 4, Cassie Pierce 0 0-0 0, Jessica Zuill 4 1-2 12, Arianna Gonsalves 4 0-0 8, Jenna Lubbers 5 1-4 11, Morgan Falcone 1 0-0 2, Kayla Mace 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 2-6 37.

GILBOA: Sierra Perry 1 2-4 5, Kara Dumas 5 0-0 11, Cassidy Miller 3 0-0 6, Keeley VanValkenburgh 2 0-0 5, Taryn VanValkenburgh 0 1-2 1, Hannah Bodgan 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 14 3-6 34.

Three-point field goals: D 3 (Zuill 3), G 3 (Perry 1, K. Dumas 1, K. VanValkenburgh 1).

Roxbury 39, Margaretville 19

Margaretville …… 2 6 9 2 -19

Roxbury ……. 12 8 8 11 - 39

MARGARETVILLE (): Netalia Herrera 3 2-2 8, Shaina Aubry 0 0-2 0, Olivia Balcom 0 0-0 0, Kansas Shamro 1 1-4 3, Paige Credaroli 1 0-0 2, Alivia Cordero 1 0-0 2, Shyana Balcom 0 0-0 0, Baulee Herrel 0 0-0 0, Maddy Storey 0 0-0 0, Mallory Storey 0 0-0 0, Antonia Falco 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 8 3-8 19.

ROXBURY (6-6, 4-4): Erin Garza 1 4-6 6, Myah Johnston 7 1-2 16, Kylie DeMaio 1 0-0 2, Kimora Brown 1 2-4 4, MacKenzie Hynes 0 1-2 1, Gabrielle Garofolo 0 0-0 0, Bryanna Meehan 1 2-2 4, Destiny Proctor 2 2-2 6, Payge DeMaio 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 12-18 39.

Three-point field goals: M 0; R 1 (Johnston 1).

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