Unbeaten SK girls are Delaware champs
By John Bernhardt
Sometimes great things come in small packages. That aptly describes the basketball play of South Kortright’s eighth-grade guard Tori Rockefeller.
Rockefeller showed the poise and savvy of a seasoned veteran by scoring a game-high 16 points as the undefeated, number one ranked Class D girls’ team in New York State rolled to a 46-30 Delaware League championship over Davenport Friday night.
Wildcats’ 10 straight
Ray Preston’s underdog Wildcats, making their 10th consecutive appearance in the title game, were determined to give SK a game.
Strong play from Davenport center Sam Maidens, who scored eight points in the opening half, kept the Wildcats in the game. But, Preston’s charges would squander at least five prime transition lay-up scoring opportunities over the course of the game derailing their upset chances.
SK had too much defense and too much inside power for Davenport in the second frame. The Rams went on a 11-4 tear to take a 20-11 lead before finishing the half ahead by eight points at 22-14.
Craft downed an eight-footer from the left wing to start the second half. Robyn Ward drove deep down the middle of the lane, stopped, then pitched a pass back to Rockefeller who nailed a three from the top of the key, and before the blink of an eye the SK lead had stretched to 27-14.
Up by 14 points late in the period it looked like SK might run away and hide on the Cats. Ward was whistled with her fourth foul and the complexion of the game shifted. Kate Swantak hit one-of-two foul shots on two separate possessions to ignite a Davenport rally. A Swantak steal and layup followed by a similar maneuver with the same result by Sarah Haight had Davenport in a comeback mood. Haight was fouled as she scored and made the shot cutting the Ram lead in half at 34-27.
Had a chance
After a SK miss, Davenport had the ball with a chance to draw even closer with only seconds left in the period. Rockefeller took the air out of the Wildcats’ upset bubble working a steal and going coast-to-coast to score just before the buzzer. Davenport never recovered.
Order was restored when SK ran off the first five points of the fourth quarter. Davenport would only manage one field goal and one foul shot down the stretch as SK took home the crown, 46-30.
SK got 11 points from Kayla Craft and eight each from Brittany Northrup and Robyn Ward.