Keshequa 39 Dansville 33
In the route 436 rival match-up on Tuesday (Jan. 19) saw Dansville & Keshequa go back & forth at each other throughout the contest. As the 4th quarter opened the Indians went on the warpath & went on a 13-2 run over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the quarter to put a 39-33 game on ice over a depleted Dansville girls hoop squad at “the Corral.” Keshequa skipper Pete Piraino noted, “if we play good defense that will always keep us in the game.” That’s exactly what the Indians did as they held Dansville to just 7 points over the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half while they built as much as a 12 point lead with 1:07 remaining in the game. The Mustangs would score 9 of their 16 second-half points in the final minute of play. For Dansville it would be “too little, too late” as the Nunda-Dalton game went home winners 39-33.
Dansville got hot early in the game when Bri Henchen connected on a couple of 3’s in the opening quarter. Coach Kristen Moose’s club went on a 7-0 run in the opening minutes of play & led the contest 9-3. Keshequa’s McKenzy Bennett came off the bench & immediately hit a couple of outside jumpers that got the Indians’ offense going & put the orange & black to within one. Bri Henchen’s “tri-fecta” in the last 20 seconds put the home team on top 12-8 at the end of the first. The visitors would double up Dansville in the 2nd outscoring the Mustangs 10-5 as Cameryn Bugman scored 5 points in the period including a 3-pointer with 1:11 left to give Keshequa an 18-17 lead at the half. Neither team could get the lid off of the bucket in the 3rd as the 2 squads split 10 points between them over that 8 minute span as the Indians nursed a slim 1-point lead heading into the 4th quarter. Keshequa caught fire early in the period as the defense shut-out Dansville for over 6 minutes while the offense piled up the points as 4 different players would share the 16 markers for the Indians that would extend the lead to 36-24 with just over a minute left to play. Dansville would score some quick buckets late, but Keshequa would counter with a few free throws that would give the triumph to the Tribe.
Keshequa (9-5) was led by Cameryn Bugman’s 14 points, 9 of them in the 2nd half as she added 3 steals. Madison Ewing had 6 points, 8 boards & a pair of assists…Payton Powers scored 6 with 5 rebounds….Lacey Hillier netted 5 with 3 steals & 3 rebounds….McKenzy Bennett had 4 with a couple of assists….Haley Smith scored 2 with a half-dozen steals…Amber Wood scored 2 points….as Kathryn Gelser had 2 rebounds & a steal in the victory. Keshequa host’s Pavilion on Friday (Jan. 22) night in Nunda. Dansville (3-12) was down a couple key contributors as Sabrina Didas was ill, as Meghan Waters was still recovering from a concussion. Katelin Everman & Baylie Harnish came up to fill roster spots from the junior varsity. The Mustangs saw Bri Henchen score 15 on the night as she got hot “early & late” scoring 8 in the first quarter & then ripped off a trio of field goals in the final minutes as well. Abby Kuhn scored 10….Brooke Hartson contributed 6…& Baylie Harnish scored 2 for the Mustangs who host rival Wayland-Cohocton in a boys-girls varsity double-header on Friday night at “the Nest” with the boys slated to play the opener at 6pm, followed by the girls game.