Mayfield downs Fort Plain in girls’ basketball

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Mayfield’s Cloey Dopp is challenged by Fort Plain’s Rylee Herron as she drives to the basket for two of her game-high 26 points in Wednesday’s Western Athletic Conference girls’ basketball game at Mayfield High School.

MAYFIELD — Powered by a 26-point performance from sophomore Cloey Dopp and a high-pressure man-to-man defense, the Mayfield Panthers cruised to a 59-14 victory over Fort Plain in Western Athletic Conference girls’ basketball action Wednesday at Mayfield High School.

“I have been pounding man-to-man into them since they were in third grade, and it showed tonight,” Mayfield coach Brian Moore said. “They were a unit of five out there and were disciplined with very few fouls for the entire game. Everybody got in the box score, and I am impressed with that. This is one of the most unselfish teams I have had in 13 years of coaching varsity here.”

The Panthers defense forced 10 first-quarter turnovers as they shut out the Hilltoppers, while putting up 16 points.

Erin Crouse put the first points of the game in the book for Fort Plain 40 seconds into the second quarter.

Dopp added six points in the second quarter to bring her first-half total to 15 to help stretch the Panthers’ lead to 32-7 at the break.

With six of the eight girls on the roster dressed for Wednesday’s game, Moore made the most of the large lead to work on plays in a five-on-five situation he is unable to in a normal practice.

“It was definitely a great opportunity for us to work on some little things,” he said. “We missed a lot of layup tonight and that is going to be a point of emphasis going forward but these girls have worked hard. They have been working since they were in first grade and they are in a position to get in a game like this and get us a chance to work on some small things late in the game.”

Dopp added 11 second-half points. Katarina Agerter also had a 3-pointer in her 13-point effort, while Adriana Yuret finished with nine points and Kelsey Meca added seven points.

Erin Crouse led Fort Plain with six points, while Sarah Florian pulled down 12 rebounds to go with four points and Marissa Wilder and Ryleigh Hart round out the Hilltoppers’ scoring with two points apiece.

“I was really impressed with Mayfield’s intensity and how well they played together,” Fort Plain coach Phil Karker said. “They did a good job. My kids won’t quit, and we take pride in that. We will keep playing and playing hard.”

Mayfield (6-1) will travel to play Greenwich today in a non-league game before hosting Northville, Galway and Schoharie in its annual holiday tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fort Plain 0  7  3  4 — 14
Mayfield 16 16 13 14 — 59
Fort Plain scoring: Wilder 1-0-2, Crouse 2-2-6, Florian 2-0-4, Hart 1-0-2. Mayfield scoring: Yuret 4-1-9, Dopp 11-2-26, Meca 3-1-7, Capano 1-0-2, S. Agerter1-0-2, K. Agerter 6-0-13. Scoring totals: Fort Plain 6-2-14, Mayfield 26-4-59.

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