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ND’S EMILY DURR-MONSTER ENERGY DRINK PLAYER OF THE GAME
Can just one shot determine the outcome of a basketball game?
Not many high school hoops fans would answer that question in the affirmative. Trouble is on Friday evening in New Hartford the answer might just be yes.
When the final horn sounded, a confident bunch of Notre Dame Lady Jugglers left the court, at New Hartford High School, a perfect, (3-0) having passed an early season, Tri-Valley League, test with a grade of A+ and a convincing 52-41 win over a very good (5-1) New Hartford Spartans team.
When Emily Durr’s high arching three ball bottomed out, just :10 seconds into tonight’s TVL test, to give the visitors an early 3-0 lead, it somehow seemed like the lead was much larger than that.
Unfortunately for the home team, it suddenly was a lot larger than that.
Durr, the silky-smooth super-sophomore, ended the night with 19 points and earned the Monster Energy Drink Player of the Game honors, despite spending way too much time on the bench, next to head coach Mike Plonisch, because of foul trouble.
Fans of both teams had anticipated a showdown between Notre Dame’s Durr and New Hartford’s Ashley Chanatry, who had entered play averaging 16 points a game.
Chanatry could muster up just six points on the night and did not score her first points until there was just 2:59 left in the third quarter.
Credit Notre Dame’s in your face defense with slowing down Chanatry and company.
The high-flying Lady Jugglers ran over around and through the Spartans, to build a commanding 14-2 lead, with 4:22 to go, in the opening eight minutes of play.
That lead came on the strength of a Haley Sehring jumper from the corner, that found its way home off glass.
Sehring, one of five seniors on the ND roster, came to play and contributed 13 points to the Juggler’s cause.
Her play on the defensive end of the court helped leave a confident group of Spartans dazed and confused and certainly wanting another shot at the Jugglers later this season.
The Spartans could not buy a bucket and their cold shooting from the floor ,in the first half, left any real chance at a comeback somewhere between slim and none.
An Amy Evans field goal with 6:47 to go in the first were the only two points New Hartford could muster until the final two minutes of the opening stanza.
Evans had a solid outing scoring 8 of her team’s 41 points.
After one it was 16-8 in favor of the visitor.
How cold was New Hartford from the floor in the first half? They shot just 4-30 from the field and trailed 36-11 at the break.
In the second quarter the Spartans could only muster up 3 points in 8 minutes. Those three points came on a long two point field goal by Elizabeth Cavic and a lone free throw.
The Spartans shot just 17 of 60 for the game and missed 12 point blanks shots from in close.
Kelly Bishop, was the best Spartan on the floor on Friday as she, scored 6 points in the the first half and then netted 9 more to end up with 15 on the night, as the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.
New Hartford picked up the tempo when Durr got in foul trouble and worked hard to get back in the game with a 13-0 run of their own, to cut the lead to 13, 45-32 with 6 minutes left in the quarter. It was a bucket by Bishop that brought the home fans to their feet.
Another 6-0 run got New Hartford as close as they would get at 49-38 with just under two minutes left in the game.
Notre Dame opened the game with a 14-2 run and then ran away with this one of the strength of a 17-1 run just before the first half ended.
Emily Durr scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half outburst.
Haley Sehring scored 10 of her 13 in the opening 16 minutes as the visitors sent a loud and clear message to the entire TVL with their spirited play.
Sehring would had some extra pep in her step also hauled down 20 rebounds to help lead the well balanced ND attack.
Jaclyn Hajec added 9 points of her own and teammate Anari Harris chipped in 7. Tierney Buckley handed out 6 assists for Notre Dame.
Theano Alvanos chipped in 5 for New Hartford.
Coach Mike Callan and his Spartans, now (5-1,) look to bounce back on Tuesday night at Holland Patent.
Up next for Notre Dame is another road test at VVS also next Tuesday night.
Notre Dame 52 New Hartford 41
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 16 20 9 7 52
New Hartford 8 3 13 17 41