Eagles nip Blue Devils in girls' hoops

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Staff report
The first quarter has been a nightmare for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team all season long. More often than not, the Blue Devils sleepwalk through the first eight minutes of a game, begin a long, slow climb back into contention in the second quarter, even the score sometime during the second half, and then treat their supporters to a nail-biting finish.

That was the scenario again in Margaretville on Monday when the Blue Devils dropped a 38-35 decision to Downsville.

Downsville unleashed a potent inside game building a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter. Capitalizing on give-and-go baskets from the high post to a wing and back to the post cutting through the lane or backdoor cuts from the right wing for layups, the Eagles roared to an 11-2 lead. They then built their advantage to 15-4 by the quarter break and led 17-6 early in the second period.

Margaretville’s sophomore guard Annette Hogan kept her team in the game in the early going. Hogan had her hand in all but five of Margaretville’s points in the first half, scoring all 11 of her points and assisting on another Blue Devils’ basket. Hogan swished the Blue and Orange’s only two scores in the first period, hit Kellsey Buerge for a score to start the second frame and then downed back-to-back shots in the middle of the frame as Margaretville started to claw their way back.

As the second period closed Amy Filupeit drove the middle of the lane then banked in a three-point shot from the right wing to help Margaretville narrow the Eagles’ lead to 21-15. After Peanut Jennings drove the lane for a Downsville basket, Hogan banked in another Blue Devils’ three-point shot from the exact same spot as the Filupeit bomb to shave another point off the lead. But,
Chelesa Doing threaded a bounce pass to Kaileen Townsend cutting to the basket just before the half giving Downsville a 25-18 advantage at the intermission.

It was all Margaretville in the third period. Hogan found Erin Filupeit for an inside bank shot to start the frame. After Tess Svoboda’s spin move turned into a lay-up, the Blue Devils trailed, 25-22.
Ashley Biven hit two fouls shots for Downsville before a beautiful Hogan to Erin Filupeit to Svoboda passing series ended in a lay-up for Margaretville. Kelsey Buerge’s shot from the left wing drew the Blue Devils within a single point at 27-26.

The Eagles Townsend buried a jumper off a dribble at the elbow, but Buerge answered again from the wing. When Amy Filupeit found Svoboda at the end of a transition lay-up with five and-a-half seconds to play in the period, Margaretville had their first lead of the night, 30-29.
Downsville answered quickly with the first two scores of the final frame. Beth Bierstine hit a shot from deep in the right corner on an out-of-bounds play and Townsend nailed to free throws putting the Eagles back in front 33-32.

Erin Filupeit put back a rebound and her sister Amy hit a three-point goal and, midway through the final frame, the Blue Devils were back in front, 35-33. The Filupeit baskets were Margaretville’s only scores in the period, as Downsville’s defense stiffened shutting out the home team down the stretch.

Jennings hit one of two foul shots and Biven put back and offensive rebound and with two minutes, 54 seconds to play Downsville was in front to stay. Leigh LaTourette’s shot from the right wing, her only score of the game, would end the scoring.

Bivens finished with 13 points and Townsend 11 for Downsville. Hogan led Margaretville with 11. Amy Filupeit scored eight and Tess Svoboda and Kelsey Buerge six for the Blue Devils.

Tuttle Powers SK Over Blue Devils
South Kortright center Brandon Tuttle was unstoppable Thursday night in Margaretville. The Ram center scored all but two of his game-high 23 points in the first and third quarters as SK rolled to a 65-40 victory over the Blue Devils.

Inside scoring power is the name of the South Kortright offensive game and Tuttle is the maestro. The SK center scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Rams raced to a 20-11 lead. Kyle Short kept Margaretville in the game with six of his team-high 11 points in the opening frame.

Suffocating man-to-man defense limited Margaretville to only three points in the second period as SK extended their advantage to 31-14 by the half. It was all Tuttle again in the third period. Scoring every field goal within four to six feet of the basket, the South Kortright center added 11
more points to his totals.

Tuttle was the only Ram in double figures. Trevor Holdridge scored nine points and Sage Beemer eight for the victors.

Short led Margaretville with 11 points. Marshall Bouton added nine and Matt VanValkenburg added seven for the Blue Devils.

Roxbury Rally Falls Short
The Roxbury boys’ basketball team almost accomplished a feat no other Delaware League team has managed this season – beat the Hunter-Tannersville Wildcats. The Rockets shutout H-T in the fourth quarter but a furious rally fell short as the Wildcats escaped with a 51-47 victory.

Roxbury went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Wildcats all night long. The visitors fell behind 17-12 in the first period, but battled H-T to a 13-13 tie during the second frame, trailing only 30-25 at the half.

The third quarter was the Rockets’ undoing. With Laslo Hajnoczi leading the way, the Wildcats outscored their guests 21-13, to take a 13-point advantage into the final eight minutes of play.
Roxbury was undaunted, using an ironclad defense to stage a wild rally down the stretch. H-T took the air out of the ball during the closing minutes of the game in a desperate attempt to preserve the victory.

Roxbury’s Kyle Ciaravino continued a stellar senior season with a game high 25 points. Ciaravino buried four shots from behind the three-point arch. Spencer Hinkley and Eric Shultis both scored six for the Rockets.

Hajnoczi netted a team-high 18 points for H-T. The Wildcats got a big contribution from Tyler Kelaher. The H-T guard hit three, three-point goals and scored 11 points. Zack Mudge downed two shots beyond the stripe scoring eight points for H-T.