Assistant Sports Editor
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School girls basketball team found itself down early against Ravena in the finals of the Hoosier Holiday Tournament, but the Panthers’ interior duo of Megan Flynn and Kelly Pine proved too much in the end as Hoosick Falls won its 15th Hoosier title 49-39.
"It was a good win," coach Eamonn DeGraaf said. "This is a good team that plays in a very good conference. It is always tough going against two teams in-a-row that play zone. I thought our big girls did an excellent job getting themselves in a position to score."
Ravena came out in the first quarter and went on an immediate 9-0 run capped by a three from Hope Rebeor (game-high 16 points) before eventually leading 11-2.
That is when the Panthers finally came to life, with Flynn scoring three baskets in a row to cut the lead to 11-8, and hitting a free throw at the end of the quarter to make it 13-12 Ravena.
"I just want to try my hardest out there," Flynn said. "I’m new to the team, so I’m just trying to prove I’m good enough."
In the second, Flynn would tie the game on another free throw, but the Indians were able to get the lead back out to four when Rebeor scored on a pass from teammate Jasmine Powell.
The Panthers would answer with another big run, closing out the half 7-2 and taking a 20-19 lead into the break when Rachel Pine (10 points) hit a spot-up trey.
Ravena would not recover from there, as Kelly Pine 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half while the defense held Ravena to just three points in the third quarter.
"We knew in the first half, you can’t give up that many points" point guard Carsen Williams said of the team’s defense. "When we went in for halftime, we knew that is what we had to work on. Defense wins games."
Pine scored the first basket of the third on a pass from Williams (4 points), and would give the team a 28-22 lead going into the fourth on a nice up-and-under move around the basket.
In the fourth, Ravena would cut the lead to 28-25 on the first possession off a three from Bailey Kross (10 points), but then Flynn scored on a putback, Kelly Pine hit a free throw, and Rachel Pine knocked down a three off a pass from Williams to make it 34-25 and take the game out of reach.
"Defensively, we were sluggish and that really hurt us tonight," Ravena coach Jackie Hotaling said. "We are usually a much more aggressive team. We were kind of going through the motions tonight.
Kelly Pine and Flynn finished with double-doubles, with
Pine hauling down 14 rebounds and Flynn grabbing 12, including nine on the offensive glass.
"It’s nice having a big next to me," Pine said of Flynn. "If I’m having a good rebounding game, she is having a good shooting game. We work really well together."
Williams added four assists and five rebounds in the win, while Olivia Schneider had three steals in the second half to help defensively. Rebeor added nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Hoosick Falls won its own tournament for the 15th time with the win. Kelly Pine was named Tournament MVP, while Flynn was named to the all-star team. Rebeor was named for Ravena, Milisia Willingham was named for Albany Leadership, which topped Catskill 50-37 in the consolation game, and Lauren Kousal was named an all-star for Catskill. Hoosick Falls is now 6-2 after the win.