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POUGHKEEPSIE GIRLS NAB FIRST WIN

Pioneers Slip Past Beacon On The Road

BEACON – It’s been tough on first-year Poughkeepsie High School girls basketball coach Joe Laster. He’s had a thin roster all season, and when he had to discipline two players this week he was down to six healthy bodies when the bus pulled into Beacon for Tuesday’s game.

But Laster has seen through all of the adversity.

“I’ve seen it start to come together,” he said after the Pioneers snapped their eight-game season-opening losing streak with their first win, a 54-51 league decision over Beacon.

Down four at the half, Poughkeepsie rallied after the break as senior guard Zykia Davis returned from injury.

“She’s a big spark of energy for us,” Laster said of Davis.

Freshman Jzelle Wilson had a game-high 19 points for the Pioneers, including four big three-pointers, and senior Aniyah Coates was clutch again, dropping two important free throws late in the game when the Bulldogs cut it to one.

Coates finished with 14 points and eight blocks.

“We’ve had some tough games, especially playing in three tournaments already (Fox Lane, Briarcliff and Pelham),” Laster said. “But it looks like the light clicked on for us.”

 

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