Panama’s Mandy Brink drives about a Hammond defender for the duration of Saturday morning’s NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complex in Troy.
Photo by Mike Frame
Panama’s Kaitlyn Horton is defended by Hammond’s Sadie Sprabary for the duration of Saturday morning’s NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complex in Troy.
Photo by Mike Frame
Hammond’s Landree Kenyon is defended by Panama’s Lilly Odell and Kaitlyn Horton for the duration of a NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal Saturday morning at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complex in Troy.
Photo by Mike Frame
TROY – Panama had no answer for Ava Howie and Landree Kenyon on Saturday morning.
Howie, Hammond’s sophomore guard, scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out four assists, while Kenyon, the Red Devils’ junior forward, scored 25 points, grabbed ten rebounds, handed out six assists, picked up three steals and blocked two shots as the Section X champions beat the Panthers 78-56 in a New York State Public Larger College Athletic Association Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College.
“We didn’t have an answer for (Kenyon) and when we did try to double down low, they kicked it out to (Howie),” Panama head coach Dennis Hinsdale stated. “(Howie) hit some 3s from the prime of the vital. I watched four games and she created possibly four total in four games.”
Section X has turn out to be a nemesis for the Panama girls basketball strategy. From 2015-17, Heuvelton – led by three-time Class D Player of the Year Paige McCormick – ended the Panthers’ season at the McDonough Sports Complex.
“I usually stated when I left Clymer that I usually wanted to come back,” stated Hinsdale, who won a state title as the Pirates’ head coach in 2010. ” … I got my possibility this year, we just couldn’t make it carry out. There’s no shame in losing to that group. I’m proud of my girls. I believed they gave me each and every small issue they had. They played definitely tough, but Hammond played a tiny tougher.”
On Saturday, Hammond went 35 of 64 (54.7%) from the field, outrebounded the Panthers 41-19, and turned the ball far more than just five situations ahead of the Red Devils went to their reserves late in the fourth quarter.
“On film, they looked slow. They didn’t shoot like that,” Hinsdale stated. “I knew we’d have difficulties on the boards, that was my greatest be concerned.”
Senior Mandy Brink gave it all she had in the final game of a stellar profession at Panama, scoring 26 points while handing out four assists.
“I’m not going to judge her profession on a single game,” an emotional Hinsdale stated of Brink. “She’s a hell of an athlete. She nonetheless has my vote for Player of the Year in Western New York and New York state. … She usually carried this group. She created coaching absolutely effortless.”
Hammond went up 11-two with 1:49 left in the initial quarter, but Panama was in a position to survive with seven of the final nine points of the period, like a banked 3-pointer by Brink just ahead of the buzzer.
But the Red Devils – whose only loss this season was to the Section X Class B champion Gouverneur – began to pull away in the second quarter, thanks to eight second-possibility points, and led 38-26 at halftime.
“I’m not specific how you defend a fadeaway jump shot. I give that girl a lot of credit … that is a single hard shot to make often,” Hinsdale stated of Kenyon, who scored 11 points for the duration of the second quarter. “You may perhaps possibly be in a position to get a single out of seven or eight, but she shot it often. We didn’t have an answer for it.”
A 9- Hammond run to open the third quarter, like five points from Howie, created it 47-26 ahead of Panama sophomore Kaitlyn Horton stopped the run with a pair of completely free of charge throws.
Brink twice created it a 16-point game, initial with a 3-pointer and then with an old-fashioned three-point play, but the game was presently getting away from the Panthers.
“I believed we looked awfully slow,” Hinsdale stated. “I believed we had been as effectively reliant on Mandy.”
Howie scored 13 straight points for her group close to the finish of the third quarter as Hammond led by 22 finding into the final eight minutes.
“If you see how a lot of loose balls there had been, we didn’t get any of these,” Hinsdale stated. “One time I named timeout and stated ‘We had four girls laying on the floor and no one particular came up with the ball.’ That is heart. Their hearts had been bigger than ours presently.”
Now the Red Devils will have to deal with Section IV champion Oxford Academy, which beat Section II’s Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 75-54 in Saturday’s second semifinal.
The Red Devils will be seeking for their initial state title mainly because winning back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008.
“I believed if we got preceding Hammond,” Hinsdale stated, “we’d have a absolutely amazing shot against Oxford.”
NOTES: Panama shot 20 of 58 (34.5%) from the field, like 3 of 18 from 3-point assortment, and turned the ball far more than six situations. Junior Kylie Morgan had 11 points and six rebounds, while Horton had eight points and six rebounds.
Brink 9 5 26, Schauman 1 two, Morgan 4 3 11, Horton two 4 eight, Odell 3 six, Assortment 1 two, Greene 1 1, Markham . Totals 20 13 56.
Cunningham , Sprabary 5 11, Manning 4 eight, Kenyon 11 1 25, Howie 12 two 28, Woodcock 1 two, Vinch two 4, Tulley , Jones , Downs . Totals 35 3 78.
3-point targets-Brink 3, Sprabary, Kenyon two, Howie two.
Panama 9 17 17 13 – 56
Hammond 13 25 27 13 – 78
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