Pine Bush turns aside Kingston late rally
Pine Bush ahead by as many as 14 points before holding off Tigers’ run in 48-43 victory
KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Kingston High staged a spirited rally from 14 points down, but fell short in its Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I girls basketball opener Wednesday night as Pine Bush held on for a 48-43 victory at Kate Walton Field House.
The Lady Bushmen were ahead throughout the game, leading by as much as 14 late in the third quarter.
Kingston chipped away in the fourth. Nicole Spinelli, who came off the bench for a team-high 12 points, hit back-toback 3-point field goals off Madison Burke assists to pull the Tigers within 43-41 with 23.3 seconds remaining.
Jenna Genco and Molly Mulhare each made free throws for (5-1) Pine Bush, but Spinelli was fouled attempting another trey with 7.3 left on the clock. She hit two of the three foul shots to close the gap again to two.
The Tigers quickly fouled Genco, who missed both shots, but Taylor Pannell rebounded the second miss for Pine Bush. She made one foul shot and Genco two more in the final moments to clinch the win.
“It was good to show a little heart and
make a comeback,” Kingston coach Steve Garner said. “The last minute and-a-half we managed fairly well with no timeouts.”
Pannell had 15 points, Genco scored 14, Mulhare dished out seven assists and 6-foot-5 senior center Kate Cain had a tripledouble with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to lead Pine Bush.
Along with Spinelli’s 14 points, the Tigers also had big contributions from Chloe Chaffin (10 points, five steals, five rebounds), Jaid Harrell (nine points, six rebounds, four steals) and Lanasia Dorsey (six rebounds, three steals).
Defending Cain took its toll in energy and fouls for Kingston as it doubleteamed her most of the night.
Harrell and Chaffin had the primary assignment and each had two fouls by halftime.
Both fouled out in the game’s final three minutes. Grace Regan (five points, five rebounds) took on the duty of fronting Cain in the second half.
“I told the girls before the game that if we’re going to play this sandwich basketball, you can’t have any letdowns or breakdowns where you are fronting her and are behind her. If you do, she’ll make you pay,” Garner said.
“She didn’t make us pay much, but there were three baskets where there were lobs for reverse layups where we just didn’t keep the sandwich together.
“I thought we did our job against her. She earned her points.”
The concentration on Cain forced Genco and Pannell to step up.
“If you’re going to expend that much energy on her, you’re going to give
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some other people opportunities,” Garner noted.
“It puts a lot of pressure on our other three players to cover the perimeter. In the first half, when they were scoring a lot, we were literally throwing two people at Cain and then, for some ridiculous reason, we were throwing two people at the ball.
The defense brought Kingston back, holding Pine Bush to a basket over a six-minute span after it had gone ahead 3420 in the third. The Tigers forced seven turnovers with their full-court press.
Madison Burke’s linedrive 3-pointer as the quarter ended closed the gap to 36-26.
The Tigers twice cut the deficit to five.
The Lady Bushmen seemingly had locked it up when Genco buried a trey as the shot clock hit 1 for a 42-35 margin with two minutes left.
Then Cain fouled out, opening the door for the
the best in the history of their sport. UCLA won 10 titles during the Wooden era. UConn and Auriemma have 11. UCLA won the final three of its seven consecutive titles during the winning streak. UConn has won four straight, two during the streak. possible comeback. Spinelli hit a short runner, starting a 10-point run of her own to spark the rally.
It was Kingston’s first game since Thursday’s sluggish loss to Warwick when it had 35 turnovers.
The Tigers had just 15 turnovers Wednesday, but shot just 22 percent (17for-77) from the field.
“The energy level was much higher, but we’re still struggling to score,” Garner said.
“We have to learn something from this. Right now, we’re up and down in terms of how we’re playing.”
Kingston, now 5-5 overall, is at Middletown Thursday. PINE BUSH (48)—Genco 3 6-12 14, Gros 1 0-0 2, Mulhare 1 1-2 3, Pannell 7 1-5 15, Cain 6 2-5 14, Schuessler 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-24 48. KINGSTON (43)—Dorsey 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0, Harrell 4 1-2 9, Chaffin 4 2-2 10, Regan 2 1-2 , Rand 0 0-0 0, Burke 2 0-0 5, Spinelli 4 2-3 12, Myers-McCarthy 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 6-9 43. Pine Bush 13 14 9 12—48 Kingston 8 6 12 17—43 3-point field goals: Genco 2; Spinelli 2, Burke. Team records: Pine Bush 1-0 OCIAA Division I, 5-1 overall; Kingston 0-1 OCIAA Division I, 5-5 overall.
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Kingston’s Lanasia Dorsey grabs the ball in a crowd during a loss to Pine Bush in a game on Wednesday at Kingston, N.Y.