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The Telegram
  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: WCV Indians hold on to beat Waterville

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  • NEWPORT, N.Y. — The West Canada Valley Indians held off a late Waterville rally and won 37-36 at home Saturday afternoon.
    Waterville (6-5) scored only eight points before halftime and trailed throughout the second half. The visiting Indians, however, converted three late steals into layups and pulled within one point in the final minute of the game. Hannah Gray, who scored a game-high 19 points, had two of the steals and layups for Waterville and teammate Alex Decker added the third with about eight seconds on the clock.
    Waterville quickly fouled Carissa Tasovac and sent the West Canada Valley junior to the line with 1.3 seconds on the clock. Tasovac missed the first shot of a one-and-one but time expired before Waterville could get a timeout called after gaining control of the rebound.
    Tasovac had a basket and a pair of free throws — her only points of the game — in the middle of the fourth quarter and gave West Canada Valley (3-6) a 37-30 lead. Tasovac led the Indians with 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
    After trailing 5-3 at the end of the first quarter, Waterville briefly picked up its offensive pace and led 8-7 1:31 into the second. The visitors would not score again before halftime as West Canada Valley made a 10-0 run to go up 17-8. With starters Tasovac, Hayley Yager and Morgan Lynch on the bench in foul trouble, the Indians got back-to-back baskets from Hannah Leshinski and strong play from a group that included Cora Maxwell who was playing her first game of the season after recovering from an injury.
    Leshinski was one of four players tied for the West Canada Valley lead with six points in the win. Lynch had six points and nine rebounds, Leshinski had six and five, Kristen Sportello had six points and three steals, and Yager hit a pair of three-point shots for her six points. Maxwell contributed five points in her debut.
    Decker scored 14 points for Waterville. Kassidy Karram had the other three.
    West Canada Valley plays at home again Tuesday against Central Valley Academy.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY 37, WATERVILLE 36
    WATERVILLE (6-5) — Kassidy Karram 1 1-4 3; Hannah Gray 8 1-2 19; Alexis Decker 4 4-7 14; Kristen Gallagher 0 0-2 0. Totals: 13 6-15 36.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY (3-6) — Kristen Sportello 3 0-0 6; Morgan Lynch 2 2-2 6; Cora Maxwell 2 1-2 5; Hayley Yager 2 0-3 6; Danielle VanName 2 0-1 4; Carissa Tasovac 1 2-3 4; Hannah Leshinski 3 0-0 6. Totals: 15 5-11 37.
    Waterville 3 5 15 13 — 36
    West Canada Valley 5 12 11 9 — 37
    Three-pointers — Waterville 4 (Decker 2, Gray 2); West Canada Valley 2 (Yager 2). JV — West Canada Valley 44, Waterville 20.
    LITTLE FALLS 52
    HOLLAND PATENT 42
    HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. — Gen Schoff added her name to the 1,000-point honor roll in Little Falls and the Mounties added another win to their unblemished record Saturday at Holland Patent.
    Schoff, a senior and fourth-year varsity starter, needed just more than two minutes to score the six points she needed to reach the millennium mark in the Mounties’ 52-42 win. She would eventually put up 15 points — giving her 1,009 — as she joined her older sister Anne, former teammate Jenna Becker and Michele Crimmins on the girls’ 1,000-point list at the school.
    Page 2 of 2 - Hannah Becker added a pair of basket as she and Schoff combined to score the first 10 points of the game. Schoff had a layup for her first basket then hit a jumper from the right corner. She was fouled on a drive to the basket with 5:51 on the clock in the first quarter and hit a pair of free throws for points Nos. 999 and 1,000.
    The Mounties (10-0) held leads of 13-2 and 18-7 in the first quarter and never trailed.
    Holland Patent (4-5) trailed 34-11 at halftime after scoring a single point on a Riley Reinold free throw in the second quarter. The Golden Knights started the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap to four points in the fourth quarter before Little Falls scored the final six.
    Schoff had nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists to go with her points. Amy Hart added 15 points and Kelli Shepardson scored 11. Cheyenne Rivenburg grabbed 12 rebounds.
    Kierston Backus and Alyssa Curtis led Holland Patent with 12 points each.
    The Mounties’ next game is Tuesday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. Holland Patent plays in Herkimer Monday.
    LITTLE FALLS 52, HOLLAND PATENT 42
    LITTLE FALLS (10-0) — Kelli Shepardson 2 7-8 11; Hannah Becker 3 0-0 7; Gen Schoff 5 5-6 15; Cheyenne Rivenburg 0 1-2 1; Laura Wind 2 0-1 5; Amy Hart 5 2-2 13. Totals: 17 15-19 52
    HOLLAND PATENT (4-5) — Riley Reinold 2 1-2 5; Jessica Livesey 1 2-2 5; Ally Livesey 3 1-2 7; Bailey Harris 0 1-2 1; Kierston Backus 6 0-2 12; Alyssa Curtis 5 0-0 12. Totals: 17 5-10 42.
    Holland Patent 10 1 11 20 — 42
    Little Falls 18 16 5 13 — 52
    Three-pointers — Little Falls 3 (Becker 1, Hart 1, Wind 1); Holland Patent 3 (Curtis 2, J.Livesey 1). JV — Holland Patent won.
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