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Pioneers Defeat Spackenkill In Home Contest

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

It has been quite the week for the Poughkeepsie High School girls basketball team.

After their 54-51 win over Beacon High School Tuesday, the Pioneers liked it so much they were able to secure their second consecutive win, as they defeated Spackenkill on Saturday, 61-26.

It was all Pioneers from the jump, as they were able to get out to an early 18-4 lead. Poughkeepsie held Spackenkill to just 11 first-half points.

It was the highest-scoring effort from Poughkeepsie all year long.

“It feels great, but we’re still working,” Poughkeepsie head coach Joe Laster said.

The Pioneers were led by Zykia Davis and Keli Faircloth, who both finished with 14 points. J’Zelle Wilson finished 12 points.

“We’ve gotten better and better every game,” Davis said. “I’m just trying to help everybody. We don’t want bad attitudes on the team. The only reason we didn’t win last year is because of our attitudes. So this year, we’re focused on better attitudes.”

“I’ve seen more and more leadership. That’s been the big thing. Her leadership on the floor. She’s been really calm, actually running the offense and defense,” Laster said of Davis.

Poughkeepsie now improves to 2-8 overall and have a chance for its third consecutive win at Hendrick Hudson on Wednesday.

For Spackenkill, both Olivia Michail and Natalee Romasco had 12 points.

Spackenkill head coach Don Neise remained positive, stating “We played hard, so I’m proud of that.”

Spackenkill is now 0-8 and will get a chance to get their first win Tuesday at Onteora.


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