Herkimer women defeat Schenectady Royals 59-48
Herkimer, NY – They did it on Sunday on the road and again on Monday at home. The Herkimer Five started their game with a lot of scoring in the early minutes and built a quick lead that they would not relinquish. They won the Monday evening contest with Schenectady CCC 59-48.
Whitney Brown opened the game with two scoring drives. Then she added another field goal. In just over a minute she had scored six points and her team had held the visiting Royals scoreless.
Samantha Randio drove inside for two. Shileeka Williams sank a jumper after taking a pass from Aniya Webb ("A-Webb"), and Herkimer led 10-2.
Brown scored a three. Victoria Seabrooks added a free throw. Williams hit for three, Randio tallied a two, and the score was 19-6.
Photo: Shi Williams contributed points and some serious defense
The Royals made some adjustments and started closing the gap, but the Generals would not be denied. The home team led 30-19 at the break.
Herkimer was unable to match their early-game performance when they began second-half play. The Royals kept working and narrowed the gap to eight points, at 34-26.
Whitney Brown grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. Alyssa Craig hit for three from the right side. A-Webb followed suit from the left side, and Herkimer had upped their lead to 12, at 42-30.
Photo: "A-Webb" launches one from beyond the arc
The game slowed for a while, but the Generals maintained their lead. The contest ended with Brown driving for two more points and Schenectady sinking two free throws. The final score was 59-48.
The Generals are enjoying their best season in years. Their season record is now 19-6, with four games remaining.
The team is working to secure a good seeding in the Region 3 postseason tournament. The current weekly coaches' poll was released today (February 12) and has Mohawk Valley ranked #1, followed by #2 Onondaga and #3 Herkimer, with Fulton-Montgomery in the fourth spot. Herkimer will meet Mohawk Valley in Utica on Thursday.
Herkimer's squad has a very balanced attack. Seven Generals scored on Monday and six of them scored from seven to 11 points.
A-Webb is having a fine season in many ways, including setting up plays. She is currently the region's third-best in dishing out assists, with 5.1 per game, which is only 0.1 assists per game less than the marks of the two players who are tied for #1.
Nick Scribe, website writer
Herkimer scoring: Randio 8, Williams 5, Brown 11, Webb 7, Seabrooks 8, Loucks 10, Craig 10 – Total 59