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Hammond Girls earn Dack his 300th coaching win


HAMMOND - A comeback that never will be forgotten,

Hammond Central School’s girls basketball team will be looking to build off that comeback, that produced a Section 10 Class D Championship in a win over Chateaugay last season, heading into the 2012-13 campaign which began successfully on Thursday evening in a 70-36 nondivision win over Potsdam,

A victory which gave head coach Shawn Dack his 300th varsity coaching win at the Devils’ helm.

“You don’t get to where you are without the help of others,” said Dack after the accomplishment. “I give credit to my high school coaches Greg Golding and Shawn Baker (at Belleville-Henderson), former Hammond Head Coach Bob Gardner and current assistant coach Chet Truskowski. Coach Gardner always loved to teach the game in practice much like Chet does. And I can’t forget Larry Hollister and Doug McQueer and all those players and parents who worked hard for me.”

Coach Dack and his assistant Chet Truskowski are planning to take it one game at a time this season.

“We are just trying to keep this team in the moment. We want to build on last year’s success and to continue to work hard and together. We did some good things tonight against Potsdam. Offensively we ran well and were efficient. We do have some work defensively because I believe we can play better. But Potsdam gave us a good test they played good defense,” said Dack after his team a 21-8 lead in the first quarter and sealed the issue with a 19-5 fourth quarter.

“This team is a fantastic group of girls. Their parents are very supportive of them, and the program. We are just taking one day at a time. Looking to get better every day on the skills and situations that we need work on as individuals but mainly as a team”.

On Thursday, the 2011 Section 10 Class D West Co-MVP in senior guard Alyssa Crosby started where she left off last pacing the Devils with 26 points including a five for five effort at the foul line and 16 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Sophomore guard and second team All NAC Courtney Bova tossed in 14 points and collected four steals while sophomore forward Mikayla Horton tallied 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Senior guard Gabby Marshall provided eight points and six assists. Senior forward Brianna Langtry added nine boards and two points while senior guard Macy Wilson chipped in two.

Junior small forward Emily Bush and Taylor Bowman each logged two points while sophomore forward Cassie Whalen provided four points. Rounding out the team is freshman Hailey Ogden.

Sarah Villamore scored 14 points for Potsdam while Beth Chambers netted 10 and Breanna Sapp added five.

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