Andes girls finish season with win over Roxbury
It‚Äôs been a season of growing pains for Andes coach Jeff Rhone and his Mountaineers basketball team. Leading the youngest team in the Delaware League, it has sometimes been hard for Rhone to track his team‚Äôs progress. That‚Äôs why last week‚Äôs, 46-36, victory over Roxbury during the final week of the season was a beacon of better things to come for Rhone‚Äôs novice team.
The win, Andes‚Äô fourth of the year, wasn‚Äôt easy. Poor shooting saw both teams get off to sluggish starts. Each team netted two field goals in the opening quarter to battle to a 4-4 standoff. Andes nosed ahead in the second frame, outscoring their guests by three points, to take a 12-9 lead into halftime.
Baskets started to drop easier on both sides of the floor in the second half. Hope Egnaczak found the range from the outside, while Meghan Peck used second chances off the glass to score for Andes. At the same time, Alisa Fersch served notice from inside the paint, hitting three baskets for the Rockets.
Andes outpaced their guests 12-8 in the modest-scoring third quarter setting up a wild finish. Both teams found their marks down the stretch, combining to score 41 points with Andes outlasting their guests, 22-19, during the final eight minutes.
Five Mountaineers scored during the scoring spree with four girls hitting four or more points in the period. On the opposite side of the floor, Danyelle Greene was sizzling netting nine points, while Fersch continued her steady work around the basket adding five more for the Rockets in the period.
Roxbury‚Äôs Fersch and Andes Karli Tait shared game scoring honors, each netting 14 points. Tait scored at least one basket in every quarter. Danyelle Greene followed closely behind adding 13 more for the Rockets.
Four-of-five foul shooting from the line during the final quarter helped Meghan Peck reach double figures at 10 points for Andes. Hope Egnaczak finished with eight points, all in the second half, and Gina Tait ended with six for the victors.