HAMMOND – A day after the Cindy Brady Memorial Basketball Tournament, Heuvelton coach Rob Powers knew that the next three weeks were going to be an important part of the schedule.
The Bulldogs were set to face state-ranked opponents in three of their next five games in Hammond, Hermon-DeKalb and Chateaugay.
On Friday evening, Coach Powers number five Class D state-ranked team enjoyed a strong start to the stretch recording 60-39 victory at number 10 Hammond.
We jumped out in the first quarter but I knew that Hammond wouldnt back down. They are that type of program. said Powers whose 6-0 team improved to 3-0 in NAC West League play and 6-0 overall heading to games next week with Harrisville and number seven Hermon-DeKalb which had its game with Edwards-Knox postpponed in the Canton Don Petty Memorial Tournament postponed.
In nonleague action Lyme downed Morristown 59-41 and in an NAC interdivisional game Colton-Pierrepont downed Norwood-Norfolk 46-40.
The Bulldogs raced to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter led by Paige McCormicks six points and five from Rachel Thornhill but Hammond (3-2, 2-1 NAC West) roared back in the first four plus minutes of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 17-16 keyed by six points from Cassi Whalen and threes by Mikayla Horton and Courtney Bova. Logan Tallman, who didnt start the game after a week long flu bout, buried a three-pointer to stop the 11-0 run and sparked Heuvelton to a 28-18 halftime lead.
Logan has been one of our unsung heroes. She just buried that three and we got our second wind after Hammond battled back into the game. When I looked at our schedule after the Brady tournament, I saw three big games coming up. Im just excited on how our team played tonight as a whole. We played great defense and actually, I was really surprised that we pulled away like we did, Powers noted.
Courtney Bova of Hammond hit a three with 3:24 left in the third to cut the deficit to 34-30 but Heuvelton managed to lead 37-33 after three quarters.
Paige McCormick hit a fourth quarter trifecta with 4:20 to play for 50-35 lead and Heuvelton never looked back.
Even with making our own foolish mistakes, such as not boxing out, unforced turnovers and missed layups we were right there in the start of the fourth. We proceeded to go empty a couple of trips and throw the ball around carelessly. We completely stopped doing what got us back in the game , said Hammond coach Shawn Dack.
Olivia St. Pierre scored 11 of her game high 15 points in the fourth quarter including five of eight from the foul line. She also pulled down 10 rebounds, collected three steals and two assists.
Paige McCormick added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals while Maddie St. Pierre added 11 points, five rebounds, five steals and one assist. Lex Weidner added nine points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds.
Whalen finished with 14 points for Hammond. Mikayla Horton and Courtney Bova each hit two threes and scored 10 points each.
In the junior varsity game, Heuvelton prevailed 42-23 over Hammond. Nathalie Barr scored 14 points while Kaden Mack and Jaelin Calk ins each added 10 and Alex Steele chipped in eight.
Sierra Fleming tallied 10 points for Hammond and Madisen Mullikin added seven.
LYME TOPS ROCKETS
Lyme 59, Morristown 41: Enesa Ososkalo scored 19 points and Yana Ososkalo tallied 13 leading Lyme which used a 20-8 fourth quarter to seal the win at JCC. Jessica Geddes scored 12 points, Taylor Piercey netted 10 and Liz Troiano and Jordyn Tulley added seven and six for Morristown.