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2019-03-13 / Sports

Defense And Size Advance South Kortright Girls To Final Four

By Rosie Cunningham


South Kortright celebrates their regional championship win over Smithtown Christian on Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright celebrates their regional championship win over Smithtown Christian on Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter BINGHAMTON - The Lady Rams (24-0) remain perfect as they advance to the Class D final four - their second appearance in three years.

The Rams cruised to a 65-35 victory over Section XI champion Smithtown Christian at the Floyd L. Maines Arena on Sunday in Binghamton. SK will take on Section X Champion Edwards-Knox at 10 a.m. Friday at Hudson Valley Community College.

The section IV Class D champions came out of the gate strong and aggressive on Sunday. The Rams used their defensive skills, hustle and size to dominate the Knights - they forced 28 turnovers in the win.

The Rams took a 14-0 run, and following the first quarter, SK led 24-6 and at the break - 42-12. By the end of the third quarter, the Rams held a 56-24 advantage and held on.

“I thought the girls came out with outstanding defensive energy,” said SK Coach Josh Burroughs. “We were able to frustrate Smithtown early with our pressure which allowed us to get out and run. Anna (Reinshagen) and Emily (Burns) both did a great job of keeping the ball on the sideline and our rotations were quick to the spot. Sonia (Reeves) and Azyalyn (Brunson) were strong in the back row, taking the middle of the floor away from them - they each finished with three steals, but had a bunch of deflections that disrupted Smithtown’s offense. Lauryn Schmid continues to improve each game and she gives us a defensive spark when she enters the game.”


South Kortright’s Anna Reinshagen looks to steal the ball from Smithtown Christian’s Abigail Loiacono during their game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright’s Anna Reinshagen looks to steal the ball from Smithtown Christian’s Abigail Loiacono during their game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Burroughs said Reeves dominated the glass and continued to be active on both sides of the floor, contributing 14 rebounds and seven points in the victory.


South Kortright’s Carli Pardee drives to the basket during her team’s win on Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright’s Carli Pardee drives to the basket during her team’s win on Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Junior forward Brunson, dropped 19 points and ripped down nine boards as she worked down low with Jordan Finch, who netted 11 points and had eight assists. The two tall girls work well together and look for one another coming through the paint.

Finch scored six points in the opening frame and Brunson tallied five.

Junior Carli Pardee tallied 14 points (four 3 pointers) and guard Anna Reinshagen dropped nine points, respectively.

“Offensively, I thought our ball movement was as good as it has been all season. We advanced the ball quick and found Jordan and Azalyn deep on the blocks,” said Burroughs. “Carli again gave us solid minutes on the floor. Her shooting has been outstanding all year and she continues to develop her game.”


South Kortright’s Jordan Finch fights Smithtown Christian’s Jane McCabe for a loose ball during their game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright’s Jordan Finch fights Smithtown Christian’s Jane McCabe for a loose ball during their game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter For the Knights, eighth-grader Abigail Loiacono scored 20 points in the loss.

“Our team did so good,” said Brunson following the win. “We were moving the ball well and had good scoring from all over the floor. This Friday is going to be tough because every team going to the final four is good and have worked for it just like us. We want to win and we’re going to work to get it done.”



South Kortight’s Sonia Reeves steals the ball from Smithtown Christian’s Heidi Schneider during the game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortight’s Sonia Reeves steals the ball from Smithtown Christian’s Heidi Schneider during the game Sunday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

South Kortright’s Kassidy Wright shoots during her team’s 65-35 win over Smithtown Christian in the NYSPHSAA regional championship on Sunday in Binghamton. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter South Kortright’s Kassidy Wright shoots during her team’s 65-35 win over Smithtown Christian in the NYSPHSAA regional championship on Sunday in Binghamton. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

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