Weekly Feature



2018-01-10 / Sports

Lady Blue Devil hoops gets first win

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter

The Kenmore West girls basketball team put a checkmark in the win column for the first time all year. The Lady Blue Devils got a dramatic 41-37 win over North Tonawanda Wednesday. Maya Eubanks dominated in the paint with 27 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

“We were very excited. Maya Eubanks had 27 points for us, which was huge,” Kenmore West coach Jeff Martin said. “She’s a post-player. She just had a great game. Mariah Huss, a seventh grader, had a great game for us. Alexis Rivera was good. We were very excited and very happy to get a quality win against a quality team.”

The game was tight throughout and was tied at 37 in the final minute. Alexis Rivera hit a three-pointer to put Kenmore West ahead. The Lady Blue Devils got a stop and got fouled, and Ashley Tucker hit a free throw to put the game away.

The team is now 1-8 on the season as the young group learns and grows together. Kenmore West lost seven seniors from last year’s team and now features seven players who are sophomores or younger on the roster.

“It’s very much a learning experience,” Martin said. “We’ve had a very tough non-league schedule. We’ve played some very good teams in the NFL. We have struggled at times, but the team is really working hard. We’re coming to practice every day to work. We’re just trying to find our way and improve every day.”

The team’s strongest play has come from Eubanks, a senior. She has been a dominant presence in the low post.

“She’s had some big games for us,” Martin said. “She’s come through;she works very hard. We’re very happy with her play overall. She’s been a great leader as a captain. She’s doing a great job.”

The team has two games on the schedule this week: Charter School for Applied Technology and the division-leading Grand Island.

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