March 5, 2013

E'town-Lewis faces tough Hammond team

Elizabethtown-Lewis has been one of the top teams in Section VII’s Class D for the past few years.

The Class D title, however, had eluded the Lions.

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That is until they defeated Moriah Saturday, 49-34, at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

Next up for Elizabethtown-Lewis, the Section X champion Hammond Red Devils in tonight’s regional semifinal game at 6 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam.

The Red Devils knocked off Heuvelton in the Section X title game to land in tonight’s game.

“We are going to try to shut something down,” Lions coach Don Ratliff said. “We worked on some special defenses, but we will need to read and react to what they do.”

Hammond boasts one of the top players in the area in senior Alyssa Crosby.

Crosby leads the Red Devils in scoring at 18.6 points per game, more than double the second player on the team.

“We are going to have to pick our poison,” Ratliff said. “Hopefully we pick what works. Crosby is a very dynamic, six-foot athlete. She plays everywhere from the point to the five. When she gets a rebound it goes right back up, which is tough to defend. And she shoots the ball well.

“But, if we take her away (Courtney) Bova and (Gabby) Marshall could hurt us,”

Bova is second on the team in scoring at 7.9 points per game. Marshall, meanwhile, has made 53 field goals this season — 43 of those coming from 3-point range.

“Bova can score from the outside and she can get to the hoop. She is a double threat,” Ratliff said. “(Marshall) is going to shoot her share of threes. She has a pretty nice shot and we can’t really leave her free.

“We will double team Crosby in our man and in our zone. (Jasmin) Barnes will probably play her in man, with help. We don’t have anyone that can play her straight up, and we know that.”

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