The depth of the Section 10 Class D Girls Basketball talent pool has been chronicled all year.
It will be further emphasized on Friday night when two state-ranked teams in 12-6 Hammond (No. 20) and 14-3 Madrid-Waddington (No. 11) will meet in the quarter-finals which will be staged at the Roos House and Dana Hall on the campus of SUNY Canton.
Hammond and M-W will stage a much-anticipated rematch at 5 p.m. at the Roos House. M-W downed Hammond 47-43 in the first round of OFAs Ben Cordwell Memorial Tournament.
Hammond advanced past Harrisville 51-11 in opening round action where three other state ranked teams in 14-2 Hermon-DeKalb (No. 4), 15-3 Chateuagay (No. 14) and 16-2 Heuvelton (No. 13) drew byes.
Lisbon (10-8) advanced past St. Regis Falls into an NAC West matchup with Hermon-DeKalb (5 p.m. Dana Hall), Morristown (5-11) gained a road win over Colton-Pierrepont to join Chateaugay (6:45 p.m. Dana) and Edwards-Knox (4-11) created another All-NAC West matchup by besting Parishville-Hopkinton to meet Heuvelton (6:45 p.m. Roos House).
HAMMOND, M-W REMATCH
Hammond coach Shawn Dack expects Fridays matchup with Madrid-Waddington to be as a tough as the numbers indicate.
Weve got to come ready to play 32 minutes of basketball. Thirty-two minutes of playing together and executing. Madrid-Waddington will be coming into game with a lot of emotion as Coach Gary Tischler, who is a very good coach, is retiring this season and they are going to want to make it a special one. said Dack after his fifth seeded Devils (12-6) took a 15-0 lead and won 51-11 over No. 12 seed Harrisville (2-13) at Hammond.
Five players contributed in that run keyed by five points from Courtney Bova.
The Devils enjoyed a 17-2 fourth quarter anchored by Cassi Whalens six points and another five from Bova who finished with 12.
Mikayla Horton generated 11 points while Whalen chipped in 10 and Paige Frisina and Tayler Bowman each added five. Hailey Ogden scored four with Ally Crosby chipping in three and Abby Hodgden hitting a free throw.
Morgan Matott scored five points for Harrisville. Georgie Baker chipped in a three pointer while McKenzie LaPlatney added two and Abby LaFave hit a free throw.
The outcome will be determined by which one of my teams shows up. We know we came play with them, Dack said of Fridays game.
LISBON TO FACE H-D
Tuesdays game at Lisbon ended on a positive note for both teams.
The Golden Knights moved to meet third-seeded Hermon-DeKalb while the 3-13 Saints season ended with Makensy Bazdaric swishing a three-pointer at the buzzer from just inside halfcourt.
Hermon-DeKalb is a very good team with good shooters and a strong girl in the middle, said Lisbon Coach Dick Marcellus.
All five of our starters can shoot it from the outside. We have to avoid turnovers and make our shots. If we can do that we can be in the game.
The Knights took immediate control against the Saints of the NAC East hitting four threes inopening to 41-12 lead in the first half where Jackie Sovie worked the interior for 13 of her game-high 16 points.
The perimeter production was very balanced with Katie Sovie (2 3s) scoring 12 points, Maddy Vine netting 10, Beth Crowley (2 3s) scoring nine and Alex Amo adding six.
Rebekah Robinson, Hanna Richardson, Madeline Caufield and Courtney Green all tallied two.
We have had a tough season but we have played all season with basically a JV team. We only have two seniors. Our modified team went 14-2 and our biddy program is in good shape, said St. Regis Falls Coach Wilbur Bailey.
So things look pretty good for the future.
Freshman center Briana Work will play a key role in that future. She used power moves around the basket to score 12 points and netted 10 in the fourth quarter. Nicki Bazdaric tallied seven, Madison Greenwood hit two threes for six and Savanaugh Martinez, Harlie Gardner and Jenna Susice each netting two.
ROCKETS BREAK THROUGH
Morristown was the only lower seed to advance recording a 53-43 victory at Colton-Pierrepont (5-13) for its programs first postseason win in several years.
This is very exciting for the girls to move on play at SUNY Canton and we are looking forward to a better season next year said Morristown Rich Rupert.
Taylor Piercey and Jessica Geddes had huge rebounding nights for us and Jordyn Tulley hit three threes right in a row in the third quarter which just opened up the inside. Megan Vollmer and Logan Green moved up from the JV team and gave us good minutes tonight.
Taylor Piercey and Jessica Geddes combined for 21 and 17 points in a massive interior double-doubles for the Rockets and Tulley finished with nine third-quarter points. Sam Green and Megan Vollmer each scored two points.
NAC scoring leader Morgan Doyle tallied 28 points for C-P, Cortney Marsh netted nine points and Hailey Hennessy buried two threes for six points.
E-K 47, P-H 30: E-K took control of the game with a 10-1 second quarter run. Kate Smith anchored the winning offense with 15 points. Jaydilynn Bullock chipped in nine followed by Makenzie Frary with eight, Arael Scott with six and Makayla Bartocha with two.
For P-H, Nicole White tallied eight points.