Bombs away! Panthers make 14 threes in rout over Schuylerville
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School senior Chelsea Stevens must like playing teams that wear orange and black uniforms.
Back in December against Cambridge, Stevens broke out, hitting eight 3-pointers in a blowout.
On Wednesday against Schuylerville -- another orange and black team -- she did it again, hitting seven from beyond the arc as part of a 22-point night and a 66-37 win over the Black Horses.
"She's a zone-beater," said Hoosick Falls coach Eamonn DeGraff. "If you are going to let her stand there and shoot, she can do it."
Stevens was the most profilic deep shooter, but the entire Panthers team was on point from the outside, making 14 threes, close to a team record, DeGraaf said.
"I'm happy to contribute to the team win," Stevens said. "It really was exciting, I love hitting threes. We practice it a lot, I guess it just becomes second nature."
Hoosick Falls began the game on a 19-1 run throughout the first quarter, using a press to keep Schuylerville on its toes. Stevens buried triples at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters to extend the lead and the Panthers finally got it to 26-1 before Reagan Woodcock scored the Black Horses' first basket after 11 minutes had gone by.
Stevens hit two more threes in the second to make it 32-5, and the half ended with the Panthers ahead 39-9 after Carsen Williams knocked down a three at the buzzer.
DeGraaf subbed freely in the second half, but Stevens continued to shoot from the outside wing, making her fifth 3-pointer in the third quarter and the final pair in the fourth.
Carsen Williams had 14 points, including two 3-pointers, and five assists. Olivia Schneider also had eight for the Panthers.
Sophomore Megan Flynn didn't score but had 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals to help the Panthers win.
"She's being part of the game even if she isn't scoring," DeGraaf said. "She does a good job using her body to position for rebounds and she's strong with the ball."
Valerie Liptak led the way with 13 points for Schuylerville.
Hoosick Falls meets Greenwich on Friday, so position in the Wasaren League will be up for grabs.
"It's nice to go into a big game off a win, especially when you shoot well," DeGraaf said. "We got to work our zone offense tonight and that's allowed us to be ready for Friday."
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