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ELDRED, NY — In the wake of a disastrous first frame, with Eldred’s Lady Yellowjackets racking up 18 points against the Roscoe’s Lady Blue Devils’ two ticks in the scorebook, the visitors regained bit of traction in the second period.
In the second frame, Roscoe scored 14 points in the girls varsity league Game of Hoops on Friday, February 15, while the home team netted eight.
At the half, Eldred had a 29-16 lead, and, after that, outgunned the Lady Blue Devils in the closing two periods (6-3 and 16-0).
At the final buzzer, Eldred defeated the visitors 48-19.
Top netters for Eldred: Hannah Jennings (15 points including a 3-pointer), HaileeKolvenbach (13 points including a 3-pointer) and LenaeKelty (8 points including a 3-pointer).
Roscoe: Kayla Zamenick (11 points including two 3-pointers) and Madison Rhodes (6 points including a 3-pointer).
Stats from the free throw line: Eldred 5/16 (31%), Roscoe 1/8 (12%).
Although their record is 0-18 with two games to go in the season, Becky Ahart, veteran coach of girls varsity basketball at the Home of the Blue Devils, said of this year’s bucketeers, “It’s a nice group of girls I’m working with. It’s been a fun season. The girls work hard, don’t give up, don’t quit, just keep going and shooting.”
The Lady Blue Devils are led on the floor by four senior captains: Madison Ackerly, Madison Rhodes, Taylor Roseo and Kayla Zamenick.
Asked about the season as it nears the end for Roscoe, 17-year-old guard Zamenick replied, “It was a very good season. Even though we lost a lot, it was fun.”
17-year-old Roseo, a point guard for the Lady Blue Devils, commented, “It was a rough season, but I think it was good experience for the younger girls. We have a really young team, and hopefully they will come back next year.”
June Hallock, coach of the Lady Yellowjackets (8-9), offered her take on the 29-point margin of victory. “The game went well, and I was glad I was able to get everybody in.” When asked about the season overall, she said, “I’m very pleased with how my girls played…We are looking forward to our next game.”
Mickala Gulla takes to the floor as a 17-year-old senior wing player for Eldred. “It’s been rocky, we started out rough, but we got better and all pulled together,” she said of Eldred’s final game in regulation play before sectionals.
Morgan Kopf is Eldred’s 18-year-old senior center. “It was fairly interesting at times,” she said of the season, adding, “We had a hard time coming together, but in the last few games, all of a sudden we started to click.”