IAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: CANDOR HANGS ON TO UPSET OWEGO
(2021-02-27)Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Candor rebounded from a 39-point loss to Owego Thursday to upset its guest, 35-32 in IAC action here Saturday.
Freshman Cassie Doane clinched the win, sinking a pair of free throws with one second remaining.
"I gave the girls simple goals before the game — improve on the 39-point deficit, hold them under 60, and score over 30," Candor coach Carl Kanoff said. "At halftime we brushed those away and said let's duplicate our first half effort and take it to the end and win.
"It got nerve wracking at the end. Our only opportunities were coming at the line and at one point I think we had missed about eight in a row. Cassie came through in the clutch to at least make it more than a one possession game.
Candor held an 8-7 edge at the end of the first quarter and capitalized on turnovers in the second period to take a 19-10 lead at the break.
Owego standout Evee Coleman scored eight points in the third quarter, but Candor's Braelyn Hornick, who shared scoring honors with Coleman, drained a pair of 3-pointers.
Coleman tacked on eight more points in the final frame as Candor struggled at the free throw line.
With Owego down three, Coleman missed a trey at the buzzer.
Coleman and Hornick tallied 21 points apiece to lead their respective teams.
Hornick made it a double-double with 14 rebounds. She also had four steals.
Lauren Gilbert scored four points for Owego, Maddie Bennett added three, and Georgann Hankey and Ellie Sherwood had two apiece.
Doane added five points and seven rebounds, Shelby Swartz had three points and 11 boards, Kadrianna Foster contributed two points, six boards and three steals, Pearl Ricardo had four points and Kara Morse grabbed five rebounds.
"I could not be any prouder of my girls today," Kanoff said. "They played with a ton of heart and grit. It was another true team win as we got something important from everybody. These games really don't count for anything for us except learning what we've got for next year, and I think we are showing a ton of promise in the intangibles category.
"I thought our defensive guard play was outstanding. Kadrianna Foster, Pearl Ricardo, Meckenzie Marsh, and Addie Aman were flying all over the top of the key, getting deflections, getting on the floor for loose balls. Against a great player like Evee Coleman, we just wanted to make her earn her points, and our inside girls did a decent job of mixing it up with her. Braelyn and Shelby are our experienced strength under the boards, but Cadriana Edwards, Kara Morse, and Cassie Doane gave us great physicality against a tough opponent."
Candor (3-4) hosts Newark Valley (7-1) while Owego (4-4) visits Waverly (8-1) Tuesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Candor's Cassie Doane. ... PHOTOS BY CATHY DOANE.
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