CANTON - Hammond and Chateaugay, two perennial Class D Girls Basketball powers who own a long established postseason rivalry, staged a rare regular season meeting on Monday at SUNY Canton.
A meeting which saw Hammond score the first 10 points of the game and Chateaugay counter with a methodical turnabout which eventually produced a 51-31 victory. Hammond entered the contest ranked 10th in last weeks Class D state poll Chateaugay held the 16th spot.
Another state-ranked Class D team in Hermon-DeKalb downed Watertown High on Monday and the H-D Boys bested Lyme.
The Lisbon Girls recorded an interdivisional win over Colton-Pierrepont.
Chateaugay 51 - Hammond 31: Our rebounding and defense turned things around. That allowed us to get the ball to Hannah Cook in the open floor, said Chateaugay Coach Chris Reynolds after the Bulldogs climbed to 4-1 overall and handed Hammond its first loss after a 3-0 start.
The Bulldogs intensified their perimeter defense after Mikayla Horton buried two threes in the 10-0 start and Taylor Bowman netted a trifecta just before the first quarter buzzer to give the Lady Devils a 16-8 lead.
Chateaugay did not allow a three the rest of the game and staged 13-3 second quarter comeback where Katie Beach scored five points and Abby Barnes hit four straight free throws.
The Bulldogs pulled away with a 20-6 third quarter where Hannah Cook scored 11 of her game-high 17 points.
Barnes followed with a steady 15 points operating inside and outside and Danielle Charland netted 10. A young and developing Hammond squad, which gained valuable experience in the contest, was led offensively by 10 points from Courtney Bova and eight from Mikayla Horton. Emily Bush and Taylor Bowman followed with four and three points.
Many things did not go our way tonight and we can only credit Chateaugay for that. They stepped up their defense in the second half and we gave them too many second chance opportunities and unforced turnovers, said Coach Shawn Dack.
Their core experience was far greater that ours but this is why we wanted to play them. We need to be challenged and we need to figure out through this season who we are and where we need to go to get there. And we will.
Hammond will host Heuvelton on Friday in a match of 2-0 NAC West teams.
In JV action Chateaugay downed Hammond 38-25 led by Alicia Cooks 14 points. Sierra Fleming tallied 13 for Hammond.
Hermon-DeKalb 64, Watertown 32: Demons brushed off a little rust after a long layoff in the first half against Watertown and rolled in the second half at Jefferson Community College on Monday.
We started slow but really started putting things together in the second half, said H-D coach Steve Morrill after the Demons expanded a 28-23 halftime to 51-28 after three quarters.
Hunter Hitchman delivered 17 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Bridget Rust scored 15 points, grabbed four boards and three steals. Courtney Harrington added 13 points, three rebounds and three steals. Morgan Stott added eight boards and seven points. Kasey ODonnell recorded five steals and two points while Paige Whitton, Delaney Kerr and Chelsea MacKay scored four and two points.
Lisbon 67, Colton-Pierrepont 35: Jackie Sovie pumped in 22 points, Beth Crowley tallied 13 points and Maddie Vine and Katie Sovie scored 12 leading the Golden Knights who posted a 20-9 start and a 16-3 run in the third. Morgan Doyle fired in 30 points for the Colts.
Gouverneur 34, South Lewis 16: A 17-2 fourth quarter run sealed the win as Danielle Bullock scored 11 and Rebecca Bulsiewicz added six to lead the Wildcats. Jessica Rotundo added five. Jenna Rogers and Miranda Rye each scored six for South Lewis (1-3). Gouveneur won the JV game.
WATERTOWN - Cody Merritt delivered a game high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds leading Hermon-DeKalb past LaFargeville, 35-31, on Monday at Jefferson Community College in non-league boys basketball action.
Reilly ODonnell scored five points and Zach Robinson added four points for H-D (1-6) who outscored LaFargeville 28-15 after halftime. Matt Valin and Thomas Driscoll each scored eight for LaFargeville (2-6).