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2018-03-13 / Sports

DA Girls Crush Eldred, Cruise to State Semis

By Rosie Cunningham


Anna Post, of Delaware Academy goes up for the shot Saturday against an Eldred defender. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Anna Post, of Delaware Academy goes up for the shot Saturday against an Eldred defender. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter NEWBURGH — The Delaware Academy girls rolled over Eldred handily with a 51-29 win in the State Class D Quarterfinal Saturday.

Despite the commanding win, the game overall was not pretty. It was heavily physical, there were many fouls - some of which were called, but more were not called, many turnovers, missed gimme layups and a shocking amount of jump balls.

Delaware Academy (23-2) led Eldred 14-10 after the first quarter, then broke it open with a 12-3 second quarter. Eldred began to gain momentum but DA’s Olivia Wakin’s bucket with 1:20 left in the second quarter was a momentum killer.

The Bulldogs stretched the advantage with a 26-13 lead at the break.

It was the third quarter and DA’s defense and hustle left no question as to who would win the ball game.

Standout offensive and defensive player Anna Post opened the frame following the half and Wakin followed suit with a jumper (32-14). Post was a challenge for the Eldred players to handle under the rim as she plays with a toughness that can’t be taught. DA’s Brenna Gioffe netted two foul shots to stretch the lead to 35-14 and Kaitlynn Finch converted a steal into a layup with 3:14 left in the third.


Delaware Academy guard Kaitlynn Finch dribbles the ball up the court. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware Academy guard Kaitlynn Finch dribbles the ball up the court. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Eldred scored for the first time in the third quarter with less than one minute left (38- 16) and the Bulldogs would take the floor for the fourth quarter with a 40-19 lead and there was no looking back.

The scoring was evenly distributed among DA. Post dropped 13 points and had nine boards, Wakin finished with 12 points and five steals, Finch produced nine buckets and seven steals, while guard Logan Bruce tallied eight points, 10 assists and five steals for the winning team.


Delaware Academy’s Olivia Wakin shoots over pressure in a 51-29 win in the State Class D Quarterfinal game. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s Olivia Wakin shoots over pressure in a 51-29 win in the State Class D Quarterfinal game. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Brooke DeGiulio led Eldred with 13 points and Rachel O’Hagen added 12 points, while Hailee Kolvenbach tallied eight points, respectively in the loss.

“Defensively, we played well as a team, great rotation out of our traps,” said DA Coach Todd Bruce following the match. “The squad combined for a total of 23 steals. Olivia, Finch and Bruce led us on the defensive end with great ball pressure. Anna Post and Brenna Gioffe did a great job on help-side defense and hitting the boards.”

“Overall, it was definitely the most physical game all year long. There was a lot of banging going on out on the floor, but we didn’t back down, and finally settled in after halftime,” Bruce continued. “We can play that type of game if needed, but I thought we were the more talented basketball team once we decided to relax, handle their physical style and get out in transition.”


Delaware Academy’s Brenna Gioffe looks to post up against an Eldred defender Saturday in Newburgh. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware Academy’s Brenna Gioffe looks to post up against an Eldred defender Saturday in Newburgh. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The DA girls will face Moriah (Section VII) in the NYS Class D State Semifinals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.

“Moriah was in the State Final Four last year and they definitely have the experience,” said Bruce of the match-up. “In watching video, they are a very solid team, with two very talented players - McKenzie Sprague, and Madison Olcott. They like to play a lot of manto man and run a very efficient half court motion offense. I feel we will need to settle in early, get some easy buckets to loosen us up, and if we play relaxed and do the little details well, we have a solid shot at winning the semi’s. Once you get to this level, you have to play your best basketball, and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

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