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2018-12-05 / Sports

Drake Drops 45 to Lift D/H to Walton Tip-Off Win

By Rosie Cunningham


Deposit/Hancock’s Laycee Drake contributes on the defensive side, grabbing a steal as Walton’s Makara Mac- Gibbon attempts a pass during D/H’s 67-61 win in the Walton Tip Off Tournament Championship on Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Deposit/Hancock’s Laycee Drake contributes on the defensive side, grabbing a steal as Walton’s Makara Mac- Gibbon attempts a pass during D/H’s 67-61 win in the Walton Tip Off Tournament Championship on Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter WALTON - She was unstoppable. Deposit/Hancock’s Laycee Drake had a 45-point performance to lead the squad to victory over Walton in the tip-off tournament title game Monday night - Drake was named the MVP of the tournament. With the 45 points, Drake broke the Hancock Central School’s shooting record, formerly owned by Ann Young, the wife of the D/H Coach Scott Young.

“She was very proud of her,” said Scott Young of his wife.

Drake said the contest “felt like just another game.”

“We played pretty well,” she said. “We have a lot to work on, but we are doing pretty good for it being so early in the season.”


Walton’s McKenzie Clough and Deposit/Hancock’s Kelsey Young battle for a rebound during their game Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton’s McKenzie Clough and Deposit/Hancock’s Kelsey Young battle for a rebound during their game Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter The match-up was back and forth and by the end of the first quarter, Walton led Deposit/Hancock 18-17. D/H rallied and took a 36-33 edge going into the break with Drake pouring in 23 points by the half.

Slowly but surely, D/H began to pull away and going into the fourth quarter, they held a 52-44 edge.

“Overall, the team did great and everyone contributed in different ways,” said D/H Coach Scott Young. “Offensively, we struggled a bit as a team. I have not done stats yet but I would say we missed somewhere between 10-20 layups throughout the game but everyone really attacked the boards and our team defense was very good over the last 3 quarters.”

Young added that there were no defensive standouts.


Deposit/Hancock’s Laycee Drake is congratulated by teammates after scoring 45 points during her team’s 67-61 win over Walton on Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Deposit/Hancock’s Laycee Drake is congratulated by teammates after scoring 45 points during her team’s 67-61 win over Walton on Monday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter “The team as a whole worked very hard,” he said. “We started out in a zone defenses and Walton has become a very skilled team over the last year and they picked us apart for a while. Once we switched to a manto man we really gained control of the game. They got down and dirty and slowed Walton down considerably. I will say that one of our big stats we like to tout is taking a charge and we drew two - one by Kelsey Young and one by Laycee Drake. Charges really get our team fired up, there is nothing like totally giving it up for the team.”

He discussed Drake’s 45 point performance.

“You could say she was on fire for sure, like I said above I have not done the stats for the game yet but she was well over 50 percent shooting from the floor,” he said. “I will say thought that there are not many that work as hard as Laycee and she is continually shoots the ball with a very high percentage. This year we have kind of taken the reigns off of Laycee by developing a new offensive scheme that lends itself to her style of play. We have moved her from shooting guard to point guard and she gets to make the decision throughout the offense. The team as a whole has responded very well to the new philosophies as well and everyone looks for everyone. You can an be drawn to the 45 points, but it was a complete performance, a lot of rebounds, some spectacular passes to teammates, great defense and handling Walton’s full court pressure comfortably.”

For Walton, Carissa Crandall finished with 18 points, Olivia Harby tallied 16 points and McKenzie Clough dropped 14 points in the loss.

Downsville, 62, Worcester 28

The Downsville girls defeated Worcester 62-28 to win the consolation contest of the Walton tournament.

At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles led Worcester 19-9 and at halftime, Downsville took a 33-14 edge over the Wolverines. They began to run away with the ball game and by the end of the third frame, the score was 47-18.

Olivia Brunner had a game high 24 points for the Eagles. Luccia Martucci dropped 13 points and teammate Kailee Young contributed 10 points in the win.

For Worcester, Willow Tompkins poured in 19 points in the loss.

All tournament team selections were: Willow Tompkins (Worcester), Olivia Brunner (Downsville), Carissa Crandall and McKenzie Clough (Walton) and Brynn Martin (D/H).

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