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2018-02-13 / Sports

SK and Stamford Girls To Take Rivalry to DL Crossover

By Rosie Cunningham


The South Kortright squad will take the floor Friday and look to improve on their 16-2 record. 
File Photo The South Kortright squad will take the floor Friday and look to improve on their 16-2 record. File Photo The South Kortright (No. 1) and the Stamford (No. 2) rivalry is always a great match-up to watch and the talented squads will take to the court in Friday’s championship game at SUNY Delhi.

The Rams and Indians squad played Jan. 23, with South Kortright earning the 48-31 win.

“In a big game like that you need to take care of the ball,” Burroughs said about the championship game against Stamford. “Taking care of the ball and slowing down the Hoyt girls (Melanie and Madison) and (Haley) Steenland is key against them.”

This season, SK (16-2, 8-0), has out maneuvered teams with hustle and aggressiveness, particularly on the defensive end. Junior Anna Reinshagen and sophomore Emily Burns are a challenge for any offensive opponent to get by. Reinshagen in particular, is simply quick and can easily shutdown most anyone one-on-one.


The Stamford girls are looking to honor their seniors with a crossover win Friday. 
File Photo The Stamford girls are looking to honor their seniors with a crossover win Friday. File Photo On the offensive side, sophomore Azalyn Brunson has quick feet, is tall and has moves that few others have in the league. Jordan Finch’s height is hard to battle and she consistently is an offensive threat. Both Brunson and Finch are monsters in regards to their rebounding efforts as well.

Junior Bella DuBois, is aggressive and will be a force on both sides of the court as well.

SK doesn’t just have talented starters, they have a deep bench and each and every girl knows how to play ball.

The SK squad looks forward to the Friday night contest.

“It feels great going to crossovers,” said Brunson. “We’ve been there several years in a row and have won, so we’d really like to keep that going. Stamford is a good team though and we can’t underestimate them. As the defending sectional champs, we want to make a good run.”

“Going to crossovers is a goal we set at the beginning of the season and it’s what we have worked for all season long,” said junior Reinshagen. “Winning would make all of the bumps and bruises this season well worth it.”

The Stamford squad (16-1) is hard-nosed and aggressive and like the Rams, they have a medley of talent.

Senior Haley Steenland, handles the ball well and is a scoring force. This season, Steenland dropped her 1,000th point and hasn’t looked back as she continues to tally buckets. She is an all-round athlete and contributes multiple assists and steals in each and every game as well.

And what’s a steady point guard without teammates who can score. The Hoyt sisters are a pair to be reckoned with and pity the teams who will have to face them next season as they are still young. Melanie Hoyt, a freshman, is one of the best players in the league, is quick, can score at anytime and can handle the ball too. Her sister Madison, a sophomore, is steady in the middle, is aggressive and pours in buckets consistently. The remainder of the Indian’s squad are quick and aggressive.

“This season has been a special one,” said Stamford Coach Lonnie Nickerson. “The girls have played some exceptional basketball.We feel privileged to be in a Delaware League championship game.”

“The last few years we have made it to this point and the crossovers is always one of the goals we have throughout the season,” said Melanie Hoyt. “The goals for the rest of the season are to play hard, play together and challenge every team in our section.”

“Our only loss has been to SK and we are looking forward to getting a second chance in crossovers,” said Madison Hoyt. “SK has always been a big school rival and to win would be a great way to end our regular season - not to mention, a way to celebrate our seniors who have played so hard over the years.”

The crossover game will take place at SUNY Delhi and tip-off begins at 5:30 p.m.

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