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H-D Girls nip C-F in Instant classic

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DEKALB JUNCTION - Northern Conference Girls basketball has showcased many games that deserve ESPN Classic status.

On Tuesday, the NAC West Division matchup between Hermon-DeKalb and Clifton-Fine played out to an instant classic.

With neither team leading by more than four points, throughout, the decision appeared headed for final basket.

And that it did.

C-F’s Alexis Pomerville controlled an offensive rebound with 3.5 seconds to play, drew a foul and sank a free throw to give the Eagles at 57-56.

Hermon-DeKalb had one final life and made the most of it.

Clarisa Davis got the ball on the inbounds pass and buried a hurried shot from the right side of the three point arc at the buzzer to give H-D a 59-57 win.

An elated Davis didn’t script out the shot.

“I just threw it up and it went in. What a game,” said the senior guard.

Hermon-DeKalb coach Steve Morrill was originally looking for a shot clock violation before Pomerville got fouled in the climax.

“I thought the clock expired before the shot. When she made it I was just hoping for one quick shot. Clarisa made a difficult shot and it was just a tremendous game tonight. Both teams were really even and I feel fortunate that we came out on top,” Morrill said.

After being down by two with just under four minutes to play, Hunter Hitchman gave the Eagles a 51-50 advantage on a three. Courtney Harrington delivered a pair of free-throws to give H-D a 52-51 lead but Morgan Skeldon answered with a tying free throw.

Morgan Stott of H-D sank a pair of free-throws with 2:57 left for a 54-52 lead but Emma Hitchman’s only bucket of the game tied the at 54-54. Pomerville scored inside for a 56-54 lead but Harrington’s 12 footer tied it with 36 seconds left.

Bridget Rust finished with 23 points and five rebounds in the contest and scored 12 points in the third to counter Hunter Hitchman’s 14 third quarter points. Davis finished with 17 points including five threes and logged 12 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Harrington posted six blocks, five points, three boards and two steals. Kasey O’Donnell provided nine assists, seven boards and four points and Margo Barney (five rebounds, two points) and Morgan Stott (four points, seven boards) also contributed to the Demons’ (3-1 NAC). Hunter Hitchman scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half for C-F (1-2) to go with eight assists, six rebounds,and seven steals. Morgan Skeldon added 15 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and one steal while Pomerville chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Delaney Kerr chipped in nine rebounds.

Heuvelton 49, Edwards-Knox 20: The Bulldogs (3-1, 3-0) rolled to a 17-6 first quarter lead as Logan Tallman (three boards, two steals, two assists), Alexis Weidner (six rebounds, five assists, three steals) and Ashlyn Piercey each scored eight points. Olivia St. Pierre (eight boards, three steals) and Maddie St. Pierre (six rebounds) each added four points. Rachel Thornhill contributed two points and three steals.

Makayla Bartocha scored nine points for E-K. Katie Smith added five.

Harrisville 71 - Morristown 16: Kathleen Coloney and Chelsea Pierce combined for 21 and 20 points as the visiting Pirates won a belated season-opener. While the winless Rockets continued to struggle offensively first year coach Rich Rupert, who coached for eight years in Vermont, praised his team for effort and positive attitude in the face of adversity.

“We are obviously lacking on offense but the kids are working hard to learn and gave a good effort tonight. I knew this was going to be a young team but we haven’t been able to get our whole team together. Karissa Bertrand, who would give us some size inside has been sidelined with a broken foot and we had a starter go to the hospital with an appendicitis on Sunday” said Rupert.

“Tonight had some bright spots. Jessica Geddes moved up from the JV’s and scored eight points and our foreign exchange student Li Yao Ying, who had never even dribbled a basketball in her life before she came to Morristown, hit a shot which was really exciting for girls. These is a nice group of kids.”

Rupert is part of a family effort guiding the Morristown Program. His brother, Scot Rupert is coaching the junior varsity team and Scot’s son Al is handling the modified squad and assisting with both the JV and varsity squad on game nights.

“Right now our varsity and JV teams are very young but both teams are working hard and we have good numbers at the modified level,” said Rich Rupert.

Geddes’ eight points led the Rockets with Mackenzie Barse netting four and Jordyn Tulley adding two. Georgianna Baker buried a pair of threes scoring nine points for Harrisville and Abigail LaFaver netted six.

Harrisville won the JV game 34-21 led by 10 points from Courtney LeBeau and Emma Harper netted seven. Taylor Piercey scored six for Morristown and Logan Green tallied five.

Tupper Lake 38, SLC 35: Thee Lumberjacks worked their way to a 22-16 halftime lead and made it stand. Katie Stuart led all scorers with 22 points in the winning effort. Breanna Vatter had 14 points for SLC (1-2, 1-1). Sam Richards contributed nine.

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