Panthers roll past Ravena for seventh straight win


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> For the past couple of weeks, no team has been able to stop the Hoosick Falls Central School girls basketball team, who improved their winning streak to seven straight on Wednesday night, with a 51-31 win over Ravena.

After beating a very good Canton team on Monday for the second time this season, the Panthers continued its success over this winter break by outscoring their opponent 39-11 in the final 14 minutes of the half, and that helped them cruise to another win.

"It was a great win for our ball club," said Hoosick Falls coach Eamonn DeGraaf said. "We played a great first half, where we created a lot of turnovers that we turned into points on our end and that allowed us to get out to a huge lead at the half.

Hoosick Falls led 39-14 at halftime, but actually trailed Ravena early.

After Ciara Miller hit a three pointer to give the Indians an early 3-0 lead, the Panthers would go on a 21-2 run to end the first quarter.

The Panther charge was led by senior Megan Flynn, who scored nine of her 11 first half points in the first quarter. Flynn would finish with 13 points in the game.

"I just did my job out there," Flynn said. "I used my size to create block shots and steals for us, and then used my presence down low to get points on lay ups."

Not only on offense did Flynn have a great first half, but also on defense, blocking two shots and having three steals in the half.

Flynn's partner in crime on the block for the Panthers, Kelly Pine, also made a huge impact for Hoosick Falls in the first half.

The junior scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first half, including scoring eight points in the second quarter. Pine also was a huge key in the Panthers full-court press, forcing four turnovers in the first half.

"I was able to take advantage on the back side in the zone defense that Ravena played us in," Pine said. "I got some good looks at the basket and also I got a lot of fast break lay up opportunities because of our full-court defense, which really got our offense going because of the turnovers we were able to force from it."

The Panthers' full-court defense was a huge problem for the Indians, who had over 15 turnovers in the first half.

"That is our bread and butter," DaGraaf said. "It's the style of play that has worked for us all season and were a really good team in transition with converting on fast break lay ups."

After increasing their 25 point lead at halftime to leading by 31 going into the fourth quarter, the Panthers were able to ease to a 20-point victory.

Ally Burdick had nine points off the bench in the Panther victory as well.

Hoosick Falls is now 8-1 on the season and are an impressive 5-0 in the Wasaren League.

The Panthers will try to stay perfect in their first go-around against the Wasaren League, in their next two games against Greenwich and Tamarac.

"I think we have really surprised ourselves of how dominant we can be," Flynn said. "We have a chance to beat everyone in the Wasaren league and that is really tough too. We just have to keep a level head and will do fine in these next two games."

Hoosick Falls' next game will be on the road against Greenwich Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.


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