Andes and Margaretville girls getting set for basketball sectional play

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By Julia Green
The Andes Lady Mountaineers are headed to the postseason, having posted a 59-37 win over the visiting Roxbury Rockets on Friday night.

Andes’ offense was fueled by committee scoring, as four players finished with 10 points or more. 
The Mountaineers were led by seniors Karli Tait, who tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Rachel Andrews, who tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds. Mariah Ruff added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Andes jumped out to an early lead, outscoring the Rockets 19-3 in the opening quarter, and keeping the pressure on in the second to take a 35-11 lead into halftime. The scoring margin was closer in the third, as Roxbury held Andes to 10 points while tallying six of their own, and posted a 20-point fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to negate the Mountaineers’ lead.

With the win, the Mountaineers moved to 8-9 overall this season and earned a spot in the sectional tournament, where they will face the No. 2-seeded Davenport at Davenport on February 24. The Rockets were led by Raven Sprague, who tallied 19 points. Kennedy Faraci added eight.

Margaretville 52, H-T 33
The Margaretville girls also earned a spot in the postseason last week as they traveled to Hunter-Tannersville and posted a convincing 52-33 win over the Wildcats.

“The girls were really nervous about this game and needing to win,” said Margaretville Head Coach Kyle Holden. “But they did a good job; they stayed loose.”

The Blue Devils opened a small lead in the first quarter, outscoring the hosts 13-7, though Holden said they allowed Hunter-Tannersville to stay in the game. “We started a little sluggish,” he said. “We jumped out to an early lead and then let them creep back into it.”

On more than one occasion, Margaretville held an eight-point lead, but the Wildcats fought back and were able to tie it up at 15 in the second quarter. The Blue Devils didn’t fold, however, and were able to find enough footing to build a 27-15 lead by halftime.

“From the point they tied us, we called a timeout and brought the girls in and made a conscious effort to pound it inside, and that worked for us,” Holden said. In the third quarter, the Hunter defense made some adjustments to attempt to keep the Blue Devil offense out of the paint, but Holden said he was impressed with how his team adapted.

“The girls adjusted well to work the ball around the perimeter and get some open jumpers,” he said.

The Margaretville girls will face host Jefferson in the opening round of the sectional tournament on February 24. The JayHawks are the No. 4 seed; Margaretville is seeded 13th. 

“We’re going to need to rebound well to try to keep Jefferson out of their transition offense,” Holden said. “We need to have smart possessions and not turn the ball over. And we need everybody at their best.”

The Blue Devils were led in Thursday’s game by seniors Erica Faulkner, who tallied 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Michelle O’Reilly, who added 14 points and 12 rebounds.