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  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Little Falls claims Kasner Klassic crown

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  • LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties did not back down from larger competition over the weekend and kept their record perfect as they won the Kasner Klassic for the first time since 2009.
    The Mounties, undefeated and ranked third in the state in Class C, beat Central Valley Academy 77-39 in Saturday’s championship game and claimed their second win over a Class A opponent in as many nights. Little Falls (8-0) had beaten defending champion New Hartford in Friday’s opening round.
    Little Falls put up 31 points in the first quarter against Central Valley Academy (1-6) and played the full game with a comfortable margin. The Mounties had runs of eight and 13 consecutive points in the first quarter, outscoring the Thunder 21-2 over a five-minute span after Rachael Thorp had netted the game’s first basket for Central Valley Academy. The period ended with eight more Little Falls points, the last three on a shot by Hannah Becker at the buzzer.
    The Mounties led by 25 points at halftime and the margin never dropped below 20 after Becker’s shot.
    Kelli Shepardson (14 points), Becker (13) and tournament most valuable player Gen Schoff (10) all reached double figures in the scoring column before halftime. Shepardson, a tournament all-star along with Becker, led Little Falls with 24 points and added four steals. Schoff scored 21 points in a well-rounded performance that included nine rebounds, five blocked shots, five steals and five assists. Becker finished with 16 points, five steals and five assists while Cheyenne Rivenburg grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. Shepardson and Schoff shot 21-for-24 between them at the foul line and the Mounties were 25-for-33 as a team.
    Nicole Wren led Central Valley Academy with nine points while Nicole Doolen scored eight.
    Thorp and Doolen represented the Thunder on a tournament all-star team that also included Abbey Dearwester of Canajoharie which was beaten by New Hartford in the consolation game. The tournament’s sportsmanship award was presented to Central Valley Academy’s Audrey Bunce.
    Little Falls was also a 36-28 winner over Central Valley in Saturday’s junior varsity championship game. Mountie Maria Morotti won the tournament’s sportsmanship award.
    The Mounties advanced to the title game by beating New Hartford 50-38 Friday. Schoff had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Becker had 14 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and four blocked shots. MaryKate Alessandrini scored 13 points in the loss for the Spartans who trailed 21-8 after the first quarter.
    Central Valley Academy earned its spot in the title game by rallying to beat Canajoharie 53-40 and claim its first win of the season. Doolen scored 13 points for the Thunder while Dearwester led the Cougars with 11.
    Next up for Little Falls is a Jan. 6 game against West Canada Valley. Central Valley Academy travels to Canastota for its next game the same day.
    Page 2 of 2 - LITLE FALLS 77, CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY 39
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY (1-6) — Nicole Doolen 3 2-4 8; Rachael Phillips 0 0-1 0; Makayla Donato 1 0-0 2; Sammi Hyde 0 0-0 0; Rebecca Shepard 1 0-0 2; Nicole Wren 3 1-1 9; Audrey Bunce 3 0-0 6; Rachael Thorp 3 1-5 7; Miranda Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Nicole Schumacher 0 0-0 0; Nicole Harrigan 0 5-10 5; Johna Cusworth 0 0-1 0. Totals: 14 9-22 39.
    LITTLE FALLS (8-0) — Kelli Shepardson 6 12-14 24; Hannah Becker 6 0-1 16; Gen Schoff 6 9-10 21; Lauren Bennett 0 0-0 0; Cheyenne Rivenburg 2 2-2 6; Laura Wind 2 0-0 6; Sarah Bruins 1 2-6 4. Totals: 23 25-33 77.
    Central Valley Academy 9 9 16 5 — 39
    Little Falls 31 12 14 20 — 77
    Three-pointers — Central Valley Academy 2 (Wren 2); Little Falls 6 (Becker 4, Wind 2). JV championship — Little Falls 36, Central Valley Academy 28.
    LITTLE FALLS 50, NEW HARTFORD 38
    NEW HARTFORD (1-4) — Marissa Spina 3; Olivia Raynarc 2; Sam Madden 6; Michaela Scarfile 9; MaryKate Alessandrini 13; Taylor Torchia 3; Liz Cavic 2. Totals 14-7-38.
    LITTLE FALLS (7-0) — Kelli Shepardson 9; Hannah Becker 14; Gen Schoff 16; Lauren Bennett 2; Cheyenne Rivenburg 2; Laura Wind 3; Sarah Bruins 4. Totals: 17-10-50.
    New Hartford 8 8 13 9 — 38
    Little Falls 21 12 6 11 — 50
    Three-pointers — New Hartford 3 (Alessandrini 2, Scarafile 1); Little Falls 6 (Becker 3, Shepardson 2, Wind 1). JV — Little Falls 69, New Hartford 41.
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY 53, CANAJOHARIE 40
    CANAJOHARIE (6-3) — Abbey Dearwester 11; Jordyn Logan 2; Dainara Veeder 2; Ariannah Logan 5; Alexis Kane 9; Brittany Pitonza 3; Andrea Dingman 6; Valerie Hoffman 2. Totals: 13-10-40
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY (1-5) — Nicole Doolen 13; Rachael Phillips 3; Makayla Donato 7; Rebecca Shepard 2; Audrey Bunce 10; Rachael Thorp 7; Nicole Harrigan 9. Totals: 23-7-53.
    Canajoharie 12 13 8 7 — 40
    Central Valley Academy 9 17 9 18 — 53
    Three-pointers — Canajoharie 4 (Kane 3, Pitonza 1); Central Valley Academy 0. JV — Central Valley Academy 47, Canajoharie 18.
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