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Panama’s Mandy Brink drives about a Hammond defender through Saturday morning’s NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complicated in Troy.
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Panama’s Kaitlyn Horton is defended by Hammond’s Sadie Sprabary through Saturday morning’s NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complicated in Troy.
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Hammond’s Landree Kenyon is defended by Panama’s Lilly Odell and Kaitlyn Horton through a NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal Saturday morning at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College’s McDonough Sports Complicated in Troy.
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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 4 assists, whilst Kenyon, the Red Devils’ junior forward, scored 25 points, grabbed ten rebounds, handed out six assists, picked up 3 steals and blocked two shots as the Section X champions beat the Panthers 78-56 in a New York State Public Higher College Athletic Association Class D semifinal at Hudson Valley Neighborhood College.
“We didn’t have an answer for (Kenyon) and when we did attempt to double down low, they kicked it out to (Howie),” Panama head coach Dennis Hinsdale mentioned. “(Howie) hit some 3s from the major of the crucial. I watched 4 games and she created perhaps 4 total in 4 games.”
Section X has turn out to be a nemesis for the Panama girls basketball system. From 2015-17, Heuvelton – led by 3-time Class D Player of the Year Paige McCormick – ended the Panthers’ season at the McDonough Sports Complicated.
“I normally mentioned when I left Clymer that I normally wanted to come back,” mentioned Hinsdale, who won a state title as the Pirates’ head coach in 2010. ” … I got my likelihood this year, we just couldn’t make it operate. There’s no shame in losing to that group. I’m proud of my girls. I believed they gave me almost everything they had. They played 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 more than just 5 occasions just before the Red Devils went to their reserves late in the fourth quarter.
“On film, they looked slow. They didn’t shoot like that,” Hinsdale mentioned. “I knew we’d have difficulty on the boards, that was my largest worry.”
Senior Mandy Brink gave it all she had in the final game of a stellar profession at Panama, scoring 26 points whilst handing out 4 assists.
“I’m not going to judge her profession on a single game,” an emotional Hinsdale mentioned 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 generally carried this group. She created coaching definitely effortless.”
Hammond went up 11-two with 1:49 left in the initially quarter, but Panama was capable to survive with seven of the final nine points of the period, like a banked three-pointer by Brink just just before the buzzer.
But the Red Devils – whose only loss this season was to the Section X Class B champion Gouverneur – started to pull away in the second quarter, thanks to eight second-likelihood points, and led 38-26 at halftime.
“I’m not confident how you defend a fadeaway jump shot. I give that girl a lot of credit … that is a single difficult shot to make regularly,” Hinsdale mentioned of Kenyon, who scored 11 points through the second quarter. “You may well be capable to get a single out of seven or eight, but she shot it regularly. We didn’t have an answer for it.”
A 9- Hammond run to open the third quarter, like 5 points from Howie, created it 47-26 just before Panama sophomore Kaitlyn Horton stopped the run with a pair of cost-free throws.
Brink twice created it a 16-point game, initially with a three-pointer and then with an old-fashioned 3-point play, but the game was currently obtaining away from the Panthers.
“I believed we looked awfully slow,” Hinsdale mentioned. “I believed we had been also reliant on Mandy.”
Howie scored 13 straight points for her group close to the finish of the third quarter as Hammond led by 22 getting into the final eight minutes.
“If you see how several loose balls there had been, we didn’t get any of these,” Hinsdale mentioned. “One time I known as timeout and mentioned ‘We had 4 girls laying on the floor and no one came up with the ball.’ That is heart. Their hearts had been larger than ours right now.”
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 in search of their initially state title because winning back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008.
“I believed if we got previous Hammond,” Hinsdale mentioned, “we’d have a definitely great shot against Oxford.”
NOTES: Panama shot 20 of 58 (34.five%) from the field, like three of 18 from three-point variety, and turned the ball more than six occasions. Junior Kylie Morgan had 11 points and six rebounds, whilst Horton had eight points and six rebounds.
Brink 9 five 26, Schauman 1 two, Morgan four three 11, Horton two four eight, Odell three six, Variety 1 two, Greene 1 1, Markham . Totals 20 13 56.
Cunningham , Sprabary five 11, Manning four eight, Kenyon 11 1 25, Howie 12 two 28, Woodcock 1 two, Vinch two four, Tulley , Jones , Downs . Totals 35 three 78.
three-point targets-Brink three, Sprabary, Kenyon two, Howie two.
Panama 9 17 17 13 – 56
Hammond 13 25 27 13 – 78
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