Slow start hurts MCS girls in loss to Wildcats

It was almost like the world moved in slow motion for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team during the first 10 minutes of last week’s Delaware League contest in Gilboa. The Blue Devils struggled to get their game untracked, were badly beaten off the backboards and couldn’t get a shot to drop.

Using an 11-0 rebounding advantage, Gilboa ran off the first 14 points of the contest.
Once they broke the ice, the Blue Devils were off and running. Margaretville went on a 10-2 spurt chopping away a huge chunk of Gilboa’s lead by the half.

But, the early Wildcat advantage would prove too daunting for the Blue Devils. Margaretville could not generate the offensive output to make up the difference as the two teams played almost evenly in a low-scoring second half as Gilboa hung on, 29-24.

Brooke Koerner scored a game high 11 points to pace Gilboa. Shelby Oliver added 9 for the Wildcats. Gina Caputo, Gilboa’s 6-foot-tall center had a game high 14 rebounds.
Erin Filupeit led Margaretville with nine points. Annette Auchmoody netted five for the Blue Devils.

Mountaineers fall short
A second quarter scoring drought prevented Andes from a possible season opening upset in Hunter-Tannersville last week. For much of the opening quarter, the Andes girls battled H-T basket-for-basket. The Wildcats would nose ahead 14-11 by the quarter break, then run off all nine points scored during the second frame to take a 23-11 lead at the half.

Andes found rediscovered its scoring touch in the second half. The Mountaineers would outscore their hosts, 21-20, during the second half but could not regain the ground they lost during the scoreless second frame, falling, 43-32.

Desirae Coss has a big night for Andes netting a game high 15 points. Ashley Terry threw in 9 more for the Mountaineers.

Krystal Plattner scored 11 points and Denise Warren 9 for H-T. Taylor Firmalino hauled in 10 Wildcat rebounds.