Basketball sectionals will pit familiar rivals

By John Bernhardt
When the basketball season finally ends, the Andes Mountaineers and the Gilboa Wildcats should be pretty familiar with each other. The two teams met last night at 7 p.m. at Gilboa for the fourth time in the first round of Section IV playoffs. Gilboa (12-5) is seeded fifth, Andes (9-9) is seeded 12th. The Mountaineers upended Gilboa in the title game of the Margaretville Holiday Tournament, but dropped both Delaware League contests, the first an eight-point loss in Gilboa, the second a 52-48 overtime loss at home.
The winner of yesterday’s game will face the winner of the game between number four seed Cherry Valley and number 13 seed Hunter-Tannersville. That game will be played on Friday with the site determined based on the outcome of Tuesday’s games.
Roxbury played host to Stamford last evening in an opening round contest at 7 p.m. The Rockets, (11-6) seeded sixth, beat the 11th seeded Indians, 57-55, in overtime in a Delaware League game played in Stamford earlier in the year. Dylan Stock had a big night for Roxbury the first time around burying four three-point shots and scoring a game-high 21 points. The always-explosive DeVaun Morgan netted 19 points in that game. Yesterday’s winner will move on to the quarterfinals to face South Kortright Friday night in South Kortright.

Girls’ sectional play
Margaretville will square off tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. against Jefferson in Stamford for the second time in a week. Although they are higher seeded, the JayHawks are required to move the game from their smaller home court in Jefferson to the standard size high school gymnasium in Stamford. Jefferson edged Margaretville 34-29 last Thursday and also upended the Blue Devils in Delaware League action earlier in the season. Erica Faulkner hit 18 points in last week’s game for Margaretville.
The Andes girls will square off at 7 p.m. on the road against the Delaware League’s Upper Division Champions, Davenport, in first round play tonight (Wednesday.) The Wildcats lost the Delaware League title, 40-39, to South Kortright in Friday night’s Crossover Title game. Andes gave Davenport a spirited game late in the regular season staying close to the Wildcats until late in the second half. Davenport’s point guard/center tandem of Jackie Gilley and Samantha Meyerhoff is one of the strongest inside tandems in the league. Andes counters with point guard Mariah Ruff, wing Karli Tait, and center Rachel Andrews.