Lisbon Central got healthy and scored a key win while Hammond continued to battle a flu bug while emerging from Tuesdays NAC Girls Basketball action as the only unbeaten in the NAC West.
Lisbon handed Harrisville its first loss in a 41-36 decision while Clifton-Fine handed Heuvelton its first loss in a 54-48 decision and Hammond took sole control of the lead at 4-0 with a victory over Hermon-DeKalb 50-43.
Edwards-Knox downed Morristown in a duel of teams seeking their first win.
Lisbon 41 - Harrisville 36 -The Golden Knights forced just enough turnovers with their fullcourt press, buried just enough outside shots to build double-digit leads in both halves and grabbed just enough rebounds and made just enough free throws at crunch time to even their division record at 2-2 and drop Harrisville to 1-1 in a game played at SUNY Canton.
We were finally healthy tonight after having five girls sick with the flu. We were able to press effectively and get out and run which makes us a much better team, said Lisbon Coach Dick Marcellus.
We needed to make more free throws at the end of the game but we did rebound well and managed the game well. Overall we played very well against a team which is very tough inside.
Led by Kathleen Coloney, who scored a game-high 19 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, the Pirates closed a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to 39-36 with 42 seconds to play on a three-point play by Coloney.
A series of defensive stops and rebounds by Jackie Sovie and Beth Crowley kept the Pirates scoreless for the remainder of the game and Sovie netted two free throws and Gabby Walker added one as the Knights etched their margin of victory.
Alex Amo led a balanced winning offense with 10 points. Sovie (14 rebounds, 5 steals) and Walker (6 rebounds) each tallied eight points and Crowley finished with six points, five rebounds and five steals. Emily Dishaw tallied seven points and Sam Gladle added two.
Chelsea Pierce and Georgia Baker followed with eight and seven points for Harrisville and Janel Swanston added two.
Harrisville held a fourth quarter rally by Lisbon in winning the JV game.
E-K 44, Morristown 23: Second and third opportunities keyed the Cougars (1-4 West) comeback from a 7-6 deficit at Morristown. Katie Smith tallied 14 points for E-K. Katrina Moore added seven while Nicole Hendricks chipped in five as nine players scored two of more points. Shaye Taylor and Katie Hale each nailed a timely three-pointer.
Jordyn Tulley paced 0-5 NAC West Morristown with 10 points. Bailey Holmes added eight and Taylor Piercey scored five.
In the junior varsity game, Morristown won 42-30.
Mikayla Dulmage scored 19 points while Jessica Geddes added 10. Logan Green added seven followed by three each from Victoria Mitchell and Elissa Baldwin. Arael Scott scored 15 for the E-K JVs and Tileigh Sturtevant and Makayla Bacon added four.
Hammond 50, H-D 43: The Lady Devils entered their second week of dealing with the flu bug but continued to post victories.
On Tuesday, Hammond led 20-15 at halftime and expanded it to 43-31 with a 23-16 third quarter advantage to improve to 6-0, 4-0 NAC West. Alyssa Crosby delivered 12 of her 24 points in the third quarter for Hammond.
Alyssa Crosby did a fantastic job tonight. Right now, our team is really down with the flu bug but credit Hermon-DeKalb they came out and battled, said Hammond coach Shawn Dack.
Courtney Bova tallied 12 second half points including eight in the third to help the pull-away for Hammond and Gabby Marshall hit three three-pointers in the first quarter.
Clarisa Davis scored 19 points for (4-2, 3-2 NAC West) H-D before foulling out. Bridget Rust added nine followed by Kasey ODonnell and Morgan Stott with seven and six.
Clifton-Fine 54, Heuvelton 48: Hunter Hitchman scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had six steals and six assists for the host Eagles (2-2) who jumped out a 23-9 first quarter lead in a game where the Bulldogs played without their leading scorer and defensive stopper Lexi Weidner who was sidelined by illness.
Hunter Hitchman scored 10 points in the first quarter shooting the ball well from the outside. We made some adjustments but just couldnt get up. They played well and we played hard but we needed to make more free throws,said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers after the Bulldogs went 16-30 at the line.
Morgan Skeldon added 14 points with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for C-F. Delaney Kerr had seven rebounds and Alex Pomerville had six rebounds with eight points for the Eagles.
Maddie St. Pierre led the Bulldogs (4-2, 4-1 West) with 18 points, seven rebounds and six steals and Olivia St. Pierre scored 15 points with 12 rebounds. Kylie Pierce tallied seven points with 11 rebounds.
Chateaugay 43, C-P 10: Courtney Bova drilled four threes for 12 points to pace the 3-0 NAC East Bullodgs. Morgan Doyle scored five for C-P (3-3, 2-1 NAC East). Andrea Aldous hit a free-throw.