It was a match up on Monday, Jan. 4 at North Adams High School that had a very familiar look to it, in fact, the very same look of just five days earlier. After facing off on Dec. 30 on the very same floor in the title game of the McDonald’s Holiday Classic, the North Adams Lady Devils and the Peebles Lady Indians were back at it again on Monday evening, beginning the New Year with a a Southern Hills Athletic Conference battle.
This game was both different and similar to the two teams’ earlier game. In the first meeting, the Lady Indians stayed close for a quarter before a 26-2 North Adams run blew the game wide open, but on Monday the Lady Devils took control early, leading 13-2 after the first quarter and never looking back. The two games were similar in that the difference was again the defensive pressure of North Adams, as they again forced numerous Peebles turnovers and turned them into points.
“It’s pretty tough to play the same team five days later,” said North Adams head coach Rob Davis. “There’s not much time to change anything that you do.”
“It was still a solid win for us to start the new year.”
The game was deadlocked at 2-2 two minutes in, but the Lady Indians were held without a field goal in the initial eight minutes of play, getting just two Jessica Sowards free throws. After the early tie, the Lady Devils broke things open with a basket by Madison Jenkins, a steal and score by Taylor Hesler, a bucket by Lakyn Hupp, and a three off the right wing by freshman Grace McDowell. A pair of McDowell free throws capped an 11-0 North Adams run to end the first period and put the home team in front 13-2.
That run extended to 13-0 when Hupp scored on an offensive put back to begin the second quarter and the Lady Indians finally got their first field goal of the game when McKinlee Ryan drilled a three-pointer out of the corner that made it 15-5. That Ryan trey only set the stage for the Lady Devils to take off on another run, this time the home team reeling off the game’s next 10 points, beginning with a score on the inside from Avery Harper, followed by a put back by Staci Dinsmore, a nice baseline drive and score from Hupp, and then an acrobatic, twisting jumper by Dinsmore.
The run was again finished off with a pair of McDowell foul shots and North Adams held a commanding 25-5 advantage. The final basket of the first half was another Ryan three and the two sides went to the break with North Adams up by 17.
The lead continued to swell in the third stanza as the North Adams defense held Peebles to just two baskets, both of them three-pointers by Sowards. In the meantime, the Lady Devils were getting two more baskets from both Dinsmore and Hupp to outscore the Lady Indians 15-6 and lead 40-14 after three quarters.
The big fourth period lead gave Coach Davis the opportunity to substitute freely and he gave a number of JV players some varsity time. The Lady Devils did a little long distance target practice in the final quarter, getting three-pointers from McDowell, Madee Shipley, and Caitlin Young. Peebles got a pair of baskets from Jerilin Toller but for the second time in a week, the North Adams girls picked up a “W” over Peebles, this time by a final count of 53-24.
In the win, the Lady Devils (9-2, 7-1 SHAC), were paced by two players in double figures, with both Grace McDowell and Lakyn Hupp notching 12 points in the book. Avery Harper scored 7 with Staci Dinsmore and Taylor Hesler adding 6 each.
Dinsmore also led the team with 8 rebounds, while Hesler adding 5 steals on the defensive side.
PHS- 2 6 6 10 —24
NAHS 13 12 15 13 —53
PHS (24): J. Toller 2 0-0 4, K. Toller 1 1-2 3, Sowards 3 2-2 11, Ryan 2 0-2 6, Team 8 3-6 24.
NAHS (53): Dinsmore 3 0-0 6, Hesler 3 0-0 6, Hupp 6 0-0 12, Shipley 1 0-0 3, Young 1 0-0 3, McDowell 3 4-4 12, Jenkins 2 0-3 4, Harper 3 1-4 7, Team 22 5-11 53.
PHS- Sowards 3, Ryan 2
NAHS_ Shipley 1, Young 1, McDowell 2
Peebles (4-8, 3-4 SHAC) was led by 11 points from Jessica Sowards and 6 from McKinlee Ryan.