Heuvelton Rallies To Beat Malone For First Title
Heuvelton guard Lexi Weidner (23) drives to the lane through
Malone defenders Janelle Heden (32) and Emily Marshall (45).
Malone jumped out to an 18-4, but the Bulldogs roared back
to outscore the Huskies 16-2 to tie by halftime. The
Bulldogs went on to win their first overall Section X
championship 53-45. Heuvelton is the first Class D
team to win the title in twenty years. (Alex Brock
Malone’s Emily Marshall (white) tries a move to the basket
against Heuvelton’s Lexi Weidner. The Heuvelton
Bulldogs bounced back from an 18-4 first-half deficit, with
a strong finish before half, then went on to defeat Class A
Champion Malone 53-45, for their first-ever Section X
overall championship at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium at SUNY
Potsdam. Heuvelton became the first Class D school to
capture a title in 20 years. The Bulldogs were able to rally
behind eleven straight points and a 16-2 finish in the
second quarter to tie the game at 20-20 by intermission.
Logan Tallman buried a three-pointer to start the second
half to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
Heuvelton increased the lead to 34-26, behind buckets from
the Olivia and Maddie St. Pierre, Paige McCormick and
Tallman. The Bulldogs kept pressing forward to take a 48-41
advantage with less than two minutes remaining, then used
hard-nosed defense down the stretch to allow only four more
points and secure their first title. Heuvelton was led by
McCormick’s 13 points, followed by Olivia St. Pierre with
12, and 10 points each from Logan Tallman and Maddie St.
Pierre. Malone was led by Morgan Fountain with 13 points.
Both teams will now move on to the New York State playoffs
in their respective classes.
HEUVELTON BATTLES PAST CANTON IN SEMIFINAL
Heuvelton jumped to an 18-5 first-quarter
lead on the strength of six points from forward Kylie Piercey who drew the starting assignment
for Olivia St. Pierre. In a game of wide swings and runs,
the Bulldogs led by as much as 21 points, 41-20 in the third
quarter, before holding off Canton in a 62-47 victory in the
Section X overall semifinals. Canton staged a furious
comeback in the second half, closing to within 47-42 with
4:11 remaining in regulation, the Bulldogs closed out with a
15-5 run to seal the win. As a team, Heuvelton went
13-for-19 from the free-throw line, which helped to secure
the win. Piercey led Heuvelton with 12 points, while Logan
Tallman dropped in 10 points, including 5-for-7 from the
charity stripe. However, Canton suffered from 8-for-24
free-throw shooting. The Bears were able to climb back into
the game by generating 12 second-half points off its
full-court press. Canton was led by Tori Daly with 17
points, while Kali Frank tossed in 15 points. Emily Pinckney
and Natalie DiSalvo chipped in five points apiece. Heuvelton
advances to the Section X overall championship to face the
Malone Huskies. Canton will travel next to Hudson Valley
Community College in Troy, NY to face the Section II
champion on March 4th.